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Gear Info

Gear Type
Model Year
500 denier Cordura(r) shell
200 denier oxford liner
Available Colors
Available Sizes
Small/Medium for 33" - 39" chest
Large/XLarge for 40" - 46" chest
XXLarge for 48" - 54" chest
Floatation (PFD)
Type V PFD with sea level buoyancy of 17 lbs
Approval / Certified
CE, UL and ULC listed
Recommended Retail Price
US$ 199.95
New for 2010, and available now. Type V Strong Swimmer approved Safety vest for paddlers. Design innovation with extensive on-water testing and a set of features found in no other paddler's Rescue vest.

The fit consists of body wrapping ergonomically articulated foam elements: Wrapture ® Foam. Cross chest cinch harness adjustment and self tensioning shoulders provide a close, balanced fit and Gripp-Loc™ interior non-slip panel gives zero ride-up. Low cut, offset front-zip entry with zipper grip tab and inside back has ventilated lumbar padding.

Free-floating suspended shoulder straps are contoured, reverse articulated and stretch with you as you move. Nail Cloth textured surface with stiffeners for portaging and give added shoulder protection. High visibility 3M™ reflective accents.

New innovative pocket system enables expandability and security for a wide range of applications. At the top there's the "Garage" for accessory air inflation hose to rest, with secure D-ring to park your whistle, keys or chap-stick. Next step downward is Self expanding, high capacity main pocket for safety accessories, added buoyancy, camera, snacks, Bullet Bag throw-line and other river tools. Out front is a hands free expandable mesh beverage pocket.

Built-in extras include:
• Detachable Quick Release rescue harness for instruction, strong swimmer & equipment retrievals.
• Self-centering 1 1/2" black oxide stainless steel "O" ring.
• Quick release cam buckle for tow tether leash.
• Front accessory lash tab for river knife.
• Stainless steel loop anchor points for accessory attachments (crotch harness)..

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i wasn't 100 percent sure of this pfd. i was leaning toward an astral green jacket. so i went to my local shop and spent some time checking both of them out and wound up liking the fit of the stohlquist over the astral. it is super comfortable. i had an older astral before this and i hated that the straps would loosen up on it. that is non existent with this pfd. once tightened to where you want it, it stays put. the padded shoulder pads are great as well. all the features are well thought out and it is just an all around nice design. i will say this, stohliquist stuff runs small. if you are usually a large, you will need an extra large and so on. i would recommend this pfd to everyone.


About Me
i spend a good amount of my time on the water playboating
Pros / The Good
extremely comfortable. stays in place, does not loosen up at all.
Cons / The Bad
i don't have any as of yet.
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