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Elite™ 38 Automatic Hydrostatic Inflatable PFD



Retail $259.75

Built for offshore conditions, the Elite™ 38 Inflatable PFD blends lightweight with durability and the highest buoyancy rating for commercial inflatable PFD's at 38 lbs. The light weight body armor industry outer shell is reinforced with TPU abrasion patches in hard wearing areas. The bright fluorescent yellow / green inflation cell greatly improves in water visibility and includes a strobe light holder and safety whistle. MD5283 stays put at high speeds, lets you move the way you want and NEED to and provides automatic inflation powered by Hammar® Hydrostatic Inflator Technology. The 3D chassis reduces drag at speed, the wide shoulder system eliminates neck fatigue, a wicking mesh liner improves all day comfort, dual side adjusters ease fit and an exclusive sleek anodized inflation handle reduces interference.

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 MD5283 Elite™ PFD with HIT™ will meet the challenges of the most demanding users.

The MD5283 Elite™ Personal Flotation Device is lightweight and comfortable and can be worn over a t-shirt on warm days or over thicker garments in colder conditions. Its low profile allows for maximum mobility.

SPECIAL BUY - Limited stock of Black/Red is available $159.70 while supply lasts. Go to our specials page to order.

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  • Aerodynamic 3D chassis reduces drag at high speed
  • Wicking mesh liner and back vent for enhanced breathability
  • Hydrostatic Inflator Technology H.I.T.™, will automatically inflate when immersed in 4" or more of water minimizing accidental inflation
  • Wide shoulder system eliminates neck fatigue
  • Abrasion patches for hard wearing areas
  • Shaped for optimum mobility and all day comfort
  • Lightweight body-armor industry outer shell
  • Intuitive dual side adjusters to fine tune form fit
  • Provides 38 lbs buoyancy when inflated
  • 1½" buckle
  • Hammar 1F auto hydrostatic inflator is maintenance free for 5 years unless inflated
  • Status indicator window: green means it's ready to go
  • Discreet anodized inflation handle reduces interference
  • Backup oral inflation tube
  • Lightweight and comfortable design
  • Bright fluorescent yellow-green (ANSI) inflation cell for improved in-water visibility
  • Back panel provides stability at speed
  • Strobe light holder and safety whistle for offshore conditions
  • Re-arm with MA5283 kit

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

MD5283 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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2017 Mustang Survival Industrial and Commercial Catalog

2017 Mustang Survival Angler Catalog

2016 Mustang Survival Public safety Product Guide

Public Safety Catalog

2016 Mustang Survival Military Product Guide

Military Catalog

2016 Mustang Survival Product Guide

2016 Product Guide

2016 Mustang Survival Range Book

2016 Range Book

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Available Colors

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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. MD5283 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 anodized inflation handle and body armor tested outer shell fabric.

The Elite™ 38 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™ 38 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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