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Great for small keelboat
We bought three kokatat orbit PDFs for our new J70 small keelboat. We are very satisfied. They fit great, and are very comfortable. They allow free arm movement, and do not impede at all. I also like the front pockets for storing small pieces like sunglasses.
They store very nicely on board, are easy to get off and on.
We have inflatable PFDs for a larger boat, and find these just as comfortable to wear. They're even lighter than inflatables. We have gravitated to the Orbits when given the choice between inflatables or Orbits.
Class 5 USCG, so in order to "count"as a PFD (one PFD per occupant of the boat), they have to be worn. So keep this in mind. We also have cheaper PFDs below, but they are not comfortable to wear.
Great product. Perfect for small keelboat or dinghy sailing!
This PFD offers great freedom of movement in the arms and shoulders but is extremely bulky around your mid section (I guess the flotation had to be somewhere) not only does the back get in the way of some kayak seats but the bulk at the front makes re-entry impossible without removing the vest as it gets hung up especially if you have things in the pockets which are a perfect size for cameras, phones, keys etc. It's true to say you hardly know you're wearing a PFD until you run into the above mentioned problems.
worth the price
This is the coziest pfd I've ever worn. Easy in, easy out, doesn't get in the way of anything. Perfect for sitting on top of my T160, and cool in the hot Texas sun.
Is this USCG approved?
Is this USCG approved?
Craig, yes it is approved as a Type 3 flotation device.
Excellent!.......Compact, Stable, Freedom Of Movement For Any Activity, From Fly Fishing To Kayak Racing
Tour version has pockets and reflective piping on straps, is it worth the extra money? Not sure. Overall this is good PFD. However, I found that with minimal type vest like this, that the front panel is really thick because they had to put the flotation somewhere. Not issue until you start doing reentries, the front panel with the pocket can really make things complicated. This works as my surf PFD, and no longer for touring...
Freedom at last!
This is my style of vest. With a shape like a woman, the other jackets never fit. This style gives me arm movement without the squish!
The one for me!
September 7, 2008
The Kodatat Orbit Tour Life Jacket is a five star for me. The fit works well for the female shape. This is one jacket that I won't want to pull off half way through the paddle.
Is this pfd (Orbit)Canadian Coast Guard...
Is this pfd (Orbit)Canadian Coast Guard approved?
Yes, it is Transport Canada (ULC) approved.
Kokatat Orbit Tour Life Jacket: lots of arm room
I like the Kokatat Orbit Tour Life Jacket a lot. It's not bulky. It's easy to adjust the fit. There's plenty of room to allow arm movement and shoulder rotation without restricting movement. It's a type III PFD. But I can't give it 4 stars because I find the pullover style difficult and slightly uncool.