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Stohlquist Contour

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Some anglers prefer a PFD with plenty of pockets and attachment points while others prefer something a little more low-profile. If you fall into the latter category, then the Stohlquist Contour will be very appealing. It is an ultra low-profile belt pack PFD that is ideally suited for anglers who want as little coverage as possible without compromising safety. While the Contour does have a zippered pocket for holding small items, such as your car keys and credit cards, it’s not a good idea to use it for your phone. This is because the pocket is not waterproof and will get wet if you end up in the water.

Thanks to the low-profile design of the contour, it won’t impede your movement at all when paddling or casting. Just bear in mind that the Contour doesn’t inflate automatically, but requires you to pull the inflation cord before placing the neck strap over your head. It uses manual CO2 inflation and rearming kits are available separately. If something does go wrong and the CO2 cartridge doesn’t work the Contour has a back-up oral inflation tube that you can use. It’s not ideal, but definitely better than nothing in case of an emergency.

The Stohlquist Contour has a 240-denier mini-ripstop shell as well as 210-denier oxford liner. It is designed to be a universal fit for adults over 80 lbs and the adjustable waist belt can handle up to 46 inches. This PFD is US Coast Guard approved and classified as a Type V PFD with Type II Performance.

If you are looking for a PFD that can keep you safe in the water even if you hit your head when you go overboard then you won’t want the Contour. However, if you are looking for a PFD that is compact enough that you’ll forget you are even wearing it, then it is a great choice.


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