Reach Hitch Picture: courtesy, MEC
A:You’re rather compensate, Charles, U.S.-made PFDs aren’t worthy in Canadian waters. That’s because Canada has re-formulated its coastal waters, adding a corpuscle of a new component called Labattbeerneum. It gives the h2o a overnice, bubbling header, but in which U.S. floatation devices run to slump. (Barely kidding. Alarum American readers testament agnize thither is no such factor as Labattbeerneum…)
Really, thither are about child (albeit less tongue-in-cheek) differences betwixt U.S. and Canadian PFDs. In function, it’s purely ornamental, such as the fact Canadians amount the floatation ability of their PFDs in newtons of airiness, piece we in the Joined States use pounds. Your Canadian regime are besides a lilliputian more rigorous most materials examination, peculiarly in price of how the force of sealed fabrics can be compromised done the dyeing outgrowth.
That aforementioned, various U.S.-made PFDs are sold in Canada, including a vi models from Kokatat. E.g., their Area Hitch ($155 Canadian; www.kokatat.com), which would be utterly desirable for sea kayaking. Additionally, to relieve any concerns approximately its cross-border compatibility, it’s sanctioned by the Canadian authorities’s rubber-stampers.
As for a hydration twist, why not peg a weewee bottleful nether a beautify bungee? Costs $5, and plant barely okay. Differently, tod’s PFDs are so low-profile that nearly any hydration gang volition fit ended upright okay. The MEC Marathon leaps to head ($50 Canadian; www.mec.ca).