Patagonia develops Portable Self-Inflation vest, get on the big waves

For all who like hitting the big-waves with inflatable vests comes a revolutionary Portable Self-Inflation vest, which is poised to take big-wave surfing and the purpose of life jackets into new realms. Developed and tested by Patagonia in collaboration with to Patagonia’s ambassador and big-wave surfer Kohl Christenson, the PSI or the Portable Self-Inflation vest is a result of 18 odd months of rigorous experiments and tests. The PSI vest is very neatly designed with three key attributes: to fit beneath a host of wetsuits, support four inflations and features an air release valve to keep the wearer swim while inflated and sink into the water when deflated.

PSI vest is thus a life saving jacket which is mandatory for guys going out in the big-waves. The vest provide four different inflation levels and also the air release valve that lets the user deflate the vest in case they need to go underwater to avoid a oncoming wave. Presented to big-wave surfers at the Big Wave Risk Assessment Summit in Hawaii the PSI vest is only a prototype in the testing phase for now, but it could be a great life saver for injured, unconscious and pro surfers when it becomes a commercial product.

Portable Self-Inflation Vest from Patagonia on Vimeo.

Via: Patagonia



Bharat writes about latest gadgets, toys, robots and new technologies across various platforms. In addition to reporting and reviewing new products and technologies, he spends too much time digging the internet for endless questions. He's a die-hard football fan and a big foodie who wants to host Man v. Food some day.

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