MTI Thunder R Spec
Source: bought it new
Thick, buoyant vest with a lot of great pockets. Can be used for multiple paddling sports.
- Quick release belt
- Higher profile
- Too thick
My review of this is somewhat inconclusive as I have yet to be able to paddle in this. I plan on using the vest for whitewater kayaking. From what I can tell so far however is it is not as low profile as I would have liked, as it is super thick to the point of having difficulty zipping it (but this could be fixed by more wear of it and getting it wet).
I think it is overall a great vest, and it has some nice cross over features as it can also be used for sea kayaking. I like all of the little pockets, especially the handwarming pockets. As far as I can tell it also has excellent construction.
I got a great deal on this vest and overall it looks like a great vest, however for white-water paddling I would have preferred something with a lower profile.
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The Rescue Version of the Headwater Personal Floatation Devise (PFD) includes US Coast Guard (USCG) Approved Rescuer's Harness with Quick Release Buckle. Engineered with Extra Buoyancy and Increased Chassis Strength. The MTI Headwater R Spec PFD has a 500D Cordura Shell, MAS Air Flow Interior for Ventilation, and Professional Grade Reflective. The Headwater R Spec PFD has Adjustable Shoulders Reinforced with wide 1.5" (3.8 cm) Webbing that Extends Front-to-Back in a Single Piece. Vest is equipped with Crotch Strap Attachment Points, Big Stretch Mesh Zippered Pockets with Interior Organizers, and Fleece Pockets to Warm Cold Hands, Media Portal for Radio Antenna, Lash Tabs, and Tethered Whistle. Donning and Doffing is made Easy with the Full Front Zippered Closure. This USCG Type-V Approved PFD has a Minimum Buoyancy of 21.56 lbs (9.8 kg) with a Design Buoyancy of 26.3 lbs (11.95 kg), comes in 3 sizes fitting Chest Sizes from 32" to 54" (81.3 to 137.2 cm).
The Thunder R Spec rescue pfd is a lower profile rescue pfdan integrated Quick release Harness Belt and features 3D sculpted foam for fantastic freedom of movement. Adjustable neoprene shoulder straps allows you to push this jacket way down low on your torso, with an internal strapping system to reinforce the hold. Quick release cow tail keeper. Inside hand warming pockets with fleece and stretch mesh. Radio pocket with antenna portal. Front cargo pocket with key carabiner & D ring attachment points. Grip-loc waist and 500 D Cordura shell.US Coast Guard Type V pfd for experienced paddlers who may need to perform swimming rescuesLow profile for top notch freedom of movementRadio and hand warming pocketsAbrasion resistant Cordura shellInternal strapping system and shoulder adjustability for a secure fitQuick release cow tail keeper