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MTI Adventurewear Helios 2.0

MTI Adventurewear Helios 2.0

 
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MTI Adventurewear Helios 2.0

PFD Make & Model

Brand:
MTI
Model:
Helios 2.0
MSRP ($):
139.95

MTI Aventurewear already has a couple of high back foam PFDs in the form of their Solaris F-Spec and Dio F-Spec. Both of these are great jackets if you frequently go out in strong currents and dangerous water, but for other situations the MTI Adventurewear Helios 2.0 is a good option. It is a very lightweight PFD that is extremely comfortable while also fulfilling all the necessary requirements to keep you safe on the water.

What makes the Helios 2.0 so much lighter compared to the other PFDs from MTI Adventurwear is the fact that it is inflatable. This means that it doesn’t use any foam and instead requires you to pull a hang cord, which then deploys the life jacket. As we mentioned earlier, this makes the Helios 2.0 more suitable for calmer water where there is no chance of accidentally getting knocked unconscious and falling overboard as with rapids.

A lot of people find PFDs to be bulky and uncomfortable, but with the Helios 2 being so light you’ll hardly notice that you are wearing it. It also means you have full range of motion, which is great for angling or simply paddling around. Of course, the downside is that it doesn’t have all the fancy extras that you might find on a more expensive PFD although it does have a zippered front pocket where you can keep your keys or other essentials while wearing the PFD and a tethered whistle.

With one firm tug of the ripcord, the Helios 2.0 inflates in seconds thanks to its included CO2 cartridge. The design of this PFD also incorporates a reflective trim for added visibility. In addition, it has a built-in window for visual confirmation of the CO2 cylinder connection and readiness. The Helios 2.0 is definitely a great choice for fishing in calmer waters during hot weather as it doesn’t feel as stifling or warm as other PFDs and the minimal design is much more comfortable. The V-Yoke with padded neoprene neck means you can wear the Helios 2.0 for hours without discomfort and, since it has printed directions, it can easily be folded and repacked when not in use.

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