Pockets and Hand warmers a plus
I agree that the side buckles are a little annoying. It took me awhile to figure out a way to buckle them myself. Now I have them loose when I put it on and can twist it around a little to the front, buckle, then twist back and tighten. Easy to do but I am normal breasted. Feels good on, not scrunched like others.The big pluses are: great flotation and buoyancy. I love the pockets, I keep keys, chap stick, sunglasses,etc at easy reach. I purchased this PFD particularly for the hand warmer pockets because I paddle in cold New England spring weather. A great place to tuck the hands when not paddling. Also a great place to tuck gloves when taken off. Very comfortable overall for whitewater kayaking.