I bought this, tried once, returned it, spent a little more, and got a REAL kayak fishing vest.
I was anticipating a great product but was immediately underwhelmed when I saw it in the store. I bought it anyway because it got very good reviews, figured I'd give it a chance. I just didn't care too much for the look, feel and function of this vest. The mesh seemed flimsy, zippers weren't great, overall just felt cheap and while I didn't test it out, in not sure how effective the small sections of flotation foam would work, it's not a lot of foam. 2 little pockets, better than none, but hardly a full featured fishing vest. One trip on the water and I took it straight back to the store, was not happy spending $60 on such a chintzy product.
I took my $60 back, sunk $40 more into the NRS Chinook... Holy cow, talk about quality and function, I reviewed it too. I can't recommend this field and stream vest, maybe it's fine for a casual kayak fisherman who really wants the least bulky shoulders possible, but it's not ready for the big bays, and just forget about the ocean.
This is a great vest, other than my silly complaints. It will float a 189 lbs. man in Class II/III water. I tested it. Also, Stearns is a time tested manufacturer of great products. I would say this is a great product and would definitely recommend this for a purchase!!!