“Empty your pockets!” MTI designer Gordon Colby told fishing team members. He wanted to know what kayak anglers really carry in their PFD pockets. After a pile of pliers, leaders, tackle and gear appeared on the table, Colby went at designing a PFD with pockets that hold what kayak anglers most often carry. The result are newly redesigned Calcutta and Solaris F-Spec PFDs.
The F-Speck is a high-back PFD and the Calcutta is a one-size-fits-all model but both now have the same pocket and tab configuration. The left pocket lays flat to make a rigging station. The right pocket is big enough to hold a VHF or even a handgun. “We were surprised that anglers in Florida were excited about carrying a weapon to ward off alligators. With all the improvements, the price for each PFD is only $89.00.