The Force 6 Swift Water RescueTec Life Jacket - PFD is a UL listed and United States Coast Guard approved Type 5 Professional life Jacket, sure to perform in whatever situation you find yourself in. The Force 6 Swift Water RescueTec Life Jacket is feature loaded including dual 1 1/2 in QR belts for throw bag attachment, Adjustable shoulders with dual AustriAlpin annodized aluminum buckles, molded extraction handle, 4 inch velcro name attachment back-band, a heavy duty YKK front entry zipper, 12 elastic strap container bands, rear hydration attachment points, neoprene neck water damn, lapel strap tunnels, and reflective material on both the front and the back. Check Fit Guide tab for proper sizing.
|Approval:||UL / USCG|
|Buoyancy:||22 lbs. - M/L and L/XL|
|Shell Fabric:||420-denier mil-spec nylon|
|Red - L/XL †||P201||0053242264662|
I bought this PFD for use as a kayaking instructor and guide. The PFD is very comfortable and easy to adjust. I am 6 foot tall and weigh about 200 lbs with a chest measurement of 46 inches, so I bought the L/XL size. Fits me well, with a lot more room for expansion. The amount of flotation is simply awesome, and if I'm in the water, it floats me high, giving a good overview of what's happening around me. In the kayak, this PFD does feel a little bulky dimensionally. However, even when the body is cinched tight, my upper torso still has a lot of freedom of movement to turn around and observe paddlers in my group - this is a very welcome change up for me when teaching and guiding. When using a spray deck, I cinch the shoulder straps up, and the PFD rides higher, though it does not clear the waist as well as maybe a Stohlquist Descent. But for longer time on the water, the 2 pockets (2nd optional pocket) and many loops offer more places to carry gear. On my PFD, I carry a storm whistle, Icom VHF radio, heliograph, Force 6 extrication leash, ACR strobe, 12m towline, Spyderco rescue tool, small first- aid kit and a couple of hand flares. As a change, I am probably going to get a couple of larger molle pouches - yes, the PFD's pockets are all attached via molle, which will allow you to personalise your rescue gear carry. The only gripe I have is that the 2 gear/compression straps work great as compression straps, but not recommended for carrying gear if you are kayaking with a spray deck, as any gear/pouches will press down on the deck. Oh, and wearing one of these really makes you look like a kayaking superhero!