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Mustang Deluxe Inflatable PFD with HIT (Auto-Hydrostatic), Black/Carbon


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Technical Details
Item Weight998 g
Product Dimensions55.9 x 27.9 x 7.6 cm
Item model numberMD3183-188
Height2.50 inches
Length22 inches
Weight455 grams
Width11.50 inches
Brand NameMustang Survival
  
Additional Information
ASINB000MW5XXK
Best Sellers Rank #193,013 in Sports & Outdoors (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.4 Kg
Date First AvailableNov. 8 2010
  
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DELUXE AUTOMATIC HYDROSTATIC ACTIVATION PFD
Provides excellent safety and is designed for use in severe weather. Minimal maintenance required. 1F auto hydrostatic inflator w/manual backup. SecureZIP ™ closure withstands rigorous activity and is easy to re-pack. Heavy-duty coated nylon for durability. Lightweight, comfortable and compact. D-ring.

WITH HAMMAR INFLATOR - USCG TYPE II & UCV
COLOR: Carbon/Black

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Amazon.com: 26 reviews
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Light Weight and Good Fit June 17 2009
By Lake Michigan Fisherman - Published on Amazon.com
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I have tried on several self-inflating life jackets at West Marine and Cabelas, but no one stocks this Mustang model MD3183. All vests that I tried on were tight around the neck and seemed bulky. This model got good reviews at a sailing website, so I decided to take a chance. It arrived today and surprisingly it didn't squeeze my neck and was less bulky than most others. It can not be activated by rain or humidity. It must be submerged at least 4" to inflate. The inflation mechanism is good for 5 years, but it costs $80 to replace. I am 60 years old, 6'4" and 230lb. I do lots of fishing and had a close call this spring. Also, a local grandpa drowned when he went in after a grandchild that fell overboard. (the kid was OK) So this should be a requirement for us old folks.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
great fit, light and flexible Dec 2 2009
By Nick - Published on Amazon.com
i'm a merchant mariner and wear this on deck aboard a sea going tug/barge unit where we've encountered some heavy weather in the past. I was always concerned about accidental inflation with ordinary automatics, because when its worn, its because I had to go out on deck in some nasty stuff, usually in the pouring rain and the seas whipping up over the deck edge. The hydrostatic inflator solves that concern however, to make sure it inflates when i actually fall over the side, not when I'm drenched from head to toe from the weather. Its a similar mechanism to those found securing the life rafts to the deck and made by the same company, so one can reasonably trust it, but when in doubt, theres always the pull cord, thats why its there.

I found this vest to be well fitting and of good quality construction, it should hold up well to the abuse. it wraps around your neck and shoulders comfortably and is flexible to wear when working that you forget its there sometimes. This compared to lesser models by other manufactures that feel like the vest is hanging on your neck and is rigid against your body at every move. The SOLAS tape on the inflation bag, whistle, and strobe attachment are nice touches as well. I plan to add some solas tape to the outside (mustang does make another model with that on it from the factory, but for more $$), but other than that small personal deficiency, its a great product.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Orally inflate before using Aug. 4 2010
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
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Lightweight, comfortable to wear and the Carbon/Black colors blend well with dark clothing. Don't worry, once inflated the bright yellow bladder with reflecting tape on it will deploy and be visible for rescue. The first inflatable PFD that I received had a slow leak. As instructed by Mustang, when you first receive the vest, perform an oral inflation test. Inflate the vest to a firm state and let sit on a counter. The vest should remain firm. After 10 minutes, I noticed the vest lost its firmness and more so as time went on. I suspected a faulty check valve in the oral inflater. I sent the vest back and exchanged it for a new one. When the new one arrived, I orally inflated the vest and it stayed firm overnight, at least 16 hours. It worked fine and passed the test. I would recommend this vest for sport fishing, sailing, boating, etc. It is not recommended for impact water sports, i.e. water skiing. As recommended by Mustang, just make sure you perform an oral inflation test on the vest when you get it!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Saves Lives Feb. 25 2010
By J. Brainard - Published on Amazon.com
I am an Army Helicopter pilot and we use a product similar to this (in fact it might be mustang that makes it). This is a good product and though expensive, gives you much more flexibility while on dry ground and saves lives if you inadvertently enter water. I will be buying one for my wife and I as soon as summer comes around. Always wear a vest when you going to be over water! I would highly suggest the one without HIT for civilian sport pilots (you don't want it inflating in the cockpit) when flying over water. It could save your life.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Older Product July 13 2010
By Mark Jennette - Published on Amazon.com
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This life jacket was supposed to have five years on the auto inflating mechanisim but apparently it sat on the shelf for a while and only had four years left on it. These can't be returned so I lost a year of use.