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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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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Adjustable (56)
  • Comfortable (55)
  • Good ventilation (48)
  • Lightweight (47)
  • Durable (30)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Paddling (39)
  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (27)
  • Boating / sailing (25)
  • Personal watercraft (9)
  • Fishing (8)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      98% 

      (55 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Intermediate (24), Advanced (12), Beginner (3), Professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (55), Yes (7)

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

So Very Comfortable!

By Teresa

from California

About Me Intermediate

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Good Ventilation
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Paddling

    Comments about NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD:

    Absolutely love the Chinook PFD! This vest is soooo comfortable. There are four different strap adjustments so you can get the perfect fit on any body type. It doesn't matter where you place the vest...you can wear it high on your chest or drop is lower, it stays put. It doesn't ride up. You can put it on and paddle away for hours, you never have to adjust your vest.

    One reviewer stated he forgot he had it on after getting out of the boat, I was skeptical of that until I started using this vest. It is true! The vest is that comfortable. It might be made for fisherman, but it is awesome for kayaking. Love all the pockets and the zippers are durable and work smoothly.

    The Chinook is definitely work the price. I have used a lot of different PFD's but never one of such quality and comfort.

    Checked with NRS about sizing before purchasing and was told the flotation part of the vest is the same for all sizes, it is the length of the straps that change. I purchased a L/XL and am quite happy with it. I am 5'7" and 130 lbs. and the vest is perfect. I might have a little more strap left over that I would have on a Medium, but it will allow for colder weather and bulkier clothing.

    I really can't say enough good things about the Chinook. We purchased two of them and we both absolutely love them!

    Service and delivery comments:

    Prompt delivery. NRS customer service is awesome.

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

    Great PFD

    By Jim

    from Central Missouri

    About Me Advanced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Durable

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Boating
    • Canoeing
    • Kayak touring
    • Packrafting
    • Paddling

    Comments about NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD:

    I needed a PFD that would work with a touring kayak seat and a packraft. I also wanted one with great adjustability and comfort. Finally, I wanted one in muted colors. This PFD meets all those criteria. The only thing it doesn't exhibit is light weight. It isn't heavy per se, but is average weight; nothing I can't live with. All in all, it is as close to perfect as I can expect to get.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Excellent service and delivery. Very easy.

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

    Most comfortable & easy to use pad I have owned.

    By Big Mike

    from Fayetteville , N.Y.

    About Me Intermediate

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Good Ventilation
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Boating

      Comments about NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD:

      Perfect

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

      Perfect fishing vest

      By Mentzy

      from Walden New York

      About Me Intermediate

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Paddling

        Comments about NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD:

        I bought this fest for like kayaking. I am very happy this was an excellent choice.

        Service and delivery comments:

        I am very happy this was an excellent choice.

        • Chest Size:
        • Feels true to size
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Fit and Function as Advertised

        By TGSqrd

        from Williamsburg, VA

        About Me Intermediate

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Boating
          • Canoeing
          • Paddling

          Comments about NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD:

          Handy kayak fishing PFD.
          Not great for fly fishing.
          I think I'll buy an auto inflating style to go with my waders.

          Service and delivery comments:

          Great delivery response.

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

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          • NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD

            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

            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
          • NRS Chinook Mesh Back Fishing PFD

            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

            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
              Sent from my iPad

              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
          • 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

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              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

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              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
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