The Salus Kiwi was a last minute addition to the test. Our PFD was a pre-production sample, but accurately reflects what will soon be available in stores. The vest is so new that Canadian Coast Guard approval was still pending (but should be completed soon). At 15 lbs. 8 oz. of flotation, it matches the Kokatat Orbit for buoyancy and so is at the lower end of the approved flotation standard. This vest if very low profile with nicely beveled foam and big armholes for an unimpeded range of motion and good comfort. The front zip design made getting the vest on and off easy. Two vertical front pockets with zip closures and mesh drainage flank the front zipper providing plenty of room for sunblock and energy bars. Adjustment is via a side strap, waist cinch and shoulder straps and provides a good snug fit. Reflective piping on the front and back of the unit help keep the wearer visible. Sizing on our sample seemed to run on the small side, so as always, be sure to “try before you buy”.
Canadian Coast Guard (DOT) approval pending.
*Not UL (US) approved
Buoyancy: 15 lbs. 8 oz.
Colours: mango and red
Sizing: S/M, M/L, L/XL, XL/XXL