MTI Thunder R Spec

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Thick, buoyant vest with a lot of great pockets. Can…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new


Thick, buoyant vest with a lot of great pockets. Can be used for multiple paddling sports.


  • Pockets
  • Buoyancy
  • 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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MTI Thunder R Spec Personal Floatation Devise PFD, Red/AluminumThe MTI Thunder R Spec Personal Floatation Devise PFD, Red/Aluminum is a device designed for professionals like US Coast Guard and Rescuers with a quick release buckle. Recommended for white water rafting, kayaking and skiing. The thunder comes with paddled neoprene shoulders with extra adjustment range to push-this-jacket way-down-low on your torso and is USCG Type-V Approved. The vest has a quick-release cow tail keeper, fleece hand warming pockets inside the vest to utilize body heat. The MTI Thunder R Spec Personal Floatation Devise PFD, Red/Aluminum features small mesh zippered pockets, radio pocket with an antenna portal, front cargo pocket with key carabiner and a full front zipper closure for easy slip on and take off. The vest also has a Grip-Loc Waist and 500 Denier Cordura Fabric Shell.

- SunnySports

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

- Campmor