Rated 5 out of 5 by firstboomer just right for kayaking
I went to the store and tried on several lifejackets before I found one that fits my figure, at 5'5''/130 lbs.. Although this one is more expensive than some others, I chose it because the adult small/medium size fits me the best. At the Outdoor Discovery School Sea Kayak Safety Course, I learned how to flip over a kayak and get back in. In order to bounce back out of the water, everyone needed a serious life preserver, not just an old one from the garage. The Kokatat Bahia is comfortable, too.
August 16, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by OneWomansOpinion My Observation...
The vest appears to be very well made - a really NICE design... but as I have discovered upon receiving it, due to the amount of floatation material used in the front, it is NOT made to fit a woman's figure. [I wish the floatation padding had not been so thick, I loved the 'look' of the vest but had to return it as I could not possibly have worn it.]
August 1, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sequimgrandma good value
This vest is an example of llbean quality at a good price. My husband was thrilled to get it. Good fit and convenient pockets.
January 4, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Geezerkayaker good as it gets
I bought the Bahia because of the front pocket. It's perfect for a small VHS radio. In fact all the pockets are useful. The pocket retainer straps are a nice touch. The rear flotation pad is high in back for clearance of my seat backband. My chest size, 43, puts me smack between a S/M and L/XL. I chose a S/M so that the PFD doesn't ride up around my ears when I'm in the water. It's a very snug fit at maximum adjustment.
October 26, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by TaraB Great PFD
This is a well constructed excellent quality PFD. Having said that, I'm sorry that it didn't fit well. I love the vest but it is too long in the waist for me and for most women unless they are fairly long waisted. Everything else about it was great. I returned it and purchased a very similar vest made by the same company that is made specifically for women. It fits great.
March 17, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5
by RickJ Kokatat PFD
Love this pfd. It fits perfect, allowing you the freedom of movement when kayaking. The fit is perfect.
December 29, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Geeeg Great Fit
Very comfortable and good arm room for paddling. I would recommend taking your measurements and ordering for your size it is a true fit. Shoulder straps allow it to be adjusted in length as well.
August 18, 2010
Rated 4 out of 5 by Pmack Good but Ad misleads
I bought this jacket primarily because the Ad said it had "an electronics pocket for radio, GPS etc" which lead me to believe it was a WATERPROOF pocket- not an unreasonable assumption from the wording, well, it is NOT waterproof. Over all its a great vest--I have no problem with it--Just the ad should be corrected.
June 1, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by RidersDad Highly recommended
This PDF is of high quality and well designed. The pockets are perfectly placed and very useful for the phone and car/boat keys. The foam is nicely placed so that is does not hinder paddling. The back is a little warm but does have some venting mid-back. The straps allow for tremendous adjustment in the waist and shoulders. Perfectly adequate for a good swimmer - Type III.
May 7, 2009