All the bells and whistles.
- Wrapture shaped torso utilizes articulated foam and convex interior seams to provide a close but comfortable fit
- Low-cut, offset front-zip entry adds to low profile
- Cross-cinch harness and Grip-Loc non-slip neoprene panel on the interior eliminate annoying ride-up and subsequent chafing
- Textured panels and stiffeners as well as contoured padding protect your shoulders during portages
- Free-floating suspended shoulders stretch as you move
- Stainless steel anchor points allow for crotch harness attachment
- Pockets include easy-access garage on top, hands-free expandable mesh beverage pocket, high-capacity main front pocket
- 3M reflective accents enhance your visibility
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I absolutely love this jacket. It?s very low profile so it?s easy to move around in and is very comfortable. I also love some of the touches Stohlquist added in like the padded shoulder straps. It makes carrying a kayak much more comfortable. The front pocket is also huge and can carry one of the Add a Buoys if you want a little more flotation as well as any other items like rescue gear, keys, phone, chapstick, sunblock, etc. There is also a little space in the back of the jacket where you can fit a 1 liter bladder. All you need to do is slide it in between the back panel and fabric, secure it, run the tube under the shoulder strap padding to the front and your set. It?s very similar to the Aquavest 300 Astral use to make. The O ring is also held in center of the jacket by some Velcro so your tow tether doesn?t slide around or hand loose away from your body. . It even has a mesh pocket in the front for a beverage! The only thing I wish it had is a pocket for a static tow tether like Astral does, but that?s not a deal breaker by any means. The placement for the lash tab is also in kind of a bad spot. It could be a little more out of the way like on the shoulder strap.
Hey can i check what is the actual weight...
Hey can i check what is the actual weight of the stohlquist descent pfd?
The PFD is around 2.5lbs in weight.
Great rescue vest - few changes needed
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This is an awesome rescue vest. Purchased for use in a swift water rescue course. Good floatation, great all-day comfortable fit, nicely adjustable.
A few things I would change: the front mesh pocket (while great for beverage holding) is setup as a sort or scoop and is more or less useless without being able to be zipped or closed or secured. Next: location of the knife clip is awful. Lost my co-pilot knife on the first strainer drill (you pull yourself up and over a log in the river), also, imagine trying to pull yourself back into a raft with a knife there to catch (same story with that mesh pocket). The knife is now zip-tied to a shoulder strap. The zippered pocket is awesome and big enough to keep prusiks and pullies.
I am trying to decide between this jacket...
I am trying to decide between this jacket and the Astral Aquavest. Any opinions on one or the other and why? Thanks
They are both great jackets, but it really comes down to the fit on your body. The Descent is easier to put on because you don't have to climb into the vest. The Stohlquist fit is different and can be more comfortable out of the box due to the construction using an ergonomic Wrapture shaped torso construction. The foam contours to the natural shape of your body without the tight and restrictive feeling of conventional flat-foam construction.