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Will save a life if USED CORRECTLY. (Practice.)
- Covers good distance if thrown properly (practice)
- Reflective colors make it easy to spot in the water
- Easy to coil rope without tangling
- Can be used to catch another rope in the water
- Takes a while to coil back because of length (use partner's help)
I used this bag in Swift Water Rescue training. Works well and is easy enough to throw. Keep in mind it has plenty of rope and requires a bit of strength to throw the full distance. I only managed to throw it the full 75 feet two or three times in a day practicing with it.
It's easy to coil, but it's still 75 feet of rope. Use a partner to help speed things up when coiling the rope.
I really liked that the victim's end of the rope has a flotation device (foam) as well as a plastic hook for retrieving rope. This is great for SWR tactics where you have to cross a line to the other side of the river in order to help a victim. Getting someone out of a foot entrapment for example.
The equipment I was practicing with was old, +2 years old, and it held up nicely. On some bags you could see they had taken a beating so we used them to practice on land. We ended up using the NRS rescue bag to help "victims" get out of the water. If used properly this is an excellent tool.
I am a tour guide in Puerto Rico. Usually I pack all my gear in a 25L dry bag. That includes food, tools, and FA kit for emergencies (avoided, phew). I like to travel light, but on a rescue operation I learned it's almost impossible to travel light if taking the necessary precautions.
I would say this bag is not a daily use bag for just in case someone falls in the water. I would recommend a smaller bag unless you are planning on being a rescue operative or are expecting to really need a tough durable TB for unexpected rescues.
Remember practice makes perfect, and I hope you never have to use it.
Source: borrowed it