Ok, here's the deal... since last year I have dropped 100lbs. I was 300lbs and now I'm just under 200lbs, probably still going to lose 20 more pounds before I stabilize at around 175lbs.
I've been rafting for several years and have always used something like the NRS Big Water with the head bolster thing on the back. I really like that PFD but it bites me in my arm pits when I'm rowing. But I've always used it because 1 - it fit me and 2 - it floated my big azz pretty well.
Now, I'm looking to buy a new PFD. I still want lots of float, I don't like the idea of sinking. But now that I'm 1/3 less in size I can look into other designs/options that are maybe more comfortable.
The Kokatat Maximus has been recommended and I've tried one on and it felt pretty good. But I'm new to these designs of PFDs so I'm asking for some recommendations. Yeah, I know, like asking what beer you like, but I would like some of your thoughts.
As I said, 175-200lbs, I'm 5'10" tall and I will use it for rafting on the Green and Colorado rivers.