PFD for a big guy.
Posted by: old_user on Apr-16-11 9:26 AM (EST) Category: Other Gear
-- Last Updated: Apr-17-11 3:43 PM EST --
Hello there, I am new to paddling and bought my first kayak this year. I am a big guy, 5'8" 290 lbs, and finding a PFD that fits and is comfortable is tough. I may have to go with a non paddling pfd, those I can find. I could buy online as most retailers have extended sizes however I would like to make sure it fits well before I buy it. I will be doing mostly flat water and some rivers with a little fishing thown in. Thanks for any help.
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Safety for a Big Guy|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Apr-16-11 1:19 PM (EST)
Posted by: bowrudder on Apr-16-11 3:20 PM (EST)
There used to be a whole web site devoted to us overweight. Wes's something or other. Unfortunately he let the web site lapse and now we're left with nothing but guessing and word of mouth.
Posted by: suiram on Apr-16-11 3:49 PM (EST)
The kayak mirror
Posted by: old_user on Apr-16-11 4:10 PM (EST)
Stohlquist Fisherman Vest in the Universal size. I have you beat by 50 pounds and it fits fine. Room to expand, which I hopefully won't do.
Posted by: old_user on Apr-16-11 9:11 PM (EST)
Thank you for all of the responses. Stohlquist has what looks like a very good selection in adition to the fishing line. I want a good comfortable vest so that it doesn't end up on the deck or (worse) on the beach. I also want to set a good example for my children while paddling. The articles were also an interesting read.
What do you think...|
Posted by: old_user on Apr-17-11 3:41 PM (EST)
about this vest from Bass Pro Shops? http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shops-Mesh-Top-Angler-Flotation-Vest-for-Men/product/10213766/-1114464?cmCat=CROSSSELL_THUMBNAIL#BVQAWidgetID
It all depends what your life is worth|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Apr-17-11 4:12 PM (EST)
Posted by: old_user on Apr-17-11 4:35 PM (EST)
All great points you make. I will go to the store to check build quality. I see that it is USCG approved but any type III gives you only minimal protection and is not a "Rescue Vest". I am not a beleiver in the "more $ is better" school of thought. I will be doing mostly flat water on small lakes in fair weather, and rivers only with groups of paddlers and I'm a fairly strong swimmer. Thankyou for the input.
Best of luck|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Apr-17-11 8:10 PM (EST)
Try non-kayaking PFD|
Posted by: old_user on Apr-17-11 4:11 PM (EST)
Posted by: kebs on Apr-17-11 10:56 PM (EST)
I work part time at a livery in the summers and we have put extrasport livery universal jackets on some huge guys. One bouncer came in and was well over 400 pounds. The vest looked like a postage stamp on the guy, but it fit.
Posted by: paddlesheep on Apr-18-11 12:21 PM (EST)
Kokatat Bahia. I have two of them in the XXL size, one regular, one the touring model with extra pockets. Very adjustable, and pretty comfortable.
Body Density & Flotation Requirement|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Apr-19-11 7:34 PM (EST)
About the same size as you.|
Posted by: Jsaults on Apr-19-11 8:20 PM (EST)
MTI Reflex II|
Posted by: n7zuq on Apr-20-11 12:18 AM (EST)
I use it in a canoe, not a kayak, but I've been very happy with my MTI Reflex II. 6'4" 300#
Posted by: old_user on Apr-20-11 7:01 PM (EST)
sometimes I use a overly infalted tractor innertube, but makes rolling tough- Bert...
Posted by: old_user on Apr-21-11 10:08 PM (EST)
I'm 6' and 250, I got a PFD from Dunham's (don't know the brand right off hand) but it's made for kayaking and they go up to at least 2 and maybe 3x sizes. The one I have is great for me and the straps still have plenty of play room, they're about 40 bucks on sale.
ill get hell for this|
Posted by: luvtokayak on Apr-21-11 10:25 PM (EST)
but i use a pool noodle
Posted by: old_user on Apr-22-11 11:21 AM (EST)
Thanks for the laugh.
Big Guy PFD|
Posted by: gunney on Apr-24-11 2:55 PM (EST)
Take a look at the NRS Chinook Vest. Lots of pockets and accessories AND fits up to 58" in XXL.