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Buoyancy Tempo 200

by Astral

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This woman loves it. I wear my PFD always. I often leave…

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This woman loves it. I wear my PFD always. I often leave it on during stops. Why? it is comfortable. You can just click it closed for a semi-tight fit, or zip it up if the situation calls for extra safety. Treacherous crossings. (I HAVE fallen in or jumped in when it was only buckled). The PFD rode up a little but it was fine and did what it was supposed to do.

It has two medium sized pockets (zippers are hidden). BUT I only use them for small things like chapstick or a key. The front is curved and I'm not sure how easy it would be to get to the item.

Other brands: I tried the Brik and hated it. It pressed my belly too much. This PFD is great if you change what you wear under it. YOU know, a swim suit top in Summer and maybe some extra layers if cool or rainy. I love it. It may catch on the back of my seat a bit. I use a sit on top: Current Designs Kestrel.

I will be very brief. I have owned this life jacket…

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I will be very brief. I have owned this life jacket for two years and have regretted it since the first time I paddled in it. Despite the efforts of me, the store, and my paddling friends I cannot get a comfortable fit with it. It is so built up with stiff floatation in the front that it restricts arm movement and body rotation. Last fall in an all-day late season paddle I was in agony when I got back to shore from it rubbing the front of my shoulder. I was shocked when I realized it had rubbed so hard that it damaged my dry suit in that spot. I will not buy another PFD without a chance to wear it for a day first – check with a local paddle shop or outfitter and it is pretty easy to arrange.

After my wife tried on at least 6 different PFD's, this was…

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After my wife tried on at least 6 different PFD's, this was the only one that did not ride up on her when she sat in a kayak. She really likes this PFD. Fits very comfortably and helps to keep her warm on cool paddles.

I haven't had the opportunity to take my new Tempo 200 out…

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I haven't had the opportunity to take my new Tempo 200 out on the water yet, but I am really looking forward to it. After making do with PFDs that compress a woman's chest for too long, I have finally gotten one with a nice profile that is utterly comfortable - I can already tell it will make a big difference in my paddling comfort. While more expensive than the Lotus Lola, this PFD has a unique adjustment system, a place to put a hydration bladder, and plenty of other features that make it well worth the price.