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Kokatat Proteus PFD


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Kokatat's® most comfortable life vest ever, thanks to soft, Gaia® PVC-free foam that's cut and sculpted into body-mapped, floating panels. Each foam panel is precisely slit to provide an adaptable and ergonomic fit, wrapping the torso in secure comfort.

To accommodate the high seat backs in most recreational kayaks, the Proteus features a high-back design with a quick drying spacer mesh lower back. A soft 100D stretch polyester envelope finishes off this high-back recreational life vest, with two cozy, fleece-lined hand warmer pockets for the colder days!

  • Ultra-light, quick drying spacer mesh back and shoulders complements high back seats
  • 210D high tenacity nylon in high wear areas
  • Compatible with tributary hydration system
  • Multiple attachment points for fishing gear
  • Adjustable padded shoulder straps
  • Internal foam contouring for trim, relaxed fit
  • Articulated design enhancing comfort
  • Two zippered pockets
  • Front zipper entry
  • Multiple side adjustments
  • Color: Mantis

Size Chart / Chest Fit:

  • XS-Small: 32"-38"
  • Medium-Large: 40"-46"
  • XL-XXL: 49"-55"

* Certified for use in both the US and Canada

Product Features:

Buoyancy 16 lbs.
Sizes Adult


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The company now known as Kokatat® was started in 1971 by a college student named Steve O'Meara with an eye towards making innovative outdoor gear, such as the world's first GORE-TEX® bivy sack. With Steve still at the helm, the company continues to dedicate itself to his original intent, offering the industry an extensive line of watersports wear and living up to its reputation for product quality and commitment to watersports.

The name Kokatat, means "into the water" in the language of the Native American people living along their local Klamath River. Kokatat is located in the small northern California coastal town of Arcata, about 300 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Blessed with awesome whitewater, miles of rugged coastline, pristine bays, lagoons and lakes, all nestled amongst giant redwoods; the surroundings in Arcata play an important role in Kokatat's product development.

Team Kokatat athletes take product testing to the extreme, providing invaluable feedback during the research and development process. Just as expedition paddlers field test the gear in the far corners of the world, professional paddling instructors also help refine Kokatat's designs, dedicated to making your paddling experience safer and more fun with clothing that functions for your paddling endeavors and fits without compromise.