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  • Durable Cordura® nylon shell stands up to the tough love of paddling
  • Gaia® PVC-free foam is soft, flexible and won't break down in a wet environment
  • Adjustable shoulder straps follow your movement without hindering it
  • Unique cross-chest cinch strap design eliminates annoying ride up
  • Hand-beveled foam lends a closer, more feminine fit, and contoured inner cups wrap around body without uncomfortable pressure
  • Roomy, zippered pockets contain warm, soft fleece and a key keeper
  • Center-zip design with non-corroding zipper slider allows easy entry
  • 4-way lash tabs on front and back let you secure accessories such as strobes or knives (not included)
  • Short length won't interfere with seat backs
  • Reflective accents of the Stohlquist BetSEA PFD enhance visibility in low light


  • Small/Medium: fits bust 28 - 34 in.
  • Large/X Large: fits bust 34 - 40 in.
  • Plus Size: fits bust 40 - 46 in.

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Best Use Paddling
Flotation 16 lbs. 10 oz.
USCG Classification Type III
Material(s) Cordura nylon/foam
Lash Tab Yes
Gender Women's
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does the job and does it well I like the pockets on this PFD, and the fact that it is extremely adjustable. It feels light. It is fairly comfortable and generally remains in place as it should. It does not interfere with paddling at all, even though it seems kind of bulky at first. The straps at the bottom are a little narrow, though, and rub a little if not over a shirt. It is, however, otherwise comfortable and also nice looking. The thing that isn't so great is that it is a little difficult to place the zipper to get it zipped up. because of the bulk of material in front and the shape of it. It takes a certain technique to get it started. Once started, it's fine. Overall, I like it very much.
Date published: 2012-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Great! Just started kayaking so I got this life vest... It's really comfy and adjusts nicely. The pockets come in handy in case I don't want to use the kayaking gloves. I tried SUP for the 1st time today and fell off once... The PFD definitely did its job and kept me afloat until I got back on the board... Since I can't swim I was very pleased with its performance!! Definitely would recommend!
Date published: 2013-07-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice design, but shoulder straps are awful! At first this life jacket seemed great. It was a bit bulky in front but seemed to fit my small frame well and was nice and light. I especially loved the lined pockets. Unfortunately, after wearing the vest SUPing on two separate occasions, I'm disappointed to report that it is actually quite uncomfortable. The bulkiness in the front makes the vest very tight around my chest when it's zipped up. But the worst part is the shoulder straps. They're lined on the underside with a rough mesh material that chafes my shoulders something fierce. For a life jacket that's supposed to be designed for paddling this seems like a fatal flaw. Last time I went out paddling I had to take it off for most of my excursion due to the rubbing. I'm not a fan of paddling without a life vest on so will be looking for a replacement ASAP. I wouldn't recommend this if you're planning to wear it in a canoe, kayak or SUP.
Date published: 2015-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this pfd This PDF is great for kayaking. Adjusts to fit perfectly! Easy to paddle and does not restrict movement.
Date published: 2013-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great vest! Great vest. Bought the vest for kayaking. I like that it is short so it doesn't ride up. It also has pockets and is adjustable all around. Built for a woman.
Date published: 2012-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fits well & has great pockets! I really appreciated the comfort of my new PFD, as I just chilled in the lake!
Date published: 2013-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sturdy, rides up This is a sturdy, high quality vest, which with my type of kayak seat rides up sometimes when I am wearing lighter clothing (reason for 4 not 5 stars). The fit is tight, regardless of size. Vest provides unrestricted mobility for shoulder/ arms and good pocket space. Hand warmer pockets are a nice touch.
Date published: 2017-06-08
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