Designed with the professional sea kayak guide in mind, the Guide incorporates everything you could possibly need in a full featured Type V rescue PFD. D Cordura exterior, D nylon oxford interior, lbs. average buoyancy; Teather/tow system ready, electronics pocket; Quick release chest harness with. Designed with the professional sea kayak guide in mind. The Guide incorporates everything you could possibly need. A full featured Type V rescue PFD.

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All of the reviews are created and written by paddlers like you, so be sure to submit your own review and be part of the community! This vest fits great for someone with a short torso and doesn’t ride up at all while paddling or practicing rescues. There is enough room below the vest for a tow belt without it being awkward, as I kokafat out in a recent rescue clinic.

I haven’t had any chafing from the arm holes when paddling, overall it is very comfortable. There are lots gkide pockets which are handy for storing things that one wants to keep close in case of a capsize etc. It would be nice if the vest had a way to attach the spray skirt loop while doing a re-entry, then you wouldn’t have to hold it in your teeth to keep it from getting caught.

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Join Join Paddling Perks. What can I say, I am a big guy at 6’1, lbs and the thought of donning a woman’s vest was let’s say at least not what I was yearning for. Both fit well, but there was no question the MsFit Tour was just more comfortable. It seems a little shorter in the torso and when worn with a tow belt it is perfect for me.

The biggest struggle I had was getting past the fact kokatay it was a woman’s jacket. So I tried the two jackets on and off over and over again.

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I think this was just to get myself emotionally comfortable that I was going to walk out of that store with a woman’s life jacket. In the end the facts won out. This jacket just fit me exceptionally well. I carry a strobe on the back shoulder and a knife on the front. I have used kokahat jacket a number of times and absolutely love it.

Lots of small d-rings in the pockets. One of my other criteria was the ability to store my VHF where it was easy to get to. I previously kept it guidr day hatch but really wanted it on my person.


This vest fit the bill.

Kokatat Guide PFD – Unisex

The VHF easily fits in the front pocket and the antenna sticks out through the top. The pocket is stretchy so the it holds the VHF snug and it is not flopping around. I was a little worried about the side pocket placements interfering with my arms while paddling. The Outfit pockets are more to the front than the side.

It turned out not to be an issue for me. I bought an XL and with a koaktat suit on it still has room. All kidding aside about it being a womans PFD, this thing is fantastic, and I would highly recommend it to any male paddler. I am 5’9″, average weight, and find this pfd to be the most comfortable pfd I have ever worn. It does not ride up during rescues and allows for freedom kokatst arm movement after hours on the open ocean.

I highly recommend it. This PFD has excellent pocket space that stays out of the way for strokes and rescues. The front of the PFD stays down, away from my chin and the arm holes are nice and big.

I especially like the VHF radio pocket that gives me easy access to my radio. The short length fits my torso and doesn’t get lokatat the way of my kayak deck. In the newest version, Kokatat moved the placement for the knife attachment and protected it with a flap – excellent change so the end of a knife doesn’t get in the way during scramble re-entries. Kokatat also makes a hydration pocket that easily attaches on the back of the PFD. I can hardly wait for my current model to wear out so I can justify getting the newest version!

Kokatat did a great job with this one. My only comment is that it is very hot in tropical climates, otherwise I would give it a Just like kokaatat I have ever had from Kokatat, it’s a winner. I bought the men’s version of this life jacket with the hydration back pack. The pfd is very comfortable has an amazing about of useful pockets.

It is very well made with high quality reflective tape, knife protection, secret like pockets. It can be adjusted very tight which is a requirement for any pfd I use.

It kokataf clips that can be used to secure it with out closing the zipper. This means you can cool off easier, and secure it before you zip it up. Basically its the best pfd you will find for sea kayaking.

The hydration system is a little expensive, but it could not be better. I kokatst it has the best bite valve you will find. And you can turn the valve off completely if you like.

The back pack can be used to hold some ditch gear if you need it. All around its worth the money if you do a lot of open water paddling. Its no wonder it is the 1 by far life jacket among instructors at the symposiums. Very Good Vest hands down!

I am a 6’1″ male around kooatat depending on season and I didn’t even know this was a womens vest until after I purchased it, but I have no complaints! Very Comfortable, dosen’t chaff, plenty of pockets for saftey equipment and is very low profile. I actually wear this vest, that is the most important thing!


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I’m a 6’2″ man with a 42″ chest and the large felt great inthe store so I bought it with a little trepedation. Took it for a 12 mile paddle, and forgot I had it on. I agree with a prior reviewer that I will be much less tolerant of crappy PFDs henceforth. I’m buying one for my wife. I’m 5’5″ and female, so definitely in the shorter torso range, and this PFD fits me so well that often I forget that I have it on, including when paddling in sweltering weather.

That says a lot to the good design this PFD has. The pockets are handy for many things, and my knife works well on the lash tie. I also appreciate the option of just using the clips and leaving the zip open. The only downside I’ve found is that I’m no longer very tolerant of wearing poorly fitting ones like the spares on my husband’s bass boat! We spent 54 days paddling around the shoreline of Lake Powell, miles plus. In that time we experienced days above and a few days below freezing.

The MsFit fit both of us perfectly and didn’t get in the way or be a bother. It’s well made, plenty of pockets, center-opening for cooling down or taking off, and best of all, the thing doesn’t ride up! The MsFit Tour is designed as a serious touring vest for people with short torsos who want more pocket capacity than most recreational PFD’s.

Prior to buying one, I had been using a Lotus Lola, but was frustrated by the lack of pockets and attachment points for safety gear. Additionally, I found that the high front pad of the Lola would hit my chin when I needed to look down.

I had looked at “rescue” PFD’s, but was put off by the high prices and unnecessary features “strong swimmer” harness and built-in tow belt. The MsFit Tour solved all of these problems and then some. It has two side pockets with good capacity, but that are out of the way when paddling.

It has a forth mesh pocket under the zippered front flap, which is ideal for keys, knife, etc. There are also the requisite key rings, attachment patches and reflective tape. One additional feature bears mentioning. The front closure is a combination of buckles and a zippered flap.

According to the Kokatat rep I spoke with, the vest is Coast Guard compliant with just the buckles fastened. This means the zipper can be left open for ventilation, which has proven to be very nice on warm days. The arm openings are large and there is zero rubbing or chafing. The front padding is low enough to provide ample chin clearance.

Perhaps the best indication the comfort of this PFD is that I forgot that I was wearing it after the first few minutes.