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US Coast Guard HIT™ PFD

MD3183 22

$302.60

Retail $404.65

Incorporating new and improved hydrostatic inflation technology, and a durable and easy-to-use SecureZip™ PFD closure system, Mustang Survival's Auto Hydrostatic Inflatable PFD was made for the most demanding users and the most severe marine environments.

The Hydrostatic Inflator Technology HIT™ offers reliable inflation in a low maintenance design that will only automatically inflate when submerged in four or more inches of water and not inadvertently due to spray or humidity. Exclusive to Mustang Survival in North America and maintenance free for 5 years or until inflated. Made for the most severe marine environments the MD3183 22 PFD with HIT™ will meet the challenges of the most demanding users. It also features Mustang Survival's patented SecureZip™ closure system to ensure the PFD will stay closed during even the most rigorous activity and still opens effortlessly upon inflation.

The MD3183 22 is fitted with United States Coast Guard markings and is designed to be worn in conjunction with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and is light weight and so comfortable you'll forget you're wearing a PFD.

RESTRICTION: This item is restricted to United States Coast Guard members ONLY.

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USCG Member Number
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Available Colors

MD3183 22 uscg automatic inflatable PFD orangeMD318322 united states coast guard auto inflatable personal flotation device Orange/Black

MD3183 22

MD318322 uscg HIT automatic inflatable PFD red

MD3183 22 hydrostatic auto inflatable with sailing harness inflated

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Features

  • US Coast Guard markings to meet uniform requirements
  • Hammar 1F auto hydrostatic inflator is maintenance free for 5 years from date of manufacture unless inflated
  • Lightweight and comfortable design
  • SecureZip™ closure stays shut in high winds and still opens easily upon inflation
  • Neoprene Comfort Collar™ reduces chafing on neck
  • Cylinder is contained inside bladder to protect against corrosion
  • Durable 420-Denier nylon and heavy duty polyurethane coated nylon
  • Strobe light holder, safety whistle and SOLAS reflective tape on bladder
  • Reflective shoulder accents
  • Bright fluorescent yellow-green inflation cell for improved in-water visibility
  • Backup oral inflation tube
  • Status indicator window allows user to inspect inflator status
  • D-ring for kill switch attachment
  • 1½" buckle
  • High performance cell with 35 lbs of buoyancy when inflated, is capable of self-righting a facedown person in seconds.
  • Re-arm with MA7214 22 kit

Approval: U.S.C.G. - UL1180 - Type V Commercial Use; Type II Recreational Use - Inflatable PFD's 160.076

*Please note: This prosuct is a USCG Type II and USCG Type V Commercial with Type II performance when worn on uninspected commercial vessels less than 40 ft in length and not carrying passengers for hire.

MD3183 22 Size Chart

  Chest (inches) Weight (lbs) Chest (cm) Weight (kg)
Universal 30" - 52" 80lbs. or over 76 - 132 36 kg or over

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Formula to Determine Buoyancy

If a man weighs 200 pounds on land, he only weighs 10 pounds in the water.

80% of the human body is water. Water in the body has no weight in the water.

200 pounds x 80% = 160 pounds
200 pounds – 160 pounds = 40 pounds

The human body is 15% fat, fat is lighter than water.

200 pounds x 15% = 30 pounds
40 pounds – 30 pounds = 10 pounds

A 200 pound person only weighs 10 pounds in the water.

A U.S.C.G. approved Type V vest is mandated to have 17.5 pounds of buoyancy.

If a man weighs 350 pounds on land, he only weighs:

80% of the human body is water. Water in the body has no weight in the water.

350 x 80% = 280 pounds
350 pounds – 280 pounds = 70 pounds

The human body is 15% fat, fat is lighter than water.

350 pounds x 15% = 52.5 pounds
70 pounds – 52.5 pounds = 17.5 pounds

A 350 pound person weighs 17.5 pounds in the water.

Type V PFD

In regards to using Work Vests or any other Life Jacket, the saying goes “It can only save your life if you’re wearing it.” Less obvious is what to expect upon entering the water once you take an unexpected fall. Depending on the height from which you fall, position of your body when entering the water, along with any currents present you may be kep under longer than you think. Type V Vests are required by United States Coast Guard to have a minimum buoyant force of 17 ½ pounds. This is adequate buoyancy to keep your head, neck and the top of your shoulders above the water. You will rise to the surface more quickly with more body fat and air pockets in your clothing. A lean and muscular person will rise more slowly to the surface.

A person of 200 lbs weighs 10 lbs in the water, 80% of a person’s weight is water which has no weight in the water, and about 15% is fat, which is lighter than water, consequently, the real weight of the person in water is about 10 pounds.

Having your Vest fit snugly is key to survival. Loose fitting or unbuckled Vests can slip over your head when falling feet first, allowing you to sink much further down. Hold on to your Vest as you enter the water just in case. Nothing is more important at that moment than getting your mouth above the top of the waves. Once in the water pull your Vest down to make sure all of the buoyancy is under the water. This will get your mouth and nose as high as possible. Most Vests have a strap that goes under your arms to keep your vest from riding up. If it is missing then replacement is recommended. Vests wear out over time and will lose some of their buoyancy. Here’s a quick way to check for the minimum buoyancy of 17 ½ pounds. Attach 20 pounds of steel weight to the Vest. Dumb bell weights work just fine. Twenty pounds of steel weight weighs approximately 17 ½ pounds in the water. If your Vest floats above or just below the surface, it still meets the minimum required buoyancy. If it sinks it should be replaced. The foam in your Vest will lose its buoyancy if it is compressed under weight or crammed in storage. It’s best to hang them or set them on a shelf when not in use.

Humans are land dwellers and need a little help in the water.

Mustang Survival Warranty and Repair Information

**Products not eligible for returns include: Re-Arm Kits, Custom Orders, Non Current and Non Stock Products, Discontinued Products and Inflatable PFD's purchased 6 months ago or longer.

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Catalogs

2018 Mustang Survival Product Guide

2017 Mustang Survival Industrial and Commercial Catalog

2017 Mustang Survival Angler Catalog

2016 Mustang Survival Public safety Product Guide

2016 Public Safety Catalog

2016 Mustang Survival Military Product Guide

2016 Military Catalog

2016 Mustang Survival Product Guide

2016 Product Guide

2016 Mustang Survival Range Book

2016 Range Book

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Exclusive to Mustang Survival

Hydrostatic Technology

Hydrostatic pressure is applied to objects submerged in water. The new hydrostatic inflator needs only to be submerged 4 inches (10 cm) for hydrostatic pressure to open a pressure valve which releases a firing mechanism that automatically inflates the PFD.

Reliable Inflation

The PFD inflates under hydrostatic pressure and will not inflate prematurely due to rain, humidity or water contact. MD5183 PFD can also be inflated manually by pulling the activation cord. No inflator maintenance is required for five years, unless fired.

3D Chassis is built for speed

Revolutionary 3D chassis creates a slim profile to enhance mobility, fit securely and reduce neck fatigue also improves the body's aerodynamics to reduce drag at speed. Breathable mesh back panel is made of engineered mesh found in premium running shoes.

Exclusive Materials

Sleek inflation handle and body armor tested outer shell fabric.

The Elite™ has undergone rigorous testing including wind tunnel, high impact jumps and field testing with anglers including pros Chris Lane, Mike McClelland and Dave Mercer.

"I am honored to be a part of the field testing process because Mustang Survival is #1 in flotation not only in fishing but also our military. That's truely an honor because I have so much respect for our service men and women." Chris Lane

"The way the Elite™ fits it feels like I am not even wearing a flotation device but it's on and can save my life." Chris Lane

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