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Because you don't always swim as well as the fish.

When you're floating Alaskan rivers in pursuit of big silvers and steelhead, make sure you strap on the NRS Chinook Personal Flotation Device before heading out on the water. The angler-specific design features multiple pockets and attachment points so you can keep your fly boxes, nippers, and pliers close at hand. Plus eight adjustment points allow you to tailor the vest for a perfect fit.

  • 16.5 pounds of flotation keep you above the surface when you take a plunge
  • Eight adjustment points ensure a perfect fit
  • Mesh lower back panel provides ventilation in warm weather
  • Seven front pockets keep fly boxes, tippet, and additional fishing gear securely stowed
  • Rod holder loops, coil tool retractors, and a pliers holder provide quick access to equipment
  • D-rings and attachment loops provide versatile options for extra gear
  • Reflective taping increases visibility in a rescue situation

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Just what I was looking for.

    I do not fish but wanted a comfortable pfd to wear while kayaking 2-8hrs in with pockets to store stuff. This pfd fits the bill nicely with out being bulky. I have been comfortable in warm and cooler weather.


    Comfortable and functional

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    I highly recommend this PFD - it is everything I was looking for. Cool, comfortable, well designed and safe. I am very satisfied.


    What are you waiting for?

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I'm 6'0" and 185 and I went with the L/XL... Plenty of room to grow. The high back is the best part, total comfort all day long. I've been dumped a few times with this on and it did a fantastic job keeping my tubby arse bobbing down the river until I could collect my gear, and eddy out.



    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    I've used this jacket on extended float trips and boating trips. Its very comfortable, enough to wear for the entire day, while paddling and fishing. The flotation on the back is above the backrest of most seats and never really gets in the way.

    There are plenty of pockets that are easy to get into. I would buy this again.


    Very Comfortable

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    This life jacket does its job and is comfortable to wear. We have three of them: one for me, my wife, and my 10 year-old daughter. What makes this jacket so comfortable to wear is that there are adjustable straps at the shoulders, which allow you to raise or lower the jacket to a level that is comfortable to you, and 3 additional adjustable straps located on either side of the waist area to allow for adjusting to your body's curvature. Everyone's body is different in size and shape and this jacket allows for you to contour it to your own body shape. It's great for using on a kayak because the floatation device in the back is above the chair's backrest, and doesn't get in the way when sitting down. You almost forget you're wearing it.

    The pockets are handy, especially if you are planning on using this jacket while fishing. They will hold small tackle boxes, keys, ID, fishing license, etc. Plus, there are loops for attaching angler tools. I have my multi-tool, clamps, and knife attached to mine, and keep my gloves in a pocket. There is a Velcro strap on the jacket chest area for attaching your fishing rod, if you need to free your hands, and a wool patch on the chest area for hooks. For safety, we have whistles and lights attached to loops. There are reflectors on the shoulder straps, which are a nice safety feature, as well. All of the zippers open and close quite easily. We've had no issues with them getting caught or stuck.

    As far as the floatation of these jackets go...they work well. We use the jackets when we go out on our Jackson Big Tuna kayak. Sometimes we'll just anchor the boat and jump out for a swim where our feet do not touch the ground, and the jackets keep us afloat quite nicely.


    So many pockets for accessories!

    • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    This is an excellent PFD for fishing. It's full of places to put essential gear and tackle. It's not quite a ergonomic as a whitewater pfd, but that's not its design.


    Great all around pfd

      Got this for kayak fishing and could not be happier. have another nrs which has been a great pfd, but was not a highback not as comfortable in kayak hence it didn't get worn as much as it should have. very comfortable and lots of pockets. I'm a size 44 chest and the l/xl fit great with plenty of adjustment room.