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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.
  • This jacket carries the US Coast Guard Certification, through testing by Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • 16.5 lbs. design flotation.

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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
  • US Coast Guard Certification
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"

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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.

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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.

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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!

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Adjustable (51)
  • Comfortable (51)
  • Good ventilation (45)
  • Lightweight (43)
  • Durable (27)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Paddling (35)
  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (25)
  • Boating / sailing (22)
  • Personal watercraft (9)
  • Fishing (8)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      98% 

      (50 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Intermediate (20), Advanced (11), Beginner (3), Professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (51), Yes (6)

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

 

Chinook Kayak Vest

NRS Chinook is one of the most comfortable Kayaking vests on the market!
Bought to replace older version (orange).
Enough and proper size pockets for needed accessories (disappointed in lack of...Read complete review

NRS Chinook is one of the most comfortable Kayaking vests on the market!
Bought to replace older version (orange).
Enough and proper size pockets for needed accessories (disappointed in lack of "in-pocket-clips/D-rings" in this version!).
Attached 4-way lash tab much improved over previous velcro version (which fell off frequently!).
VERY disappointed about lack of reflective tape on this version! "BARK" color not recommended for low-light evening or early morning use w/o strobe! Will have to sew on reflective tape myself!

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5.0

Great vest

By None

from Palmer, AK

About Me Intermediate

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Good Ventilation
  • Lightweight
  • Very fishy usable
  • Waterproof

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Boating
    • Canoeing
    • Paddling
    • Personal Watercraft

    Comments about NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD:

    Rafting and fishing

    Service and delivery comments:

    Perfect

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    A Must Have for Any Kayaker

    By JCope5175

    from Muskogee, OK

    About Me Advanced

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Good Ventilation
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Paddling

      Comments about NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD:

      A Must have. This PFD is so comfortable I usually forget I even have it on. That's until I capsized last winter while kayak fishing. This thing is truly a life saver. It is lightweight, comfortable, several adjustment and plenty of pockets for storage. Highly recommend.

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

      I would buy again

      By Bill 09

      from Deland, Fl

      About Me Intermediate

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Good Ventilation
      • Lightweight
      • Waterproof

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Canoeing
        • Paddling

        Comments about NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD:

        Have only tried it on and adjusted, very comfortable. I've been under the weather lately , hope to actually be able to use it in a couple of weeks.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Delivery on time, packaging was great.?

        • Chest Size:
        • Feels true to size
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
         
        5.0

        Great product, even greater customer service!

        By galen

        from Westslope

        About Me Intermediate

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Good Ventilation
        • Lightweight
        • Waterproof

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Boating
          • Personal Watercraft

          Comments about NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD:

          I wear it while drifting and catching trout on rivers in N. Idaho, Montana and Washington..darn, have to buy 3 different state licenses!

          Service and delivery comments:

          Yes; one item back-ordered, then delivered within reasonable wait of @ 2 weeks...didn't need it immediately so that worked.

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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great PFD!

          By A-A-RON

          from NC

          About Me Intermediate

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Comfortable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Paddling

            Comments about NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD:

            This is a really nice pfd. Lots of pocket space, plenty of adjustability, very comfortable also. I haven't had a chance to use while kayaking as of yet, but I can say that after sizing to fit me and going through the paddling motions, it's not going to hinder any paddling motion. I did sit down in it to see if the back was high enough to not got the seat and I believe it's going to work out great. Just from trying on and wearing it a little in the house I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants an extremely comfortable vest!

            Service and delivery comments:

            Delivery was fast and they arrived in tip top shape.

            • Chest Size:
            • Feels true to size
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            • NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD

              Q:

              I am 6'4 270 I live in Washington state so when were out river fishing it can get fairly cold will this fit over my body size along with my jacket long John shirts etc and my nephew is like me but he is about 6'2" but built like a gorilla so are the vests that adjustable and keep a couple of big guys like us from sinking even if ya get the hip waders filled up to? I know that's asking a lot lol thanks,:)
              Asked on 3/30/2016 by Michael from United States

              7 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Michael,
                Don't think I can help you. Sounds like an NRS specification question based on size and adjustability.
                What I will tell you is that I'm 6 ft and 200 lbs. and use a size "adult large-to-extra large" and think it's great.
                I've worn it with a heavy hoodie but no real cold weather gear.
                Good luck!
                Jim G.
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 4/7/2016 by Jim from Taunton, MA
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Hi Big Guys
                1. You r asking a lot from a pfd (personal flotation device). Realistically u r asking the pfd to support ur body wt, 270, + wet clothing, + gear, + hip waders full of water. Add all those +s and u will easily be over 400 pounds.
                a. I own the Chinook pfd. It's a light weight & may support u in a lake (class 1). Dubious in mildly moving water (class 2). Very doubtful, actually absolutely not, in swift water & white water (class 2+ and 3).
                b. U would be fishing cold class 2 & 2+ water, but would have exposure to some class 3. U & ur nephew need more flotation than what the Chinook has to offer, especially in cold water.
                2. I owned multiple pfds & multiple white water & surf kayaks. Did class 4 & 5 water & big surf for a very long time. Have taken more bad swims than I care to admit. During the winter a top notch pfd is a must. The Chinook would not have done it, & I weighed 165 + a dry suit...so 175 total! The Chinook is for warm spring, summer, & warm fall.
                a. U r shopping @ the right store, Northwest River Supply. Look at the white water pfds. U need all the flotation u can get. After u have targeted a couple models, speak w one of their reps. While they may seem pricey, it only has to work once to be more than worth it.
                3. Many years ago while winter fishing for steelhead on the Green River in ur state, I saw a fisherman lose his footing in the drift below me. Down he went. Waders filled. The current took him for a ride. I was running along the bank. His head would disappear for seconds. Wondered if he would come up again. At first he was shouting & arms were flailing. Then silence & trouble moving his arms from hypothermia & his clothing. He was certain to drown. Luckily the current washed him up on the opposite bank. He made it by luck. Better to have a good pfd.
                a. Have often thought about what to do in a similar situation. There is no doubt that that the jacket & vest come off NOW. Then boots. Then waders. Like NOW! Because all to soon, arms & hands will turn to lead from hypothermia. Better to have a good pfd.
                Good luck fishing.
                Hope u find a pfd but most of all hope u never need it!
                A fellow fisherman
                Sent from my iPad

                Answered on 4/2/2016 by Nathan from Fortuna, CA
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I'm 6'4" 270 also, on a good day.
                This vest is perfect for me. Very adjustable and lots of pockets to keep stuff organized and ready. It's made with a mesh back down low so you can easily sit in a chair on a float boat. That may not be what you want.

                Answered on 3/30/2016 by scottst from South San Francisco, CA
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Michael,
                I'm 5'6" and about 217 lbs. and I purchased the XX-Large version of the NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD in Orange. This fits
                chest sizes from 42" - 50" (107-127 cm). It has adjustable shoulder straps and 3 pairs of side straps starting a few inches below
                the armpits about equal distance down toward your waist so it is completely adjustable to fit most body shapes. I have not had any
                problem wearing it during the winter months with multiple layers including a heavy coat and my chest-high waders. That said, it's a
                Type III PFD which adds suitable buoyancy if you are close to land (not for offshore use). Water weighs approx. 8.34 pounds per
                gallon and I am not sure the displacement you would get if your hip waders filled with water and soaked your boots, etc. but I
                would think it would be sufficient to aid in keeping your head above water as you worked your way to shore. If you were knocked
                unconscious, I am not sure it would keep your face out of the water like a traditional offshore life jacket would.
                I fish on reservoir/power company controlled rivers/streams where they have unscheduled rapid water releases, 90 seconds after an
                alarm sounds. I got this to protect myself in the event I can't get out of the water within the 90 seconds or I don't hear the
                alarm. I have read that this PFD has saved a number of folks where an auto-inflator vest has not. That's why I purchased it. I
                find it comfortable to wear and it provides me with some peace of mind.but so far I haven't had to test it.and I hope I won't need

                Answered on 3/30/2016 by Fly-Fishing-Secrets-Revealed from Greater Atlanta, GA Metro Area
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I returned it, so I can't comment specifically. And I am 5'5', 165.
                They have a great return policy. I am about to order 2, so I can try them out...
                Also, I would call them. They have good knowledgeable folks on staff.

                Answered on 3/30/2016 by Matt from Akron, Ohio
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                They do adjust pretty well but u maybe close to the limit
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 3/30/2016 by Anonymous
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Michael, life jackets are sized by chest/body circumference. The XXL adjusts up to 50"; so if you guys, with your cold weather layers, can fit in that size, you're good. If that's not big enough, a comfortable alternative is the Big Water Guide - http://www.nrs.com/product/2153/nrs-big-water-guide-pfd - which fits up to 58" chests. It has two large pockets, but not the fishing-specific selection. This article covers the weight carrying issue with jackets - http://www.nrs.com/learn/life-jacket-fiction-fact.asp - Water in waders, at least in affecting your floating, isn't the issue (read this - http://www.flyrodreel.com/magazine/2006/november/can-your-waders-kill-you -). Give us a call for more discussion, 800.635.5202. Stay safe!

                Answered on 3/30/2016 by Clyde from NRS
            • NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD

              Q:

              Love my NRS Chinook Mesh PFD. Having used it a lot, it's gotten kind of dirty. What is the best way to clean the life-jacket? Thanks.
              Asked on 11/11/2015 by Keecho from Bay Area, CA

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                I suggest hand washing it with a mild detergent and a scrub brush, then rinsing well with fresh water. Treating it afterwards with some 303 Protectant, Item # 38751.01, will help protect the fabric from UV damage and fading. Enjoy!

                Answered on 11/11/2015 by Clyde from NRS
            • NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD

              Q:

              I have a 45" chest but 48" belly would this PFD fit? I tried a product From another organization and found that it rode up and was not suitable.
              Asked on 8/27/2015 by Linecaster from Richardson Texas

              4 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Hey, with native bouyancy like ours, who needs a PFD ?
                No, I wear one, for that unpleasant, unexpected, surprise.
                I seem to measure about about like you. I take a 46" sportcoat, and the tape says 48-49" around my breadbasket. (O.K., my beerkeg.)
                I've had a Chinook vest for about 2 years, and have been quite happy with it for sea kayaking. Here in Florida, I usually just clip the belt and start the zipper, and it might be tight if fully zipped. But I'm very happy with it. I particularly like the lack of no padding between me and the seat back. Good pockets in front too.
                Keep Calm and Paddle On.
                A

                Answered on 8/27/2015 by Anonymous
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                To prevent ride-up it's best to cinch the bottom strap below the rib cage. If that's not possible, give Leg Straps, Item # 40017.01, a try. You can hook them over the bottom adjustment straps.

                Answered on 8/28/2015 by Anonymous from NRS
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I think you would find this one comfortable. Good Luck!

                Answered on 8/27/2015 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                My husband has a 52" chest with a slightly larger belly and he loves this vest. It's great for kayak fishing as the mesh back isn't bulky while sitting in a seat.

                Answered on 8/27/2015 by Anonymous
            • NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD

              Q:

              I looked in the womens section to see if you had something comparable, with negative results. I was wonderng if any women have writen any comments about the Chinok Mesh Back Fishing PDF?

              Thanks!

              Moe
              Asked on 7/29/2015 by Moe from Washington

              4 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I bought this jacket for myself and my wife but it was too bulky for her (i love it). Got her the Siren instead and it works great.
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 7/30/2015 by Anonymous
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Moe, I looked through the reviews on the Chinook and couldn't positively identify any from women. However, both the Clearwater and cVest jackets have the same foam platform as the Chinook and I found several positive reviews there by women. And I spoke with several of our folks that go to events at dealers where our jackets are being sold. They report that many women like the jackets with that foam platform. How it will fit any particular woman is of course as individual as the body type and dimensions. Since returns and exchanges are easy and free, trying it is no-risk. You can also check to see if any of our dealers in your area have it - https://www.nrs.com/services/dealerlocator.asp

                Answered on 7/30/2015 by Clyde from NRS
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I recognize women do have different fit requirements. The vest is full
                adjustable and pretty comfortable. If your wife is somewhat largely endowed
                it may not be comfortable enough. You could look for something in women's
                flyfishing vendors, since a number of companies are now responding to
                women's fit issues.

                Answered on 7/30/2015 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Sorry, I'm not a woman. I do a lot of kayak fishing and the Chinook works very well for me. I suggest trying one on before purchasing. EMS and LL Bean may stock them. Hope this is helpful.
                Jim G.
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 7/30/2015 by Jim from Taunton, MA
            • NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD

              Q:

              How much weight will it keep afloat?
              Asked on 5/27/2015 by Troy 52 with 7Yr old from Big Lake AK

              4 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I weigh about 150, and it worked just fine for me

                Answered on 5/27/2015 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I'm 200# and it works fine for me. Did quite a few wet exits (practice) in
                my kayak and brings me back to the surface beautifully.

                Answered on 5/27/2015 by Anonymous
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Troy, there's no simple answer to your question. The US Coast Guard's minimum flotation for a jacket of this type is 15.5 pounds. The Chinook has 16.5 pounds. Most adults need 7-12 additional pounds of flotation to keep their heads above water in relatively calm conditions. The more muscular a body is, the more additional flotation is required. This is plenty of jacket for just about any adult.

                Answered on 5/27/2015 by Clyde from NRS
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I have the large/x-large size and I am 6'3", 200 lb. The vest floated me
                well in pool sessions as well as swimming once in the Colorado River.

                Answered on 5/27/2015 by Anonymous
            • NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD

              Q:

              The sizing of the xxl is listed ar 50 inch, i am a 54-56, would this work?
              Asked on 3/13/2015 by fatkid from ft worth

              2 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Yes. I am a 54 and it adjusts fine

                Answered on 3/14/2015 by Anonymous
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                I think the jacket will be too small for you. Check our Dealer Locator to see if a store in your area has one to try on - https://www.nrs.com/services/dealerlocator.asp

                Answered on 3/13/2015 by Clyde from NRS
            • 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

              9 answers

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

                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
              • 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
              • 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:

                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
              • 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 am 5’11” and weigh 230LBs with a chest size of 44”. My PFD is the XXL version and it works well for me. You will need to tighten the lower straps to make sure the PFD doesn’t ride up. but I find that it is a positive flotation device when used properly. My only complaint is the vest pockets seem to be a little small.

                Answered on 11/26/2014 by Joe from South East
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                L/XL, unless you were wearing this over dry suit.

                Answered on 11/28/2014 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:

                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
              • 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
              • 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:

                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
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

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

                Answered on 11/1/2014 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 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
              • 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:

                XL
                Sent from my iPhone.

                Answered on 7/29/2014 by Anonymous
              • 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:

                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
              • 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 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 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
            • 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

              • 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
              • 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
              • 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
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