Kokatat Maximus Centurion PFD Review

by chad-christopher
Monday, October 03, 2016
Monday, October 03, 2016
​As a Swift Water Instructor, I have been using Kokatat's Maximus Centurion PFD for over a year now, with well over 150 days on the water. I wanted to do a quick review of this PFD's functionality from a safety standpoint.
Chad Christopher
by Chad Christopher

“Whitewater kayaking is my escape from reality and a way to experience the amazing beauty in the world we live in”

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’.

Daniel Brasuell - Mill Creek
Daniel Brasuell - Mill Creek

Investing in your personal and group safety is always time well spent.

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.

Chad Christopher - Mill Creek
Chad Christopher - Mill Creek

Essential gear to carry in your PFD

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.

  • River Knife
  • Whistle
  • 3 Locking Carabiners
  • 20’ of tubular webbing
  • 2 pieces of 6 Millimeter prussic cord
  • 2 pulleys for Z Drag
  • Extra drain plug (I can’t tell you how many I’ve offered other paddlers over the years who have lost theirs)
  • Watch
  • Tow Tether
  • River Snacks

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.