My Stolquist PFD is 16 years old. No major tears or frays. At 175lbs, I have stayed within 10lbs of when I bought it.
Some references on the web put the lifespan of a PFD at about 10 years. Is that a good rule of thumb?
I try to practice rolls and re-entry’s each time I go out. What I have noticed this year is that while it still works (I still float), I am now sitting lower in the water than when I used to. I like to wear it quite snug around my body.
Does flotation capacity diminish with time? Time for a new one? Any insight is appreciated.