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NRS "Chinook" PFD

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PFD Make & Model

Brand:
NRS
Model:
Chinook
MSRP ($):
99.95

The NRS "Chinook" Kayak Fishing Life Jacket - PFD has pockets stacked on pockets for almost unlimited storage. The roomy, front entry design with 8 adjustment points lets you customize the fit for comfort and security. The ventilated back panel is slimmed down low for greater comfort in kayaks with high seatbacks. Other features include rod holder loops, a coiled retractable tool clip to keep clip on line snips or other tools handy, a fly drying patch, and multiple D-rings and attachment loops. Check Fit Guide tab for proper sizing. 200-denier urethane coated ripstop nylon.

Features:

  • 7 front pockets for everything from small tackle boxes to tippet
  • Ventilated back panel, key lanyard in the left front pocket
  • Soft PlushFIT foam flotation conforms to your bodyIncludes a
  • D-ring on the back for attaching your net

Specs:

  • Colors: Bark, Orange
  • S/M:     33-40"
  • L/XL:     38-46"
  • 2XL:     40-58"

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5.0

NRS Chinook

Used this PFD since August 2015 and I really find zero flaws. I have a very large chest and am quite wide so I was worried about the fit when I ordered it. My worries were unnecessary. I had plenty of room in this thing. It really is unnoticeable when fishing also. There's no reason to not have it on while fishing. The pockets and attachment points are very nice and functional.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
Used:
16-30 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Comfortable, storage, easy to adjust, high rear back that doesn't get pushed upwards by the kayak seat
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5.0

Great Comfort and Utility

While I'm not a PFD expert, I see no reason to look for more. The Chinook is perfect. It is very comfortable in my high backed Cuda. It breathes well, so I haven't had an issue of being too hot. I love all of the pocket to keep my regularly needed items at hand. There are many PFDs out there that might fit the bill, but this one is my preference. I tried several that were comfortable, but I liked the pockets in the Chinook the best. They seemed to be the least obtrusive to my style of fishing.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Comfortable, easy adjust, utility
Cons:
None that I can think of
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5.0

VERY Comfortable

I'm a bit larger than the average bear...6 ft, 230 pounds and I'm no spring chicken (58 y.o.). As a result I'm not as nimble as I was 20 years and 20 pounds ago. When I began looking for a PFD I wanted a vest that wouldn't (further) restrict my movement, had plenty of adjust-ability (to accommodate my girth) and was comfortable to wear. The NRS Chinook filled all those requirements and as a bonus had tons of features (pockets, D-rings, etc) that I have really come to appreciate. I recommend this vest to all my kayaking friends.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Small Creeks
  • Small Ponds
Used:
7-15 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Comfort, Adjustability, Features, Quality
Cons:
None
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5.0

Very comfortable vest




Comfortable life vest


I did a lot of research before I bought one. I keep hearing its so comfortable you forget your wearing it. In only four trips I fell in love with this vest. It has plenty of pockets on it for storing pliers cutters sissors and a knife. I have never wore a lifejacket in the past because of comfort and being hot. The high back seat on my Cuda 12 made it uncomortable with others but not this one. It seems to be designed with the high seats in mind. It ain't been hot yet but I don't think it will be a problem with this vest. By the way we got out and went exploring and yes I FORGOT I had it on and walked though the woods.



User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Saltwater Bays
Used:
2-6 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Comfortable and plenty of pockets
Cons:
None so far
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5.0

Awesome PFD

It is said that the best PFD is the one you wear when you are out. For me this Chinook vest is the one I rely on. I put it on before the yak hits the water every time. ALWAYS. Typically I fish shallower waters and don't necessarily "need" one on all the time, but if I were to fall out and get knocked unconscious it is very hard to breathe that way. I literally forget it is on it is so comfortable.

This thing has tons of storage. Clips, pockets, leashes you name it it has it.

My only complaint is the "NRS" stitching on the bach has started to come undone. It is a minor thing, but for me it is very bothersome. I work hard to protect my gear and stitching coming undone is just not cool.

Overall a GREAT PFD. The minor stitching issue is one I can overlook (just barely)

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Comfortable, plenty of storage and attachment points, and a multitude of adjustability.
Cons:
NRS stitching is not so good
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