The Salus Proto is an ideal white-water cross-over vest for play boating as well as guiding, river running and tripping. Strip it down for play boating with the ability to conceal most of the webbing and adjustments for a clean, streamlined vest. Or, gear it up with the quick-release belt, tow line, river knife, strobe and hydration pack, to make it a great choice for guiding or long river trips.

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“Oh Buoy”

Rapid The Whitewater Magazine


Salus’ Proto will keep you on top whether you’re creeking or play boating. This PFD has a contoured back pad for extra comfort and rib protection.

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“Keep Your Head Up”

Adventure Kayak Magazine

Spring 2014


The Proto takes cues from Salus’ Torrent and Jazz whitewater PFDs, as well as borrowing elements of backpack design. One such innovation is the pocket on the back of the vest that stores and conceals a two-litre hydration bladder. Please click HERE for full article and video.

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Rapid Magazine

2014 Annual Paddling Buyers Guide

When looking for inspiration to create what is quite possibly the best white-water paddle vest, Salus looked to not only the Jazz and the Torrent, but also to the makers of backpacks. This versatile storage system provides convenient access for both right and left hand paddlers while offering multiple knife and lash tab locations. One of the more innovative features is the water bottle storage system that secures multiple size bladders and offers a tidy tunnel in the shoulder.

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