Monday, March 21, 2011

Kokatat: Review of the Ronin Pro PFD

Why the Ronin Pro?

I choose to use the Ronin Pro PFD for many reasons. Classified as a Type V pfd with 16 pounds of flotation, an internal safety harness, and tow-tether capabilities all packed into a low-profile shape, what isn’t there to love? Oh yea, it’s made with GAIA PVC-free foam, too!

(Most pfd’s are made with PVC foam. When this foam breaks down, chemicals are released into the water. But, not with this pfd - it’s environmentally friendly!)


As a smaller female paddler, fit is something I am picky about. The Ronin offers plenty of adjustments to fit a vast array of torso and girth dimensions: adjustable shoulder straps, two side adjustment straps, and a low buckle. Once adjusted, the Ronin is locked down, and does not ride up, thanks also to it’s non-slip Hypalon Grip Panels. With a low-profile cut, I do not find the Ronin to be bulky. Rather, I find it extremely comfortable, and to offer protection in all the right places: chest, sides and back.


Two roomy front pockets allow room for all the necessities: head cozy, extra webbing, a knife, an energy bar, and more! What’s better: the zippers never unzip on their own, and are well placed so they don’t catch on other pieces of gear.

Rescue Capability:

The Ronin Pro comes with a quick release chest harness, as well as a stretch mesh sleeve

built just for your tow tether. It’s easy to use, and I have yet to have a boat prematurely

release using this system.


I have had my current Ronin for about 8 months now. After an overnight, lots of hike-in’s and many many days on the water, my pfd has seen some serious wear, but it definitely doesn’t show it. It may be a little sun-faded, but it otherwise looks as good as new: no cuts, no tears. The 500D Cordura will take whatever you throw at it.

Overall Review:

The Ronin Pro is my go-to creeking vest. It offers protection where it’s needed, has bomber rescue hardware, and is an extremely comfortable vest. This is a great vest for any paddler.

Kim Russell

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