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Harness - over or under PFD?  Bottom

  • I've worn it both ways, but historically preferred the harness under the PDF, mainly because then the shoulder straps are tight on my shoulders.

    Now I have a fancy pants Zhik T3 with the safety emergency detach/eject velcro. Fits nice, in particular since my wallet is now considerably thinner icon_smile

    Anyway, if I ever need it, the eject velcro won't do me much help if the harness is under the PDF, because I can't easily detach the shoulder straps nor get out of them. So _over_ is the safe option. But now the shoulder straps "fall off" my shoulders anytime they're not under tension.

  • I have a Magic Marine harness and I think on my quick release, it lets go of the spreader bar in an emergency and wouldn't require removing the shoulder straps. I could be wrong though... My harness fits best UNDER my PFD and the emergency release is still below the bottom of my PFD.

    Tim Gibson
    1982 Hobie 16 Carumba Sails
    1980 Hobie 14 Cat Fever Sails (SOLD)
    Memphis, TN
  • I wear mine under

    Captain Chris Holley
    Fulshear, TX
    '87 Prindle 19 "¡Hijole!"
    '74 sunfish "1fish"

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