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Old 05-26-2010   #1
glenwood springs, Colorado
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kokatat ronin pro vs green jacket

Hey all ... i'd love to hear pros and cons on both these pfd's and if anyone has actually paddled both i'd love to hear your comparisons. Any recommendations would also be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!!

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Old 05-26-2010   #2
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I have never tried the Ronin, but after trying the Green Jacket and the Stohlquist Decent, I got the decent because I felt it had better range of motion and better design for the marsupial pouches.

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Old 05-27-2010   #3
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rib jacked myself in deer and didnt even feel it. love my new greeny. the shit for sure
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Old 05-27-2010   #4
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I replaced my Stohlquist X-Traxt with the Green, and I wish I hadn't.

The Green is a good jacket. But the Stohlquist PFDs are just more comfortable and functional.

I can't speak for the Ronin, but looking at it on their website, it doesn't look like anything special. Between your two options I'd choose the Green.

Without even wearing it the new Decent, I'd say your decision should be between the Green and the Stohlquist Decent.

Cons - The side pouch zippers ALWAYS ride open. I have to close every time I put it on, and my buddy's have to babysit them down longer runs.
It is kind-of a pain to put on and take off. With the over the head slip on design. (This is when I really miss the X-Traxt.) The front flotation seems to ride a little high. The patch to attach a knife is right in the middle of the vest. The way my knife sits (facing down) it catches on my paddle sometimes. The sizing is weird. I had to get the big one, cinch it down to a comfortable level and have a buddy trim and tack the straps as they were very long.

Pros- There is a little extra material on the shoulders, that really do help when carrying a boat. It isn't a lot, but it is enough to make a difference. The front pocket has lots of room. Other than the knife issue, once it is on, I almost forget I'm wearing a vest.
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Old 05-27-2010   #5
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I have trouble reaching the side pouches on the Green. Otherwise, very comfortable jacket.
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