We specialize in one thing: designing and building USCG approved life jackets for what we like to call “human powered boating.” Canoe, Kayak, Raft, Sail or SUP – MTI makes a life vest for it. Founded in 1991 by Yoshi and Dorothy Takashina outside of Boston, MTI is still a family owned company based near historic Plymouth, Massachusetts. Owners Lili and Gordon Colby met over 20 years ago working for Mad River Canoe in Vermont, and their passion for paddlesports and near-shore sailing still drives MTI product designs.
Gordon is MTI’s “Mr. Science” when it comes to PFD technology and designing innovative product that complies with stringent UL certification and US Coast Guard requirements. But using cutting edge design tools doesn’t stop there. Every MTI model is thoroughly tested in the water for proper buoyancy. That’s where Gordon’s wife and business partner, Lili, comes in. Together they have tipped over more canoes, kayaks, and sailboats than there are MTI models! (Fast fact: 33 for humans. 1 for dogs.) And not ones to stop at personal endorsement, their kids and employees have all played an important part in the MTI product development history. like you, we are people who love to canoe, kayak, SUP, sail, fish, and enjoy time on the water. Our design inspiration comes from what we experience ourselves. Our commitment to quality product and friendly reliable customer service comes from our core values as people who care about what we do.
We know that people have a choice when it comes to buying a life jacket. If the best life vest is the one you will wear, we want to make a PFD that you will choose to wear because it is comfortable, looks good, and is affordable. No one wants a good day on the water to end up badly. Wear a Life Jacket for yourself and the ones you love. We hope you will make it an MTI.
Life. Love. Life[Jackets]. MTI.
Lili & Gordon Colby
Chief PFDiva | President