The Quiksilver belt pack PFD is an easy to use Coast Guard approved Type V belt pack style PFD. The exterior of the pack has a zipper pocket and a small D ring. Their belt pack PFD contains a CO2 cartridge which can be activated by pulling the activation cord to fully inflate the PFD. There is also a blow tube to manually inflate the PFD or top off with additional air if needed. Unlike some products, the Quiksilver belt pack PFD contains a whistle which can be accessed once the PFD is inflated.
The belt pack PFD comes in a gray, ripstop fabric and weighs approximately 1 lbs. 8.3 oz. (.7 kg)
User Weight: More than 80 lbs (36 kg) Chest Size: 30-52 in (76-132 cm)
This belt pack PFD is a great, functional PFD for stand up paddling. It provides more flotation than some alternative products at lower price points and the zipper pocket and D ring are useful features for carrying small lightweight items such as keys, lip moisturizer and/or a small light.
The pack has a somewhat boxy shape and is not the most low profile PFD on the market, but is nevertheless comfortable and unobtrusive to wear. The addition of a whistle is a great feature, although you will have to first deploy the PFD in order to access it.
Always read the label on your PFD for a list of complete operating instructions. Rules and regulations governing the use of PFDs may vary from country to country. Always consult local regulations to verify compliance. Wearing a PFD while stand up paddling is not a substitute for knowing how to swim. Learn the local conditions and your own limitations before entering the water.