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4/07/2017 1:19 pm  #1

recommendations child's PFD

My son (9) will need a new PFD this year. I will be visiting a paddling-focused shop to get one, but I'm wondering if there are suggestions about brands / models / features to look for.

He is getting to the size where lift handles seem to be going away. He is not a strong swimmer, so I would still prefer one with more buoyancy, and a handle. Hopefully that would let him paddle, too.




4/07/2017 2:21 pm  #2

Re: recommendations child's PFD

I use PFDs from MEC for my kids and they have been great over the years.  They have two for kids/youth.  If your son is over 90lbs. you'll have to start looking at adult PFDs.
'...a man is part of his canoe and therefore part of all it knows. The instant he dips a paddle he flows as it flows.’ Sigurd Olson

4/07/2017 3:25 pm  #3

Re: recommendations child's PFD

thank you. He is right at the cut-off weight (60 lbs), so he will need the larger size, but the fit of individual models will matter most.


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