This PFD will keep you safe in the most extreme whitewater conditions. I've been wearing it for over a year and have felt safe and secure on every river trip. Whether it's paddling or helping friends in rescue situations, this vest won't let you down! One thing to remember, like all rescue pfd's, is to fasten the zipper lock and double check the rescue belt before you put on the river. It may feel bulky in the front on your first few river trips, but It covers everywhere you need it to and floats very well! I would gladly buy this PFD again when it finally wears out, but after a year of hard paddling it still has plenty of life left in it!