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Suzanne N.

Suzanne N.


Suzanne N.

Suzanne N.wrote a review of on May 7, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This has been a top-selling PFD for about 10 years now. It hits the sweet spot between being comfortable, functional, and economical.

I bought mine in 2002 and it has held up well over the past 11 years, even with some summers of heavy use and a lot of UV exposure, plus sand, silt, saltwater, etc.. The only wear and tear has been color fading due to sun exposure, which is to be expected after multiple seasons in high-altitude Colorado and the beaches in California. Even after 10 years, nothing has torn or broken. I also love the side pocket, which is big enough for an asthma inhaler, chapstik, Cliff bar, nose clips, and keys. The side zipper makes the vest easy to take on and off, and I have never had problems with either the pocket zipper or access zipper jamming or breaking.

This vest is fairly good for short people. I'm 5'0", and I originally bought this vest because its cut was lower, which meant I wouldn't get the dreaded "chin chafe" after a day on the river. The shoulder straps are adjustable, which further let me shorten the torso length. It never felt too big or bulky. I do have a fold in the straps because I had to shorten them so much.

I just bought a new vest this week, but the only reason is that I read that boaters should replace vests every 3-5 years because the foam gets a little less buoyant after awhile. But I'm still going to keep this vest as a back-up because even after 10 years it still is completely functional.