Tested! Stearn's Self Inflating Life Jacket (PFD)

  • Published on Jul 3, 2019
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    After purchasing the Stearn's self inflating life jacket and reflecting after taking it out on a trip curiousity got the better of me and i had to test it out to see what would happen if i needed it
    **NOTE** -As per my usual i was too forceful when opening the baggie with the green safety pin and realized after the fact that i had actually snapped off the tiny pin that was to go into the hole and have to replace it or be very very careful haha
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Comments • 338

  • Richard Solomon
    Richard Solomon 2 months ago +43

    Very cool, my you never need to deploy it again :-) you can also manually inflate via the air tube great safety 1st video Doug

    • Jennifer White
      Jennifer White 2 months ago +1

      @Marv HarrisonI have the mustang jacket it does open up on it own like all my jacket when finished with them I take them out of the boat and hang them up in the closet that is were I put the keys for the boat as well I would not forget the jackets them boat does sit in a heated building all year around

    • Marv Harrison
      Marv Harrison 2 months ago +3

      @Doug Linker hi doug, i have a similar life belt. Same kind of design. It has a strap that runs from the back, under crotch and clips onto front where the chest strap buckles. It's so that it doesn't ride up when inflated. I think yours might have one also as i seen another strap dangling at one point in your video. Check to see mate. Great video by the way!

    • Canoehound Adventures
      Canoehound Adventures 2 months ago +6

      Great that the life jacket even has a failsafe

    • Richard Solomon
      Richard Solomon 2 months ago +10

      Na it's always good to test these things, then you don't have any doubts if you need it for real

    • Doug Linker
      Doug Linker  2 months ago +18

      This is why I should read instructions! Thx for the tip

  • Barbara Matheney
    Barbara Matheney 29 days ago

    Good to know! Great job!

  • Bill Collier
    Bill Collier Month ago

    Thanks for the demo. I think ill get a few. I've had some scary moment out on Lake St Clair myself.

  • Doug Hubble
    Doug Hubble Month ago

    Thank you for showing this video. I just bought my first canoe i have never been in one this will be a must. Thanks.

  • sue zaple
    sue zaple Month ago

    thanks for bringing us along

  • G0ingNative
    G0ingNative Month ago

    Thank you for the demonstration. I have been thinking of getting one of these but wasn't sure. Stay safe and take care out there.

  • barney rubbles22
    barney rubbles22 2 months ago


  • RunnDove
    RunnDove 2 months ago

    So glad to see this Doug. Good for you

  • Brent H
    Brent H 2 months ago

    Thank you for being humble enough to get a PFD that you will wear all the time on the water.. I see too many boaters with it " close enough " and that's not how it works when you need it. Good man up moment. Play safe!

  • Randy with ofapt
    Randy with ofapt 2 months ago

    Thanks Doug. Have watched you often on Joe's channel. I am now subscribed to yours and catching up.

  • Lynn
    Lynn 2 months ago

    I have never heard a life preserver fart before. That was fun. 😂😂

  • Fran Rautiola
    Fran Rautiola 2 months ago

    Worked good, that waterhole you jumped in reminds me of the swimming holes in upper Michigan we swam in as young kids, keep up the videos, very enjoyable

  • Marta Smith
    Marta Smith 2 months ago

    Omg....how scary! I’m so glad you’re both ok. Thank you for making the video....it may save someone’s life! Famous neighbour...who wouldn’t thought!

  • Chris Fisher
    Chris Fisher 2 months ago

    Honestly thought you ripped ass when you pulled the cord😂

  • Bill Mitchell
    Bill Mitchell 2 months ago

    That wasn't a cheap test.

  • Bill Mitchell
    Bill Mitchell 2 months ago

    Wonder how long it will stay inflated?

  • Harry Murphey
    Harry Murphey 2 months ago

    I crew on Racing Sailboats and we have been have discussions about Manual vs Auto Activation. There are lots of times where we have waves/water coming over the boat while racing and you don't want or need an Life-preserver to inflate when you don't need it in the middle of a race because you get splashed w/ a wave. So I am looking for one that you can set it to which type of activation you want depending on the circumstances. Very Good Informative Video ... Thanks Doug. ( Look up Chesapeake Log Canoe ... you have never seen a "Canoe" like these ... and how crazy and dedicated we sailors are to our sport ... )

  • heidigib01
    heidigib01 2 months ago

    That’s awesome! I had no idea there was such a thing. I hope you never need it again, but I’m so glad to see you take your safety seriously.

  • Steven Lein
    Steven Lein 2 months ago

    You may find those 25g co2 cartridges for less at a bicycle shop. Check it yearly before the first outing too.

  • Augie doggie and Mimi Dog

    Dude you R brave. That water looks like I don't know what. Brave

  • Anne Sweeney
    Anne Sweeney 2 months ago

    I need ..

  • Kandis McCabe
    Kandis McCabe 2 months ago

    Thank's for the video on this!!!! Always wondered how well they really worked( now I know)
    Keep the videos coming, truly enjoy all !!!!

  • Gee Wizz
    Gee Wizz 2 months ago

    wow safety water vests have come a long way definitely a brilliant idea thanks Doug for the how to video awesome

  • Leonard Sackett
    Leonard Sackett 2 months ago

    Great idea...I think. Looks a lot like my old scuba vest. I know I always feel like a beached whale when I have a PFD on in the water. I wonder though if this style would make it harder to get back into a boat or otherwise maneuver while in the water. But then I am also one of those who doesn't normally wear a life jacket because it makes it hard to paddle and move around. A great video though showing another option available.

  • Kevin Neff
    Kevin Neff 2 months ago

    Thanks for the demo, I wondered if they actually work.

  • Kevin Blanchard
    Kevin Blanchard 2 months ago

    I have looked at those for kayaking but didn't think they were quite safe enough. I don't mind wearing a kayaking life jacket but they are bulky.

  • nty grty
    nty grty 2 months ago

    can you fill up with your breath?

  • Pittbull
    Pittbull 2 months ago

    Very nice video . Was the water cold Doug. Lol

  • In the Woods with Bigfoot

    That's great! My boss has a sail boat and he wears one of those. I'm not sure if he knows that it is refillable. I may have to look into one of those. Thanks! Great video!

  • Webby Toes
    Webby Toes 2 months ago

    Doug you rock buddy. Great stuff. Ever in Sarnia Ontario?

  • marian frances
    marian frances 2 months ago

    good test and glad it was you in that water and not me! hello from rainy alberta.

  • mushercdn
    mushercdn 2 months ago

    So ... has the pink eye and esr infection, that you got from jumping into that turtle water, cleared up yet? Thanks for the video.

  • Amy Zukowski
    Amy Zukowski 2 months ago

    Thanks for the review Doug and for braving that water for us.

  • PrincessTS01
    PrincessTS01 2 months ago

    this is cause you capsized your boat in the big lake isnt it

  • Briann Conn
    Briann Conn 2 months ago


  • Old Goat in the Woods
    Old Goat in the Woods 2 months ago

    Cool demo! After what you had gone through out on that lake - great precaution!

  • David Oyama
    David Oyama 2 months ago

    Thanks for demonstrating your new slim size life vest ! Looks like it works great ! It sounds like you are farting when it is inflating haha ! Thanks Doug !

  • John J620
    John J620 2 months ago

    Love your channel Doug....its alwas a pleasure watching your videos. And all the other boys too.. 😊

  • barney rubbles22
    barney rubbles22 2 months ago

    good 1 doug.

  • Gary Brooks
    Gary Brooks 2 months ago +1

    I like it too! The bird likes it too!

  • Ce Yo
    Ce Yo 2 months ago

    My dad is a fisherman so I spent many years on the water helping him, I never wore a lifejacket. After your incident on the lake, I bought a life jacket from Costco two days ago. Thanks for sharing. It reminded me that things can happen.

  • Brandon Carlson
    Brandon Carlson 2 months ago

    Great demo. Thank you.

  • Bob Young
    Bob Young 2 months ago

    easy peasy . Thanks for showing the rearm as well. I think you just soled a Big ton of them.
    People always say well if the boat tips I'll grab the life vest. ernk wrong, it happens soo fast. the first thing u think of is why didn't I wear the vest as u watch it floating away.
    I get not wearing that big bulky orange thing . no excuse not wearing this one.

  • Bob Brooks
    Bob Brooks 2 months ago

    Hey Doug,
    I am very glad you introduced the wreck of the Dougmonfitzgerald (apologies to Gordon) without going directly into the video. Even with that, I must say it was pretty sobering. As a former navy frogman, I know that no matter how good a swimmer you are, cold water is the great equalizer. Glad you are OK and there are not many of us who but for the grace of God, survived something we could have prevented. I went on line and bought an inflatable vest for my own kayak excursions right after watching. Continue to enjoy everything you post, especially looking forward to your next canoeing carving and coffee adventure. Again, glad you are ok, you are a good man.

  • Herman Gerrits
    Herman Gerrits 2 months ago

    When you changed your name from Doug outside into Dough Linker I thaught off the Dutch word: link. It means in the Netherlands: Dangerous. The word: Linker means: More Dangerous. I hope your kit is save.

    • Doug Linker
      Doug Linker  2 months ago

      i thought it was left handed haha -i'm not that either

  • Doug Gibson
    Doug Gibson 2 months ago

    Great video Doug, you're a brave man going into that pond, burr

  • Cabin Life with Glenn & Maureen

    Thanks for the review/demonstration. I also wondered how fast they would inflate.

  • Everything Forest
    Everything Forest 2 months ago

    Great video (y)

  • JulieSomeone
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  • Johnathon Ayles
    Johnathon Ayles 2 months ago

    Knowing HOW your gear works is just as if not more important than HAVING the gear. Great test of the PFD. Thanks for sharing with us. Cheers Johnathon

  • Robert Perren
    Robert Perren 2 months ago

    Interesting topic there Doug, it’s good to get advice on what’s out there

  • TWSTF 8
    TWSTF 8 2 months ago +1

    3:50 (just after saying, "I think I'm gonna live!") lol a Gator appears and has a self-inflating lunch! 🐊

  • Nick Brown
    Nick Brown 2 months ago

    Doug Sinker. Jokes aside, It’s good to see you learning from your experiences. Nobody thinks to add a life jacket to their survival item list. Have a good one

  • Martha Neuhauser
    Martha Neuhauser 2 months ago

    Great advice

  • Vincent Venturella
    Vincent Venturella 2 months ago +1

    I am so glad.....this was a good follow up on your past adventures ! That vest is great, low profile ! That shock of the water ! Never ready for it. My trout vest is also a PFD

  • David Lee
    David Lee 2 months ago

    When I was a kid we wore 'buoyancy aids' which were filled with foam and got in the way all the time!

  • Craig Mooring
    Craig Mooring 2 months ago

    Now, just a daggone minute here. How the heck is it self-inflatin' if'n YOU gotta pull the dang cord fer it? If'n its 'poseda be self- inflatin' let IT pull the cord its own dang self. Sounds lak the one ya call ottomatic is the one what's self-inflatin' an' that'n there ain't. Now, person'ly, I wooden want no self-inflatin' vest on accounta because Ima wanna make up my own mind 'bout when to puff or not to puff up. Don't want no dang rain drop makin' that thing pop up lak one o' them new-fangled airbag things an' slappin' me in the jaw, no sir.

    • Doug Linker
      Doug Linker  2 months ago

      pull the cord= self inflates -automatic= gets wet ..inflates

  • me
    me 2 months ago

    down here in Florida you are required to have a whistle attached to your vest and yes even if your paddling a canoe..

  • Richard Burguillos
    Richard Burguillos 2 months ago

    Nice... great idea. Thanks for sharing and showing us how it works.

  • Cydsdad
    Cydsdad 2 months ago

    Well Done Doug. Safety is always #1 Thank You