• country indicator: US
  • |
  • 877.677.4327
  • |
  • |
  • Email Us
  • |
  • Customer Service

Find NRS closer to home?

don’t show again

close

NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD

Item: 40009.02 | Product Description »

On Sale: $87.96$109.95 You Save 20%

  (44) | Write a Review | Ask a Question | 20 Questions

What SIZE do you need?

What COLOR would you like?

  • Bark
  • Orange
  • Blue

How many? @

$0.00
Please complete the required steps.

Check Availability

Orders over $75 ship for free!*

Type III: Pockets on pockets, lots of gear attachment points, plus flotation if you swim -- what's not to like about the NRS Chinook Life Jacket? Fishermen, sea kayakers and anyone who wants a vest with lots of storage will love this PFD.
  • Designed with anglers in mind, the Chinook features 7 front pockets for everything from small tackle boxes to tippet.
  • Perfect for kayak fishing, fly fishing and extended tours!
  • The mesh lower back is a great fit on high-back seats and provides ventilation when the weather's warm.
  • The roomy front-entry design with 8 adjustment points lets you customize the fit for comfort and security.
  • Soft PlushFIT™ foam flotation conforms to your body as you wear it for unsurpassed comfort.
  • A coil tool retractor allows you to clip on line snips, forceps or other tools that you want to have handy.
  • Includes a D-ring on the back for attaching your net, plus a strobe holder loop for those low light conditions.
  • Other outstanding features include rod holder loops, a knife lash tab, and multiple D-rings and attachment loops.
  • 16.5 lbs. design flotation.

Product Reviews

  (44)

Related Videos

  • video: The New NRS Chinook Fishing PFD
    The New NRS Chinook Fishing PFD
    Length:1:48
  • video: NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD
    NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD
    Length:1:56
  • video: How To: Choose the Right Life Jacket
    How To: Choose the Right Life Jacket
    Length:4:31
  • video: How To: Fit a Life Jacket
    How To: Fit a Life Jacket
    Length:2:21
US Coast Guard Type: III
Profile: Medium
Design Flotation: 16.5 lbs.
Outer Fabric: 200-denier urethane-coated ripstop nylon
Entry System: Front zip
Pockets:
  • 7 - Front
Lash Tabs:
  • 1 - Front
Adjustment System:
  • 4 - Side
  • 2 - Shoulder
  • 2 - Waist
Includes:
  • Fishing tool retractor
  • Rod holder loops
  • Net attachment D-ring
  • Back strobe holder loop
  • Multiple D-rings and attachment loops
Size Chest
XS 28"-32"
XS/M 30"-42"
S/M 33"-40"
L/XL 38"-46"
L/XXL 40"-58"
XXL 42"-50"
Universal 30"-58"

video: The New NRS Chinook Fishing PFD

The New NRS Chinook Fishing PFD (1:48)

Pockets on pockets, lots of gear attachment points, plus flotation if you swim -- what's not to like about the NRS Chinook Life Jacket? Fishermen, sea kayakers and anyone who wants a vest with lots of storage will love this PFD.

video: NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD

NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD (1:56)

Pockets on pockets, lots of gear attachment points, plus flotation if you swim -- what's not to like about the NRS Chinook Life Jacket? Fishermen, sea kayakers and anyone who wants a vest with lots of storage will love this PFD.

video: How To: Choose the Right Life Jacket

How To: Choose the Right Life Jacket (4:31)

Choosing a good-fitting life jacket that's designed for the type of boating you do is important for your safety. Whether you are kayaking, rafting, canoeing, fishing or stand up paddling, there's a US Coast Guard-approved PFD that's just right for you. In this video, we go over the types of life jackets most commonly worn by boaters and offer tips for choosing one you'll be comfortable wearing all the time you're on the water.

video: How To: Fit a Life Jacket

How To: Fit a Life Jacket (2:21)

Choosing a life jacket, or personal flotation device (PFD), that fits well for all-day wearing comfort is one of the most important water safety decisions you make. In this video we show you how to tighten the straps to ensure the jacket won't ride up when you're in the water. When deciding on a life jacket, wear it around the shop for a while to be sure it's all-day comfortable. Then, be sure to always wear it when you're on the water!

Do you have questions about this product?

get answers from real customers and in-house experts with AnswerBox.

20 Questions | 108 Answers
Displaying questions 1-10Previous | Next »
  • NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD

    Q:

    My chest size is 44". Do you recommend I get the L/XL or the XXL size?
    Asked on 11/25/2014 by RedKap from Spain

    7 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      My size exactly. Get the L/XL. You will have a lot of room for expansion if you have bulky clothes/jackets, etc., under it.

      Answered on 11/25/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have a 45 inch chest and the L/XL fits fine.

      Answered on 11/25/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      My chest size is 42 and the L/XL fits over sweater, vest and jacket with a couple more inches left on the adjustment straps.
      No experience with the XXL size.

      Answered on 11/25/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      I am a 42" chest, 34" waist. On me, in street clothes, the L/XL still has 4"-5" of extra length on all the straps. The difference in the sizes is the length of the adjustment straps. The L/XL will fit you, but if you plan to wear it with bulky clothing you might want to go with the XXL.

      Answered on 11/25/2014 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I'm in the 44 or 46 range. I have a XXL Chinook. Like the fit. (Probably will still be o.k. after Thursday.)
      Good paddles,
      Arnie
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 11/25/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have a 42" chest and have lots of room. The vest is very adjustable too.

      Answered on 11/25/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I got the XL and I'm a size 44 too. You want it snug
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 11/25/2014 by Anonymous
  • NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD

    Q:

    What are the dimensions on each front pocket.
    Asked on 10/29/2014 by Eddie from Grimesland, NC

    5 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The two large front pockets are 7x5x1 the small one about half that size.

      Answered on 11/1/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I can fit two fly box's wet and dry maybe 8"x6"x2-3" deep
      It's quiete a spacious vest. When I opened it up I was worried it would be too small but after multiple uses I' don't carry a tackle box anymore just the best

      Answered on 10/30/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Eddie, this will be a bit subjective, because pockets overlay pockets and one is odd-shaped, but this will give you a good idea: Looking at the jacket as you see it on the product page - Top Left, 3.5" x 4.5" by 3/4" (there's a tippet sleeve overlaid on it). Bottom Left, 5" x 7" x 1" (there's a zippered back pocket, with a hook-and-loop flap front pocket on top of it. What you stuff in one may lower the volume you can put in the other). Right Side, 5" x 6" x 1" (again, a zippered back pocket, overlaid by two 3" x 5" front pockets). As you can see from the reviews, some think there's lots of pocket space and others wish there was more. One thing to realize is that when life jackets are tested to the Coast Guard standard, the testing laboratory puts lead weights in the pockets. The larger the pockets, the more foam flotation that has to be put in the jacket to offset the weight that can be carried in the pockets. The more foam, the bulkier the jacket. Trade offs and compromises.

      Answered on 10/30/2014 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Facing the vest the top left is 4"X4" each of the other pockets are 7 and 1/2 by 5 and 1/2/inches

      Answered on 10/29/2014 by brownduck from Cache Valley
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Bottom pockets - 7" wide 5" high 1"+ inch deep
      Top right pocket - 4" wide 4" high 1" deep

      Answered on 10/29/2014 by Anonymous
  • NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD

    Q:

    My chest size is 40". Do you recommend I get the S/M or the L/XL size?
    Asked on 7/29/2014 by red

    8 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I believe I am a 42 and I have the L/XL, and I can make it very
      snug....I think the S/M would be way too small for you. There is a
      sizing chart on the NRS site that may prove useful. I thought that the
      L/Xl would be too large but that has not proven to be the case. Also
      factor in winter months when you will wear layer beneath the PFD, so
      getting a larger size facilitates this.

      Answered on 8/6/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have a 42" chest. It fits perfectly. At 40" I would still get the large.
      Sent via the Samsung GALAXY S® 5, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

      Answered on 7/30/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I'd go with L/XL. Vest has lot of adjustability. I think the S/M would
      be 2 small.
      Bernie

      Answered on 7/30/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I'm 67 inches and about 180 with a 42" chest and am happy with the S/M There is a lot of adjustment capabilites in this vest. I wear mine loose for most of the day and then tighten it up going through some of the class III rapids on our home water that we fish.

      Answered on 7/29/2014 by JJ from Spokane, WA
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The L/XL will give you more strap length for wearing the jacket over bulky clothing.

      Answered on 7/29/2014 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      XL
      Sent from my iPhone.

      Answered on 7/29/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Guess is depends whether you would like to wear the vest over a waders or a thick jacket or vest. In that case the larger size would be better.

      Answered on 7/29/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I also have a size 40 and got the larger life preserver and I'm happy

      Answered on 7/29/2014 by Kayak Bob from Elkhart, IN
  • NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD

    Q:

    Do these jackets have a body weight rating? For example I am 210lbs and would take the L/XL. However I am not sure if it would keep me afloat!
    My wife would take the S/M, and she too is wondering if it would flaot her bgody weight.
    No point in buying on if it won't keep you afloat!
    Asked on 7/13/2014 by Spawn Sack from Chilliwack (Canada)

    3 answers

    • CUSTOMER CARE

      A:

      The 16.5lbs of flotation is enough to keep almost any person afloat. There are PFDs with more flotation, up to 22lbs, if you're really concerned about its ability to keep you buoyant.

      Answered on 7/14/2014 by Kyle from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I weigh 200lbs and have the large. It floats me just fine. These rafting
      type pfd's tend to be more buoyant. This jacket has 16.5lbs of flotation
      which should be plenty. If you weigh 210 you can subtract about 165lbs
      since we are about 80% water. You can then subtract about 31.5lbs if you
      are around 15% body fat which is lighter than water. So you only need 13.5
      lbs of flotation.

      Answered on 7/13/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      As the average human body has basically the same density as water, the amount of water your body displaces when it is in water equals your natural buoyancy force. Most people will float barely at the surface or will slowly sink based on how much air is in your lungs. The life jacket’s job is to provide enough additional buoyancy to float your body in a chest up position so you are not face down in the water if you are unconscious. Your head is supported by the back and shoulder floatation. So the bottom line is this life jacket is coast guard certified as a personal floatation device and will definitely keep you safely afloat unless you are unnaturally dense or happen to wear 15 to 20 pounds of jewelry. I weigh about 220 lbs and bob around like a cork in my Chinook vest.

      Answered on 7/13/2014 by Anonymous
  • NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD

    Q:

    My chest size is 38-40 which puts me on the upper end of the S/M and on the low end of the L/XL. Which size would you recommend? Thanks.
    Asked on 6/1/2014 by CAdams from Nacogdoches, TX

    8 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Interesting that you ask this question, this past weekend I was fishing
      with a friend and their life jacket was too small to do up, it was the
      first time I realized that you can't wear a pdf that is too small. A larger
      one you might be able to cinch down but too small is difficult to deal
      with. In the area I live in we mostly fish in the spring/fall and at higher
      elevation lakes, this usually means cool weather so having a little room
      for adding extra layers is important. I guess you can tell that I am
      leaning toward the larger size, this pdf has a ton of adjustability, I
      think the larger size would easily allow you to get it tight enough.
      This is a great life jacket, I usually spend 8 to 10 hours a day wearing
      this in my kayak. The dark green just looks like a fishing vest and I often
      forget I am wearing it.
      I hope this helps, Kevin

      Answered on 6/7/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi ! I wear a size 26 chest, the medium life vest. I would caution against
      getting a vest, it could sleep over your head. The vest is quite wearable
      in even hot weather. Best regards, Mike

      Answered on 6/6/2014 by msdull from wenatchee, wa
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      My chest size is 42 and the L/XL size has plenty of room even with a down vest so the S/M may work for you.

      Answered on 6/2/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I am similar size, 6 foot 165, and like the larger size.
      Kayak Bob

      Answered on 6/2/2014 by Kayak Bob from Elkhart, IN
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The length of the straps is the only difference between sizes. My philosophy when on the fence with PFDs is to go with the larger. It will allow for layering for cool weather conditions without being uncomfortable due to strap length limitations. If the straps are too long after fitting, they can be tucked or folded/kept with a rubber band.

      Answered on 6/2/2014 by Philba from Oklahoma
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I would go for the Large.
      the vest singe down very well with the side and low straps.
      it will also give you more room to put layers of clothing underneath if required.

      Answered on 6/1/2014 by Yannick from Quebec, Canada
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      i would do the s/m.

      Answered on 6/1/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Go with the L/XL you will be more comfortable.

      Answered on 6/1/2014 by Anonymous
  • NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD

    Q:

    What accessory product do I need to purchase to properly utilize the square attachment pad?
    Asked on 5/9/2014 by Waterdog from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I use a knife that has a clip on the back of it
      Sent from my iPhone.

      Answered on 5/13/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I think most of the knives for kayaking have a sheath that clips in there.
      kayak bob

      Answered on 5/11/2014 by Kayak Bob from Elkhart, IN
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      While you can attach most anything to the "lash tab" it's designed for attaching a knife. Several of the knives we carry - http://www.nrs.com/category/3222/rafting/knives - either have sheaths with clips that slip through slot in the tab or clips on the knife itself that can thread through the slots. Having a knife that you can access in a hurry is a good safety feature on the water where you have lines and rope that can entangle.

      Answered on 5/9/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD

    Q:

    Approved in Canada?
    Asked on 4/19/2014 by Ian from Canada

    2 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It does not appear to be Canada Approved based on the information provided on the PFD.

      Answered on 4/20/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Not at this time. The US and Canada are working on a common standard and we hope to soon be able to offer our jackets with Canadian certification.

      Answered on 4/19/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD

    Q:

    My local dealer is saying that this vest in olive green and l/XL is on back order thru April. I have been waiting almost 3 weeks now.
    Are there any other options?
    Maybe order direct from you?
    Adventure Carolina is dealer
    Asked on 3/11/2014 by Sarge from Lexington SC

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Adventure Carolina is correct, we'll be getting a shipment of the L/XL Bark (green) color the first week in April. We have that size in the other two colors, orange and blue, in stock now. You can also consult our dealer locator to see if another store in your area has that jacket in stock - http://www.nrs.com/services/dealerlocator.asp

      Answered on 3/11/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD

    Q:

    What is your return policy?
    Where is this item made?
    Where are you located?
    Asked on 3/11/2014 by Sarge from Lexington SC

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Our returns are easy and free. The jacket is manufactured in Asia. We are in Moscow, Idaho, in the northern part of the state, just across the border from Pullman, Washington. For reference sake we're about a 1 1/2 hour drive south of Spokane, Washington.

      Answered on 3/11/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD

    Q:

    I have an Extrasport Osprey vest in XL/L, which fits great. I am interested in replacing it with an NRS Chinook vest - which size do you think would be appropriate? I am 6'1", 205, chest size is 42/44.
    Asked on 2/3/2014 by FLSalomon from Pace, FL

    5 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have a chest size of 42 and this vest fits me with plenty of room to spare. The L/XL would probably suit you just fine.

      Answered on 2/11/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes I think that would fit you fine. You will love it. I just got back from
      a river trip this weekend and was very happy with the comfort and storage
      on this great piece of gear!

      Answered on 2/3/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I would go with the XL.

      Answered on 2/3/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      If you're using the life jacket in Florida you probably aren't wearing a lot of clothing layers under it. The :L/XL fits up to a 46" chest. If you will be going to places where you need to add insulating layers, the XXL (42"-50" chest) would be best. The only difference in them is the length of the adjustment straps.

      Answered on 2/3/2014 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      You would want to purchase the XL.
      I'm 5'8" 215 with the same chest and mine fits me just perfectly.
      Sent from my iPhone.

      Answered on 2/3/2014 by Anonymous
Displaying questions 1-10Previous | Next »

Do you have a question about this product? 

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD
 
4.5

(based on 44 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Adjustable (39)
  • Comfortable (39)
  • Good ventilation (34)
  • Lightweight (33)
  • Durable (21)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Paddling (27)
    • Kayak / canoe / rafting (19)
    • Boating / sailing (18)
    • Fishing (8)
    • Personal watercraft (7)
      • Chest Size:
      • Feels too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        98% 

        (39 reviews)

        Feels too big

         
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Intermediate (13), Advanced (10), Beginner (3), Professional (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (40), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Everything you need in a combo PFD

    I wanted a PFD that incorporated the best of a fly fishing vest into a traditional foam PFD and I wanted a PFD vest that wasn't going to break the bank. I have heard...Read complete review

    I wanted a PFD that incorporated the best of a fly fishing vest into a traditional foam PFD and I wanted a PFD vest that wasn't going to break the bank. I have heard horror stories about inflatable life jackets and to be honest I didn't want the responsibility of finding the handle to pull on a manual inflatable if I got caught in a strong flow. I once was pulled under at a waterfall when I was white water rafting and I know I would have never found the handle in that situation. I also didn't want to take the chance with an auto inflatable which when activated goes off like a front impact air bag and can literally shoot you up and out of the water. If you have anything over it (like a rain jacket or traditional fly fishing vest) when it goes off you can expect to receive some severe injuries.

    I evaluated the Extrasport line of PFDs including the Osprey Fisherman's PFD and the Sturgeon, the Kokatat Bahia Tour Fishing Life Jacket, and the Stohlquist Fisherman High Back Life Jacket among many others.

    I originally decided to purchase the Winning Edge Mesh Neo-Nylon Combo Fishing Vest (Model FV555X) but couldn't find it in my size even after contacting the manufacturer directly.

    I ended up going with the NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD for the following reasons:

    It's lightweight with a zippered front for easy ingress and egress
    It has fully adjustable shoulder straps and 3 sets of side straps (8 adjustment points) that can be independently adjusted for a fully customizable fit to just about any body size and shape so its comfortable and will be worn
    It comes in 3 sizes (S/M (33″-40″), L/XL (38″ – 46″), and XXL (42″ – 50″)) and 3 colors (Bark (which I call green), Orange, and Blue). The only difference between the sizes is the length of the adjustable straps so in my opinion going bigger is better.
    It has a mesh lower back to reduce weight and keep you cooler and the upper portion is placed to ensure comfort in a high back kayak
    The sides are open so you get a full range of motion and the front pockets are not so big as to cause a problem when cross casting
    It has a number of front pockets in varying sizes to hold a tackle box of flies, tippet that can be accessed through feeder holes without removal, 2 tool retractors (1 in a pocket to attach to keys or something else you want to safeguard and 1 on front for hemostats or nippers), and a quick access tool attachment holder for a knife or other instrument.
    It has a D-ring on the back for attaching your net, plus a strobe holder loop for low light conditions
    It also has a rod holder loop with a velcro cross tab for hands-free access to work on your flies, leader, or tippet without setting your rod and reel in the water or on the ground - a feature I personnally find invaluable although I wish the velcro strap was about 2 inches longer. I also wish the fly patch had thicker nap -- it's OK but not great, and I wish it had 2 more D-rings on the front - one on each side.
    It also has 16.5 lbs. design flotation, exceeding the minimum standards for a Type III PFD by a full pound of buoyancy

    I bought an XXL in Orange (double protection during hunting season) directly from NRS in late August 2014. There was no tax and priority shipping was free. I received it within 2 days of placing my order and was out on the water over Labor Day weekend.

    I find the PFD very comfortable to wear over my waders. It provides everything I was looking for in a combo vest and I feel safer knowing I have it on.

    I would definitely recommend it.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Okay, but not the best for fly fishing..

    Should have been co-designed by a fly fisherman/woman. No fold-down work table pocket with foam padding. Needs additional tool attachment spots (built into the interior of the pockets to keep tools dry,...Read complete review

    Should have been co-designed by a fly fisherman/woman. No fold-down work table pocket with foam padding. Needs additional tool attachment spots (built into the interior of the pockets to keep tools dry, clean and from not flopping around).
    NRS should promote water-safety.... Thus this vest (all colors) should have orange and/or a reflective stripe on shoulder for safety and ease of spotting fisherman in distress (old NRS Chinook was great design for safety). We all know that stuff happens and orange on shoulder does not frighten fish...
    Should have spot on shoulder to strap in a Cyalume glowstick or waterproof light... for those just-in-case situations.
    Should have belly strap to help those using wadders tighten it around their waist to decrease possibility of wadders getting full of water. Could even have a croutch strap to help keep vest in proper position and not allow it to ride-up on the person when floating.
    EMS and SRT groups might promote this vest if it had a few "safety designs" built into it.
    It might keep you afloat (that's good), but it could be so much better if I or my friend had a problem in the water and needed help/rescue.

    Reviewed by 44 customers

    Sort by

    Displaying reviews 1-5

    Back to top

    Previous | Next »

     
    5.0

    Very picky and read a LOT of reviews

    By Kyle from East Texas

    from Texarkana, TX

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Good Ventilation
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Paddling

      Comments about NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD:

      Read in several places this was one of the most comfortable jackets to wear kayak fishing and because this one seemed to get the best reviews in that regards, I purchased it. They were absolutely right. Having worn a lot of jackets in my time (42 years old), I wore this for two straight days sunup to sundown and it was as comfortable with it off as on. Very lightweight and excellent adjustability. Good quality zippers and plenty of storage. Have an Old Town Predator 13 with a really high back seat and the back cushion is high enough it fits over the seat (I was worried). A couple of times I did have to straighten up a little to get it over the top buy my seat hits me really high. Should work fine with any other seat on the market. I don't write reviews but I made an exception here - this jacket deserves it.

      • Chest Size:
      • Feels true to size
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Comfortable PFD

      By JS

      from Va

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Boating
          • Canoeing

          Comments about NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD:

          Always wanted a PFD that wasn't sticking into my lower back and this is it. I have a inflatable but always wondering about if its going to work when I need it and needs periotic maintenance. Only downside that I can see is if you hit the water unconscious it may not float you face up.

          • Chest Size:
          • Feels true to size
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          3.0

          Good enough, not great

          By Nathan

          from Fortuna, CA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Comfortable
          • Durable
          • Good Ventilation

          Cons

          • Pockets too small

          Best Uses

          • Boating
          • Canoeing
          • Fishing
          • Paddling

          Comments about NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD:

          1. Easily adjustable & fits well. Never had a "swim" w it in class 3. Fine for class 2.
          2. Pockets are too small & too few. Should + a big mesh pocket in the back.
          3. Should + a fly patch for fly fishermen.

          • Chest Size:
          • Feels true to size
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Everything you need in a combo PFD

          By Fly-Fishing-Secrets-Revealed

          from Greater Atlanta, GA Metro Area

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Comfortable
          • Lightweight
          • Orange For Hunting Season

          Cons

          • Fly Patch Nap Is Short

          Best Uses

          • Wading

          Comments about NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD:

          I wanted a PFD that incorporated the best of a fly fishing vest into a traditional foam PFD and I wanted a PFD vest that wasn't going to break the bank. I have heard horror stories about inflatable life jackets and to be honest I didn't want the responsibility of finding the handle to pull on a manual inflatable if I got caught in a strong flow. I once was pulled under at a waterfall when I was white water rafting and I know I would have never found the handle in that situation. I also didn't want to take the chance with an auto inflatable which when activated goes off like a front impact air bag and can literally shoot you up and out of the water. If you have anything over it (like a rain jacket or traditional fly fishing vest) when it goes off you can expect to receive some severe injuries.

          I evaluated the Extrasport line of PFDs including the Osprey Fisherman's PFD and the Sturgeon, the Kokatat Bahia Tour Fishing Life Jacket, and the Stohlquist Fisherman High Back Life Jacket among many others.

          I originally decided to purchase the Winning Edge Mesh Neo-Nylon Combo Fishing Vest (Model FV555X) but couldn't find it in my size even after contacting the manufacturer directly.

          I ended up going with the NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD for the following reasons:

          It's lightweight with a zippered front for easy ingress and egress
          It has fully adjustable shoulder straps and 3 sets of side straps (8 adjustment points) that can be independently adjusted for a fully customizable fit to just about any body size and shape so its comfortable and will be worn
          It comes in 3 sizes (S/M (33″-40″), L/XL (38″ – 46″), and XXL (42″ – 50″)) and 3 colors (Bark (which I call green), Orange, and Blue). The only difference between the sizes is the length of the adjustable straps so in my opinion going bigger is better.
          It has a mesh lower back to reduce weight and keep you cooler and the upper portion is placed to ensure comfort in a high back kayak
          The sides are open so you get a full range of motion and the front pockets are not so big as to cause a problem when cross casting
          It has a number of front pockets in varying sizes to hold a tackle box of flies, tippet that can be accessed through feeder holes without removal, 2 tool retractors (1 in a pocket to attach to keys or something else you want to safeguard and 1 on front for hemostats or nippers), and a quick access tool attachment holder for a knife or other instrument.
          It has a D-ring on the back for attaching your net, plus a strobe holder loop for low light conditions
          It also has a rod holder loop with a velcro cross tab for hands-free access to work on your flies, leader, or tippet without setting your rod and reel in the water or on the ground - a feature I personnally find invaluable although I wish the velcro strap was about 2 inches longer. I also wish the fly patch had thicker nap -- it's OK but not great, and I wish it had 2 more D-rings on the front - one on each side.
          It also has 16.5 lbs. design flotation, exceeding the minimum standards for a Type III PFD by a full pound of buoyancy

          I bought an XXL in Orange (double protection during hunting season) directly from NRS in late August 2014. There was no tax and priority shipping was free. I received it within 2 days of placing my order and was out on the water over Labor Day weekend.

          I find the PFD very comfortable to wear over my waders. It provides everything I was looking for in a combo vest and I feel safer knowing I have it on.

          I would definitely recommend it.

          Service and delivery comments:

          I received it within 2 days of placing my order and was out on the water over Labor Day weekend. Exceptionally pleased with the delivery experience.

          • Chest Size:
          • Feels true to size
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Gerat vest

          By Ds18425

          from Boerne, tx

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Comfortable
          • Durable
          • Good Ventilation
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Boating
          • Canoeing
          • Paddling
          • Personal Watercraft
          • Wakeboarding

          Comments about NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD:

          Best vest on the market! No other vest can get close to the quality, fit, and finish of this pfd.

          • Chest Size:
          • Feels true to size
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Displaying reviews 1-5

          Back to top

          Previous | Next »