It'll float your boat (body).
- Ergonomic Wrapture torso shape dials the fit of this vest to hug your core with a curve rather than feeling like a brick on your chest and back
- Free-floating shoulder straps stretch so you can move with ultimate ease and feature a tough surface material for portaging and protection
- Non-slip panel inside the chest helps to minimize or eliminate ride-up when you're moving in the water
- Six adjustment points have straps at the side, front waist, and the Cross-chest cinch
- High-visibility 3M reflective accents make you easier to spot in the dark
- Stohlquist paid attention to small details by adding a secure D-ring for your whistle, a hands-free front bevy pocket, large main pocket, and accessory lash-tabs for your knife or strobe
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I love this one..
I never knew backcountry started carrying these either? Cool.
This PFD kicks ass. I think the design and cut made the most sense out of all the ones I looked at. It is cut very low so it doesn't get in the way while you are paddling or just moving around getting in or out of the kayak. My only wish would have been that the front mesh pocket would have been a little bigger and deeper to hold your VHF radio a bit more securely. The front zippered pocket and inside lanyard hold the orange rape whistle ( Rape whistle not included..) Every kayaker should carry one with them and it holds it very nicely. I call it a rape whistle because if a Sea lion or Harbor Seal decides to have its way with you at least you will be able to signal someone and hopefully they will be able to get a good picture of it.
Pretty much awesome!
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I got the red and its a very comfortable PFD. Actually I love this jacket. I would recommend this to anyone. I did some major research on PFD's before I purchased this thing and I contacted many companies and talked to many kayakers from sea to whitewater guys. It seems that they all really like this jacket or use this jacket. So when I see the industry people using it I kinda know that its a solid jacket. I white water and sea kayak in mine and I find now that people are asking me for advice on my jacket. The Descent is the dig brother to this jacket and is made for rescue they are just about the same but the Descent has a couple bells and whistles that I don't need. Unless your a true guide you can and will be happy with the Rocker. The name comes from the length curvature of a kayak. By the way Im 5'11 and weigh 165 and I bought L/XL it fits great and I can tighten it down as tight as I want. My wife says I look sexy in my PFD so that another reason to buy it.
Build quality looks good. Fit is nice.
Just opened this up and tried it on and it looks pretty sweet. Still waiting for warmer weather to try it out. I bought it for kiteboarding on the water so will post again when I really try it out.
can't think of a clever review title
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
bought this jacket to guide this summer in Maine. very comfortable through the shoulders because of the design of the straps (only downside is that on warmer day I get the weirdest tanlines). it allows great range of motion, and has just enough storage in the pocket for a couple energy bars or a ziploc with my keys in it, which are the only things I ever have in/on the vest other than the river knife on the lash tab and a whistle tied to the lanyard hole. speaking of the knife, my one (very) minor gripe with the vest is that the placement of the lash tab can make it a little bit more difficult to draw a rescue knife than it is on other vests, where the lash tab is usually higher on the chest.
Grown to like it
I had never had a PFD that didn't have adjustment straps on the lapel. It took a bit getting used to. I was always used to cinching down the PFD via that manor. At first, the PFD felt loose because of this (even with all the other straps cinched down). The PFD did not shift or ride up though.
I really like the freedom and range of movement. Other PFD's say that you get a good range of movement, but this one is honestly like you're not wearing anything.
After the first day on the river I had gotten used to it and really enjoy it. The PFD fits great and very comfortable.
I'm a rafting guide on the New River in WV, and I've had this thing for a little over a month now. Long story short, it's fantastic. The S/M fits perfectly on my 6' 150 lb frame, and the high shoulder straps keep it out of my way whether I'm guiding a raft or running a ducky trip. It stays on great, doesn't ride up, and pops you right back up to the surface after even the gnarliest of swims. Speaking of swimming, it sits just right when you're swimming, be it aggressive (on your stomach) or defensive (on your back) swimming. It floats you just right in the water so that you can swim effectively without getting in your face. It adjusts down perfectly, and I really like the side zip, as you can wear it with the zipper undone when you're getting the trip prepped and still have the front and back to block the wind. The front zip pocket has way more space than it seems it does, and the mesh pocket is great for a water bottle, sunglasses (during calm spots) or a packet of trail mix! In summary, go for it, this PFD is fantastic.
So comfortable. Never gets in the way while I'm kayaking.
Great pfd, very comfortable especially compared to the "affordable" pfds I have been wearing all my life. Once on and adjusted properly, I forgot I was wearing it during a full day of paddling. I bought this pfd for whitewater canoeing (I-III) and dinghy sailing and it should fit the bill perfectly.
The storage compartment is great and is actually functional. It held two cliff bars, knife, chapstick and keys with room to spare.
So why did I only give it 4 stars? I wish there were more sizes. With only S/M and L/XL I was on the low end of L/XL so it fits, but all the straps are just shy of being cinched all the way. I guess now I'll just have to bulk up.
This thing "rocks"
This is the first PFD I've purchased since high school, despite the fact I work as a river biologist and log many hours on (read "in") the water. Put aside the fact that I am a penny pusher, this jacket was well worth the cash. I finally got fed up with my old PFD and decided to upgrade to a Type III. This thing is awesome. The fit is great and highly adjustable. It also does NOT ride up, which is amazing. The zippered pocket is great for keys, lip balm, sunscreen stick, buff, and other small odds and ends you like to have nearby on the river. The mesh pocket is my favorite, though, because it holds a can of beer perfectly! One thing I will look out for, though - the shoulder straps are stretchy, which is great for comfort, but seemed weak when I had to be lifted back into a raft after bailing in the Grand Canyon. Overall, this is a great whitewater PFD, and I am looking forward to using it on the Colorado, Green, and Yampa this summer for field work.