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This Brik ensures you don’t sink like one.

When you toss yourself into churning swirls of thundering whitewater for fun, the Stohlquist Brik Personal Flotation Device keeps you afloat if it comes time to bail. This innovative vest features a diagonal cinching system, seven different adjustments, and internal Gripp-Loc non-slip panels to ensure the vest doesn’t ride up. The tough 500D Cordura shell holds up to gritty river boulders, and neoprene straps and side panels allow for full movement. The zippered mesh pocket holds your whistle and knife.

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5 5

Killer Rafting PFD

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This PFD is so low profile and comfortable and cheap it can't be beat. The grip lock actually works and the range of motion it gives is unlike any other PFD. Only complaint is the really small pocket and lack of beverage holder.

5 5

Great rafting PFD.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Low profile, stays out of the way, and the pocket and lash point are convenient. Easy to loosen and tighten while on for when you are casually floating (in the boat). I swam Hermit Rapid for fun in the Grand Canyon and the here I am so it clearly works. It was comfortable and I didn't have any spots that rubbed that couldn't be adjusted. It's comfortable and really well priced. Highly recommended! I am 5'11", 150 lbs and I went with a Medium and it was perfect.

How tall is the front panel? Got a new...

How tall is the front panel? Got a new pfd I thought was great but it's too tall in the front and pokes me in the throat. Looking for one that won't

Best Answer Responded on

Hey Vance,

I don't have an exact measurement on it, but this is a very low-profile PFD, so I'd be shocked if it hit you in the throat... I'd recommend checking out the NRS Ninja for another low-profile, no-frills PFD.

Responded on

Ninja front panel is 11" which is 2" shorter than the Vapor which is 13" and the one that hits my throat. Brik looks to be even lower than the Ninja?

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Yep, you got it! Holler if you need anything else-- I love talking PFDs! 800.409.4502 ext 4456 or

5 5

Just right

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Brik is my first pfd for WW and its worked great so far. Fits snug, lots of adjustability (maybe a bit too much in the shoulder's, those straps are real long), stays out of the way and the price is right. I am 6'0, 175lbs and about 40 inches around the chest. The size Large fits, but I probably could have gotten by with a medium.

5 5


I traded an old dagger transition for this vest a little over 8 years ago, and can attest to it's incredible functionality and durability to this day. I have taken it down a many rivers and (fortunately, only a couple) swims. It has held up extremely well, and I expect will for an upcoming Grand trip and years to come. Highly recommended.

5 5

All Around Great PFD

I bought this PFD for my brother for his graduation. He loves it! He white water kayaks and canoes and has said nothing but great things about this. Lot's of freedom of movement in his arms, great fit that doesn't ride up or bunch. I trust this to keep him safe in the rough rivers of Maine. I got him the Medium, hes is about 5'6" and 145lbs

5 5

Stohlquist Brik

This PDF is great it allows freedom of motion and does not move. I use for dragon boating and could not be happier very comfortable

5 5

Packraft approved!

Looks and feels great, won't absorb water, not noticeable while hanging off pack, and kept me above water in class 3+ rapids... can't really ask for more.
The pocket is big enough for a emergency bivy and firestarter. it also fits tight enough that clipping stuff onto it doesn't cause any slumping, the grippy stuff is great for hold. Oh, and after bushwhacking through alder and devils club thickets it never ripped!
Im 6', 165 and a M fits snugly

5 5

Brik Stohlquist

this particular pfd is easy to use and paddle with. thumbs up! and paddles in!

5 5

Nice PFD

This PFD gives you plenty of mobility and buoyancy. I'm happy with it!

5 5

Great PFD, Great Price

My gear is almost exclusively Stohlquist, (X-tract PFD,Free Ryde top, Mooners II pants, Caveman boots)and I have had no complaints, to the contrary, I have been exceedingly pleased with their performance. So when I saw a whitewater PFD for under 80 bucks delivered, I jumped on it. As with all safety gear, I hope to never need it. If I do however, I feel better with a proven performer having my life in their hands.

what is the size range for a small &...

what is the size range for a small & medium?

Responded on

Here is a full sizing chart. Hope this helps!
Small for 32" - 36" chest
Medium for 36" - 40" chest
Large for 40" - 44" chest
XLarge for 44" - 48" chest

4 5


i havent taken this one out yet but i have put it on and there is no restriction of arm movement. i got the mango color and it is bright. cant wait to go try it out at jackson university next weekend

what makes this a whitewater-specific PFD?...

what makes this a whitewater-specific PFD? I'm looking for a low-profile touring PFD, is there any reason this wouldn't work for touring? thanks

Responded on

The whitewater classification is because of the additional features that keep the jacket on you in churning water. Note the additional clips and 'grippy inside'. You can certainly use this for touring without problems as it has a low profile and back.

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The only thing that makes this a whitewater PFD is the amount of flotation. I personally own this vest in black and have used it for the past 5 years and hundreds of days on the river including two trips down the grand canyon. It's the best one I have ever owned. I would say this would be a great choice for a touring vest. It allows free and easy movement while being extremely comfortable.

Responded on

The impression I get is that touring PFDs are built for all day comfort, whereas whitewater PFDs, while maintaining relative comfort, are also focused much more on mobility and safety, meaning extra features that ensure the vest wont ride up, extra wide arm holes, etc. That being said, I don't see why this particular PFD wouldn't work for touring. I would take a whitewater specific PFD touring, but I might not take a touring specific PFD to the creek...

5 5

solid product

Got my Stohlquist Brik yesterday and tried it out today.
I have a 39" chest and their medium size PFD is a nice snug fit for me.
It was, however, too small for my friend who was looking into buying the same thing.Think he said his chest was either 41 or 42 inches, so you might want to go with a "large" if you are his size.
The brik didn't get in my way when paddling and kept me afloat (while my friend fished me out of the water. Thx Mike).
The non-slip panels make it hard to wear the thing (because it pulls your GD hair out) -- but holds the vest in place when you really need it to.
Couldn't be happier with this PFD.

The Brik staying out of the way while I play

The Brik staying out of the way while I play

Great pfd, no movement restrictions and the grippy paneling on the inside holds it snug in its place.

which has a lower profile-wedge-E or brik?...

which has a lower profile-wedge-E or brik? which is less thickly padded or are they more or less equal? which has more pockets & more usable pocket? which is most comfortable for touring & bay kayaking & small trimaran sailing? (probably would only be used for limited or no whitewater)

Responded on

Their padding is the same thickness, but the brik does not come up as high on the chest as the wedge does, giving it a slightly lower profile. Both only have one small-ish pocket which can only hold low-profile items, as the mesh is stretched tight against the pfd (see comment below). Comfort level would best be determined by yourself, as these jackets are very similar. I have the wedge, which I love. Boyfriend has the brik, but only because they were out of the wedge in his size. He loves his brik now and says he would be happy with either jacket.

Would the pocket hold a small water...

Would the pocket hold a small water bottle?

Responded on

Good to see Angus guessing on a product he has never seen or used. Just like woman's fleeces! My rafting class instructor has this pfd and you can fit only a bit of cord or 2 energy bars in the pocket. A normal sized water bottle will not fit in the pocket.