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.
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