Stohlquist DRIFTer Personal Flotation Device

The fits-like-a-dream, go-anywhere PFD.

Stohlquist melded the comfort of an everyday PFD with the slim lines of a more low-profile, athletic-style design in order to create the DRIFTer Personal Flotation Device. Hand-carved float panels sit low and wrap around the chest with a cleverly-shaped curve that gives this vest a hardly-there feel. Straps at the shoulders, sides, and chest allow plenty of adjustability, and the extra-wide armholes let you dip your paddle with ease whether you're in the boat everyday or only on the weekends.

  • Ergonomic Wrapture torso shape and hand-beveled foam match the fit of this vest to hug your core with a curve rather than feeling like a brick on your chest and back
  • A pair of cinching buckles at the side create the Cross-Chest cinch system which eliminates ride-up when you're paddling
  • Extra-wide armholes offer maximum mobility and range of motion
  • Adjustable shoulder straps and ventilated shoulder and lumbar pads add to overall comfort
  • Stohlquist paid attention to small details with a key bungee, accessory lash tabs, reflective trim front and back, and lined hand-warmer pockets
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Thumbs up!!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Very comfy. Did not hinder paddling at all. Actually didn't notice it at all. We made several stops to swim and play in river and I never took it off. Wore 5-6 hrs for 3 days straight. Fit as advertised. Great product

Great starter PFD

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I absolutely love this PFD. I used it my first season and a half until I updated to the Stohlquist descent. If you're not needing to do any kayak rescue, this would be my go to recommendation. Floats wella nd has a simple but convenient design, DURABLE.
Stohlquist makes great products and they stand by them!
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Great starter PFD

Fantastic

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I like the way it is form fit to be comfortable. From the time I put it on it felt great, it pretty much stays put but if I have my seat back up it tends to push the vest up also. It is convenient having the zippered pockets and the hand pockets. I like that I can attach my knife where it is accessable and unlike other vests I own the shoulder straps dont cut into my neck while paddling. Overall I am really glad I bought this vest.

Unanswered Question

how do i select sizing?
disregard, found the sizing chart!

Great Lifejacket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wear this lifejacket everyday in the summer for my job and often completely forget I have it on. You can adjust it perfectly and it molds to your body. I keep all the things I need for sailing in the pockets- knife, rope, etc. Overall very happy with this purchase.

Like it a lot

    I really like the profile on this. Had to wear it all day floating the Green River for fishing for two days. Doesn't inhibit movement for casting or rowing, you forget you have it on. The pockets up front are nice, hold a few little items that you might want to have on you at all times. Fleece hand pockets are a nice touch as well.

    not bad for a PFD

      I bought this jacket for my husband for our last river trip, and he raves about it. it has nice fleece lined front pockets, plus zip up pocket on top of that for stowing away a koozie or two; two, count them, two slides for river knives (can't have too many of those). and very versitile adjustibility around the chest, shoulders, and waist.

      I'm looking for a pfd with pockets for an...

      I'm looking for a pfd with pockets for an extended wilderness canoe trip. wanting to carry gps, lighter, space blanket, etc in case of dump/loss of canoe in very remote situation. Does anyone have an opinion if this pfd fits the bill? it seems to.....

      It might. The NRS Chinook has more pockets, however. I have a space blanket, ADFG permits, Fenix flashlight, needlenose pliers and a CRKT knife that live in mine.

      http://www.backcountry.com/nrs-chinook-personal-flotation-device

      Desolation Gray canyon

      worked awesome on this trip, comfortable, and great mobility!

      Desolation Gray canyon