MTI Headwater High Floatation Rafting Vest

MTI Headwater High Floatation Rafting Vest
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Price: $169.00
Manufacturer: MTI
Shipping Weight: 13.00 lbs




Please note that for reasons unknown, MTI decided to drop this jacket from their line and we are now down to just the big XL/XXL size and one or two small/mediums. We will not be able to get any more medium/large size Headwaters. The main description follows.

The Headwater life jacket is a newer vest from MTI with the same 26+ pound buoyancy as the long running MTI Big Buoy, but incorporating a couple of differences. The most important one is that the interior is made of a highly contoured gauzy fabric, with high strength but also excellent air movement properties. This jacket breathes better and feels cooler than most other high floatation models. It also conforms to your chest better than the Big Buoy, and the net result is dramatically improved comfort despite the 2-1/4" foam thickness on the front panels.

Another difference between this one and the Big Buoy, beyond the color, is the pockets. Two narrow ones have been added mid-chest, and there are a pair of hidden lined hand warmer pockets behind the two big side pockets. A nice little feature on cooler days if you happen to forego neoprene gloves. So you could say there are a total of six pockets. The Headwater also has a set of (four) one inch loops to attach crotch straps to. Like the Patriot and Big Buoy models, it is rated as a type III, but other than the lack of a rear collar it should really be viewed as a type V vest. The Medium/Large size has 26.3 pounds of floatation, the Small/Xsmall about 26 even, and the XL/XXL 27 pounds. Although the stamps on the Headwater give something slightly different, our measurements indicate the SM/XS fits people with chest measurements of 30" to 37" (including whatever you wear on top), the Med/Large goes from about 35" to 45", and the big size fits anywhere from 43" to 53". 54" is pushing it.

Please indicate the size you want in the order notes, and as always, call with any questions.

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