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The best Personal Float on the market

By Toade D.

Providing a clear location at the end of a drift dive No diver should be without one Forget the rest this is the best

 

The ONLY one that is worthwhile

By NC S.

UPDATE TO PREVIOUS POST-- I was spearfishing off NC coast. We were drift diving. I had several fish on a stringer. I came up and the boat was ½ mile away. Seas were 3-4 foot. Meanwhile a 10 ft tiger shark showed up. I first tried a smaller 6 ft plastic I had previoulsly bought. It was too flimsy and just fell over in the breeze. I brought out the Carter PF-50 and it was the only thing the boat saw. It saved my bacon. I have at least 4 divers that have a PF-50 who all equally rave ab...

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The Carter Personal Float may be the single most important piece of underwater equipment you ever own. The optional, detachable 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm) dive flags on both sides of the float's top makes it highly visible from a considerable distance. Also, a 2" (5 cm) wide reflective strip makes the floats highly visible at night. The one-way oral inflation valve allows the diver to tightly inflate the float at the surface, while a one-way flapper valve allows air into the bottom of the float. The over-pressure/dump valve vents excess air as the personal float ascends to the surface and the handle at the top of the float can be used as an attachment point for a light.

The float is constructed out of a very durable 400-Denier polyurethane coated nylon material. A hook and loop strip at the bottom of the bag holds the float in a tight roll when it is not in use. Adding a 4 lbs. (1.82 kg) weight makes the personal float remain vertical in the water (weight not included). Personal floats are available in different buoyancies: 35, 50, and 75 lbs. (15.9, 22.7, or 34 kg) of lift. The 35 lbs. (15.9 kg) lift float measures (L x Dia.) 72" x 4" (182.9 x 10.2 cm), 50 lbs. (22.7 kg) lift float measures 120" x 4" (304.8 x 10.2 cm) and the 75 lbs. (34 kg) Lift Float measures 90" x 5" (228.6 x 12.7 cm).

Warranty Information

This product has a limited warranty of 12 months.

http://www.carterbag.com/

800-454-8224

Carter Personal Float Features

  • Carter Personal Float:
  • One-Way Oral Inflation Valve
  • Top Handle for Attachment of Light
  • Durable 400-Denier Polyurethane Coated Nylon
  • One-Way Flapper Valve at Base
  • Single Most-Important Piece of Underwater Equipment You'll Ever Own!
  • Over-Pressure/Dump Valve
  • Optional 4 lbs. (1.82 kg) Ballast Weight (not included)
  • Optional, Detachable 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm) Dive Flags for High-Visibility
  • 2" (5 cm) Wide Reflective Strip Highly-Visible at Night
  • hook and loop Strip at Bottom Holds-the-Float in Tight-Roll
  • 4 lbs. (1.82 kg) Weight: Makes Personal Float Remain-Vertical in Water (weight not included)
  • Bright Yellow Color
  • 3 Lift Capacities Available:
    35, 50, and 75 lbs. (15.9, 22.7, or 34 kg)
    Dimensions;
    35 lbs. (15.9 kg) Lift Float (L x Dia.); 72" x 4" (182.9 x 10.2 cm)
    50 lbs. (22.7 kg) Lift Float (L x Dia.); 120" x 4" (304.8 x 10.2 cm)
    75 lbs. (34 kg) Lift Float (L x Dia.); 90" x 5" (228.6 x 12.7 cm)

Carter Personal Float Customer Reviews

Review Summary

 
4.3

(based on 12 reviews)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

The best Personal Float on the market

Providing a clear location at the end of a drift dive No diver should be without one Forget the rest this is the best

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Don't buy!!!

The dump value is at the bottom of the bay. You can't let any air out.

Reviewed by 12 customers

 

I also have the 75# marker .

By Shawn b.

from Warren, MI, US

Great product, well made

 

Carter Lift Bag

By GPC G.

from Ft.Lauderdale , FL, US

I have not use the product yet but the quality of material and workmanship is excellent. I plan to use it for many years....

 

Tough and Better by Design

By Richard

I originaly purchased the bag as an emergency signalling device for warm water diving. But the 50 lbs version I have is much to bulky for this application. (Its heavy duty constuction makes it bulkier) But for scooter or drift divers who may stray a fair distance from the dive boat this is the right tool for the job. The fact that it is open bottom and a sealed bag at the same time is genius.

 

Smart by design

By Richard

This safety sausage is well though out! By virtue of it's clever design; it is both an open bottom and closed bag in one. It's a bit bulkier than the lesser quality bags available, but this is because of it's heavy duty contruction. It's the real McCoy!

 

Great Product and Price

By BJ

This is heavy duty but when rolled up is only slightly larger than many 6 ft SMBs. I can fill it half full from 15 ft before I have to let go. I can then ascend after my safety stop and fill it to the full 10 ft from just below the surface. It is easy to fill tight at the surface from your regulator exhaust tee using exhaled air.

 

The ONLY one that is worthwhile

By NC S.

UPDATE TO PREVIOUS POST-- I was spearfishing off NC coast. We were drift diving. I had several fish on a stringer. I came up and the boat was ½ mile away. Seas were 3-4 foot. Meanwhile a 10 ft tiger shark showed up. I first tried a smaller 6 ft plastic I had previoulsly bought. It was too flimsy and just fell over in the breeze. I brought out the Carter PF-50 and it was the only thing the boat saw. It saved my bacon. I have at least 4 divers that have a PF-50 who all equally rave about this float. Carter, Thank you for making the only PF on the market that does the job and does so very well. Also made in USA. Great stuff.

 

Well made

By Lets S.

Carter use to make a smaller version of this buoy wich has lasted for years of personal use. I bought this for friends. A litle bulky but when needed they do a gret job. I recently lost the diving boat wich was able to find me thanks to the buoy. Very well made.

 

The best Personal Float on the market

By Toade D.

Providing a clear location at the end of a drift dive No diver should be without one Forget the rest this is the best

 

Quality Surface Buoy

By NC S.

This is a high quality surface buoy. It is durable laminated canvas so the wind won't knock it over like the cheap ones. I recommend the 10' to make sure you are easily seen above waves. Carter makes commercial lift bags. This is not some cheap plastic toy. The other reviewer must be inexperienced and not know how to use (all dump valves are at the bottom). It is a very functional buoy. It could even keep you afloat if your BC developed a leak, maybe saving your life.

 

Safety Sausage

By pole-spear

If you dive in the keys with al80s this is not for you. if you are an offshore diver/ tech/ salvage this is an awesome, heavy duty sausage/lift bag

 

Dive Flags Not Included, Must Purchase

By CK

Bag is nicely constructed, however the dive flags must be purchased separately. Flags located under the accessories tab, these are not included in the purchase.

 

Don't buy!!!

By CHESTER N.

from Point Pleasant, NJ, US

The dump value is at the bottom of the bay. You can't let any air out.

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Questions about this item:

Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
Jim C  Use Carter SMB already. This new one is a backup. Nothing but the best!
ALLEN M  Is a real safety sausage. Long enough to be seen far away and stands up in high wind. Very well built and made in USA
Shopper  Will the oral inflation valve accept an LP inflator hose?
GREGORY B  Yes, it will.
brent b  Yes they will, I just took my gear out and tried it.
Shopper  Are the weights removable or adjustable? Do I carry 4 lbs less weight in my bcd?
Mike W  There are no weights attached to this item. Additionally, from a safety point of view. Never adjust your weights for something else you may have with you, camera etc. If you have to drop or accidentally drop that item you will have lost control of your buoyancy.
THOMAS K  Yes, the weight is removable. The only time I would use weights with the 50 pound float that I bought would be on a drift dive, if I was tethered to it. I bought mine basically to allow the attending boat to locate me quickly post-dive, especially in high seas. The weight is not necessary, if you're not tethered to the float and are using the float simply for locating you after a dive. Once on the surface find a means to hold the first couple feet of the float underwater so the rest will rise vertically into the air. If you're SCUBA diving, I see no reason why you couldn't substitute the 4# is lead in your BC, or on your belt, with the lead in the float. However, it may be difficult to orally inflate with the weight attached, and you definitely don't want to inadvertently drop it before inflating if you already have it weighted.
THOMAS K  Yes, the weight is removable. The only time I would use weights with the 50 pound float that I bought would be on a drift dive, if I was tethered to it. I bought mine basically to allow the attending boat to locate me quickly post-dive, especially in high seas. The weight is not necessary, if you're not tethered to the float and are using the float simply for locating you after a dive. Once on the surface find a means to hold the first couple feet of the float underwater so the rest will rise vertically into the air. If you're SCUBA diving, I see no reason why you couldn't substitute the 4# is lead in your BC, or on your belt, with the lead in the float. However, it may be difficult to orally inflate with the weight attached, and you definitely don't want to inadvertently drop it before inflating if you already have it weighted.
PAUL K  In saltwater in added two pounds; but nothing in freshwater. It is visible from a long distance.
MICHAEL C  The weights merely attach to the lift bag. You ca adjust the weight to make the lift bag stand up right. You will need to carry your normal weight in the BCD or risk not having enough weight to stay down during your safety stop unless you normally dive heavy. I usually carry the extra weight and just hang on the line during my safety stop which causes the float to stand up right.
Terry T  I think you're confused. The float has no weights When you['re on the surface, you can hang weights on the loop on the bottom of the float to make it stand upright, however this has nothing to do with how much wight you put on your weight-belt.
CHIP E  ????? It's a lift bag, there are no weights.
ALLEN M  There are no weights with this personal float. It's an inflatable tube. 1) You blow it up on the surface and use it as a "flag" to signal the boat your location so they can see you if you have drifted far away in current or tall seas. 2) Inflate it on the surface and use it for #1 and also to keep you afloat if you are lost from the boat or your BC has a leak this can keep you afloat. Make SURE you test and use this- it can be filled from the bottom using a regulator, or it has a mouth inflate. You MUST be familiar using since in an emergency you have to know how to deploy. Deflated it will fit in a BC pocket and not affect your buoyancy.
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