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; kokatat.com