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


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.


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!


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.


Whistle Holster

Stash your whistle within easy reach on our Fluid 2.0.


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


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