10 PFD features you never knew about!

It’s true, we made a listicle. But for good reason – there are tons of features on our PFDs and we wanted to make sure you knew about some of our favorites!

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Sunglass Loops

Sunglass Loops

These clever bungee loops give you a secure place to stash your shades when the sun goes behind a cloud. Better here than in the drink with the other millions of pairs!

Found on the Java & Moxie

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Vibe + SUP Leash Release Belt

The Vibe PFD was designed to work seamlessly with our new SUP Leash Release Belt. Together they are perfect for SUP river running, giving you a quick and easy way to part ways with your board.

Antenna Portal

Radio Portal

Keep your VHF radio secure in rough water by slipping the antenna through this portal on top of the PFD pocket.

Found on the Slipstream, Thunder R-Spec or Headwater R-Spec – all great guide jackets!

Carabiner Clip-In Loops

Carabiner Clip-In Loops

We wanted to give SUP river runners more options for PFDs with whitewater safety features, and we knew that many people liked the convenience of zip-front PFDs. That’s why we put webbing loops behind the mesh pockets on the Destiny and Trident, so that you could attach a quick release leash like the ReLeash from our friends at Badfish. Using these clip-in points keeps the quick release ball in the same place so you always know where to reach in an emergency. You can also use these loops to secure anything you want easy access to but don’t want to lose, like a camera, GPS, or Spot communication device.

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Photo: Charlotte Jacklein

See Charlotte’s list in Canoeroots Magazine

Ditch Kit Pockets

The inside fleece-lined pockets on the Thunder R-Spec are great for warming up your hands on a chilly morning, but they also secure with a full velcro strip, making them an ideal, flush-proof place to stash some safety essentials. Here’s a list of some of our must-haves if you ever become separated from your boat:

  • Mini flashlight/Strobe
  • Duct tape
  • Parachute cord
  • Medical records/Contact information/ID
  • Hand warmer
  • Space Blanket
  • Box cutter/small knife/multi tool
  • Fire starter
  • Energy bar
  • Water treatment tabs
  • Mini first aid kit

Fitting all of these in your PFD pockets may be a tight fit, but keeping the most important ones close to your chest is never a bad thing. May you never need to use them!

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Tackle Box Holder

Most fishing life jackets are designed to keep all of your essentials right at your fingertips. The Solaris F-Spec is no exception, and even has elastic on the front to hold a small tackle box. If you’re really organized, customize tackle boxes for the kind of fishing you do (saltwater/freshwater), and then you can quickly grab the one you need for a great day on the water. No need to empty pockets!

Tackle Box pictured: Plano Micro 6-Compartment StowAway® Utility Box (3.5″ x 2.25″ x 0.75)

Mesh Porthole

Mesh Porthole

Found on our performance youth PFD, the BOB, the Mesh Porthole provides ventilation for active kids. Secretly, it makes and excellent built-in grab handle when you need to haul a kid back onboard.

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Whistle Holster

Stash your whistle within easy reach on our Fluid 2.0.

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3D Mesh Inner Fabric

Our performance life jackets are lined with a 3D mesh fabric to keep you cool in hot weather.

Found on Cascade, PFDiva, Slipstream, Headwater R-Spec

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Crotch Straps – Not just for kids!

When you’re tumbling underwater in Class V+ rapids, a lot of things can happen, including being flushed from your life jacket. Our big water jackets feature either D-rings or webbing loops so you can attach crotch straps to help keep your life jacket down. We recommend two for adults, that’s why they’re sold in pairs.

Found on Atlas, Headwater R-Spec, Thunder R-Spec, Explorer V

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Cape Cod Kayak, MA

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When you think of Cape Cod, you probably conjure long sandy beaches, towering dunes and beautiful seaside homes. As the ocean wanders its way into shore, it creeps into the salt marshes and ponds, creating so many beautiful places to paddle. Places that are teeming with shore birds and fish, and some of them are even still a secret. But if you visit the folks at Cape Cod Kayak in Pocasset, MA, they may just tell you how to get there.

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Shhh… I think this is one of the secret ones.

What is now “THE Kayakers Candy Shop” according to owner Kim Fernandes, started 21 years ago in her backyard, with a homemade trailer and six kayaks. Two tours a week along the waterways soon turned into many more, and Cape Cod Kayak has grown into a full-service retail store with a fleet of over 60 rental kayaks.

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Another happy group of customers after a tour among the protected marshes. They look pretty comfy in their MTI life jackets!

 

“We rent everything from entry level recreational kayaks to high end sea kayaks,” says Kim. “[We are a] small local business,” says Kim, “which means specialized personal attention for each and every client trying to choose the proper kayak the first time. A paddle weighted and sized to specific needs, and an appropriately fitting and suitable PFD for each and every purpose.” None of this is too surprising when it comes to small paddle shops, but they do throw in a free trip with every new kayak they sell. Tough to compete with million dollar views as a bonus.

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Just some of the boats they carry.

Kim isn’t shy about how she feels about Cape Cod. “We have the best sunsets in the world!” she exclaims. “Plus, we have the best staff evah!” she says with that iconic New England accent that has been entertaining tourists for generations. You would be crazy to not follow in their footsteps and take a trip to Cape Cod.

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This place hasn’t gone to the dogs just yet, but they do cater to them with MTI’s UnderDog life jacket.

True to their word, Cape Cod Kayaks carries everything a paddler could need. This Saturday they are doing a demo with Eddyline kayaks, known for their light weight and high performance. We can’t think of a better match up for these beautiful boats than the shores of Cape Cod. Check out their Facebook page for more details.

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Come try an Eddyline!

The Kayak Centre, RI

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A panorama of the Kayak Centre from several years ago. The shop layout has had many incarnations over the years.

It is no surprise that many of our earliest dealers are located in New England, not far from MTI headquarters. In the beginning, Yoshi and Simon Takashina loaded up the car with life jackets and drove along the coast, stopping in at every paddling shop they could find.

The Kayak Centre, which opened in May 1995, has been a close partner of MTI for many of the 21 years they’ve been in business. Located right on the water in the small fishing village of Wickford, RI, The Kayak Centre fits in well with the community of paddlers, sailors, commercial fisherman and boat builders nearby. Water access is plentiful, and their private boat launch makes it easy for instruction and demos. Continue reading

Lancaster County Marine, PA

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Lancaster County Marine

While many bemoan the collapse of mom-and-pop shops, we’re happy to report on one that is still alive and kickin’, and has been, since 1967! Lancaster County Marine truly is a family operation, with three generations of the Hartman family handling the business. Dale Sr. and Fran Hartman opened shop in Rothsville, PA, 49 years ago, with their two sons, Dale Jr. and Duane, growing up behind the counter and in the maintenance bay. Continue reading

CanoeSport Outfitters, Iowa

MTI is celebrating 25 years in 2016 by featuring 25 of our longest-running dealers. We are only here because they’ve been here with us – selling our products and getting people on the water. It it because of their loyalty, support, and feedback that we continue to evolve and grow to serve paddlers. Here’s to another 25 years! – Editor’s Note


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Canoesport Outfitters when it first opened its doors in 1992.

When Jeff Holmes opened CanoeSport Outfitters opened in May of 1992, the paddlesports industry was very different. A huge variety of companies produced innovative new products, all trying to out-do one another, and relied on local sales reps to support demos and events. As corporate consolidation among manufacturers started, the industry changed dramatically, and shops were left to pick up the slack on their own. Many were forced to close up shop, but others rallied around the community they cater to. It is because they didn’t sacrifice their core values that CanoeSport Outfitters is still around today. Continue reading

Press Release – MTI to launch Camo Cod Series at ICAST 2016

Plympton, MA— April 1, 2016 Following last year’s introduction of the UNDERCOD vest for commercial fishing, MTI Adventurewear plans to expand the product line to the Sportfishing market at the upcoming ICAST show in July with the CAMO COD SERIES.  Based on the bestselling UNDERDOG life vest for pets, the UNDERCOD was developed to address the sinking Cod Fish population in the North Atlantic. Continue reading

2016: The Year of Three Anniversaries

In 1991 Marine Technologies International (MTI) was a start-up, founded in a
suburban home in Watertown, MA, by Dorothy Takashina and her sons Yoshi and Simon. Dorothy had a vision to design life jackets for the watersports that her college-aged sons loved: whitewater kayaking, sea kayaking, canoeing and quiet water kayaking – emerging sports at the time. Continue reading

SUP ESSENTIAL GEAR video at Standup.Paddling.net features the MTI FLUID BELT PACK PFD for SUP

CHECK OUT: SUP ESSENTIAL GEAR VIDEO   https://vimeo.com/34375924

This video by STANDUP. PADDLING.NET and Jimmy Blakeney of BIC Board describes essential gear including the MTI FLUID Belt Pack inflatable PFDs, paddle leashes and paddles as well as looking at the basic anatomy of your SUP board.

“So gear wise, you’re going to want to have a PFD. This is a personal flotation device. If you’re outside the surf zone, meaning not surfing the board in waves, then you definitely want to have a PFD because the Coast Guard requires it. If you don’t have one on, you can get a ticket if you’re out there on the water without it. This is a nice option because it’s low profile. It’s an inflatable PFD. It goes around your waist like a fanny pack, and you inflate it if you need it. If not, it’s out of the way and low profile. “

Nice job, Jimmy! Thanks for helping to spread the SAFE SUP message.

LIVE. LOVE. LIFE [JACKETS].

Cold Water Boot Camp Video – watching this could save your life!

The 2nd most common reason people say that they don’t wear a life jacket is because they consider themselves a good swimmer. If that is you, take a look at this. COLD WATER BOOT CAMP is a pretty powerful video showing how a GOOD SWIMMER could quickly be overcome in cold water. It is NO SHAME to wear a life jacket!