Rated 5 out of 5 by MM44120 Happy paddler
The first thing I did after taking the standup paddleboard off the van and rinsing out the neoprene pants was to write this review. I bought this PFD for SUPing and I had specific qualities in mind. I have a PFD which I purchased for canoeing many years ago that need to be replaced because it kept me too warm when I was SUP paddling. It also restricted the movement of my arms when SUPing. I needed a PFD to be light-weight, ride low across my torso, airy, and permit a full range of motion of my arms. Keeping me afloat was also a requirement. I wore this vest today and it filled all of my SUP PFD needs. I was never too warm, I could move my arms, and frankly, I forgot I had it on for most of my outing. I would definitely recommend this item to other women. I wear a size 8-10 dress and bought the small/medium. It adjusts to my body shape and, given there is plenty of strap length left over, this PFD could easily be worn by someone thicker than me.
October 12, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by RegisteredMaineGuide light weight vest
Not a heavy weighted vest, with a higher back and mesh bottom. This would be a great vest if it was made for a full figured woman. Maybe not the best choice for a petite in height woman. I am a fuller figured woman and 5'9", a little tight for the girls. I have been wearing this about 4 hours at a time while teaching kayaking to 4th - 8th graders. Not a lot of pockets, perfect for what I am using it for. A man would most likely like this a lot.
June 26, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Kimberish Good
I ordered this pfd and the Discovery to compare. This pfd fit far better. I am large on top, so this vest was very adjustable to make a snug, comfortable fit.
April 2, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Triman2 Good Fitting Vest
True to size, not as bulky as other vest, haven't been in the water yet to test it's floating ability.
May 24, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by PacificKayaker PFD
I bought two of these because they are a unisex fit. Fits a woman very well. Great breathability unlike any other pfd I have owned. Fits nicely and does not ride up like some do. Well worth it - to be comfortable on the water!
May 4, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by redbackedvole Runs wide?
This jacket is great. The pockets are perfect for my camera, whistle, and chapstick. It's definitely cooler than my old PFD.
As noted in a review below, it rubbed the inside of my arms unless I pulled it incredibly tight. I am 5'3, 160 pounds, and according to the size chart, I should wear the M/L. On a hunch, I tried the S/M, and even though I am supposedly a couple of inches "wider" than it is made for, it fit perfectly with even a little room to spare. This is something to keep in mind if you are a woman whose front-to-back dimension may be larger than the side-to-side. The shorter torso was a plus too. Kudos go out to LLBean for working with me on this problem!
December 19, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by THSJRLAKE Life Jacket
Comfortable. Netting affords
air flow....very breathable. Would
April 22, 2011
Rated 2 out of 5 by Yellowkayak Back too Low
The claim that the mesh back accommodates kayak seats is way off. The flotation in the back extends at least 2-3 inches below the top of the seat, causing the PFD to ride way up while seated. This will likely be true for anyone whose kayak seat extends higher than the gunwales, unless they are very tall. This one goes back.
April 22, 2011
Rated 3 out of 5 by TheCommander Great concept, poor fit
This PFD should be perfect, it's light, easy to get on, looks really well made, and breathes. Unfortunately, it hits the inside of your upper arms every time you take a paddle stroke. I have pretty thin arms and I could not adjust the wings on it to get out of my way. I can't imagine what someone with big guns would do. Try it in the store first. Might not be painful if you wear a wetsuit all the time but it will wear a hole in it.
April 18, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by Bertaco PFD for kayaking
The PFD arrived promptly and was the quality that I expected. Unfortunately, the fit did not suit my body type while sitting in my kayak. I am very long waisted and the bulkiness of the vest in the back did not feel right against the kayak seat.
I returned my PFD and have ordered another vest styled differently with a lower back.
February 23, 2011