Infaltables

LOW-PROFILE INFLATABLE

Inflatable PFDs are as low profile as it gets. These models are virtually raingear thin, but can be inflated with the pull of a tab or by simply being immersed in seawater. While they’re more expensive than foam and require some maintenance, commercial fishermen and crabbers in our 30-day trial found them seriously comfortable. Inflatables scored well in terms of weight and freedom of movement. Fisherman largely agreed that inflatable models aren’t bulky, won’t interfere with work and don’t snag on gear.

PFDs That Work: Overview

Find a variety of styles and brands at these commercial fishing supply companies and manufacturers:

Supply Companies
LFS Marine Supply
Seattle Marine Supply
Kodiak Marine Supply (operated by Seattle Marine Supply)
Alaska Ship Supply
Englund Marine and Industrial Supply

Manufacturers
Mustang Survival
Stearns
Kent
Stormy Seas
Regatta
Stormline
Guy Cotten

If you have any questions, please contact Ted Teske at nioshfishing@cdc.gov.