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I have 15 yrs experience at sea kayaking & boating. ONYX Life Vest: No Safety Buckle/Clasp at front, top of zipper to prevent PFD from accidentally unzipping or popping open. No Safety Buckle/Clasp at front, bottom of PFD to prevent body from accidentally slipping through vest. I purchased the correct size & securely tightened the Side Straps, yet my body still slid down through vest. Very disappointed, clearly not a safe design, so promptly returned for full refund. Seller delayed refund, so Amazon stepped in to secure refund for me, thank you! I will not purchase anything from this seller again.
I use this for kayaking and am 5'11 160 lbs. It fits me perfectly with minimal adjustment. Quality feels good so far after 1 season of use. The shape is great for paddle sports as the shorter back allows me to sit with my back flush against the kayak seat.
I very much enjoy the light, low profile, and unobstructive nature of this PFD. It have now used it for almost a full summer season (near daily use) and it shows little to no wear from recreational kayaking.
My only concern, and this is based off of the vest's floatation rating, is that it would only be effective in relatively calm waters, and with the wearer leaning back to starfish. If you were knocked unconcious in this vest, it may not afford you the floatation you require.
In addition, the front pocket of the vest is much smaller than I expected, and doesn't hold much more than a whistle.
This aside, I'm very content with it, and have been happy with the quality I've experienced so far! If this vest suits your needs, I highly recommend it!
This is a fantastic PFD for paddlers - shoulders are cut so there is no rubbing or discomfort when paddling. Back is 1/2 mesh to allow for the backrest on my kayak so it doesn’t ride up and strangle my armpits. Also it comes with an attached whistle in the front pocket for those who belong to a paddle club that requires one for group trips - yay! Definitely great value for the money - couldn’t find anything within the $100 of this price locally.
Bought two for the wife and myself. These are perfect ! Light weight and don't interfere with paddling and high enough in the back to avoid rubbing on the seat. Very satisfied and the price is good. I'm more inclined to wear this jacket and that's the purpose of wearing a pfd!
Have not tried it yet, will be using it in summertime and just looking at the good quality and compared to friends that have gotten other ones, this one is way better and I would recommend this to anyone who rides a kayak
Fits well, very flexible size. TOTALLY ROOMY FOR CHUBBY ARMS using kayak paddles. LOTS OF NECK SPACE, no rubbing under the chin/arms or whatnot even while floating. (female 220lbs at 5.2) I have snorkeled once so far and was surprised to find it works well for me, as I read somewhere it would not work for snorkeling. Could have bigger pocket for sure but I knew it would be that size so no surprise there. I might sew another on at some point. Delivered fast, about 7 days
I had a Type I life preserver, but it was so big, it caught in the rigging of the sailboat. The instructor told me before we boarded that it was too big, and he was right. The next class I changed to this PFD Type III, and it worked much better. Lower profile, lighter, less bulky. It was so much better I wore it for the rest of the course.
I really like this west. It has all I need and it does not give me "blisters" when paddling!!! I like the whistle pocket, I like the adjustment option both on shoulder and waist. I like the airy netting in the back that also helps it not to glide "up". All in all I am happy with my purchase and absolutely recommend it for other padlers out there!!!
Lo compre para usar en kayak Se ve que tiene red en la parte de atras, pero solo un poco y muy abajo Lo siento un poco grueso e incomodo de la espalda para remar Preferiria una mas delgado de la espalda