Is having a throw line on a belt a good idea?
Many years ago PFDs were produced with rear pockets to accommodate a throw bag. Many of those original bags were a flat envelope type and were pretty compact meaning they would fit in the PFD easily. Unfortunately they didn’t throw that well compared to cylindrical bags, had relatively short lengths of thin rope and repacking could be a nightmare. That said it was better to have one than not at all.
The Astral Airbelt PFD has been developed for users on easy water that require an unrestrictive PFD option.
Bren Orton gives us opinion on the FXr PFD from Palm. Bren is a Palm paddler but I would have to say that I agree entirely with the review. It is an awesome bit of kit that is well worth checking out. Continue reading
I have been asked a few times about whether or not the Palm Rescue Waist Belt and Zambezi Utility Belt will accept throw lines/bags from other manufacturers.
The HF Swifty Belt is designed so that you are able to carry your throw line with you at all times. It is designed around the same belt system that you see on all rescue PFDs. The buckle is exactly the same and ensures that the system is quick release.