Product Update July 2019 Issue

Rethinking the Use of Inflatable PFDs

The prudent approach to auto-inflation is to regard it as an accessory to manual activation.

In the early 1800s Norwegian sailors started wearing cork filled vests dubbed the “Seaman’s Friend.” And over the next two centuries, life jacket design and the materials used have continued to evolve. One of the most promising offshoots has been the inflatable personal flotation device (PFD)—invented and patented by Peter Markus and one that’s drawn our interest for over three decades.

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