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Onyx MoveVent Curve Vest

Onyx MoveVent Curve Vest

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Onyx MoveVent Curve Vest

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MoveVent Curve
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Onyx is known for their soft, comfortable personal flotation devices, such as the Onyx MoveVent Torsion Vest. The Curve is another U.S. Coast Guard approved type III personal flotation device in the MoveVent range. Onyx designed this range to conform to your body like a glove, but thanks to its vented channels, you are also able to stay cool while paddling. The mesh ventilation in the front as well as the back of the PFD improves airflow, while the PFD also allows for excellent mobility when using your kayak, canoe or stand up paddle board.

The Curve vest has soft, lightweight flotation foam and a 200 denier nylon outer shell. This PFD was clearly designed to accommodate kayak enthusiasts as the mesh in the lower back fits high back seats as well as sit-on-top-kayaks. Compared to how bulky some PFDs are on the bottom this is really convenient. The sculpted design of this PFD ensures that it conforms to your body while also staying in place even if you are active.

There is nothing more annoying than a PFD that is uncomfortable, shifts around when you are struggling to reel in a big fish or chafes in certain spots. Fortunately, the Curve has none of these problems and can easily be worn all day on the water without becoming a nuisance. It has shoulder adjustments with neoprene comfort pads and adjustable side belts to ensure everything fits perfectly. It also has a strong, durable zipper closure and a zip assist loop at the zipper base.

The Onyx MoveVent Curve vest is slightly cheaper than the Onyx MoveVent Torsion vest, but this comes at the cost of some extra features, like the attached whistle for safety, lash tab for small accessories and other small things. Depending on where you like to fish and what your budget is, these omissions doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker. One last consideration is the fact that since most of the foam is in the front of the vest it is not really designed for swimming, but floating while tilted backwards. This is intentional as it helps to prevent drowning if someone is unconscious when falling into the water.


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