I don’t think anyone is complaining about SOLAS, just discussing its best use. I live on an inland lake with plenty of wave boats, jet skis, and power boats. I removed my SOLAS because the very reflective mirror-type patch and prism tape on my paddle are more easily seen in daylight. I figure if the little mirror in my PFD does the trick for the required USCG signaling device, the mirroring tape acts as a signal on my paddle. I do like bnystrom’s mention of placing SOLAS strips around the paddle shaft in case I’m late getting off the water.
While my Prana sure isn’t brightly colored, my hat, PFD, and rashguards are. But power boats plane when they’re moving fast and unless the driver has a lookout or is standing, their line of vision isn’t all that great for paddlers since we’re so low on the water. The more paddle flash, the better. When I use my Greenland, sometimes I do have to wave it since it’s just unadorned red cedar.
Here’s what 3MScotchlite has to say about their retroflective materials:
"- Requires light source
"- Dawn & dusk benefits
“- Great nighttime benefits-poor daytime”
Use some of both and you’re covered for day and night.