Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Kokatat Bahia Tour Review

The Kokatat Bahia Tour has been my main kayak fishing PFD (personal floatation device) for over a year now and can honestly say, I love it.  I'm one of those guys that almost never takes off their life jacket when on the water.  I keep a lot of tools on it and quite frankly, I just like having it on. 

Comfort is paramount since I spend a lot of time on the water and the Bahia is exactly that; super comfortable.  The foam panels are articulated to fit around you instead of being big bulky chunks.  It features a mesh back to let air flow and the back foam is designed to fit well against high back seats which are the norm in modern fishing kayaks.  

The adjustable shoulder straps are padded with neoprene for ultimate comfort and the multiple side straps will get you that perfect custom fit.

Also, there is a clip at the bottom where the zipper starts so when it's really hot out, I might unzip to really cool off, but the clip makes sure the life jacket isn't flopping around.

For gear stashing, there are two zippered pockets that stretch out as well as an extra electronics pocket for VHF radios, GPS units, phones, etc.  The flap above that features a window if you want to keep your fishing license there, but I keep mine in my wallet in a drybox, so that is utilized for other purposes.  There's a spot behind that pocket for pliers or other tools as well.  For a full post on the specific gear I have on my Bahia, click here.

For safety, they have SOLAS reflective tape on the back and front and of course the PFD is CG certified.

If you're in the market for a kayak fishing life jacket, seriously, you're gonna love this one.

As with everything made by Kokatat, the quality is superb so I know it will last me a very long time.  Also, they are a fantastic company with strong commitment to US manufacturing as well as to the environment. 

My buddy Richie Bekolay over at Hook, Line, & Sinker has a great review of the Kokatat Destination Collection of Paddling clothes from a kayak fisherman's perspective.  Check it out.


  1. I have had the Xtrasport for four years now and don't really like it. The Kokatat looks much better. It lacks the lower buckle that keeps the PFD on your chest when you go in the water.

    1. It's definitely worth checking into and trying one on. I think you'll like it a lot.


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