Most Recent Reviews
1> Bullet proof. Seriously, i met someone who lost his on the freeway at 70 and it was fine.
2> Forgiving. Really stable
3> Seat is great for me, I spent 5+ hours in it last weekend with no issue at all
4> Turns well once you get is angled good and hard
1> There simply isn't enough room for my feet down there, so that's bloody uncomfortable
2> Catches the wind as it is pretty high profile
3> Cockpit edge is sharp so literally impossible to brace against it
4> Slooooooow. Slower than my tandem with one paddler
5> Heavy - haven't weighed it, but pick up a lot of yaks and this one is at the "oof" end
6> Does not drain well after washing - always requires a wipe down with a towel ( this is a pet peeve of mine)
I've never tried to roll it, so can't comment on that.
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
The original chromed locking pins were cheap and rusted solid very quickly in salt water environments - and I wash things carefully after use. Luckily this is a cheap fix, but you have to be willing to use WD40 and a hammer to fix it. Beware dinging the aluminum.
The cut and fit of the PFD are excellent and I float comfortably. I usually wear an XL and the L/XL fit me fine. It would be big for a smaller large, if you follow.
The zippers are good, the padded and adjustable straps are both padded and adjustable. The pockets are huge, which is nice. It is also a nice looking PFD which is a nice change from boring orange.
-> Tracks well
-> Fast for a plastic rec tandem (yeah, I know)
-> Great adjustable foot braces
-> Seats give good firm support
-> Not fast to turn
-> High-ish profile for windy days
We've put 425+ lbs in big paddlers in and I can see putting another 75 lbs in to get to max capacity, but the cockpit would be inches out of the water at that point, so max possible is probably less than stated.
We've got maybe 100 miles on it and the wear/tear seems very normal. I'd expect this to have a long lifespan. If you were to let the locking mechanism rust you'd have a heck of a time replacing it.
One odd note is that this is the first shirt I've ever bought that has sleeves that are longer than my chimp arms. I kind of expected to find thumb holes like you have in some running shells, but they are just extra long. I get that and it doesn't bother me, but it was surprising.
Pro tip - point it *toward* the boat not paying attention, or at least away from your ear.
It's an attention getter and because it sounds *big* it makes people look around quickly!
It has all the standard features (pockets, high back, etc) that are found on all paddle specific vests. While it is at the bottom of their priceline it does not feel cheap. The zippers are sturdy and the fabric/floats feel substantial.
We put a 250lb man in the XL sized PFD and he floated comfortably. A good choice for safety.