Paddles and Personal Floatation Devices at ICAST 2017

by • July 28, 2017 • Paddle, Seat, and PFD reviews, Product ReviewsComments (0)437

While there weren’t a ton of new paddles or PFD’s present at this year’s ICAST show, but they made up for it with quality over quantity with great new gear for the kayak angler.ICAST wasn’t huge with paddle and PFD companies this year, but Bending Branches, Pelican Sport, Mustang Survival, and Onyx made up for the lack of presence with some quality new gear for kayak anglers.

Mustang Survival

Mustang introduced a first for kayak anglers with a full inflatable fishing vest. A full PFD style vest, but also with the ability to be a inflatable giving the kayak angler double protection while out on the water. It is also very comfortable, and even when activated, the vest rides low on the chest, keeping your head and neck free.

Khimera Hybrid PFD Vest

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The Khimera Hybrid PFD Vest is more than just protection, this vest changes the rules of the game by elevating performance both in and out of the water. With foam floatation to provide neutral buoyancy and a back up manually activated inflation cell.

SPECS

  • Dual flotation system blends the security of foam flotation with the slim profile of inflatable technology
  • Lightweight and low profile design offers greater comfort and range of motion than any foam PFD
  • If things hit the fan, pulling the manual inflator boosts you to 22.5 lb of buoyancy – 1.5x traditional foam PFDs
  • The low profile design makes it easy to get into your boat from the water
  • More than just protection, this vest changes the rules of the game by elevating performance both in and out of the water
  • Adjustable shoulder straps for an improved
  • MSRP: $199.99

Astral Designs

The Ronny Fisher from Astral Designs has long been a favorite among many kayak anglers, and for good reason. Comfort, quality, and the ability to carry gear makes the Ronny Fisher a fan favorite.

Ronny Fisher

  • Entry: Front Center Zip
  • Foam Insert: PE Foam
  • Shell Fabric: 500 Denier Cordura /300 Denier Poly RealTree Max-5 Camo®
  • Liner Fabric: 200 Denier High Tenacity Nylon
  • Webbing: Nylon
  • Zipper: YKK® Self Locking Vislon Teeth
  • Hardware: Heavy Duty Acetal
  • Weight: 1.84 lbs / 29.44 oz / 834.71 gr
  • Sizing: S/M = 31-37”  M/L = 38-44”  L/XL = 45-51
  • Design Buoyancy: 16 lbs
  • MSRP: $159.95

Onyx

Onyx introduced several new PFD’s (life jackets) at this year’s ICAST show in Orlando, FL with some great styles, perfect for any kayak angler.

Impulse A-33 In-Sight W/ Harness Automatic Inflatable Life Jacket

  • Front zipper closure for a low profile, secure fit
  • Sailing harness with soft harness loops and lay-flat design
  • Air mesh in contact areas
  • Dual adjustments with “webbing locks” to manage excess webbing
  • Extended sizing fits up to a 65″ chest
  • Secure Pull – clips to life jacket; allows for quick release when pulled for inflation
  • Quickburst zipper opens upon inflation; easy to repack
  • Inflation chamer has SOLAS grade reflective material and light attachment
  • V-back for comfort and faster donning
  • 1.5″ buckle and body belt
  • Protective cover uses heavy duty 400 denier nylon oxford and 500 denier Cordura
  • Hanging loop for drying
  • Marine whistle included

A-24 In-Sight Automatic Inflatable Life Jacket

  • Dual adjustments with “webbing locks” to manage excess webbing
  • Secure Pull – clips to life jacket; allows for quick release when pulled for inflation
  • Extended sizing fits up to a 65″ chest
  • Protective cover uses 400 denier nylon ripstop and nylon oxford
  • 1.5″ buckle and body belt

M-16 Core Manual Inflatable Life Jacket

  • Extremely low profile
  • Lightweight and compact – fits snug to the core of your body
  • Full range of motion and does not inhibit movement
  • Shoulder adjustment provides a tailored fit
  • Breathable air mesh
  • Manual inflation – provides up to 26.5lbs of buoyancy when fully inflated
  • Secure Pull – clips to life jacket; allows for quick release when pulled for inflation
  • 1.5″ buckle and body belt
  • 200 denier nylon oxford protective cover

Pelican Sport

Pelican Sport introduced new paddles for 2017 specifically designed for the kayak angler with the Poseidon and Symbiosa paddles.

Poseidon Paddle

The NEW Pelican POSEIDON ANGLER paddle is a tool of choice for your next kayak fishing adventure. It features a larger blade with built-in retrieval hook, a longer shaft for wider kayaks, drip rings, 0 to 65 degrees angle adjustment and a tape measure along the shaft.

  • All-purpose 2-piece aluminum shaft paddle
  • Long shaft for wider kayaks
  • Ovalized shaft, sleeve and drip rings
  • Tape measure along shaft
  • Fiberglass reinforced polypropylene blade
  • Larger blade with built-in retrieval hook
  • 0-65˚ blade angle adjustment

Symbiosa Paddle

The NEW Pelican SYMBIOSA ANGLER paddle is a perfect match for your Pelican fishing kayak. Made of fiberglass, it features a larger blade with built-in retrieval hook, a longer adjustable shaft for wider kayaks, drip rings, 360 degrees angle adjustment, a tape measure along the shaft and a safety whistle integrated in the ferrule.

  • Long shaft for wider kayaks
  • Ovalized shaft with drip rings
  • Quick paddle length adjustment
  • Larger blade with built-in retrieval hook
  • 360˚ blade angle adjustment
  • Tape measure along shaft
  • Whistle integrated in the ferrule

 

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