by Robb McKenna from Ultra PFD
Ultra make paddling vests for all kinds of users and situations. We design and manufacture so you can be sure that everything you buy is 100% Ultra.
Ultra’s wide range sometimes makes it hard to choose the right PFD (personal flotation device) so here is a brief introduction of our range to assist with finding the correct vest for you. Every product has its pros and cons which are important to consider before purchasing a PFD.
Pros – Lightweight and simple. This is a great entry point PFD with internal belts and adjustable shoulders that is made from quality materials. The Blade also comes in kids sizes.
Cons – Does not use the softest foam available. This is done to keep the price lower but it may not be as comfortable for longer paddles.
Pros – Mid-Range PFD with high end features including multiple large pockets, hydration pack pouch and soft foam for a comfortable paddle.
Cons – May not have some of the features required by hard core users such as a knife holder, fishing pockets, reflective strips, padded shoulder straps or an insulated hydration pouch.
Pros – Mid-Range PFD designed specifically for the female shape. This PFD has high end features like a front pocket, neoprene sides and a hydration pouch. It also comes in a range of fashion colours including yellow, lime green, light blue and hot pink.
Cons – Not as many pockets as other PFDs and does not include some high end features like knife holder, fishing pockets, reflective strips, padded shoulder straps or an insulated hydration pouch.
Click here to read Global Paddler’s review of the Ultra Rewa PFD.
Pros – Our premium front-entry PFD includes EPIRB/GPS/Smartphone pockets, zipper-less expanding hydration pocket and neoprene shoulders for added comfort and movement.
Cons – Some paddlers find a front entry vest less comfortable than a side entry vest during longer paddles, however this is personal choice as front entry is easier to put on and take off.
Pros – The Ultra Trek is our premium side entry vest with 3 large and detailed pockets that can be used for fishing, padded adjustable shoulders, neoprene sides, knife holder, reflective tape strip and an insulated zipper-less hydration pocket with tube holder on the front.
Cons – The side entry PFD can be a little harder to put on and take off which may be an issue if this happens regularly, however many people like the solid foam slab for longer paddles.
Click here to read Global Paddler’s review of the Ultra Trek PFD.
Ultra Ocean Racer
Pros – The Ocean Racer is our specific Paddling PFD for the serious long distance ocean paddler. We have kept all straps and buckles internal to reduce catching and scratching on high end paddle craft and use a special soft polyester liner for cooler shirts off paddling. This PFD enhances movement with flexible shoulders and super wide arm holes, and has a cool hidden pocket for the keys.
Cons – May not have enough pockets for some users, and less adjustable than other PFDs so correct sizing is important.
See the entire Ultra Range at www.ultrapfd.com.