Peak UK Explorer Zip PFD
The next generation of expedition PFD, and the culmination of some serious research & development by the good people at Peak UK.The same design philosophy of minimalist high performance that went into the designs they developed for the British Olympic Kayaking Team, have been applied to this ground breaking design. As with all touring PFDs, the location & functionality of pockets & tether points is what sets a good design apart. In this instance, Peak UK have integrated two long pockets designed for flares, VHF radio, PLB, cameras etc, along with two large front zip pockets for more storage for essential items, importantly, not at the expense of excess bulk. The volume distributing has been so well thought out, and even a considerable swag of safety kit won't unduly bulk up the wearer. The side straps are hidden entirely from the exterior by a soft neoprene panel, the adjustable straps work on a closed loop system, so once set there are no loose straps around your shoulders or torso. The shoulder harness is protected by An adjustable pad. The rear pocket houses a hydration system with a clever double ended zip for flexibility in positioning their drinking tube. All of these features combine to make the feel of this jacket surprisingly compact, with a streamline feel that betrays it's practical functionality, & capacity to carry a fully kitted essential range of gear for expeditioning.