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Kokatat’s Poseidon gives sea kayakers the ultimate in customizable PFD versatility

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ARCATA, CALIFORNIA, (For Immediate Release) – For 2015 Kokatat, the global leader in paddlesport apparel, introduces the Poseidon PFD featuring a modular outfitting system that can be customized with a myriad of accessories to meet paddlers’ daily changing needs.

“We took the best parts of our most popular PFDs and created a PFD that is amazingly versatile, feature rich, and comfortable,” said Jeff Turner, Kokatat Sales and Design Manager.


The front zip Poseidon comes stock with two removable front zip chest pockets. Via a series of clips
and webbing straps additional pockets and accessories, sold separately, can be added to the PFD for multiple personalized configurations.

Along with the new Poseidon-specific Full Chest Pocket and Quick Release Belt accessories, Kokatat is introducing the Belly Pocket and Tactic Pack that can be used with the Poseidon and other Kokatat PFDs. Kokatat’s current accessories, including the Tributary Hydration System, Maximus Prime Electronics Sling, and Touring Tow Tether, can be attached to the PFD for additional functionality.

The hydration reservoir compatible Tactic Pack mounts to the back of PFDs at the shoulders and lower side torso. When attached, Tactic Pack looks like a backpack, but with the majority of the pockets hidden against the paddler’s back. The Tactic Pack is designed so that with the release of two clips it can be quickly rotated to the front of the paddler for full access to the pockets.

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 to carry a reservoir, attach a Tributary or use the hidden sleeve in the PFD’s back panel designed to fit a Hydrapak 1.5 Liter reservoir.

“Sea kayakers have been asking us for more carrying versatility and with Poseidon they have a PFD that they can tailor to meet their personal needs,” added Turner.

The Poseidon features articulated shell and foam panels and an integrated hydration sleeve in its low profile back panel. For unsurpassed comfort, fit, and mobility the Poseidon has eight front and center webbing adjustments and wide, contoured neoprene shoulder straps.

The Poseidon will be USCG, Transport Canada, and European Union (ISO) approved.

The Poseidon will be introduced at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City, UT, in early August 2014. It and the rest of the Kokatat 2015 collection will be available nationwide through Kokatat’s network of specialty paddling retailers in January 2015.

About Kokatat Inc.:
Kokatat has been manufacturing paddling gear in Arcata, California for more than 40 years. At a time when many technical apparel brands were moving manufacturing offshore, Kokatat continued to invest in infrastructure in the United States. Kokatat founder Steve O’Meara was committed to the development of the finest and driest paddling apparel in the world and recognized the need to control and continually evolve the development of our dry wear. In the early days, Kokatat worked closely with W.L. Gore & Associates, makers of GORE-TEX®, to refine the sewing and sealing techniques required for full immersion suits and tops. Today, our hands-on approach to manufacturing continues to set the standard in paddling apparel. Into the water with Kokatat! Please visit and follow Kokatat on Facebook and Twitter “@kokatat”.