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The zip front D pocket drains, opens easily, and is plenty big enough to hold a whistle on a lanyard, my nose clips, and my car keys, again on a lanyard, along w. the odd powerbar or two. The pocket is also trimmed in SOLAS reflective tape, a nice touch. I added more to the back straps.
The Freestyle also feature four soft stretchy C shaped semi-pockets, two in front, two in back. They are quite grippy and make it easy to lash essentials to you, yet keep them under cover so they don't snag.
The fit is so good I honestly barely know it's on. I kayak for hours at a time in open waters (small lakes, big lakes) in temperatures between 45 and 90 degrees) This fabric is somehow more breathable than the standard polyester closethreaded fabric seen on the majority of PFDs.
Finally, the fabric is a handsome black/silver textured twill, which does not show dirt and wear as many other PFD smoothfaced fabrics do.
The Freestyle grades out to a 9 because it does take longer to put on that the zip up types, however, I will gladly trade 30 extra seconds for a PFD that looks good, is soundly made and most importantly allows me to do my safety practice successfully.
Oh yeah, I wear it. Always.
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