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Rio Pro PFD

by Lotus Designs

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This is a classic vest. Very comfortable, just slightly less so than…

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This is a classic vest. Very comfortable, just slightly less so than the Astral. Not the most durable product out there, but you'd get a few long seasons out of it before it started to fray apart. The adjustable shoulder straps are the vest's biggest flaw: the buckles slip. People seem to come up with home-made fixes for this, but I never found a way to really make the slipping go away and still maintain the adjustability. I ended up just tightening them a lot - like dozens of times a day on the river.

My search for the "perfect all around PFD for kayaking" looks like…

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My search for the "perfect all around PFD for kayaking" looks like it may have reached a conclusion with this beauty. The quality of construction and the attention to detail made it shine. I paddle mostly, touring kayaks, but do wander into a whitewater boat when I can. This PFD has fit any cockpit I've tried, the high cut back panel seems to clear any backband/coaming configuration out there. The main attraction for me is the integrated quick release "tow/rescue" harness. I tried numerous water entries and found that this PFD always ended up leaving me face up (preferred). About the only drawback on this unit is the lack of a pocket that will fit a VHF radio. Oh, you get the really cool "Lotus Designs" logo on the back along with ample reflective striping.