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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 fishing 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"
XL/XXL 42"-58"
Universal 30"-58"

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Adjustable (70)
  • Comfortable (69)
  • Good ventilation (57)
  • Lightweight (56)
  • Durable (41)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Paddling (47)
  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (33)
  • Boating / sailing (29)
  • Personal watercraft (10)
  • Fishing (9)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      99% 

      (70 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Intermediate (34), Advanced (16), Beginner (5), Professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (68), Yes (9)

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.

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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

Almost perfect

By Paul

from Ashfrd, Wa

About Me Advanced

Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Good Ventilation
  • Lightweight
  • Pockets

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Paddling

    Comments about NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD - Closeout:

    As a medic I needed a vest with many pockets and this vest meets with my needs.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Fast, easy and on time in perfect condition.

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

    I freaking love this vest

    By Winamac Boiler

    from Winamac, IN

    About Me Intermediate

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Good Ventilation
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Boating
      • Canoeing
      • Paddling
      • Personal Watercraft

      Comments about NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD - Closeout:

      I've got my copilot on the lash on a lanyard and my pliers on the included lanyard. The pockets hold the smallest Plano if you want and are big enough for a glock 26. The little lanyard in the chest pocket is perfect for keys. I'm 6'3 300 pounds and it fits me comfortably and was still adjustable enough for my 160 lb skinny nephew to borrow it and fit him perfectly. The quality is great and it's very comfortable in both my sit-in and my high back SO THAT. Buy it.

      Service and delivery comments:

      Always fast and good

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

      Very comfortable, very functional and a secure fit

      By Alibi

      from Charlestown, Rhode Island

      About Me Intermediate

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Good Ventilation
      • Great, roomy zippered pockets
      • Waterproof

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Kayaking

        Comments about NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD - Closeout:

        I am an intermediate, primarily flat-water kayaker. I bought one a year ago and thought so much of it that I bought one for my friend. It has roomy, zippered pockets, it fits securely around the waist and does not ride u up, has the vented back and sits well on the kayak seat when paddling. I feel very safe when I am wearing it while in the water.

        Service and delivery comments:

        The delivery was good, service has always been good with NRS, plus I made this purchase when the vest was on a great sale.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
         
        5.0

        Definitely recommend.

        By Flint yakker

        from Flint, MI

        About Me Beginner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Kayak fishing

          Comments about NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD - Closeout:

          Works great. Plenty of storage and allows plenty of movement for me to do what I need to do.

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

          Good stuff, thanks guys

          By Intravenous salmon

          from Knoxville tn

          About Me Advanced

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Comfortable
          • Good Ventilation
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Good for kayak fishing

            Comments about NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD - Closeout:

            Canoeing, kayaking

            Service and delivery comments:

            *

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

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            • NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD - Closeout

              Q:

              i am 5'4" weigh 145 lbs. wear medium size shirts..will s/m be the one for me or do i need to order the large?
              Asked on 1/18/2017 by ron from United States

              2 answers

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Ron, life jackets are sized by chest circumference; check out the Sizing tab.. This article explains that, as well as other interesting details - http://www.nrs.com/learn/life-jacket-fiction-fact.asp - This is a closeout of this model so we're missing the middle size. The revised Chinook will be available in early February.

                Answered on 1/18/2017 by Clyde from NRS
              • A:

                You need to know your chest size, and select the size that fit your chest
                size.

                Answered on 1/18/2017 by outgoing100 from undisclosed
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              Q:

              is this pfd good for kayak fishing
              Asked on 12/22/2016 by ron from south carolina

              8 answers

              • A:

                i have not use it yet, but i think it should be good.

                Answered on 12/23/2016 by outgoing100 from undisclosed
              • A:

                Yes, we have seat backs in our kayaks, this vest has mesh back low with all floatation at shoulders so doesn't interfere with seat, plenty of pockets for gear.
                Thanks, Luke Baldridge
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 12/23/2016 by lb60 from undisclosed
              • A:

                Yes

                Answered on 12/23/2016 by cmkeeble from undisclosed
              • A:

                Yes! Fits well, plenty of pockets, other handy features also. I got the
                orange version to make myself easier for powerboaters to see.
                Joe

                Answered on 12/22/2016 by r1100sa from undisclosed
              • A:

                Yes, it's excellent for kayak fishing, me and a lot of the people I know are using it.
                Deric
                Sent from my iPad

                Answered on 12/22/2016 by drmiller001 from undisclosed
              • A:

                Yes I would say it is.It has lots of pockets,and the high back makes it very comfortable in a Kayak or canoe.

                Answered on 12/22/2016 by aadmonk from undisclosed
              • A:

                Yes, has many pockets and room.
                Wish it had reflective tape for visibility. Overall a nice Pfd for fishing.
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 12/22/2016 by kwkamien05 from undisclosed
              • A:

                Absolutely perfect for kayak fishing! I fly and spin rod fish off a Feel Free Lure 11.5 with this vest and it is awesome.
                Get Outlook for iOS<https://aka.ms/o0ukef>

                Answered on 12/22/2016 by william.f.n.connell from undisclosed
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              Q:

              My husband usually wears a Large in sweaters and shirts... what would be the best size for him?
              Asked on 12/19/2016 by steph from United States

              10 answers

              • A:

                Probably a large but the only difference between the large and extra-large is the length of the straps
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                Answered on 12/27/2016 by gsdavis_99 from undisclosed
              • A:

                L/XL

                Answered on 12/21/2016 by teresamatthews from undisclosed
              • A:

                I'm typically a men's Large and have this PFD and I stand about 6'1". The L to XL is perfect. He'll love it. Hope this helps. Enjoy!
                Elie Monteiro
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 12/19/2016 by monteiro.elie from undisclosed
              • A:

                My husband also wears a large and we ordered him the x-large in the vest. It is a Christmas present so he has not seen it or tried it on yet but he did try one on in a local store and he said the x-large fit better (the fellow he bought his kayak from threw in a large fishing vest and it did not fit). Hope this helps!
                Sent from my iPad

                Answered on 12/19/2016 by beckysselby from undisclosed
              • A:

                I got a L/XL i usually wear between a large and XL sweat shirt depending cut. the vest works in a t-shirt or winter jacket. very expandable

                Answered on 12/19/2016 by slicjimi from undisclosed
              • A:

                Order the xxl
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 12/19/2016 by jaylauve from undisclosed
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Steph, life jackets are sized by chest circumference. Take a look at the Sizing tab there on the product page. Take into account possible bulky clothing. If he's close to the upper end of a size range, go up a size. The only difference in the sizes is the length of the adjustment straps; the foam panels are the same in the different sizes.

                Answered on 12/19/2016 by Clyde from NRS
              • A:

                L/XL
                Signed,
                T. Duncan

                Answered on 12/19/2016 by rollcast.84 from undisclosed
              • A:

                I wear medium to large shirts/sweaters, got the PFD in the large/extra large size which was slightly loose, but cinched down to fit well. So I'd guess that size would be right for someone who wears large. I'd suppose the XXL might be too big for someone who wears large....
                Sent from my iPad

                Answered on 12/19/2016 by homey1138 from undisclosed
              • A:

                I also normally wear a large shirt, etc. and bought a large/ extra large
                vest. It fits in warm weather and expands to fit with layers under it. It
                is a great best.

                Answered on 12/19/2016 by claflinkansas from undisclosed
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              Q:

              the Chinook is now listed as close out.. is the product going to be discontinued?
              Asked on 11/6/2016 by paul from vancouver bc

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                No, Paul, the Chinook will still be here. We've just made some mostly cosmetic changes in the jacket for 2017.

                Answered on 11/7/2016 by Clyde from NRS
            • NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD - Closeout

              Q:

              my chest is 45 inc, weight is 95+kg,
              height is 183 cm.
              what size to wear?
              Asked on 10/25/2016 by Wui

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Life jackets are sold by chest circumference. For most jackets, like the Chinook, the foam panels on all sizes are the same; the difference in sizes is the length of the adjustment straps. If you'll sometimes be wearing the jacket over bulky clothes I'd go with the XXL. This article has more information - http://www.nrs.com/learn/life-jacket-fiction-fact.asp

                Answered on 10/25/2016 by Clyde from NRS
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              Q:

              Will this fit a 10 year old boy
              Asked on 8/29/2016 by Carolyn from Springfield va

              1 answer

            • NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD - Closeout

              Q:

              Is the foam one solid piece of foam ? Or several thin pieces of foam ?
              Asked on 8/17/2016 by Moi from Az

              5 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                It is one solid piece of foam. This PFD is the best I have ever had for a kayak. Comfortable yet useful. Don't even know it's on.

                Answered on 8/25/2016 by Anonymous
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                The foam panels are one piece, that have been sculpted to enhance fit.

                Answered on 8/18/2016 by Clyde from NRS
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Mine is one piece. Very comfortable PFD.
                Sent from my iPad

                Answered on 8/18/2016 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                One piece...
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 8/17/2016 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I just went out and felt mine...I feel one thick, sculpted piece of foam per compartment.

                Answered on 8/17/2016 by Anonymous
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              Q:

              does this vest have ykk zippers?
              Asked on 8/11/2016 by bob

              6 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Yes the vest does have YKK zippers throughout. Well designed vest.

                Answered on 8/14/2016 by Tomcat_NC from Wilmington
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Yes, the Chinook vest has YKK zippers.

                Answered on 8/11/2016 by Frederico from Enterprise, Oregon
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Yes they do have YKK zippers.
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 8/11/2016 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Yes, it has yak zipper

                Answered on 8/11/2016 by Anonymous
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Yes, Bob, the zippers are made by YKK.

                Answered on 8/11/2016 by Clyde from NRS
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Yes. The vest has YKK zippers. All plastic.
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 8/11/2016 by Anonymous
            • NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD - Closeout

              Q:

              This weighs over 16 lbs, or am I not understanding the specs?
              Asked on 6/2/2016 by 10weight

              8 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                This pfd doesn't weigh 16 pounds. It's probably about 4 lbs. without any added gear, and is fully adjustable for very comfy fit.

                Answered on 6/15/2016 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                No, it's very light and comfortable.

                Answered on 6/5/2016 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I like this ask a shopper question thing. I returned this jacket. I suggest you call them. they are great.

                Answered on 6/3/2016 by Matt from Akron, Ohio
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                16.5 is a buoyancy rating:
                Buoyancy
                Buoyancy is the force (in pounds) required to keep a person's head and chin afloat above water. Most adults need just an extra 7 to 12 pounds of buoyancy to stay afloat. Additionally, your weight, body fat, lung size, clothing and whether the water is rough or calm are all factors to staying on top of the water. In general, the more physically fit you are, the more lift you need.
                To check buoyancy of your current PFD, tilt your head back and relax your body. Your chin should be above water and your breathing should be easy. If your mouth is not above the water, you need a PFD with more buoyancy. It should not ride up or go over your head. However, if your stomach is larger than your chest, ride-up may occur. Remember, it will be different bouncing around in swift water than it will be in calm waters.
                The USCG requires the following minimum buoyancy:
                Type of PFD Min. Adult Buoyancy (lbs.)
                Type I 22.0
                Type II 15.5
                Type III 15.5
                Type IV
                Ring Buoys & Cushions 16.5 & 18.0
                Type V
                Hybrids & Special Use 7.5 (deflated) - 22.0 (fully inflated) & 15.5-22.0
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                Answered on 6/2/2016 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                The specs online don't make sense, to me. Mine ways no more than a couple
                pounds, dry and pockets empty.

                Answered on 6/2/2016 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Must be a typo. It's got 16 lbs of buoyancy which is enough to keep you
                breathing air.

                Answered on 6/2/2016 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Mine weighs about 2 lbs, I think they are referring to buoyancy.
                http://www.pfdma.org/choosing/types.aspx

                Answered on 6/2/2016 by big daddy from kelowna, bc canada
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                The jacket weight 1 lb 14 oz. It provides 16.5 pounds of buoyancy (extra flotation for the wearer). This article provides some good info on life jackets - http://www.nrs.com/learn/life-jacket-fiction-fact.asp - Give us a call with any further questions, 800.635.5202.

                Answered on 6/2/2016 by Clyde from NRS
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              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
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                Answered on 4/2/2016 by Nathan from Fortuna, CA
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                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
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                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
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                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
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                They do adjust pretty well but u maybe close to the limit
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                Answered on 3/30/2016 by Anonymous
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                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
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