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Where a women-specific design really makes a difference.

Guys, go away, we're going to engage in some girl-talk … ladies, do we agree that the worst part about wearing a PFD, especially if you're well-endowed, is having your boobs squashed for hours on end by a vest built for a man? The Stohlquist BetSEA Women's Personal Flotation Device includes built-in, contoured inner cups for women so you get an unbeatable fit and supreme comfort over long days on the water. Stohlquist didn't stop there, though. In its quest to create the ideal women's vest, it also included a host of comfort features as well as princess seaming that gives the BetSEA a feminine fit.

  • Wrapture shaped torso utilizes articulated foam and convex interior seams to provide a close but comfortable fit
  • Cross-cinch harness eliminates annoying ride-up and subsequent chafing
  • Lined hand-warmer pockets give you a place to tuck your chilly digits
  • Extra-wide armholes ensure maximum mobility
  • Handy features include a key clip inside one of the front pockets and four-way accessory lash tabs on the chest and back shoulder
  • Stohlquist will make a donation to the American Cancer Society for every pink vest sold

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2 5

Not my PFD

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Backcountry made it easy to order the Betsea and easy to return. For me the fit made me look like the Hunchback of Notre Dame, and as a long time user of Lotus Designs PFDs, I really missed the mesh netting to connect the front and back of the PFD. The BetSea just has webbing and is open in the area under your arms.
Also, the "girl" colors blue was not all that attractive to me.

On another note, my husband had a Stohlquist Rocker for three years. This season some of the stitching on the inside panel came undone. Stohlquist offered to replace his PFD.

After returning the BetSea, I found a great deal on an Astral (older model of a Green Jacket) and have been enjoying the way it hugs my torso and provides room in my upper chest and shoulders.

3 5

Should have gone larger.

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

When I was looking at sizes for this, I was right on the edge between medium and large. I went with the medium because I figured it would be better for the life jacket to fit tight. I should have gone with large because I had to return it. Plus, I didn't really like the flowers on it. Too girly for me.

4 5

nice but need to fix

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I really like this PFD but it is really hard to zip and the bottom buckle has extra material covering it making it hard to close. The material is in the way and even though it feels closed, it isn't. The hand warmer pockets are nice along with wider arm holes. I like that I know which life jacket is mine and the boys won't take it.

nice but need to fix
5 5

for the wife

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this life jacket for my wife and she loves it. This jacket is made women specific so it fits her really well and she feels like she can breath better in this compared to a different mens stohlquist jacket.Sizing is very forgiving, we ordered this thinking the s/m would be a little too small but there was no issue there and has a bit of extra strap on the jacket. This jacket is a little bulky, but not in any area that will affect your paddling.

Back of the PFD

Back of the PFD

The detail of the back of this was too cute not to share. Just incase any one else wanted to see.

5 5

Finally! found features and comfort

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm 5'7", 150, 36D. If I'm ever unconscious and getting picked up by my PFD, I want that sucker to stay on. Men's PFD's meant smashing my chest flat to get the straps tight. So I tried every "women's" PFD (see other reviews). I got the BetSEA in L/XL. This one has the padding cutout in the right place to allow some room for the girls. I was able to cinch it tight and still breathe. Pockets have room to stash food bar, gloves, knife and dry-bagged phone. I don't know if I'll use the hand warmers but I like having the option. For whitewater, I really like this one.

If you're very busty (>DD) I'd recommend the YTV (you'll be hanging the girls out and losing extra pockets but it's very comfortable)

5 5

Great personal floating device

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought the BetSEA for my daughter. She is petite and it fit her perfectly; no complaints in terms comfort, it stays in its place.

5 5

The ladies favorite...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have many types of lifejackets for our raft trips. This model is always the favorite choice of the ladies, I'll be buying more for sure.

5 5

good fit, good float

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This PFD is super adjustable which keeps it comfortable no matter what your layering system is or however much you eat for lunch. The cut it also very comfortable. I use it primarily for rafting but I've never had an issue with chaffing around my arms or neck. The large pockets are also a plus.

I have an older model of the betsea but she's always done right by me. I instruct and regularly swim class II-III rapids in this PFD for work and even after 100+ river-days she still keeps me afloat.

good fit, good float
5 5

She likes it, she loves it...

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My wife is 5'6" and around 160, in a muscular, "I'll beat the senses out of you if you don't note that I'm muscular" kind of way. I got her a L/XL in the BedSEA and she loves it.

I'm a dude, so take this from her...the ergonomic cutouts in the chestal region are very accommodating for her female anatomy. I'm thankful for that, because no one likes coming home after a long day of paddling to a bunch of smashed boobies. In all seriousness, though, it's super confortable, reasonably well ventilated for hot weather, and offers great floatation. She uses it both canoeing (with a backrest) and for SUP, and it works well for both.

is it US Coast Guard approved

is it US Coast Guard approved

5 5

Women's Fit;

I bought this cuz I was going on a 5 day canoe trip via an outfitter. The thought of wearing a supplied - and likely uncomfortable PFD for that long - was not appealing! LOL

1. It's the colour I wanted! Not blue or pink!
2. Although I am not overly busty (38C) the cutouts are great!!!
3. Lots of straps for adjustments; ensuring you get the perfect fit!
I wear a size 14/16 and the XL was perfect. 'Haven't field-tested it yet though . . . .