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ONYX Kayak Fishing Life Jacket, Tan
|Price:||$53.90 - $93.25|
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The Onyx Kayak Fishing vest is feature-rich but yet a great value! Designed with four different pocket designs and functions to hold your essential gear and keep you fishing longer. In addition to the zippered fleece-lined pockets and the zippered chest pocket, radios or pliers can slip down and clamp to the pocket/vest through the opening at the top of the pocket, to keep them easily accessible. The one-button push drop down tray pocket holds a small tackle box. A lash tab to hold a knife, whistle, etc. is also included and can also be used to hold fly fishing tippets, sunscreen, keys, etc. The six adjustment straps can be adjusted up or down depending on your activity or the heights of the boat seat or kayak. The high back of the vest does not get in the way of the seats and has mesh for breathability. There is ample drainage to keep the vest dry when not in use. Universal fits 30"-52" chest. Oversize fits 40"-60" chest.
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I will be using this PFD for Kayaking, and it will be perfect for every aspect of these adventures! I love all the pockets that is has. I also really like rubber band type of connection point on the left chest. This area can accommodate a lot of different ideas, and so I find it be extremely flexible in the use. This pfd even has a pocket on both sides that have felt lining in it. If you are like me, and enjoy kayaking even in cooler weather, the pockets will be a nice place to warm up the fingers a bit. This pfd seems so versatile in its use, I couldn't imagine all the possibilities it would provide, but there are a few cons.
It seems that the zipper pulls are a flexible plastic. When I go to zip the pfd, I can feel the zipper pull bending under little pressure. This makes me believe that in a short amount of time it will break. The most concerning is that the actual component that forces the two sides of the zipper to join, also feels to be made of this plastic. That, to me, is unacceptable, and a corner that should not have been cut. Never, ever skimp on a zipper, as we all have too many struggles with zippers as it is. Additionally, for the price point, it should have been some type of strong aluminum, or a stainless stell, I don't know. When you go to tighten this guy down, it does put pull on that zipper. I could be wrong and I'll figure out as the months go by, how well that hols up.
Now, I am a BIG fan of double stitching and all aspects of pockets and compartments are single stitched. That may be perfectly fine, but it doesn't appear that the zipper, which handles the pressure of keeping the jacket tight, does NOT have double stitching, or I can't see it. However, as in one of my pictures, it does appear they made great effort to ensure a strong additional stitching was done where all of the nylon type straps connect to the vest. The vest can be a bit bulky, feeling like 2 inches thick in spots, but then again, you DO want to stay afloat. The design is nice, in that it allows you to move with freedom when paddling which is what I am looking for.
So all in all, it suits my needs. I wanted all the pockets for accessories, and I wanted the design to allow me to move freely. They have accomplished this. I am concerned of the build strength in the zipper, and hope it lasts longer than I am expecting. As it stands, I would certainly recommend the PFD!
At first, it fits ok with the proper adjustment. The advantage of having a universal size provides for many users to wear the same PDF. The flip side to this is that its fit is not as snug as others that runs on regular S, M and L format. At any rate, it fits ok.
It is US Cost Gard approved which provides you with some kind of confidence that it should work as designed in the event that it needs to be used in an emergency situation. The many pocket that this PDF contains makes it practical for kayak fishing but it is not limited to that application. It can also be used for recreational since some of the pockets are large enough to accommodate cell phone, key chain, camera, etc... It’s shorter back panel and the lack of foam on shoulder straps make it for a conformable paddling.
The only reason for which I’ll give 4 stars (I which I can rated as 4.5 but there is no option for that) is because it only has a zipper closure with no buckles. In this type of devise, I rather have a redundant safety closure in case one fails but, that just my opinion. Regardless of that, everything else (construction, materials, design) is acceptable. Quite good for its price range.