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Stohlquist Rocker Personal Flotation Device - Men's

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    Rocker Personal Flotation Device

    Whitewater makes your mouth water and rapids get your heart pumping (in the good way). Sounds like the Stohlquist Rocker Personal Flotation Device is right up your alley. Designed as a high-performance piece for boaters who live to shoot tight vees and send the occasional 'fall or two, this PFD adjusts to fit like a glove. Stash your small, essential emergency gear on the accessory lashes, and slide a cold one into the front before you raise the pirate flag for a four-day charge through the canyons.

    • Type III PFD has a low profile perfected for long days on water
    • Wrapture torso dials in fit to hug your core with an ergonomic feel
    • Free-floating shoulder straps stretch for freedom of movement
    • Six adjustment points have straps at the side, front, and chest
    • D-ring, front bevy pocket, large main pocket, and lash tabs for knives
    • Item #STO0049

    Tech Specs

    USCG Approved
    type III
    Flotation / Buoyancy
    16 lb 8 oz
    Tow Compatibility
    side zipper
    1 mesh bottle, 1 large zip
    Recommended Use
    kayaking, rafting
    Manufacturer Warranty

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    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Bought this for a friend and this is what he had to say:

    I was very happy with this purchase. A very functional and comfortable design that was easy to get in and out of. The mesh pocket in front is a great feature that can be used for a knife, camera or a beverage. It's also very well-made and looks like I will get years of use out of it.

    First Impressions.

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

    To start, this I my 3rd PFD already this year. I had the NRS Cvest (chaffed my shoulders and too many straps). Then the NRS ninja (loved the minimalist design, but the pocket was too small for much of anything and it tended to rise up on me). I stumbled upon the descent and then the rocker after seeing it on Team Stohlquist via instagram. I’m sold on this one. The molded foam fits much more comfortable than the the typical block foam in other PFDs. The pocket fits my iPhone 8Plus and some other odds and ends. Love having a spot for my whistle instead of it flipping around wherever and the can pocket is a nice touch. I’m 6 foot/190lbs and orders the L/XL. Fits me perfect. I probably could have used the S/M, but wanted the foam to wrap around my torso better. All in all really happy with this purchase. The only thing I’m not used to it the inability to tighter the shoulder straps.

    Intend on using this for coastal and whitewater.

    Great option

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The stohlquist rocker is a great pfd for any type of water. Very comfortable, adjustable fit. Zippered pocket to store safety gear. Mesh pocket to hold your water or beverages pretty comfortably, Side entry zipper to make the over head easier and less cumbersome. Pull straps to cinch down the vest for the big ones! Great vest for the money.

    Shoulders don't adjust

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

    I could never get the fit right because the shoulders. In the boat they would arch over my shoulders. Otherwise, I loved the pockets, especially the cup holder. I has sad to give that up.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought a Rocker in 2014. It fits great. Really snug and great mobility. Buoyancy is good. The one thing that I didn't think of when I bought it was protection. Last week I rolled in a tough rapid. I missed my first roll, decided to hang on to go over a drop. Even though I was tucked tight to my deck and felt safe, I took a rock to my spine between my helmet and the PFD. The low cut design in the back leaves about 6" exposed between the helmet and Rocker pfd. The doctor said that I got lucky and nothing is broken, but I have severe deep tissue damage. I am on the couch for a couple weeks and another couple before I can paddle.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I started kayaking less than a year ago, and this summer I started stepping it up to class IV. I started looking for a new pfd to replace my craigslist special that was affordable, comfortable and nice looking. I tried on several different PFD's and even bought and returned the NRS Zen before choosing this one. Ended up choosing this one, and would recommend it to any one looking for a nice entry level pfd.

    It has plenty of adjustments to really dial in the perfect custom fit. It isn't a rescue vest so don't expect much storage. The one front pocket is big enough for a cliff bar and not much else. There is a little mesh pouch on the front that others and myself have found to be handy for holding a beer! The jacket's material and construction is top notch and should last for a while!

    I'm 155lbs, 5'9" and wear the S/M.

    Got "iced" on my birthday at the put-in!


    Keeps you afloat, holds your beer

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

    This PFD is super comfy and easy to get in and out of. My favorite feature is the hands free mesh beer holder on the chest... necessity. Multiple adjustment points allow you to fit your body, I am 5'10" 200lb, got the L/XL and it fits great. Accessory lash tab below the beer holder for your knife. Large pocket on the chest behind the beer holder for whatever else you are looking to keep on your person.

    Great for paddling.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This life jacket fits my husband great and doesn't get in the way when we go sea kayaking. It sits lower than most other life jackets which seems to be a positive.

    Nice Jacket

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This jacket may look like it rides pretty high but surprisingly it does not. Because of its strapping system the jacket does not pull up very easily and will hold down to your body very well. The straps also have good amount of leeway for sizing issues. This is great for a low-profile jacket that will not get in you way while paddling and stay secure the entire time. Would defiantly recommend getting this jacket.

    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!

      • 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.

        I have this vest for kayak touring, and it just does not work with Kite-boarding waist rigs. Maybe with a seat rig, it would work alright, but if you are wearing this properly, it should wrap around your lower ribcage (any higher and it rides up when you are in the water). A good lower back (waist) kite rig is going to interfere quite a bit. I've used my PFD in surf, and I can also say that it's a bit of a mean scoop. If you're doing any body dragging, it's going to want to pull your head underwater until you get your chest up over the surface.

        It's a great PFD for kayaking, I just would stick to impact vests, inflatable PFDs or a wetsuit for flotation on a kiteboard.

        can't think of a clever review title

        • 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.

          Guide approved.

            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.

            Guide approved.


              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.