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Dropping edges and coming out of the water comfortably.
The Stohlquist Edge Personal Flotation Device is a low-profile boating vest for whitewater, SUP, and sailing. This PFD focuses in on your safety first of course, but the rest of it is all about fit, comfort, and mobility. Its Wrapture-shaped torso molds the interior foam into your body's natural shape in order to provide a more secure and comfortable fit that is neither tight nor restrictive. Both the front waist buckle and the offset zipper closures prevent the PFD from moving around your body, and four side pulls as well as the adjustable shoulders let you customize your own fit to keep you comfortable no matter what. Stohlquist left the arm openings extremely large to ease your mobility, which is something you appreciate whether you're on an SUP or out in some whitewater. The top-loading front pocket is easily accessible so you can get what you need quickly, and 3M reflective accents can help others find you if you go overboard.
- Mini-ripstop shell with mesh sides
- Oxford liner
- Ergonomic Wrapture shaped torso
- Front waist buckle closure with offset zipper
- Adjustable shoulders, four side pulls
- Large arm opening
- Top loading front pocket
- 3M reflective accents
- Item #STO000C
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
The Stohlquist Edge is a fine jacket: very sturdy, solid stitching and buckles, and attractive. I especially liked the side entry. I only returned it because it was uncomfortable since the cut wasn't designed for a woman. I knew that when I ordered it, but I thought that at 5'0, 115lbs, the Edge would work for me. Unfortunately, I wasn't flat-chested enough to be comfortable. If I'd had a preteen granddaughter or grandson who visited frequently, I would've kept it.
Room to Maneuver and More
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I purchased my Stohlquist Edge to replace the touring style PFD I have which is better suitable for my Necky Touring Narpa than the Perception Tribe I purchased for the Class I-II rivers I run in the Mid-South.
Although my review is very favorable, i DO recommend the buyer trying one on before purchase as the sizes tend to run small/tight.
I found the wide shoulder straps to fit comfortably and still allow a tight cinch without pinching or stressing the shoulders.
The amount of foam for floatation, front and back, creates an even distribution, allowing me to maintain control of my upper torso swimming/floating through a set of class II rocky shoals complete with a small wave train. Having tightened the shoulder straps and the stomach strap, the pfd rose only slightly to block my view downstream.
The wide cut of the Edge allows for ample swings of the paddle both for normal paddling and sudden maneuvering strokes.
The material of the body is of rip-stop, a tough and, as the name implies, a cris-cross weave that stops tears from progressing and destroying the rest of the material.
The front pocket is ample enough to use even when wearing paddling gloves, and I like the fact that Stohlquist designed the pocket to allow for enough "stuff" but not so large to attempt bringing that proverbial "kitchen sink;" and the metal rimmed drain hole adds a nice touch.
The zipper has a pull which makes for easy usage especially when attempting to either open or close having numb fingers. Which is why they should add another zip pull for the main zipper as well. This main zipper is very short and stubby; therefore, difficult to work when wearing gloves or cold fingers.
The placement of the widget, center of pocket, allows for an out-of-the-way placement for a short river knife.
lastly, the reflective trim and bright colors, Mine is their Red, insures high visibility.
Designed for Comfort
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Whether you’re boating, paddling, water skiing or doing any other activity on the water this vest provides great range of motion and is designed for comfort.
I really love the front zipper pocket, comes in very handy for things you don't want to leave at the campsite and really can't afford to lose if your Kayak tips
Great PFD, just not if you have boobs
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
There are many aspects I like about this particular PFD. I like the side entrance, big top loading zipper, and malleable padding. However, it did not fit my chest area. I ordered a medium and I'm a 34C, and when I adjusted the PFD my 'chest' was being smooshed out the side, too much side boob.
I think for women that have a more petite figure this would be a great vest, I just found it wasn't a very comfortable fit.
Excellent PFD for Small Woman (finally!)
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Just used this for a week of Kayaking in the Keys - and it was great. Low Profile in the front (since their is no front zipper). It was comfortable, the buckles on the side did not rub on my arm. It was not overly hot - in fact i would say it was fairly cool. It is narrower in the front, so even with a chest - this was comfortable for me (5'5 30D ) used S/Md with it not locked down all the way - still had room to tighten. Straps on shoulders aren't very wide and soft webbing so they didn't rub on my neck. Loved the top loading pocket on the front. Used a waterproof aquapac (which i also love) camera sleeve on my phone and slid it down in the pocket - super easy access. Had no problem with the back of the kayak seat interfering with the back of the jacket - very comfortable!
My husband (40R suit) also wore one L/XL and he also loved it. Fit him great too.
Great buoyancy for both of us.
This is much improved comfort over the typical rental jackets.
I also tried on several "women" specific designs and felt they were not comfortable and fairly bulky in the front. I didn't like the forced bust placement - since it doesn't really allow you to slide the jacket up or down to find the "sweet spot" of comfort.
I Would highly recommend this PFD!