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Palm Glide Inflatable PFD
The Palm Glide Inflatable PFD is the first such device to be ISO Certified as a Personal Flotation Device. That takes inflatable, waist worn safety devices up a level making them a serious alternative for SUP paddlers looking for a less bulky buoyancy aid. SUPboarder took one for a practical test at the beach;
Inflatable buoyancy aids have been available in the UK for some time. Almost all are housed in a bum bag and use a CO2 canister to inflate at the tug of a cord. Palm, a longstanding British maker of equipment and safety gear for paddlers have taken that basic design and improved it, gaining ISO accreditation for their product.
There is an increasing move to have some sort of flotation when paddling. Largely it’s a personal choice but there are an increasing number of locations and events opening up to SUP where a PFD is mandatory, the ICON Classic from 2015 and the SUP Armada to name two. PFDs typically are designed for other sports, and they are often perceived as bulky items that ‘get in the way’ which misses the point of their purpose, to keep the wearer afloat if they get into trouble.