Free 2-Day Shipping on Orders Over $50

Detail Images

  • Stohlquist - BetSEA Personal Flotation Device - Women's -

Current Color

  • Stohlquist - BetSEA Personal Flotation Device - Women's -

Stohlquist BetSEA Personal Flotation Device - Women's

Temporarily Out Of Stock

Don't get too bummed. This item is on the way and will be available for purchase as soon as it rolls into the warehouse.

Can't wait? Consider one of the other Touring PFDs we have in stock.

View Similar Products

12 Reviews


Different by design.

For years, one of the worst parts about wearing a PFD as a woman was that the vests were largely built for a man. The Stohlquist BetSEA Women's Personal Flotation Device is different. It includes built-in, contoured inner cups for women so you get an unbeatable fit and supreme comfort over long days on the water. Stohlquist didn't stop there, though. In its quest to create the ideal women's vest, it also included a host of comfort features as well as princess seaming that adds style to the BetSEA's women-specific function.

  • Wrapture shaped torso utilizes articulated foam and convex interior seams to provide a close but comfortable fit
  • Cross-cinch harness eliminates annoying ride-up and subsequent chafing
  • Lined hand-warmer pockets give you a place to tuck your chilly digits
  • Extra-wide armholes ensure maximum mobility
  • Handy features include a key clip inside one of the front pockets and four-way accessory lash tabs on the chest and back shoulder
  • Stohlquist will make a donation to the American Cancer Society for every pink vest sold
  • Item #STO0046

Tech Specs

USCG Approved
type III
Flotation / Buoyancy
16 lb 10 oz
Tow Compatibility
front zipper
2 large zip, 2 handwarmer
Recommended Use
sea kayaking
Manufacturer Warranty

Tech Specs

  • Reviews
  • Q & A

What do you think about this product?

Have questions about this product?

Gave this as a gift but got comments

    Gave this to my girlfriend who is getting into white water rafting with me, she has only tried it once but says it fits comfortably, she loves the extra support it offers being a women's fit but she had to size up to a L\XL given her larger chest size, regardless of sizing up it seems like the life jacket will stay in place well and offer just the support and comfort she is looking for.

    Comment on the sizing...

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I only just got this and can't comment on anything yet aside from fit and sizing. For reference, I'm not big all over but I generally have to size up to a L or XL in shirts on account of 36DD chest (and super long arms). I got the Plus size in the BetSEA and it definitely fits the bill in the chest! There's no pfd out there that's gonna 100% cut boob squish... if there is it likely isn't padded enough to get USCG certified. But this one is very good, and will probably get better as it breaks in and the stiffness decreases! The Plus size is a little bit big all over, not uncomfortably so at all, but I have a lot of the straps cinched down almost as far as they'll go so not a lot of room to tighten more as it breaks in. I'm hoping this doesn't become an issue because the boob fit is just glorious and I don't know if it would be quite as plentiful one size down.

    I posted a bunch of detail pics of stuff I couldn't find online (i.e., boob cutouts, hand warmer pockets, side view, etc).... hope those help! :)

    Back view

    Posting some close-ups and detail of things I couldn't find pics of online... back view: plenty of room to put your arms completely down by your sides and also give you full range of movement through the shoulders.

    Back view

    Side view

    Posting some close-ups and detail of things I couldn't find pics of online... side view! Significant decrease in the "chest gap" that I've had in other pfd's on account of the lady-figure shaping.

    Side view

    Lady chest cutout detail

    Posting some close-ups and detail of things I couldn't find pics of online... this is the area where foam is cut out to accommodate a woman. Still not quite enough for me but I'm a DD and there is not a pfd on the planet that has that much cutout... this is the best I've found so far!

    Lady chest cutout detail

    Not my PFD

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    Backcountry made it easy to order the Betsea and easy to return. For me the fit made me look like the Hunchback of Notre Dame, and as a long time user of Lotus Designs PFDs, I really missed the mesh netting to connect the front and back of the PFD. The BetSea just has webbing and is open in the area under your arms.

    Also, the "girl" colors blue was not all that attractive to me.

    On another note, my husband had a Stohlquist Rocker for three years. This season some of the stitching on the inside panel came undone. Stohlquist offered to replace his PFD.

    After returning the BetSea, I found a great deal on an Astral (older model of a Green Jacket) and have been enjoying the way it hugs my torso and provides room in my upper chest and shoulders.

    Should have gone larger.

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    When I was looking at sizes for this, I was right on the edge between medium and large. I went with the medium because I figured it would be better for the life jacket to fit tight. I should have gone with large because I had to return it. Plus, I didn't really like the flowers on it. Too girly for me.

    nice but need to fix

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    I really like this PFD but it is really hard to zip and the bottom buckle has extra material covering it making it hard to close. The material is in the way and even though it feels closed, it isn't. The hand warmer pockets are nice along with wider arm holes. I like that I know which life jacket is mine and the boys won't take it.

    nice but need to fix

    for the wife

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought this life jacket for my wife and she loves it. This jacket is made women specific so it fits her really well and she feels like she can breath better in this compared to a different mens stohlquist jacket.Sizing is very forgiving, we ordered this thinking the s/m would be a little too small but there was no issue there and has a bit of extra strap on the jacket. This jacket is a little bulky, but not in any area that will affect your paddling.

    Finally! found features and comfort

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I'm 5'7", 150, 36D. If I'm ever unconscious and getting picked up by my PFD, I want that sucker to stay on. Men's PFD's meant smashing my chest flat to get the straps tight. So I tried every "women's" PFD (see other reviews). I got the BetSEA in L/XL. This one has the padding cutout in the right place to allow some room for the girls. I was able to cinch it tight and still breathe. Pockets have room to stash food bar, gloves, knife and dry-bagged phone. I don't know if I'll use the hand warmers but I like having the option. For whitewater, I really like this one.

    If you're very busty (>DD) I'd recommend the YTV (you'll be hanging the girls out and losing extra pockets but it's very comfortable)

    2 Years later... still love this PFD. It looks like new despite my abuse (roll in river, toss PFD in back of truck, allow to ferment for 2-3 days, repeat, occasionally rinse with hose and bake in full sun)

    Oh, and the fleecy hand warmer pockets are very nice in the fall when it gets cold paddling here in MD.

    Great personal floating device

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Bought the BetSEA for my daughter. She is petite and it fit her perfectly; no complaints in terms comfort, it stays in its place.

    good fit, good float

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This PFD is super adjustable which keeps it comfortable no matter what your layering system is or however much you eat for lunch. The cut it also very comfortable. I use it primarily for rafting but I've never had an issue with chaffing around my arms or neck. The large pockets are also a plus.

    I have an older model of the betsea but she's always done right by me. I instruct and regularly swim class II-III rapids in this PFD for work and even after 100+ river-days she still keeps me afloat.

    good fit, good float

    She likes it, she loves it...

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    My wife is 5'6" and around 160, in a muscular, "I'll beat the senses out of you if you don't note that I'm muscular" kind of way. I got her a L/XL in the BedSEA and she loves it.

    I'm a dude, so take this from her...the ergonomic cutouts in the chestal region are very accommodating for her female anatomy. I'm thankful for that, because no one likes coming home after a long day of paddling to a bunch of smashed boobies. In all seriousness, though, it's super confortable, reasonably well ventilated for hot weather, and offers great floatation. She uses it both canoeing (with a backrest) and for SUP, and it works well for both.