Many PFDs designed for compatibility with the high seatbacks of rec and fishing kayaks feature a mesh lower back panel. These are fine until you discover a pressure point or take a swim in the surf, then you’ll appreciate Stohlquist’s elegant solution: a full coverage yet super slim foam back panel. The Misty has a women’s specific fit and two zippered pockets for small essentials. Also available in a men’s version, the Coaster. BEST FOR: Recreational Kayaks
$99.95 | stohlquist.com
This review first appeared in the Fall 2015 issue of Adventure Kayak magazine. For more great gear reviews, click here and subscribe to Adventure Kayak’s print and digital editions, or click here to read the current issue.