Jump to content
  • GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

  • 0

SOSpenders


gunflint

Question

I just recieved my first fishing equipment shipment for the new season. I ordered the self inflating SOSpenders. (Along with 2 shiney new Stradics,yes) anyway I'm a little concerned about the manual inflation tag. Seems to me it could easily get caught on something and inflate. blush.gif Is there any valid reason that I shouldn't tape it up out of the way? I know that I could rip the tape away in the water if I'm not knocked out. If I am knocked out it should self inflate. Right?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

4 answers to this question

Recommended Posts

  • 0

Unless they are a new style, they don't self inflate. If you're knocked out you're dead. I've been wearing one (the vest by stearns) in Alaska for years and pull the cord every 2 years to install a new CO2 cartridge. I know what you mean about being worried about yanking the thing- although I don't think it's likely. What I do it take out the pin or clip they use and tie a heavy loop of mono like 40-50 pound that you have to yank a little harder to inflate. I have had it catch on things before and this way it would really take a sharp pull but it's not too tough or anything.

Pete

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

I have been using the SOSpender for sometime and they have the auto inflate? I didn't think they made a strictly manual model.

What I did with the handle was put velco on them and velcro them up so they arent dangling looking to catch on something.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

I just double checked the catalog. What I ordered was the World Class Style. According to the catalog the automatic version uses the Halkey-Roberts 6F trigger. (What ever the heck that is!) In the catalog it's called the automatic version and it sells for $20 more than the manual model. If someone can confirm that this is fully self inflating, please do so. Thanks

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 0

I've had a self-inflating SOSpender vest for 3 seasons now. I've never had a problem with the handle getting caught on anything. I wear mine all the time I'm in a boat whether it's under way or I'm drifing because I'm not a great swimmer. I'd make a great boat anchor, though smirk.gif. I love mine because it is light weight and is never in the way. The only time I don't like it is early and late season fishing because it doesn't provide any insulation like a full vest one does.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.


  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • leech~~
      You still have your trailer and place up there? Maybe you should do some summer rentals of it to help pay the taxes and up keep on it? 👍
    • fins_n'_feathers
      The water is starting to slowly go down. From what I can tell it looks like it’s down about 5-6 inches. The wind was terrible over the weekend though. I’m sure many properties suffered damages with Sundays winds. Things are finally starting to head in the right direction but it’s going to take a very long time for things to get back to even somewhat normal. 
    • Rivergroup
      Stopped at VC last week as well.  Didn't have pizza, but the sandwiches and appetizers we had were good.  The service was very good.  However, that's the first and only time we had been there.
    • delcecchi
      Any other info about VC?   Got kid and and fam coming up.  Been a couple years but really liked it.   Reviews on line still good.   Did Mark just hit on a bad night or has it gone down?   Being on west not a place we go often.
    • Oldehulse06
      Going up to visit family at Mille lacs 4th of July weekend. Given the current fishing restrictions and the fact that I don’t have a boat, does anyone know any good shore/kayak fishing lakes in the Mille lacs area?
    • JBMasterAngler
      Spent yesterday afternoon wading the upper croix. Water actually seemed a little low. There was lots of floating grass, so my traditional approach of using a fire tiger jointed rapala was unusable. Tried a whopper plopper for a bit, which avoided floating grass better, but I just didn’t have confidence in using it. So since it seemed like the crayfish outnumbered the rocks, I decided to use a weightless Texas rigged plastic craw. Caught 3 smallies, and a pike.   
    • h8go4s
      Here's the actual water level as of Saturday, 6-25. It has dropped some but still is 4 feet above the rule curve. This is updated daily; it's just too early in the day for Sunday's data to be posted. You can check it yourself here: http://www.lwcb.ca/waterflowdata.html
    • Wanderer
      @chaffmj, never mind.  I decided to take a cruise on up there today.  Had a couple popple tops in the driveway but nothing I couldn’t clear.  Nice to see the area again.
    • BrianF
      Ludlows and Muskego both hit hard.  The Dayton place had a lot of big trees down, not sure of structural damage.  Some say a tornado skipped thru that area.  Looking at the destruction, I could believe it.  I feel bad for those impacted by this storm.   Below are a few snap shots of common sights around the area a day or two after the storm. 
    • Wanderer
      Mike, was there a lot of damage in the Ely area?
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.