NRS Chinook Fishing PFD
- Perfect for kayak fishing, fly fishing and extended tours.. The mesh lower back is a great fit on high-back seats and provides ventilation when the weather gets warm.. The roomy front-entry design with eight adjustment points lets you customize the fit for comfort and security..
- Soft PlushFITƒ,› foam flotation conforms to your body as you wear it for unsurpassed comfort.. A coil tool retractor allows you to clip on line snips, forceps or other tools that you want to have handy.. Includes a D-ring on the back for attaching your net, plus a strobe holder loop for those low light conditions..
- Other outstanding features include rod holder loops, a knife lash tab, and multiple D-rings and attachment loops.. 16.5 lbs. design flotation..
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NRS Chinook Fishing Lifejacket - The NRS Chinook PFD is designed with anglers in mind. With multiple pockets for your tackle, attachment points for your tools and an integrated rod holder, it makes you more effective on the water. Kayak anglers attest, no other life jacket can match the comfort and utility the Chinook delivers.
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I was on the fence between small/medium and large/xl. Called NRS and they explained that the actual size of the vest is the same, it's the strap size that is different. Purchased the large/xl size. When it arrived, it fit well and the straps allow room for layered clothing if I choose to wear a jacket or wet suit under it. If I purchased a small/medium, would have fit with a shirt but may be too tight with more clothing. (can't say for sure since I didn't try the medium). Overall, I would rather have longer hanging straps than too tight of a PFD.
A few reasons I did not rate it 5 stars:
No reflective material on this PFD. Even though they did this intentionally, my safety mindset doesn't understand selling a high vis PFD and intentionally degrading its night time reflectivity. Also, something about the thickness and shape of the front flotation made deep water reentry slightly more akward when wearing this. Something about the front, top of the PFD would catch on the kayaks side gunwale when pulling myself perpendicularly across when getting back on. Lastly, I found it a little difficult to fit this PFD to me. It has plenty of adjustments, but no matter how I wear it there is still definite ride-up on the torso after getting in the water. I'm overweight so that might factor into it, as I'm sure fitment varies for different body types.
Overall I highly reccommend this PFD. After factoring in the years of use you're likely to get with it, the great comfort factor, and knowing I'm less likely to lose my pliers or knife due to the attachment points, the cost makes this a worthwhile investment.
Spend the extra money and be happier with your PFD.