When out in your kayak your safety must come first.You will especially want to have the right life jacket to keep you safe and comfortable in your kayak.
However, it can be hard to find the proper jacket when you look through a large selection in a store or online. You need to understand some of the basics of a good life vest, so that you will be able to choose one that will suit your kayaking needs.
You should know that kayak life jackets are made specifically for kayaking and canoeing. They have a short torso so that the boater will be able to sit down comfortably while he is paddling.
They also have a thinner flotation device in the front that allows the paddler to have free range of movement with his arms across his body. They are intended to keep their wearer floating, but they are now being made to help their wearer be more mobile while wearing them.
Life vests are certainly important to your survival while kayaking, but they are also made to be comfortable. A good jacket will have adjustable straps so that it can be tightened or loosened for a snug fit. It will have thinner foam or mesh in the lower back for the kayaker seated in a small seat in the kayak. It will also have reflective tape on the top and front so that the kayaker can be seen from the air. Many also contain storage pockets.
When you shop for a life vest, make sure that you are looking for one made for the correct gender. Life jackets are not unisex, but are built with the gender in mind so that there is a good vest-to-body fit. This tight fit will keep the life jacket really effective when the wearer has fallen into the water. Look carefully at all your options before choosing your new life preserver, it will be well worth it.