Helios PFD

by • January 23, 2014 • Paddle, Seat, and PFD reviews, Product ReviewsComments (0)2557

It’s a requirement that kayak anglers have a PFD (Personal Floatation Device) and a whistle when out on the water.  While the prices vary, it’s extremely important to do your research, and test the fitting on a PFD that fits you as a kayak angler.  While it’s not required, I think it’s of the utmost importance that kayak anglers wear their PFD while on the water, so having a PFD that’s comfortable and fits correctly should be a yak angler’s first priority.  I’d tried some of the cheaper PFD’s, and they never fit very well.  The backs of the PFD would not sit right against the back of my seat, which made paddling, fishing, or simply being in the kayak truly uncomfortable.  I was then fortunate enough to find the Helios from MTI Adventurewear.  This is an inflatable PFD, so it’s lightweight.  In all honesty, it’s so lightweight that I often forget that I’m actually wearing the thing.  It fits over your neck and you slide your arms inside the straps, so there’s no obstruction when sitting in your kayak.  It also has reflective trim which is helpful on those night trips, and also comes with a back-up oral inflation tube.  A whistle is already tethered to the PFD, so you’re covered on both ends of the regulations.  I’ve used the Helios PFD from MTI for a couple of years now, and would highly recommend to any kayak angler looking for their next PFD.  For more information on the line up of PFD’s offered by MTI Adventurewear, check out their website at www.mtiadventurewear.com.

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  • Dark Gray/Gray
  • USCG Type III
  • Minimum Buoyancy – 28lbs
  • Adult Universal – (30″-52″)
  • User weight – more than 80lbs.
  • Indicator window
  • Back up oral inflation tube
  • Reflective trim
  • Tethered whistle
  • Rearm kit (Leland 24 gram CO2 with Bayonet)
  • MSRP: $130
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