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I give this pfd a hearty ten. And remember they should always find you handsome, even if you don't catch any fish.:(
The one downfall is that, at least for me, it rides up a touch. I'm not sure if other pfds do this but it rides up maybe an inch then it is good. Even with that I find it extremely comfortable all day. This is a great life jacket that is very comfortable and functional!
I have now paddled with it more than a dozen times over the last few weeks (who says you can't paddle in winter?) All I can say is AWESOME!! This PFD is built like a tank, fits well, looks sharp (though the colors are a bit bland, mine is 'sand') and the pockets are an absolute bonus. I keep little 'needs' (multi-tool, lighter, cyalume stick, etc) in it for just in case 'get-outs'. I was properly 'fitted' buy the fine folks at Kelly's Kayaks (they retired as of the Jan 1st, shame but good luck!) and I have to say that the vest fits incredibly well. The zippered front with the added two adjustable belt closures low on the chest work well, the mesh shoulders are also fully adjustable, and after a bit of fitting - perfect! The vest doesn't ride up, is not confining, does not rub at the shoulders / 'pits' (there are HUGE arm holes) and the high back pads do not interfere with my boats seat back (OT Egret).
Being a mild winter I have had the opportunity to use it with everything from a t and wind breaker to several layers of fleece and a jacket to a dry suit. In all uses thus far, it has been completely comfortable, almost not noticeable. I haven't had a chance to try it 'wet', but so far it seems an all around great piece. I'll update the post as I get some wet use in the spring!
I rate it a 10 for overall design, fit/finish and utility, an 8 for a fair price (I paid about $75.00) and a middle of the road 5 for only having two bland 'can you still see me?' color choices.
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