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|
|Green - S/M||40009.03.100||0603403375555|
|Green - L/XL||40009.03.103||0603403375586|
|Green - 2XL||40009.03.106||0603403375616|
|Orange - S/M||40009.03.102||0603403375579|
|Orange - L/XL||40009.03.105||0603403375609|
|Orange - 2XL||40009.03.108||0603403375630|
|Charcoal - S/M||40009.03.101||0603403375562|
|Charcoal - L/XL||40009.03.104||0603403375593|
|Charcoal - 2XL||40009.03.107||0603403375623|
|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.
I am very happy with my NRS Chinook purchase. It is a great PFD and the high back works well with my Hobie Outback. I forget I have it on after the first minute or so, I wish I could say the same for the latest neck gasket of my drysuit! I bought the Chinook to be able to use it while on the kayak as well as when I go fly fishing wading on some of the higher flow rivers around me. While on the kayak I don't load it up with gear, just a few basic things (clippers, cell phone, leader, high use lures, and whistle) in case I need to self rescue. The pockets are smaller than on my fly fishing vest so if I do use it for that I'll need to plan carefully. Overall I'm very happy with the PFD and would buy it again.
I was expecting larger pockets but its nice to have the smaller ones. Time will tell how durable it is. It runs a bit small in size the XL is closer to a L but its adjustable and works fine so far.