The NRS Chinook Fishing Life Jacket - PFD has pockets stacked on pockets for almost unlimited storage. The roomy, front entry design with 8 adjustment points lets you customize the fit for comfort and security. The ventilated back panel is slimmed down low for greater comfort in kayaks with high seatbacks. Other features include rod holder loops, a coiled retractable tool clip to keep clip on line snips or other tools handy and multiple D-rings and attachment loops. Check Fit Guide tab for proper sizing. 200-denier urethane coated ripstop nylon
|Approval:||USCG Type III|
|Shell Fabric:||200 Denier Nylon|
|Bark - S/M||40009.02.103||0603403204282|
|Bark - L/XL||40009.02.100||0603403204251|
|Bark - 2XL||40009.02.106||0603403204312|
|Orange - S/M||40009.02.105||0603403204299|
|Orange - L/XL||40009.02.102||0603403204268|
|Orange - 2XL||40009.02.108||0603403204329|
|Infant||< 30 lbs.|
|Child||22" - 25"||30-50 lbs.|
|Youth||24" - 29"||50-90 lbs.|
|XS/S||28" - 32"|
|S/M||33" - 40"|
|L/XL||38" - 46"|
|L/XXL||40" - 58"|
|XXL||42" - 50"|
|Universal||30" - 58"|
Excellent design by the team at NRS. Well built with lots of pockets and attachment points for gear leashes and tools. Here's a bit of prudent advice: Collect and install your preferred accessory list; small tackle boxes, whistle, line clipper, VHF, knife, pliers, 1st aid accessories, etc. Pick a nice sunny day in warm water and try a self rescue. Jump out of your kayak and try to get back in. You may find some of the items attached outside or even inside of the pockets are now in the way and catch on gunnels or mounted tracks as you try to get back aboard. This is an important test that needs done to keep you safe.
Good fit and comfortable to wear while paddling. Im 6 ft 185 lbs and purchased the L/XL. Bought this for kayak touring and not for fishing though I may use it for both. The material used to make the jacket however is on the thin side and I dont think its going to wear well. Im comparing it to the MS Fit by Kokatat my wifes which although a more expensive jacket appears will outlast this one. That said its still the nicest fishing vest Ive seen.
Fantastic PFD! I just bought my first fishing kayak and needed a good PDF. The Chinook is lightweight and very comfortable. My first day out on the lake it was in the 90°'s and I stayed cool. I like that the back floatation part is high and it doesn't interfere with my Kayak seat. It has just enough pockets to keep my clippers, reading glasses and a couple of other items. More expensive than others, but worth it. Better to spend your money on a great PDF now than to wish you did later.
I bought this PFD in Sept of 2015 and have used it on roughly 30 fishing trips to the Texas Gulf Coast. The PFD has held up really well, all of the zippers still work, no tears in the PFD and it is still comfortable. There is a little staining on the fabric, but overall it has held up really well. I live in San Antonio, so when I drive down to the coast to fish it is an all day event. PRO's Comfortable Easy to get on and off Big zippered pockets Cons Small pocket for cell phone/radio 4 way lash tab is a waste of space... Overall this is a great PFD. It is comfortable and easy to wear to the point you forget you are wearing it. If I was to lose this PFD I would by the exact same model again! The reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because of the small cell phone/radio pocket.