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    who wears survival vests? where is a good local place to find them? I have been thinking lately about wearing one but cant find any good ones locally to try on

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    I made my own with an old fly vest. Works but can be irritating around the neck. Do a search on here as this topic has been mentioned before.


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    I built mine using a 5.11 Tactical Vest. I also use a Tactical Tailor brand Harness

    http://www.tacticaltailor.com/rudderrach-harness.aspx

    http://www.511tactical.com/vtac-lbe-tactical-vest.html?color=228


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    I like the idea of that 511 vest, but not sure about having to buy pouches and everything, also no large pocket in the back to be able to put a nice folded up emergency blanket. Have any pictures of your setup?

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    There is a large pocket in the back. In fact the whole back is really one large built-in pocket. I keep two high quality space blankets and 6 mill visqueen back there. Also six large ZIP-LOCK freezer bags.

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    I like the idea of that 511 vest, but not sure about having to buy pouches and everything, also no large pocket in the back to be able to put a nice folded up emergency blanket. Have any pictures of your setup?

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    I used these in the service, could be cut down and lightened a bit. This is just an example, of one, there is alot on ebay some with pockets and other just the vest.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/AIRCREW-SURV...-/141808728821
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    Sounds good, couldn't tell from pictures online.

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    Haven't put together a survival vest yet, definitely need to get that done. But do carry a sharp knife to cut myself free if needed, a PLB around my neck, and a RE Factor Tactical Operator band on my wrist.

    http://www.refactortactical.com/operator-band/
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    I definitely like that operator band. its on the list

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    I have been looking for the right survival vest for a long time.
    I need flotation as I do some over water flying on wheels and occasional float flying. I really like the Molle style vests but I can't find any with flotation.
    Eagle enterprises has a couple that just don't quite serve my needs.
    Keep posting links to what you guys have found, that is very helpful.

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    I have heard eagle been mentioned a couple of times now, but I cannot find anything on them.

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    Take a look at the Sterns SOSpenders, I have an older style that has lots of pockets and works well. Gerberman

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    It is a retail store in Anchorage. http://eaglesafety.net/

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    I have heard eagle been mentioned a couple of times now, but I cannot find anything on them.

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    Bass Pro has some cheap cotton fly vests, short so they aren't caught up in your seatbelt. For floatation I went with one of the fanny style ones, the disadvantage is you have to pull it over your head. One thing I haven't seen discussed on these threads is the inflation styles. I would go with manual, if you go down in the water you want to be out of the plane before it goes off. Also be very careful about that pulll tab, it snagging on a seatbelt or something and going off in flight could be bad. I don't fly over much water so unless planning a water crossing keep mine strapped with velcro on one of the overhead tubes, within reach one tab to release.

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    In my experience it is best to buy the vest empty and fill it with the items you need. It is a lot less expensive and you don't end up with a lot of needless stuff that is put in the commercial vest to fill space. Also the items in a commercial vest are not always the best quality.

    I like surplus Army or USAF flight vests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hogfamily View Post
    In my experience it is best to buy the vest empty and fill it with the items you need. It is a lot less expensive and you don't end up with a lot of needless stuff that is put in the commercial vest to fill space. Also the items in a commercial vest are not always the best quality.

    I like surplus Army or USAF flight vests.
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    The Mustang manually inflatable fishing vest looks great. I've been wanting to check it out in a brick store, but haven't seen it yet.
    http://www.mustangsurvival.com/recre...ion&country=25


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    The best survival vest is the one that you will actually wear and not just throw in the back of the aircraft or hang over the seat.

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    I like using survey vests. The bright orange color is also useful for people seeing you. I just picked up a new one, a Radian SV55 for less than $50 and it seems like it will work as well as the one I got too fat for.
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