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Elite™ Automatic Hydrostatic Inflatable PFD

MD5183

$191.80

Retail $229.85

It's time to push the limits of performance without compromise. Built on revolutionary 3D chassis, the Elite™ Inflatable PFD stays put at high speeds, lets you move the way you want and NEED to and provides automatic inflation powered by Hammar® Hydrostatic Inflator Technology. The 3D chassis reduces drag at speed, the wide shoulder system eliminates neck fatigue, a wicking mesh liner improves all day comfort, dual side adjusters ease fit and an exclusive sleek inflation handle prevents snags. The bright fluorescent yellow-green inflation cell provides 28 lbs buoyancy when inflated and improves visibility in a rescue scenario.

The Hydrostatic Inflator Technology HIT™ offers reliable inflation in a low maintenance design that will only automatically inflate when submerged in four or more inches of water and not inadvertently due to spray or humidity. Exclusive to Mustang Survival in North America and maintenance free for 5 years or until inflated. Made for the most severe marine environments the MD5183 Elite™ PFD with HIT™ will meet the challenges of the most demanding users.

The MD5183 Elite™ Personal Flotation Device is lightweight and comfortable and can be worn over a t-shirt on warm days or over thicker garments in colder conditions. Its low profile allows for maximum mobility.

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Features

  • Aerodynamic 3D chassis reduces drag at high speed
  • Wicking mesh liner improves breathability
  • Hydrostatic Inflator Technology, will automatically inflate when immersed in 4" or more of water
  • Wide shoulder system eliminates neck fatigue
  • Shaped for optimum mobility and all day comfort
  • Lightweight fabric shell, also used in the body armor industry
  • Intuitive dual side adjustments
  • Provides 28 lbs (125N) buoyancy when inflated - more than 1.5 times the buoyancy of standard foam PFD's
  • 1½" buckle
  • Hammar 1F auto hydrostatic inflator is maintenance free for 5 years unless inflated
  • Status indicator window: green means it's ready to go
  • Sleek inflation handle prevents unnecessary interference or snags
  • Backup oral inflation tube
  • Lightweight and comfortable design
  • Bright fluorescent yellow-green (ANSI) inflation cell for improved in-water visibility
  • Back panel provides stability at speed
  • Mesh vent for enhanced breathability
  • D-ring for kill switch attachment
  • Re-arm with MA5183 Kit A

Approval: U.S.C.G. - UL1180 - Type V Commercial; Type III Recreational - Inflatable PFD's 160.076

MD5183 Size Chart

  Chest (inches) Weight (lbs) Chest (cm) Weight (kg)
Universal 30" - 52" 80lbs. or over 76 - 132 36 kg or over

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Formula to Determine Buoyancy

If a man weighs 200 pounds on land, he only weighs 10 pounds in the water.

80% of the human body is water. Water in the body has no weight in the water.

200 pounds x 80% = 160 pounds
200 pounds – 160 pounds = 40 pounds

The human body is 15% fat, fat is lighter than water.

200 pounds x 15% = 30 pounds
40 pounds – 30 pounds = 10 pounds

A 200 pound person only weighs 10 pounds in the water.

A U.S.C.G. approved Type V vest is mandated to have 17.5 pounds of buoyancy.

If a man weighs 350 pounds on land, he only weighs:

80% of the human body is water. Water in the body has no weight in the water.

350 x 80% = 280 pounds
350 pounds – 280 pounds = 70 pounds

The human body is 15% fat, fat is lighter than water.

350 pounds x 15% = 52.5 pounds
70 pounds – 52.5 pounds = 17.5 pounds

A 350 pound person weighs 17.5 pounds in the water.

Type V PFD

In regards to using Work Vests or any other Life Jacket, the saying goes “It can only save your life if you’re wearing it.” Less obvious is what to expect upon entering the water once you take an unexpected fall. Depending on the height from which you fall, position of your body when entering the water, along with any currents present you may be kep under longer than you think. Type V Vests are required by United States Coast Guard to have a minimum buoyant force of 17 ½ pounds. This is adequate buoyancy to keep your head, neck and the top of your shoulders above the water. You will rise to the surface more quickly with more body fat and air pockets in your clothing. A lean and muscular person will rise more slowly to the surface.

A person of 200 lbs weighs 10 lbs in the water, 80% of a person’s weight is water which has no weight in the water, and about 15% is fat, which is lighter than water, consequently, the real weight of the person in water is about 10 pounds.

Having your Vest fit snugly is key to survival. Loose fitting or unbuckled Vests can slip over your head when falling feet first, allowing you to sink much further down. Hold on to your Vest as you enter the water just in case. Nothing is more important at that moment than getting your mouth above the top of the waves. Once in the water pull your Vest down to make sure all of the buoyancy is under the water. This will get your mouth and nose as high as possible. Most Vests have a strap that goes under your arms to keep your vest from riding up. If it is missing then replacement is recommended. Vests wear out over time and will lose some of their buoyancy. Here’s a quick way to check for the minimum buoyancy of 17 ½ pounds. Attach 20 pounds of steel weight to the Vest. Dumb bell weights work just fine. Twenty pounds of steel weight weighs approximately 17 ½ pounds in the water. If your Vest floats above or just below the surface, it still meets the minimum required buoyancy. If it sinks it should be replaced. The foam in your Vest will lose its buoyancy if it is compressed under weight or crammed in storage. It’s best to hang them or set them on a shelf when not in use.

Humans are land dwellers and need a little help in the water.

Mustang Survival Warranty and Repair Information

**Products not eligible for returns include: Re-Arm Kits, Custom Orders, Non Current and Non Stock Products, Discontinued Products and Inflatable PFD's purchased 6 months ago or longer.

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Catalogs

2018 Mustang Survival Product Guide

2017 Mustang Survival Industrial and Commercial Catalog

2017 Mustang Survival Angler Catalog

2016 Mustang Survival Public safety Product Guide

2016 Public Safety Catalog

2016 Mustang Survival Military Product Guide

2016 Military Catalog

2016 Mustang Survival Product Guide

2016 Product Guide

2016 Mustang Survival Range Book

2016 Range Book

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Available Colors

MD5183 Elite auto inflatable in gray Gray
MD5183 HIT auto inflatable in black Black
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Exclusive to Mustang Survival

Hydrostatic Technology

Hydrostatic pressure is applied to objects submerged in water. The new hydrostatic inflator needs only to be submerged 4 inches (10 cm) for hydrostatic pressure to open a pressure valve which releases a firing mechanism that automatically inflates the PFD.

Reliable Inflation

The PFD inflates under hydrostatic pressure and will not inflate prematurely due to rain, humidity or water contact. MD5183 PFD can also be inflated manually by pulling the activation cord. No inflator maintenance is required for five years, unless fired.

3D Chassis is built for speed

Revolutionary 3D chassis creates a slim profile to enhance mobility, fit securely and reduce neck fatigue also improves the body's aerodynamics to reduce drag at speed. Breathable mesh back panel is made of engineered mesh found in premium running shoes.

Exclusive Materials

Sleek inflation handle and body armor tested outer shell fabric.

The Elite™ has undergone rigorous testing including wind tunnel, high impact jumps and field testing with anglers including pros Chris Lane, Mike McClelland and Dave Mercer.

"I am honored to be a part of the field testing process because Mustang Survival is #1 in flotation not only in fishing but also our military. That's truely an honor because I have so much respect for our service men and women." Chris Lane

"The way the Elite™ fits it feels like I am not even wearing a flotation device but it's on and can save my life." Chris Lane

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