Staying afloat is only part of the battle if you fall overboard.
It’s equally important to keep your head and mouth clear of waves, which is where West Marine’s new universal inflatable PFD thigh straps come in. They not only ensure that your inflatable PFD stays securely attached to your body, but they also allow you to fine-tune your floating position in the water, maximizing your chances of survival. Easily retrofitted to an existing PFD, they are also surprisingly unobtrusive. MSRP is $29. West Marine, www.westmarine.com.
January 2013 issue