I own a variety of life jackets for a variety of uses. My belt pack serves for evening cruises and other quiet-water use when I am accompanied. My inflatable vest is great for when I’m offshore fishing with friends. When I’m out on open water by myself, I often choose the vest pictured here. Inherently buoyant, it’s reliable and requires little attention, and the pockets come in handy. It’s not meant to be presented as the “best” life jacket. Instead, I’d like you to consider the features it possesses and the customizations I’ve made, in the hope that you might benefit from them in your personal boating situation.