Another life lost from SUP in Lake Tahoe this week
. Wind gusts. Toppled kayaks. A rescue attempt gone wrong.
I hear you. LEASH ON - we've been repeatedly drilled about it. And what if that breaks, the PFD would be your 2nd bet. But how many of us own PFDs? Safe to say more than half the folks who sup don't own one. And the one who does, only half the time use them while paddling. I think you get the picture. Even as inflatables, iPFDs are generally chunky and prohibits paddle movement. And good US Coast Guard Certified PFDs like the MTIs
are pricey and still bulky if compared.
German company RESTUBE is pushing their iPFD for US Coast Guard certification on Kickstarter and this should be good news for us SUPpers. IF the Ultralite Inflatable Life Jacket gets certified, it might be the goto simply due to its compactness. In places where PFDs are required by law, or part of requirement during a race, a small pack like RESTUBE would make a great addition to the sup arsenal.
Checkout their site about the Kickstarter detail. $80 for smallest lightest life jacket. www.restube.com