I’m having a helluva time finding a pfd that feels like (or looks like it will feel like) a good fit. I’m 5’5", 107 lbs, with a 31" chest. I’m looking for a whitewater-oriented pfd, ideally a rescue pfd, that fits well. I’ve tried the ExtraSport ProCreeker XS/S (32" - 38"), which was too big; the Stohlquist Kahuna S (24" - 33"), which fit very well in the torso but cut right across my boobs (they’re small, but they’re there); and the Stohlquist Betsea S/M (28" - 34"), which felt nicer on my boobs but the bulky foam lower down did not contour my torso well. Stores in my area do not stock a broad selection of pfd’s, and it’s expensive to get a bunch shipped to my house, so I’m asking the broader community for advice.
I’d like the following specifications:
- Front lash tab, preferably on the shoulder
- USCG approved
- On the less bulky side (Betsea felt very bulky)
- Decent sized pocket(s), especially for beverage can storage
- 15+ lbs flotation
- Accommodates small (but present) boobs and a narrow, bony torso
I’ve been considering the Astral Layla but get the impression that it’s better suited for bustier individuals and am curious if there are any flatter women out there who are happy with it. It can be outfitted with a quick-release belt, which I would like to have someday (after proper swiftwater rescue training). Are there
Thanks for your feedback!