When it comes to safety in whitewater, very few paddlers have the correct training and gear with them on the river. Most of the reasoning is because ‘It’s just too much gear in my boat’.
On the ‘too much gear’ topic, this is where the Kokatat Maximus Centurion comes in. When I first started wearing this life jacket I was suspicious of the carry pouch in the front, it appeared to be bulky and extra storage that wasn’t needed. But the more pockets and storage compartments that I found, the more I realized that I could carry essential gear on my person with minimal extra weight.
Being immersed in the whitewater community, on occasion you see kayaks or canoes pinned underwater. And most of the time you see a group standing looking at the pinned boat. When you question the paddler about where their “Pin Kit” is, they will point to their pinned boat and say it’s located in their stern. This is why I carry every piece of rescue gear in my Maximus Centurion.
With the extra storage in the Belly Pocket of the Maximus Centurion, I can comfortably carry all these essential items so they are quickly accessible when needed.
Next time you see a Maximus Centurion PFD, try it on. You will be surprised to see how comfortable, compact, and lightweight the life jacket is while offering large amounts of storage.