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Bought this for kayak fishing. I love it! I’m a big man (6’ 4” and 265 lbs. / 48” chest) and it adjusts and fits great. Doesn’t interfere with my seat back on the kayak, and the storage for tackle and gear is just right.
Excellent simple, functional kayak life vest without all the bells and whistles of the expensive kayak company brand names. Great fit once adjusted. Great price for the design, quality made and materials used. I’m happy I got mine before they all disappeared since now they are temporarily out of stock. Try to find out when Amazon will get them or go directly to the manufacturer, Stolhquist.
I wear this 100% while kayak fishing, kayak cruising, kayak exploring. Range of mobility is perfect. Comfortable to wear while rowing. I wear it fly fishing in water up to my hips. It does not sneak up unless in water above hips. At that point, I am just swimming or floating around. A muskie bit the vest but it still kept me floating as I dragged it to shore...okay that part is a fish story. The rest is accurate. Very pleased.
With the amount of adjustments this PFD has it makes it very comfortable and easy to move around without any restriction. I also tested it laying face down in the water and it did turn my upright so my face was out of the water. Highly recommend this for recreational kayaking and fishing while your kayaking. Already recommended this to a friend and they purchased it. They love it as well!!
Personal think it’s the best fishing life vest. The hard pockets protect items. Wish they offered it in red or yellow to be visible out in the water. But so far comfort and ability to cast normal is a huge plus. Would def but again. And would love to trade in if they do make a different color that is more visible.
Not quite what I was hoping for a far as a fishing vest, but quality life jacket. I was waring a fly vest over a life jacket and got this to combine them. Not quite satisfied especially after spending so much on it. It just doesn't have the pocket space and convenience of a real fishing vest.
Although I don't have much to compare this to, this PFD was very comfortable on my first time out on my kayak. I didn't even feel that it was on, but when I needed to switch up lures, I knew I had it on. Just look down and unzip the pockets.
One thing I wish it had was a holder for my p-line pliers. I'm sure there's a place to put it if I actually put some time in organizing this PFD. I might just get a medium carabiner and hook it somewhere.
Anyways, I would recommend this vest for kayak fishing.
Short of buying top-end rafting PFD's, these are a great PFD that offers some storage, good range of motion and enough adjustments to make them fit everyone. I was looking for PFD's for geusts and didnt want to spend a fortune. Not at all disappointed.
This PFD fits a big guy, 6-2, 250, well. Lets me paddle my kayak freely. Comfortable. No roasting me in the summer sun. Convenient pockets and holders for fishing. Wide range of adjustment. I am assuming it will give me buoyancy as I have not joined the 'kayak swim team' just yet. When I get a moment I will try it out for buoyancy but I believe it will do the job. Recommended.