Best Slim Inflatable Personal Flotation Device (PFD) 2019


What Slim PFD’s (Personal Floatation Devices) Are For


The main thing to think about when buying these kinds of personal floatation devices is that they are not the same as life jackets. If you don’t know how to swim, are going to be in a fast moving boat, or on very cold water these are not for you. They are also not suitable for children. As far as paddleboarding and kayaking go these are perfect. It is required to have a PFD on your paddleboard in most places and not everyone wants to have a big bulky life jacket on them or on their paddleboard. That’s where these kinds of PFD’s are perfect.

They may be a little pricey but they are reusable with the purchase of a rearming kit. The goal is to never have to use it, but things happen, it’s always better to be safe. The best life jacket is the one that you will wear.


All PFD’s On The Table


Preview
My Choice

Onyx m 16 Belt Pack Manual Inflatable Life Jacket (PFD)

Eyson Slim and Neckline Comfortable Inflate Inflatable PFD Survival Aid Sailing Life Jacket Vest Universal Adult Manual (Black)

Onyx A/M-24 Automatic/Manual Inflatable Life Jacket, Blue

Coast Guard Approved

Reusable

Automatic Inflation Option

My Choice

Preview
Onyx m 16 Belt Pack Manual Inflatable Life Jacket (PFD)

Coast Guard Approved

Reusable

Automatic Inflation Option

More Info

Preview
Eyson Slim and Neckline Comfortable Inflate Inflatable PFD Survival Aid Sailing Life Jacket Vest Universal Adult Manual (Black)

Coast Guard Approved

Reusable

Automatic Inflation Option

More Info

Preview
Onyx A/M-24 Automatic/Manual Inflatable Life Jacket, Blue

Coast Guard Approved

Reusable

Automatic Inflation Option

More Info

Note: Scroll left/right on tablets and phones


A Closer Look At Each PFD


Onyx m 16 Belt Pack Manual Inflatable Life Jacket (PFD)

Onyx M-16 Belt Pack PFD

Check Price

The Onyx M-16 wants to keep you safe while not restricting movement. If you have a hard time wearing life vests because they are uncomfortable or restricting, then this is the PFD for you. It uses a 16-gram CO2 cylinder to give 17 lbs of buoyancy with a manual inflation tube to bring it up to 26.5 lbs.

You must be 16 years or older to use this and weigh over 80 lbs. It fits chests measuring 30 to 52 inches, and the waist fits up to 52 inches. It is U.S. Coast Guard approved type V and type lll. It is reusable with the purchase of the proper rearming kit.

This is basically a belt that can turn into a pillow of air to keep your head above water in case of an emergency. I love it because it’s so low profile. I tend to not wear life jackets like I should because I dislike how bulky and restricting they are. Since buying the Onyx M-16 I always have it on and am much safer because of it.

PROS

  • Low Profile
  • Inexpensive Re-arming Kit
  • U.S. Coast Guard Approved
  • CO2 Cylinder Include

Eyson Slim and Neckline Comfortable Inflate Inflatable PFD Survival Aid Sailing Life Jacket Vest Universal Adult Manual (Black)

Eyson Slim Inflatable PFD

Check Price

I want to start out by saying that this PFD is not U.S. Coast Guard approved but it’s still fine for lakes and rivers if you like this style of an inflatable life vest. It uses a 33 gram CO2 cylinder which can inflate in 3-5 seconds. It is rated 150N buoyancy which means that it is for offshore and will keep you afloat with clothing on. It is a universal fit for people under 330 lbs.

If you aren’t going to be out on the ocean and you want a PFD that is a little larger than the belt kind then the Eyson Slim is perfect. It’s still a slim non-restricting design while being very buoyant when inflated. It is re-armable with this kit. Included with the purchase of the vest you also get two reflector bands and a whistle.

PROS

  • High Buoyancy
  • CO2 Cylinder Included

CONS

  • Not Coast Guard Approved

Onyx A/M-24 Automatic/Manual Inflatable Life Jacket, Blue

Absolute Outdoor Onyx A/M-24

Check Price

This inflatable PFD is really cool because it can be automatic or manual. If you are on rough water and want it to inflate when submerged in water you can have it set to automatic. If you are on calmer waters and will have time to inflate it by pulling the tab then you can have it set to manual.

The Absolute Outdoor Onyx A/M-24 is for people 16 years or older and weighing more than 80 lbs. It has a buoyancy of 22.5 lbs when inflated and is a universal fit.  The re-arming kit is a little more spendy because of the automatic option but is still very affordable. It’s U.S. Coast Guard approved type V and type lll. It has a very slim design and is not going to restrict movement like a traditional life vest.

PROS

  • U.S. Coast Guard Approved
  • Automatic or Manual Setting
  • CO2 Cylinder Included

My Recommendations


Best PFDOnyx M-16 Belt Pack PFD – Because my reviews are mostly for paddleboarding or kayaking I am recommending the Onyx M-16. When you go out on a paddleboard you are probably going to be spending some time in the water. That is why I do not recommend any inflatable PFD that is only automatic unless you have special needs that may require it.

This PFD is manual and very low-profile which I love. I have a hard time wearing traditional life jackets and since this is one that I wear and actually use, it’s the best one for me. Make sure to always check that the CO2 cylinder has not expired and is inserted correctly. I would buy a few extra cylinders so you can try it out when you purchase the product and be familiar with how it works. Also, have an extra in case you need to re-arm the belt.

Remember to use common sense when out on the water. Be safe, and have fun.


Frequently Asked Questions


We have created a page with frequently asked questions about paddleboards and accessories surrounding them, you can find that page in the menu or click here!

1 thought on “Best Slim Inflatable Personal Flotation Device (PFD) 2019”

Leave a Comment