In 1971 Kokatat began making paddle sports apparel and gear in Arcata, CA. Their founder and president, Steve O’Meara, recognized from the start that keeping production local was necessary in order to control quality and continually develop the finest and driest paddling apparel in the world. Today, over 90% of their annual revenue comes from the sales of products handmade in our Arcata factory (now 150 employees strong) and by their local and regional manufacturing partners. They do source items in Asia. But, only for products that do not have scalable infrastructure here in the US and to support their environmental commitment to Gaia® PVC free flotation foam for all their life vests, available exclusively through their Asian manufacturer. All our products are backed by a lifetime guarantee against defects in manufacturing or materials* and their repair service facility inside their Arcata factory is unsurpassed in the industry for customer satisfaction.
Front and rear reflective tape, knife garage, strobe lash tab and multiple top-loading pockets gives the gadget-happy paddler plenty of room for gear. Ergonomic and innovative components such as thermo-formed, padded Hypalon® shoulders, 3 side adjustments, GAIA® PVC-free foam, and superlative construction methods set the standard in modern PFD design.
The Aries PFD offers recreational paddlers the ultimate in comfort, safety, and value. Its low-profile design gives unrestricted freedom of motion, ideal for whitewater or sea kayaking, while its high back with thin PVC-free GAIA® foam inserts fit comfortably against the high-back seats of most recreational and sit-on-top kayaks.
The Poseidon is the ultimate sea kayaking and touring PFD featuring a modular outfitting system that can be customized with a myriad of accessories to meet paddlers' changing needs. The Poseidon comes stock with the Full Chest Pocket Accessory that has three zippered compartments and a lash tab on the back for knife storage. Via a series of slick clips and webbing straps additional pockets and accessories, sold separately, can be added to the PFD for multiple personalized configurations, including the Poseidon Quick Release Belt, Belly Pocket, single Chest Pocket and Tactic Pack Accessories. In addition to multiple pocket and accessory options, the Poseidon offers multiple ways to carry drinking water. Paddlers can use the main pocket of the Tactic Pack Accessory to carry a reservoir, attach a Tributary Hydration System or use the hidden sleeve in the PFD's back panel designed to fit a Hydrapak 1.5 liter reservoir. For unsurpassed comfort, fit, and mobility the Poseidon features articulated shell and foam panels, eight front and center webbing adjustments and wide, contoured neoprene shoulder straps.