Kiwi Vest

With six points of adjustment and unisex styling, the Kiwi delivers fantastic fit to both men and women. Low-profile padding provides unrestricted movement which makes ride-up a thing of the past, while centralized vertical pockets allow complete range of motion even when fully stuffed. Special features: 3M reflective trim for greater visibility; advanced Dry-lex Aero-spacer lining for breathability; 500 denier Cordura for durability; Salus’ patented round-edge design for superior comfort.

Kiwi Vest

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

Kiwi Vest


Marianne Paul is captivated by water, whether she’s writing or musing in a kayak.

It’s January and we’re at the writers’ retreat at Keswick on Lake Simcoe, and the bay is frozen over, the surface dotted with fisherman’s shacks.

It’s hard to believe that the summer before author Marianne Paul kayaked in the same lake. She was elated then, gliding through the water. Now, on this cold day, her eyes sparkle and her cheeks dimple as she talks about how being connected to water inspires her writing and how much she loves kayaking the Grand River.

Paul, 53, has lived in Kitchener since 1983, moving here with her husband, Bob, and their young daughter, Samantha.

I felt landlocked when I came to Kitchener,” Marianne recalls…