The Best Whitewater Life Jackets: Kokatat Ronin

I’m looking to step up to a better personal flotation device (PFD) for whitewater. What are the big differences between models?

Aug 1, 2012
Outside Magazine

Like most lifejackets, the $166 Ronin comes in several colors, in this case grey, yellow, and red. But the whole point of a technical jacket is visibility in an emergency, so stick with the yellow if you can. Kokatat makes the Ronin right in Arcata, California, out of PVC-free Gaia foam. Its thermal-molded shoulders, internal harness, and snug fit provide great safety and comfort. The large front pocket and lanyard attachment keep your knife or flashlight handy.

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