I own this PFD in Green. It is very functional. I don't think the pockets are great for holding all of my gear, but if you are in a kayak it may not be a big problem. I do like the vented back and this would be nice for kayak fishing. I bought mine from LL Bean when they had a 20% off coupon. I bought mine in 2015, so I'm not sure the differences in the newer versions. Happy to answer any other questions