ABBA (A Beautiful Buoyancy Aid) is made just for women. Built with environmentally friendly materials, this PFD is designed for ultimate comfort, strength, and safety.
-Ordered it and tried on…
-Ordered it and tried on along with other PFDs
-Did not like the kapok
-Found the vest to be like a winter parka
-much too warm for even a half day paddle
Fit was OK but not great
We have three in different…
All the sized adjust a lot on the side and top for comfort.
Hold up well to sun and salt water - ours are well used but aren't raggedy or faded
Zippers are good quality
Pockets are useless to hold anything bigger than a whistle or mirror
incredibly comfortable, slim…
Organic kapok has a soft cushioned feel, never binds or stifles. Two handwarmer pockets are, well, handy, esp. as they zip up & become gear pockets. A 3rd zip pocket w. a loop is great for a righty reach.
The deep blue color w. light blue accents is mighty attractive. The ABBA is not just for girls! Found this one on clearance for under 1/3 the cost of a new Kokatat MsFit Tour just purchased. I liked the MsFit very much & would also recommend it, but guess which one got returned!
Awesome ABBA... I'd give it a 10 if it had a tab on back for a spotter & more reflective piping.
If you've never touched a PFD…
My only complaint is that I don't love the straps, they are a little close to my neck and sometimes cause a little rubbing (admittedly my skin is a little sensitive however). I'm not sure whether I'll just get used to it or if I'll end up covering the edge with fleece or something. Anyway, this is a small compromise for a vest that is WAY more comfortable than any other vest I tried. Plus, it’s environmentally sound and for $100, you can't beat it!