Gear Review: Kokatat Maximus PFD

Re-think your preconceptions with this comfortable PFD from Kokatat.

[best-fitting PFD]

This versatile jacket earned props among both our whitewater and flatwater paddlers, thanks to the freedom of movement its low-profile design provides. An independently suspended front flotation panel moves with your arms, while contoured shoulder straps further allow for unrestricted arm motion.

Fit is simple to customize with easy-access webbing adjustments on the front. A lash tab on the chest secures items like river knives, and a large, gusseted front pocket holds a cell phone (in a waterproof case, of course; see page 26). Bonus: The Maximus is made with environmentally friendly, PVC-free foam. $159; 2 lbs. 5 oz. (M/L); XS-XXL;

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