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Chinook Personal Flotation Device - Men's

5 out of 5 stars
5 Reviews


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Why We Like The Chinook Personal Flotation Device

Like any good fisherman heading out in his canoe or kayak, we equip ourselves with the NRS Chinook Personal Flotation Device before sending off. The angler-specific design features multiple pockets and attachment points so we can keep our fly boxes, nippers, and pliers close at hand, with specific loops for holding a rod and strobe. Eight adjustment points tailor the vest for a perfect fit, and reflective accents offer additional visibility if we're out for some moonlit angling.


  • A personal flotation device for paddling fisherfolk
  • Face fabric offers water-resistant, durable performance
  • Mesh at lower back ensures breathable comfort
  • PlushFIT foam molds to the shape of your body
  • PFD features rod holder loops and knife lash tab
  • Multiple attachment points keep small items secure
  • Zipper closure provides a secure fit and easy entry
  • Item #NRS00BU
Flotation / Buoyancy
2 zippered front, 3 stash
Claimed Weight
USCG Type / Level
Type III

Overall Rating

5 based on 5 ratings

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5 out of 5 stars

September 15, 2020

Love this PFD!

I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought:
5' 11"

Purchased primarily for paddleboarding but really made the decision after seeing its fishing pockets. I would highly recommend this PFD for all day comfort. Had it on a few day trips and it fits great! Mesh lower back is comfortable and allows for breathability. 10/10 would purchase again.

Freddie A
5 out of 5 stars

July 23, 2020

Great for Kayak or Pontoon/Float Fishing

I've used it several times
Size Bought:
6' 2"

I WAS wearing a cheaper vest that bunched up when I sat in the chair on my pontoon boat. It was uncomfortable and bulky. The Chinook is truly a PFD made for float fishermen/women. It is comfortable, fits well and is designed to be worn while sitting down ...without bunching up and poking you in the chin! It has a nice group of pouches and zippered storage areas. I would buy again and would recommend this PFD to others.

5 out of 5 stars

May 14, 2020

Like a Glove

I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought:
5' 10"

This is the gold standard of kayaking fishing life jackets. They say PFD stands for Prevents From Drowning. I say, Pretty Flipping Dope. This is thing is so comfy I forget I?m wearing it. The pockets are huge. If I?m using traditional tackle, I can fit multiple soft plastics in each pocket or a small hard case for lures. If I?m fly fishing, then my small fly boxes fit perfect. There?s a pliers holster, that?s rad. A rod holder for when I?m wading or tying. It dries fast, it looks great. I?m a paddler first, and angler second, so I wear PFDs. All the time. This one is by far the best.

Ted M
5 out of 5 stars

May 6, 2020

Best fitting Fishing PFD

I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought:
5' 5"

I just updated my original Chinook to the new one (I think it was 2019 that they updated?) Still has all the fishing needs, large pockets, rod holder, attachment points. But the new design fits me SO much better. The foam wraps around my body and it is lower profile as it wraps over my chest, so less under chin. I am big guy, so it still floats me really high in the water. (Oh, the little spots to hold your strap ends in place are pretty cool too.) Great improvements to already great PFD.

Robert P
5 out of 5 stars

May 1, 2020

An Anglers PFD

I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought:
6' 1"

I am an avid kayak fishing tournament angler. This is the best option if you are a serious tournament angler. The pockets allow me to keep all of my go-to tackle and lures organized properly. The main pockets will even accommodate my Z-Man soft plastics bags so I can keep my favorite colors ready to go. And I have used the integrated fishing rod holder several times. If you stand up and sight fish at all you will appreciate this feature.

Jed B