I've taken some of the bits from your post that I'd personally question. And I am actually intrested in your answers to some questions, and comments I have.
Originally Posted by ChasDWarren
In the years of paddling how many times have you HAD to deploy your vest. How did you re-enter your kayak. if you had to deflate what safety did you have then, did you insert a new cartridge (considering you'd still be in the environment that caused you to swim in the first place)
I find the inflateable lifejackets while comfortable when down become a pain when up.
I'm now down to 3 BA's and all have more floatation on the front than back this may not turn you around if floating face down but when floating on my back I tend to stay like that, in a situation where cold becomes the issuye I'd get my self in this position before I could bo nothing else.
I'd rather have the equipment that would allow me to paddle the boat ashore, so I will continue to paddle either with a BA or not but not a life jacket unless I'm happy to stay in the water until rescued.
just my thoughts
He knows not where he's going, For the ocean will decide, It's not the destination, It's the glory of the ride