So I just bought my first kayak and PFD. An Old Town Rush and a cheapo Maui & Sons's neoprene PFD from Walmart (gasp!). Anyways, I love the kayak so far as it seems to fit my needs perfect (lake use almost exclusively for now).
I'm curious if there is any reason why I should upgrade to a pricier PFD? This one is super comfy but I bought it just so I could get on the water that day and it only cost $28. Return policy is great at Walmart too.
Only downside I have seen so far is it doesn't have pockets. I'm also unsure of its lifting capabilities. Its a type III PFD.
Anyways, I had been looking at the NRS Chinook as it has the webbed back I was looking for for the high back rec boat seat, bright colors, and numerous pockets for gear/gadgets. Its $71 shipped online.
I had also looked at the Extrasport Osprey as I love all the utility it offers, but the colors are a bit too bland for safety purposes IMO. Olive drab and Tan.
What do ya'll think? Am I at least safe with the cheapie for now? I'm 165 lbs geared up and 6' tall.
Thanks in advance.