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I just got my first Auto life vest,it's a Onyx A 24 , i weigh about 170 lbs ,did i make a good choice ?

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Excellent. You'll love the low profile of the self inflating vests. 

It's Coast Guard approved, and should definitely hold your weight.

Just make sure you wear it. Every. Single. Time. 

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Don't worry i fell out of my boat,i will wear it  .GodBless  & Thanks

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On 5/20/2016 at 7:23 AM, Preytorien said:

Excellent. You'll love the low profile of the self inflating vests. 

It's Coast Guard approved, and should definitely hold your weight.

Just make sure you wear it. Every. Single. Time. 

Don't wear em in the rain!

Mine went off twice, don't think I'm buying another re-arm kit!

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10 hours ago, Catt said:

Don't wear em in the rain!

Mine went off twice, don't think I'm buying another re-arm kit!

Get yourself a Mustang H.I.T model instead, they need to be submerged to go off so fishing in the rain isn't a problem.

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10 minutes ago, WIGuide said:

Get yourself a Mustang H.I.T model instead, they need to be submerged to go off so fishing in the rain isn't a problem.

For the price I paid for the vest & re-arm kits I've been highly disappointed with auto inflate vests. 

I've had a Onyx & a BPS pop; my brother had his Onyx pop sitting on the floor in the back of the boat.

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28 minutes ago, Catt said:

For the price I paid for the vest & re-arm kits I've been highly disappointed with auto inflate vests. 

I've had a Onyx & a BPS pop; my brother had his Onyx pop sitting on the floor in the back of the boat.

I hear ya. I heard a bunch of horror stories too when I was looking into getting an automatic vest. That's why I decided to go with one with the H.I.T technology. It has to have hydrostatic pressure to fire. No matter how wet it gets, it won't go off until fully submerged. I can attest to the fact it won't as I've fished in many downpours with it on and it's still never went off. It might be worth looking into, even with the higher initial cost and higher re-arming cost, I think it works out to be cheaper in the long run because you don't have to worry about accidental discharges. 

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12 hours ago, Catt said:

Don't wear em in the rain!

Mine went off twice, don't think I'm buying another re-arm kit!

i've worn my onyx A/M 24 in the rain plenty and never had it go off on me yet....  BUT i did drop it in the floor of the kayak when i went to take a sweatshirt off and it went off from the water sitting in the cockpit area!

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As a teenager I grew up water skiing so I'm comfortable wearing my O'Brien!

@Ghostshad sorry I didn't mean to still your thread!

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4 hours ago, WIGuide said:

Get yourself a Mustang H.I.T model instead, they need to be submerged to go off so fishing in the rain isn't a problem.

Yea, this is what I use. I decided that when kayak fishing I might as well buy a really good very right off the bat, so I got their best one. Then I started reading about the H.I.T. technology and I was glad I went that route. I also have fished in heavy rain, and gotten plenty of paddle splashes on it without inflation. 

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I bought it,i will wear it if it rains i've got rain gear. But one problem i do have is i hang my rod handle in the opening, but it beats drowning. And my wife didn't fuss about me buying it,she says she fells safer now that i got it & i wear it. If it sounds like i'm getting Smart about what i said ,i'm not at all . Thanks for your help,if i have a problem i'll try to upgrade later.  GodBless

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I had an auto Mustang that went off on me 3 different times from either rain or humidity. I sold it and bought a manual. That was several years ago so hopefully the problem is fixed because there's obviously some serious benefits to the automatic ones. 

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19 hours ago, Ghostshad said:

I bought it,i will wear it if it rains i've got rain gear. But one problem i do have is i hang my rod handle in the opening, but it beats drowning. And my wife didn't fuss about me buying it,she says she fells safer now that i got it & i wear it. If it sounds like i'm getting Smart about what i said ,i'm not at all . Thanks for your help,if i have a problem i'll try to upgrade later.  GodBless

wear it over your rain gear or it might not inflate properly!  it was raining hard on me on Friday for the ~7 hours i fished with mine on and never had an issue with it...

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This thread reminds me to check my PFD and see if everything still in good shape.  I've got the Onyx too but forget how long before you must replace the kit.

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