Nice vest, but NOT good for kayaking. The back is too tall and interferes with the seat which is uncomfortable and annoying. This became very apparant on a 3 hour trip. The MTI APF PFD is better for kayaking and has a shorter back. We allso got a Stohlquist which is even shorter. In all fairness REI lists this for watersports (not paddling), but it looks like a kayaking vest.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend