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Automatic Inflatable Work Vest

MD3188

$235.90

Retail $354.95

The ONLY approved inflatable work vest on the market!

The FIRST and ONLY inflatable work vest US Coast Guard approved for use on inspected and uninspected vessels of any size. Top-rated in the NIOSH study, the MD3188 is comfortable, durable and will not inadvertently inflate due to humidity, rain or spray thanks the Mustang Survival's exclusive HIT™ technology.

Available exclusively from Mustang Survival, the Inflatable Work Vest is the first of its kind. Designed by Mustang's Innovation & Technology experts and built for serious users with exclusive technology, Mustang Survival has pioneered the standards for inflatable work vests.

With a comfortable, low-profile fit, the Mustang Survival Inflatable Work Vest offers enhanced mobility and reduced heat stress, allowing crews and professionals to work more efficiently throughout the day. Its 38 lbs. buoyancy rating also means they'll have the added safety of extra flotation when they need it.

Made for the most severe environments, the Mustang Survival Inflatable Work Vest contains Hydrostatic Inflator Technology HIT™ that offers reliable inflation in a low maintenance design that will only automatically inflate when submerged in four or more inches of water, not inadvertently due to rain, spray or humidity. This technology is exclusive to Mustang Survival in North America and maintenance free for up to 5 years or until inflated. This product also features the patented SecureZip™ closure system to ensure the vest will stay closed during even the most rigorous activity and still open effortlessly upon inflation.

Mustang Survival MD3188 Inflatable Work Vest is ideal for constant wear situations, hot, humid conditions and high mobility requirements.

***Quantity pricing is available. Call Jay 763-263-9835 for details

** For government agencies, this product is available manufactured in a TAA compliant location for an additional $63.00. If you require this you must select yes below to receive the GS version.

Select Quantity
TAA Compliance (add $63.00)
Re-Arm Kit C MA7214 (add $58.90)
Belt Extender adds 12" MA7637 (add $18.90)

Available Colors

MD3188 automatic inflatable work vest PFD orange Orange

MD3188

MD3188 HIT automatic inflatable work vest orange

MD3188 hydrostatic automatic inflatable work vest inflated

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Features

  • Provides 38 lb buoyancy when inflated - twice the inflation of foam work vests
  • 1F auto hydrostatic inflator technology protects against inadvertent inflation
  • Up to 5 year maintenance free inflator with status indicator window
  • Durable PU-coated nylon shell offers improved puncture and abrasion resistance
  • Custom molded inflator cover reduces wear and protects inflator cap
  • SecureZip™ closure features recessed zipper to protect teeth from oil, grease and other contaminants
  • CO² cylinder is contained inside cell to protect against corrosion
  • Retro-reflective SOLAS tape on front and back outer shell
  • Strobe light holder, safety whistle and additional SOLAS reflective tape are visible when inflated
  • Lightweight and comfortable design
  • Coated neoprene neck cushion for improved comfort
  • Offers greater mobility than foam work vests
  • Reduces heat stress
  • Includes back up oral inflation tube and manual activation cord
  • Customizable back flap for crew or agency identification
  • Easy to clean fabrics
  • D-ring for kill switch attachment
  • 1½" buckle
  • Uses re-arm MA7214 Kit C
  • Approved for use on inspected and uninspected vessels of any size
  • 50MPH strength tested

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

SKU: 62533135543

MD3188 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

2019 Mustang Survival Product Guide
2019 Product Guide

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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