What brands of these have people used and found good for kayaking in? I recently bought a hydration vest designed for runners and found it so comfortable for hiking in (it really does stay put when running, too) that I’d like to wear it on longer paddles. That means wearing a typical PFD is out of the question. But the hydration vest sits high up enough that I can wear a fanny pack with it, so I am looking for a good waist-belt inflatable PFD. The inflatables MUST be worn, not just kept handy on the boat. (Besides, if I have to remove the hydration pack and then put on a PFD, in the kind of conditions that would pose high risk of capsizing, then the PFD had better be on my body already.)
Yeah, I know that a tow belt could not be worn then. I have one and learned how to use it but normally don’t wear it anyway. It is far less of a concern than staying well-hydrated in this dry, sunny climate that gets pretty hot for the “liquid” part of the year.