I've been through a couple of PFDs trying to find the right fit. My current one is a men's XL Stolquist Rocker. It's a little on the large side and the shoulder straps are way too long. The shoulder strap length is not adjustable.
My wife's PFD is a Kokatat Woman L, a little large for her. Recently I mistakenly grabbed her PFD in stead of mine when I loaded up for a lesson. Out of necessity I used it and to my amazement the the straps lengthened out and her PFD actually fit, in fact more securely than mine.
Am I crazy to use a womem's PFD. My wife wants a smaller one anyway.
Any thoughts? Any suggestions?
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Posted by: seadart on Jan-21-13 2:56 PM (EST)
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Posted by: leeherring on Jan-21-13 10:51 PM (EST)
Not necessarily. There are men who|
Posted by: shirlann on Jan-22-13 7:46 PM (EST)
take time to work out at the gym and have great chest muscles. Thus PFD's, like Extrasports "Chica" also fit some male bodies. Plus they have a thinner lower back for kayaks that have high back seats. This allows you to sit as far back as needed to be comfortable.
Posted by: mcimes on Jan-21-13 3:00 PM (EST)
Depends if you can tell its a womens jacket from 6 feet away. If it is a pastel color and has boob cutouts you might get harassed by your buddies, but you'll be comfortable so whos the fool?
Just bought an Astral ABBA for ME|
Posted by: yatipope on Jan-21-13 3:09 PM (EST)
I "mistakedly" tried on one of those kapok-filled Astral ABBA womens (its yellow and gray) at a local outfitter who had it 20% off. It fit perfectly and is the most comfortable PFD I have ever worn. I decided to buy it ON-THE-SPOT and it was during checkout that the outfitter kinda whispered,.."Its a womens PFD" I said,.."I don't care" It feels that good and after wearing it on a couple daytrips,..I LOVE IT!
Everyone is Shaped Differently|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Jan-21-13 3:13 PM (EST)
I have a long torso and paddle canoes kneeling so I tend to like long PFD's (I might have to check out your Stohlquist). Forget male, female, etc and go with what fits. It's so hard to buy a proper PFD without trying it on because what feels good to me may not to you and vice versa.
That one is favored by a lot of guys|
Posted by: Celia on Jan-21-13 3:20 PM (EST)
If You're a Cross Dresser,|
Posted by: Kudzu on Jan-21-13 4:48 PM (EST)
I'm a cross dresser. Kokatat Msfit fits me the best.
Posted by: carldelo on Jan-21-13 5:11 PM (EST)
Kokatat MsFit Pro - many, many men wear this vest and I am a convert. Nice description by a pro here:
MsFits for all|
Posted by: aamapes on Jan-21-13 5:17 PM (EST)
At the paddlesport center, we have MsFit's from Kokatat in four sizes and use them for all the adults that paddle with us. Two-piece foam in the breast area conforms to the body well, and many men find this model more comfortable. Personally, I wear an Outfit Tour and like it, but my build is on the skinny side.
Posted by: nermal on Jan-21-13 10:33 PM (EST)
Great fitting PFD for men. Kokatat does itself a dis-service by trying to sell a mens version of that vest (OutFit). They should just sell tha one PFD to rule them all.
Posted by: gstamer on Jan-22-13 12:38 AM (EST)
My old MsFit Tour was getting a bit ragged after years of hard use, so I tried the new OutFit Tour. I wanted to like it, but ordered a new MsFit Tour instead.
Been Using a MsFit...|
Posted by: VK1NF on Jan-22-13 12:58 AM (EST)
Posted by: thirstyturtle on Jan-22-13 10:20 AM (EST)
I had the Misfit Tour, wanted to like also and it just wasn't right for me....ended up with what some would say " is not as serious " PFD. It didn't have all the attachment point for gear that i wanted, but have found solutions for that and am really comfortable with me new PFD. So go with what is comfortable and forget the rest. Us girls wear mens gear all the time, plus, a lot of it is just marketing. Enjoy your new vest!
Mis-Fit on Fat Elmo too....|
Posted by: fatelmo on Jan-22-13 7:49 PM (EST)
A vote for Astral "Camino"|
Posted by: tktoo on Jan-23-13 7:40 AM (EST)
They had the foresight to call it a "unisex" design.
Astral Sea Wolf|
Posted by: Marshall on Jan-23-13 11:44 AM (EST)
Broad fit range. Shoulders are integrated into adjustments of upper chest plate which floats independent of the cummerbund. Also has a ton of storage without having gear poking out all over.
Posted by: wilsoj2 on Jan-23-13 2:38 PM (EST)
I bought an OutFit Tour in 2003. It got very heavy use. About 3 years ago, I bought a MisFit tour. Both are fine. I prefer the fit, centered zipper, and pockets of the MisFit. I am male 6' tall, 175 lbs.
Fit for Comfort or Safety|
Posted by: jimyaker on Jan-23-13 4:02 PM (EST)
A PFD should fit comfortably, but more important is the fit in terms of safety. It needs to stay on when you are out of your boat. If you sit down and have a friend grab at the top of the shoulders and pull straight up, the PFD should stay in place. Even better, jump in a pool and make sure it doesn't pop up and over your head.
Posted by: hodtay on Jan-23-13 6:12 PM (EST)
You guys convinced me that my wife's MsFit PFD is perfect for me. I attached my nose plug and whistle to it last night and told my wife that we would be going shopping for her replacement PFD.
Minimize gear in/on PFD|
Posted by: jimyaker on Jan-24-13 5:35 PM (EST)
Only really essential items should be on (or in) your PFD and it's very much dependent on where you are. Different priorities for Sea kayaking, Whitewater, and Recreational boating. I run whitewater mostly, so for me, I have a whistle attached to a shoulder strap, a knife mounted at a lash tab, my car keys in a pocket, and spare noseplugs in the pocket.
Posted by: ppine on Jan-24-13 5:16 PM (EST)
Do you want to look good or save your life?
Posted by: svenkalmar on Jan-24-13 7:32 PM (EST)
the kokatat guide. very nice in the water, making things easy.