The Best New Inflatable PFD: MTI’s Neptune for Kayak Fishing

Ric Burnley
MTI’s Neptune keeps anglers safe and comfy on the water and in the sun.

Most kayak anglers hate to wear a PFD, but you have to wear a PFD to stay safe on the water. In recent years, inflatable PFDs have become a popular alternative. Unfortunately, many inflatable PFDs are more uncomfortable than a foam model. For 2017, MTI has added a new inflatable to its long line of fishing-specific PFDs. The new Neptune inflatable incorporates smart safety and comfort features that will make it easy to wear. Starting with comfort features, the mesh yolk design keeps the PFD in place and keeps the wearer cool. Daisey chain tabs and D-rings allow the angler to attach gear. A pocket in the front holds an included safety whistle and will fit more gear or a smart phone. Reflective strips make it easy to see. The Neptune comes in two colors: bright orange or Real Tree Max 4 Camo. On the safety side, the Neptune auto inflates using a baton-style CO2 cartridge. That means the cartridge pops into the inflation mechanism instead of screwing in making it easier to replace and more accurate to show whether it is armed through a clear plastic window. The autoinflate mechanism works when water flows into the PFD pocket. It won’t inflate when splashed or in the rain. The Neptune is a Class III PFD approved by the Coast Guard so it is just as effective as a foam PFD. This year MTI is celebrating their 25th year of keeping people safe on the water with a great line of new PFDs. The Neptune is our favorite. Pick up an MTI’s Neptune for 159.99.

MTI co-owner Lily Colby goes over the cool points on the new Neptune inflatable PFD.

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Ric Burnley
“Thank God my dad wasn’t a podiatrist,” jokes Ric about following in the footsteps of a famous outdoor writer. After graduating from Radford University and serving two years in Russia with the Peace Corps, Ric returned to Virginia Beach and started writing for The Fisherman magazine, where his dad was editor. When the kayak fishing scene exploded, Ric was among the first to get onboard. His 2007 book, The Complete Kayak Fisherman is one of the first tomes to introduce anglers to paddle fishing and hundreds of articles and seminars have brought countless anglers into the fold. When he’s not chasing every fish that swims, Ric teaches English at a school for at-risk teens.

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