When you tell people you use the Extrasport Eddy Personal Floatation Device, you might get a few strange looks. Not everyone is into naming inanimate objects, nor does everyone speak boating fluently. Whether you choose to rename this life jacket or not, you'll be most appreciative of the quad-hinged construction up front and breathable mesh sides after a ten-day trip through the Boundary Waters. The front is segregated into four panels, all connected with ventilating mesh. This segmented approach to float makes it easier for the Eddy to be adapted to a variety of body shapes and sizes. Mesh connectors keep fresh air flowing if you happen to be paddling upwind. The RetroGlide adjustment system lets you adjust the sides and shoulders—at the same time—for a truly personalized fit. The neoprene-covered waist belt helps secure this PFD against your body, minimizing the likelihood the vest will ride up.
This Type III vest fits your inland kayaking and canoeing lifestyle. Wear it when sailing across the harbor on a mild day, but find something bulkier and more buoyant if the chop on the open water breaches the bow of your boat. The front zip makes slipping into this number simple, though not necessarily sexy. 500D Cordura is tough; it will endure portages, wildly-swung paddles, and the occasional kick in the back from your paddling partner.