Just saw that NRS has the new 2013 NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD live on the website now! The 2013 Chinook is a lot like the older model, but let me show you a couple cool new features.
In the left corner, you’ll see the new knife lash tab. In the past, there was another pocket here and the lash tab was attached via Velcro on the opposite side, as you can see in the older model.. You had to choose between a fly patch or the lash tab. Well, guess what most kayak fishermen went for… yep, the lash tab. Taking it off the pocket also gives the last tab more security and makes it easier to remove your safety knife when you need it the most.
You also notice the reflectors are gone. Guys fishing at night hated these reflectors because they shined too brightly when trying to take photos. This safety feature was removed, but you’ll that there is a new feature on the back of the PFD. The front of the new Chinook also features a handy coil retractor. If I remember correctly, there is another retracter in one of the pockets. The Chinook still features a handy rod holder. Didn’t notice it? See that little loop hanging from the bottom? Slide your rod butt there and then on the opposite sholder you’ll see a little velcro tab to wrap around the rod. Pretty slick, eh? This is an often overlooked feature, but its great, especially for wade fishermen.
On the backside you’ll find a reflective NRS logo and an attachment point for a safety strobe. This was previously a feature found on the cVest PFD and it is great to have on the new Chinook. You can bet I’ll have an emergency strobe on my back this year.
Believe it or not, NRS has even found a way to make the Chinook even more comfortable. The new Soft PlushFIT™ foam offers up the same 16.5lbs of added floatation, but it will contour to the body for a better fit. It’s like the memory foam of the life jacket world. As it was, the old Chinook was comfortable enough that I often forgot I had it on until I tried to get in the car. Now I might forget I have it on until I go to bed.
The NRS Chinook PFD still has the same 8-way adjustment for a custom fit, 200 denier ripstop nylon, multiple d-ring attachment points for electronics, nets, or whatever else you might want to attach, high mesh backing for maximum comfort when sitting in even the tallest of kayak seats, and now comes in 3 color options