Gear Review: Stohlquist Descent PFD
Everyone has their opinion about what PFD is the best. Some form an opinion based on looks, others on fit, and some on function. The last two being really important if you want something that is going to perform. When it came time for a new PFD I started trying on every PFD I could get my hands on. Not long into that search I found that the Stohlquist Descent fit me the best.
After doing a little more research I found it had everything I was looking for, a large pocket to store some safety gear, quick release belt for towing boats or being live bait, not too many moving parts that could break, side entry, and good looks. Bonus features include reflective accents to be seen on those spontaneous full moon floats, a low profile design, padded shoulder straps, 17 lbs of float, and a small mesh pocket perfect for holding your coffee or a water proof camera.
The ergonomic shape, suspended, self-tensioning shoulder straps, and side entry make this jacket easy to get in and out of. It also stays in place when paddling or rowing, and doesn't restrict movement. It’s low profile shape also makes for a nice fit when in a kayak. The front pocket doesn't seem big from the outside but the added stretch panels on the sides allow this thing to swallow gear. I keep my knife, 2 carabiners, two small pulleys, sun screen, a snack, and am still able to put my hat in there for take-out.
The Stohlquist Descent is packed with features, ultra comfortable, and looks awesome. After many seasons of paddling and guiding, the zippers still zip, all the buckles are in one piece, and it remains my favorite PFD. A great choice if you are in the market for a new PFD.