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  • Durable Cordura® nylon shell resists abrasion and UV rays for long-lasting service
  • Stretchy, adjustable neoprene shoulders follow your movement without getting in the way
  • Unique cross-chest cinch strap totally eliminates annoying ride-up and keeps flotation in place, to keep you floating high in the water
  • Eco-conscious Gaia™ PVC-free foam is soft and flexible and won't break down in a wet environment
  • Mesh side panels with wide side cinch-straps secure the fit and promote airflow
  • Dual drop-down pouch pockets feature tool hangers and mesh inside pockets and provide space for small tackle boxes
  • Pouch pockets are reinforced with an outer EVA shell to protect items inside and, when unzipped, provide a shelf to hold tackle as you tie knots
  • Internal pockets secure small valuables, tools, leader spools and hooks
  • Multiple tool hangers provide ample room for securing forceps, pliers and nippers to your vest
  • Special loops let you quickly secure your rod when you need to retrieve an anchor or release a fish


  • Small/Medium: fits chest 30 - 42 inches
  • Large/XLarge: fits chest 42 - 54 inches
  • Plus Size: fits chest 30 - 54 inches

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Best Use Paddling, Fishing
Flotation 16 lbs. 12 oz.
USCG Classification Type III
Material(s) Nylon/Gaia foam
Fishing Features Yes
Lash Tab Yes
Gender Unisex
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for yak fishing I am very happy with this PFD for kayak fishing on my local river. It has tons of space for organizing small stuff & tools, keeping them secure and handy; perfect for freshwater fishing. I am an experienced offshore yak angler (10+ yrs)and prefer a Kokatat with VHF radio pocket for salt/offshore. This vest is not quite as good as my Kokatat for comfort, and it rides up just a little bit, but I don't find it bothersome. I am short, broad shouldered, and fit is good. Material is durable. Storage pockets are great with heavy zippers. It is VERY nice to have swivels, hooks, leader spool, beads, weights at hand so I don't have to dig around and unpack stuff for a quick changeup.
Date published: 2013-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best PFD I have used I absolutely love this PFD. I use it for dingy sailing, canoeing, kayaking and any other water related activities I find myself doing. It is comfortable to wear days on end, and the hard pockets add the ability to stow lots of gear without it getting snagged when self rescuing. I have had it for a couple years now and used it hard all over Alaska and it still looks new.
Date published: 2012-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fishing PFD - Highly Recommended This is the best PFD I've used for fishing from a float tube or small inflatable. My friends and I fly fish California's Owens river from small inflatable kayaks several times each year. I've tried several other PFDs including my whitewater guide vest for this application but the Stohlquist Fisherman PFD outperforms them all. The best thing about this PFD is it stays in place and doesn't ride up while sitting in the kayak. I also like the design which is very angler friendly. Both pockets fold open to form a tray to hold your fly boxes and each also has a hole to thread your tippet material thru. Pleanty of loops & D-rings to hang gear including one on the back for your net. Oversized arm holes allow easy mobility for both paddling & casting. Help protect our fresh water fisheries ... zero limit ... catch & release!
Date published: 2009-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great PFD for anything I will be using this PFD for canoeing, kayaking and in my fly fishing float tube. It's very comfortable, especially with the high back. A few pockets that will come in handy, lots of adjustment in the straps and feels very durable. The two front pockets don't stick out as much as they seem, so they don't get in the way, great for stashing things you want quick. I'm 6'2" and 200lbs and the lrg/xl fit me just fine. Would
Date published: 2011-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Option for Tripping and fishing! At first I was a little Skeptical with this PFD in terms of fit and function. I must say that is not the case anymore. I completed a 15 day solo in BWCA and it was so useful! Great storage, strong zippers, VERY rugged exterior without causing comfort issues, Adjustments are perfect for all sizes I'm 5'10" 160 and the LARGE was perfect. I still have room to adjust up for sure and a little more down if needed. I was really please to see it did not rub on arms while paddling at all! It obviously sticks off your chest a little ways but still very comfy and NOT restricting! The bouancy is really surprising also. Did a canoe trip down the Mississippi with GF and actually floated down river with a ton of gear in pockets and it worked great! WARNING: pockets are not water proof! this should be obvious but in case you have to know lol. Overall I love this PFD and would replace without looking elsewhere if needed.
Date published: 2015-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I paddle every day in this vest in my canoe and it is very unrestrictive. I hardly notice it's there. The storage pockets are great for my first aid and fishing gear.
Date published: 2014-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent all purpose. Needed a PFD for mostly for boundary waters but will use it in multiple environments. Love the sturdy pockets with lots of room in them. Perfect for fishing but versatile for almost any situation. Great "catch all" PFD. Very adjustable - my Large\XLarge fits me, my wife, and my 13 year old son.
Date published: 2014-08-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed Poorly designed when compared to the Extrasport fishing PFD it was to replace. Rode up just as badly as the Extrasport. Straps dig into your back after a days use. Returned to the more comfortable and functional Extrasport.
Date published: 2013-07-26
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