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Mae West life jackets

Location: Camp 9 Put-in
Status: Live River
By: Larry Orman
Date: August 16, 1975

Until the advent of closed-cell foam life jackets, the state of the art was a “Mae West” lifejacket – two air-filled pouches with kapok material inside and one in the back, and very effective at floating you in whitewater. But, the pouches could puncture easily and water would soak the kapok and make the jacket ineffective. Adjusting your lifejacket was a regular feature of the put-in process for rafting trips.

Keywords: Fun, Rafting
Format: Photograph
Collection: Larry Orman's Collection
Rights: Copyright Larry Orman 1975

Date uploaded: Nov 1, 2018
Date last modified: Nov 20, 2018