Setting up a PFD
How and where to add all the gadgets.
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.