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Mustang’s latest PFD

Mustang’s latest PFD

Mustang PFDs have a great history, and the company’s latest offering is a BASS Competition version of Mustang Survival’s HIT PFD, an inflatable designed for serious users who want enhanced safety and minimal maintenance.

The Hydrostatic Inflator Technology (HIT) offers reliable inflation in a low-maintenance design that will automatically inflate only when submerged in 4 or more inches of water and not inadvertently due to rain, spray or humidity. It’s made for the most-several marine environments, featuring the patented SecureZip™ closure system to ensure it will stay closed during even the most-rigorous activity and still opens effortlessly upon inflation.

Lightweight and comfortable, this PFD can be worn over a T-shirt on warm days or thicker garments in colder conditions.

There is a manual inflation handle that allows you to inflate the vest at any time, and it provides 38 pounds of buoyancy when inflated. The inflation cylinder is contained inside bladder to protect against corrosion

Other features include a strobe light holder, safety whistle and SOLAS reflective tape on bladder, plus a backup oral inflation tube and a neoprene comfort collar.

MSRP is $249. More info at

Orion coolers

Most every innovative outdoors product came about because some adventurer wanted it, dissatisfied with the gear that was available in the sport he loved and too impatient to wait for someone else to make the improvements. So he did it himself.

That’s exactly how Orion coolers came to be. If other premium coolers hadn’t so often frustrated them, there probably wouldn’t be an Orion coolers.

Orion coolers are manufactured in Sparta, Tenn., by the same family that builds Jackson Kayaks.

Compact and highly portable, the Orion 25 is easily transported by canoe, car or kayak, and it’s the preferred size for shorter outings and day-to-weekend use. It makes a good casting platform on small watercraft like SUPs, Gheenoes or flats skiffs.

Accessories include built-in gear tracks that will accept mounts from most of today’s better manufacturers, as well as built-in bottle openers on each corner. The capacity is 25.16 quarts, the weight is 21.5 pounds and dimensions are 163/4×201/2×163/4 inches.

MSRP is $369. More info at

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Phillip Gentry of Waterloo, S.C., is an avid outdoorsman and said if it swims, flies, hops or crawls, he's usually not too far behind.

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