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What's the best PFD for a canoe trip?

I'm planning a late spring or early summer canoe trip in southern Ontario and I need a new personal flotation device. The trip involves several portages per day and will last a week, so my new PFD needs to be light and comfortable. What should I get?

Astral Designs Abba PFD

Astral Designs Abba PFD     Photo: Courtesy of Astral Designs

A:Women may want to check out the Astral Designs Abba ($130). It’s cut for a woman’s body, with stretchy side panels and fully adjustable straps. It also has fleece-lined hand warmer pockets, a very nice touch, and big front pockets with a key loop. The flotation material is kapok, a soft, natural fiber that floats well.

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