Dump the old gear. If your PFD's color is fading, it is time for a new one. Unfortunately gear ages, and needs to be replaced, some of it will make you uncomfortable - the sleeping pad that wont hold air, the rain fly on the tent that doesn't shed water anymore - and some will be unsafe, like the above mentioned PFD. I need to follow this tip myself as my beloved Astral 300r needs to go. I shall lead by example and make that happen. Sorry old friend. It's your time.