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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.
The drop-down units on the Fisherman are too bulky near the sides. A fisherman's forearms will make contact with the material on every cast eventually causing irritation on the skin. Good idea, but the drop-downs should be halved in size and be towards the front, with the inside edge next to the zipper. Obviously this unit was not designed nor tested by an experienced fly fisherman.
I own 8 Stohlquist PFDs and would not use another brand the quality is so consistently good, but this unit just has a poor design.
I have been a fly-fishing instructor for over 40 years. I am a member of the Hobie Fishing Team and wear a Stohlquist PFD at least 150 days a year. Thank you for asking my opinion.