Set­ting up a PFD

How and where to add all the gad­gets.

Sea Angler (UK) - - CONTENTS - Words and pho­tog­ra­phy by Mark Crame

It’s not ad­vis­able to pad­dle a kayak with­out wear­ing a per­sonal flota­tion de­vice. A good, com­fort­able PFD, which won’t let you down, is vi­tal be­cause it is your de­fence against sink­ing or drown­ing.

They also add warmth and pro­tec­tion to your vi­tal or­gans in­side the torso.

Hav­ing set up my lat­est Palm Kaik­oura PFD for kayak fish­ing use, I fig­ured I would share what I put on it, where, why and what it does.

I had a Palm Sym­biant Tour be­fore; I loved that, but the Kaik­oura just added that bit more with its ex­tra stowage bro­ken down into nu­mer­ous pock­ets to bet­ter di­vide things in the space avail­able.

It’s not that my old one was worn out and un­us­able, but the mix­ture of fish­ing grime, sun­light and wash­ing had faded and dis­coloured it so much from the orig­i­nal saffron, that I was start­ing to look like a pad­dling tramp.

It’s not the cheap­est PFD, but for kayak­ing, I think it would be dif­fi­cult to beat for lay­out, com­fort and safety. Of course, it’s not per­fect for ev­ery per­son and all uses, but that’s more down to the in­ad­e­qua­cies of what I at­tach to it, which don’t have as much ver­sa­til­ity built into them.

Made from tough 500d Cor­dura, with a vented mesh liner sur­round­ing a pre­formed flex-fit buoy­ancy foam with a 3D anti ride-up waist­belt and YKK zip, this is cer­ti­fied to ISO wa­ter­sport and pad­dle­sport stan­dards, and is both com­fort­able and buoy­ant.

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