Durability never felt so comfortable. Step up to the luxurious and rugged quality of the Ascend® Deluxe Life Jacket for Adults. 400x200-denier ripstop shell fabric with a 210-denier Oxford liner outperforms ordinary adult life jackets in comfort and durability. Zip front pockets provide easy access, organization, and spacious storage. 3M® reflective material front and back enhance safety for peace of mind. 8 adjustment points, ventilated shoulder and back pads, and a crow-chess cinch harness with zero ride-up ensure the Ascend Deluxe Life Jacket for Adults delivers a more customized, "Ahh"-inducing fit than any life jacket you've ever worn. Zip front pockets let you bring along the day's go-to gear. Fits adults over 90 lbs. USCG-approved Type III. Imported.
Rated 5 out of
Great jacket for paddlingI bought this jacket to replace an old lotus jacket to be used for whitewater canoeing. It is a good value for the quality and I am pleased overall with the purchase. The full length back is cut out around the shoulder blades to allow for the freedom of arm movement a paddler needs, but still protects the spine from the base of the neck to the small of the back in the event that you take an unplanned swim in rocky rapids. The lower part of the back panels also wrap around your sides providing protection for the ribs and extra warmth for your core in cold water without interfering with range of motion. The cross chest cinch straps pull tight under the lat muscles and prevent the jacket from riding up when in the water and the two side cinch straps on either side provide a snug fit. The shoulder straps are comfortable and have enough length to fit a deeper chested guy. The front panels provide good floatation in swift water and are cut to provide good range of motion. It has 4 pockets which are roomy enough to hold a basic pin kit or rescue kit, Mine has 3 prussic loops, 2 carabiners, 2 small pulleys, 2 15' hanks of nylon webbing, a whistle, and a river knife, and still has room for a couple of snack bars on the water. The one improvement I would make and the main strike against this vest is the absence of a lash tab on the front. A simple 10 cent piece of plastic would make the difference, allowing the paddler to attach his knife to the front of the vest for quick access instead of having to rummage through the pockets for it in the event it is needed. All in all, a great jacket with nice features for the paddler.