|Stohlquist aSEA Kayak Lifejacket - The aSEA kayak PFD is designed specifically for boaters looking for a soft form-fitting vest with added ventilation and the performance of a high cut back. The lower half of the vest's back is cool mesh, providing air circulation and fitting comfortably above the higher seat backs found in many of todays recreational and touring boats. The upper half provides flotation and an accessory lash tab for a strobe. Extra-wide armholes and open sides offer great comfort and a full range of motion. Easy click front entry buckles make for simple entry and exit. Stohlquist's innovative Cinch harness and four additional points of adjustment at the sides and shoulders mean that the aSea fits almost everyone. Large dual bellows pocket offer a D-ring for keys, and expand to fit a beverage can! Reflective tape front and back adds safety in low-visibility conditions.
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The Stohlquist aSEA vest has been terrific for use with my Perception Prodigy 12.0 kayak. This vest offers tons of adjustment and is very comfortable for multi-hour trips. The high back flotation foam of the aSEA is invaluable for many of the recreational boats with contoured seat back rests. Having a thick vest pad stuck between you and the seat back is not an overly comfortable situation most of the time; the aSEA takes care of the problem perfectly by putting the flotation foam above the seat back. Durability looks good as well, although time will tell on that one.
I'm VERY pleased with this vest! Being a "healthy fellow" at 6' 1" and 250 - 260 lbs, I was concerned with how it would fit and how restrictive it would be while in my kayak. I have to say that it has surpassed my expectations. The front pockets are roomy enough for safety equipment (whistle, etc.) and even a small digital camera. A knife, PFD light (C-Light), carabineers, and any other manner of gear mounts conveniently in the shoulder areas. The open sides and generous use of mesh make this an incredibly cool PFD. The extra-wide armholes and unpadded lower back help with the comfort and freedom of movement while paddling and seated in the kayak. The true testament to this PFD's comfort is the fact that I've fully loaded my kayak and gear, jumped in the front seat of my car, and started the engine to drive off BEFORE realizing I was STILL WEARING IT! THAT is a testimony!
I bought this PFD to use when we go kayaking in Maine. The rental PFD's always ride up around my eyeballs and make me feel like a huge pink beach ball. I suspect the harbor seals of laughing their heads off at the sight (how else do you explain all those bubbles?) But this Stohlquist item was so lightweight and fit so well I forgot I had it on. The pockets were perfect for camera and GPS. I look forward to many more happy paddles. Thanks!
Tried this the other day while fishing from my kayak on still water. Very lightweight, great ventilation, and comfortable! The flotation designed high on the back allowed full use and comfort of the seat back. Front pockets provided a place to temporarily dispose of used fishing line. I have not tested the actual flotation of the vest as of yet! Great value in a PFD.
I am very happy with the fit and feel. The high cut back is a must when kayaking, and this life vest works perfectly when paddling in my Rip. At first it seemed a little bulky in the front, but I quickly became used to the feeling of wearing it. Having pockets is a plus as well since I am often fly fishing from my kayak. I know others that have purchased the aSEA and I have yet to hear a complaint, so buy with the knowledge that you will not regret the purchase.
aSEA Kayak Lifejacket PFD by Stohlquist Waterwear for Kayaking
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