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MTI "Solaris F Spec" PFD

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MTI Solaris F Spec PFD

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The MTI “Solaris F-Spec” is a Type III personal floatation device specifically designed for fishing. The Fishing Bridge and Fishing Bay features provide storage for tools and tackle. Seven adjustment points allow the wearer to custom fit the PFD to almost any size frame.


  • 2 Additional zippered cargo pockets
  • D-ring on back for tethering net
  • Reflective trim front and back
  • Adjustable shoulder straps
  • Dual-sided Fishing Bridge


  • Small / Medium:     30-36"
  • Medium / Large:     36-46"
  • Large / Extra Large:     46-56"
  • Design Buoyancy: 16 lbs 5 oz


MTI solaris f spec in action
Wearing the MTI Solaris PFD
MTI Solaris features

Editor review


Two Thumbs Up

I have been using the MTI Solaris F Spec PFD for the past few weeks, overall I have been very impressed with how well thought out its features are and its overall comfort. The F Spec stands for “Fishing Specification” this vest was designed from the ground up with the fisherman in mind.

Features: On one side of the vest you have what MTI calls a dual sided FISHING BRIDGE. This bridge is a rigid platform and pocket combo that is designed to open and provide a handy work space right in front of you. I found it surprisingly useful while rigging in my kayak. It allows you to your lure or terminal tackle down and still have it within easy reach. There are two elastic loops inside the Bridge to hold tools. The other side of the vest features the FISHING BAY. This is a quick access pocket that holds a compact plastic tackle box. The tackle box was designed with the fly fisherman in mind and didn’t fit most of my lures. But the elastic holder can also be used to hold a radio which would be my choice. In addition to the Fishing Bridge and Fishing Bay, the Solaris F Spec has lash tabs front and back, a D-ring on the back for tethering a net, a pin-on re-tractor holder, and reflective trim front and back. For features I would rate the MTI Solaris F Spec 9.0

The Solaris fit my frame comfortably because of its adjustable shoulder straps and 7 points of adjustment. The mesh back and open sides kept me cool and allowed me to sit comfortably in my kayak with a high back seat. One of the biggest drawbacks to all the features of the Solaris is that it adds snag points to the font of the vest. This was a valid trade off and wouldn’t stop me from using the Solaris as my daily PFD. Comfort rating I give the MTI Solaris F Spec 7.5

Flotation: I tested this several times by “purposely” falling out of my kayak, the USCG Type III PFD worked without issue. The ample buoyancy on the chest made righting myself and floating on my back easy. I did find that deep water reentries to be harder with the Solaris because of the many snag points on the front of the vest. Flotation I gave the MTI Solaris F Spec a 7.5

Final word, the MTI Solaris F Spec Personal Flotation Device is one of the better life vests I’ve used. This well thought out and is comfortable enough that you forget you’re wearing it. A life vest is only good if you’re wearing it.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
  • Offshore
7-15 times

Pros & Cons

Very comfortable, some cool features
added features cause snag points for re-entry or fishing line
MTI solaris f spec in action
Wearing the MTI Solaris PFD
MTI Solaris features
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