The answer to your issue with life preservers: the auto-inflating life vest.
Let's be honest, very few of us actually fully strap in a life vest every time we're out on the water; they're too bulky, and uncomfortable.
Life vests are bulky, uncomfortable, and absolutely necessary. With even seasoned anglers drowning in fishing accidents every year, having proper life-vests on board is not just a matter of safety, it's a matter of legality.
And no one likes wearing them. They're hot, they smell bad, they give you some really, really weird tan lines. There's no quicker way to ruin a good day out on the water.
Well, anglers, fear no more, your prayers have been answered:
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Behold the Onyx A/M-24 manual/inflatable life vest designed to roll up in a compact, lightweight frame (that'll still give you really weird tan lines) but is much less obtrusive.
As their extremely boring promotional video will show you, the Onyx rolls up into what looks like a sky-diving brace, and has a sensor (good for 3 months at a time) that will inflate automatically when it hits water.
For only $190, you too can not have to wear life jackets that smell like they've been dry docked for 8 months.
Onyx carries a couple different lines of jackets, including:
For if for some reason you'd want a CO2-charged exploding fanny-pack near your sensitive areas:
Even a pink one for the ladies:
Here's a slightly less boring video that details their entire product line.
Innovative? Yes. Cool? Yes. Worth $190? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.