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Kokatat Tropos Light Drift Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars
photo: Kokatat Tropos Light Drift Jacket long sleeve paddle jacket

This is a reasonably priced paddle jacket, very roomy and comfortable for paddling. I use to for cool weather canoeing, and it has served me well for that use. I have room for a light fleece under it, and room for a PFD over it. Though I am a woman, I use men's jackets, as I really prefer LONG sleeves.


  • Bright safety orange color
  • Comfortable
  • Soft cuffs and neck
  • Zipper pocket on sleeve


  • I am not sure how durable the lightweight fabric of this version will be, over time.


The jacket is very comfortable to wear while paddling, even as I wear it under a PFD. The sleeves have a roomy cut, and the velcro splash cuffs are soft, and not irritating as some velcro cuffs can be. The neck is very soft, and the quarter-zip zipper is a fine length.

I have used the jacket in air temps of 34-50, comfortably. The pocket on the left sleeve is very handy, and easy to access. This is just a lightweight jacket, and I opted for a model without a hood (I find hoods impair my lateral visibility too much).

The fabric is definitely lightweight, and since I have only used the jacket for this past season, I can only anticipate that it will reflect the quality of the jacket overall, and will hold up well.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $36

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