Type V: The Extrasport Universal Rescuer is a full-featured PFD that's built tough for the tough jobs that need to be done. 22 lbs of flotation, rescue belt, four lash tabs, two pockets, reflective tape.
Quick-release buckle and rescuer's harness have been approved by the US Coast Guard.
Shoulders are webbing-reinforced for added security.
Four-buckle front closure and 11 adjustment points give a good fit and keep this PFD in place.
500 Denier Cordura® outside provides superior abrasion resistance, and two extra heavy-duty zip pockets with internal D-rings and lash tabs keep your rescue accessories where you want them.
The PVC-Free Gaia foam is environmentaly friendly, conforms well to your shape and gives you 22 pounds of flotation.
Front and back high-visibility reflective tape help you to be seen in all conditions.
Swiftwater Type V PFDs are Coast Guard approved for rescue use. Activities in which they are used are inherently dangerous and life-threatening. No life vest alone can prevent injury or death.
Nobody should complain that it is difficult to reach or twist for moves in a vest of this sort -- there is a price to pay for high flotation. If you need to float like a cork, it's hard to argue with the slabs of foam in this vest, but design details are weak. Zippers on the pockets are pulled taut when the vest is cinched down, making it hard to get even one finger into the pocket. The nylon is sewn pillowcase style on the bottom, with the bottom strap on the seam, so the strap does not tighten against the body. Personally, I think moving some of the foam to the rear and extending it lower would make it a much better paddling and swimming vest, but if you are a backrest person you might disagree.
Feels true to size
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
This PFT is bulky and can make it hard to get back into an inflatable or raft. Flotation is excellent though. I did swim on CLIV rapid with it and found it quite protective of the clavicles and upper body. It prevented injury due to its bulk.