Life jackets, we, and most others, as a matter of course, there's no reason to be without. And I actually think that most would agree. Sure you meet on a part without a life jacket, but there are quite few. Some have life vest under deck lines and expect to put it on themselves if they fall in the water, most of this approach is unlikely to have tried to put on the vest in the water and realized how difficult it can be, especially when it goes a little wave. Nah, it's just great to have the vest on the body, shedding man needs the extra buoyancy at once and the heat gives the vest! If you find it difficult with life jacket must be because you have a life jacket with a poor fit. There are life jackets for everyone, regardless of length, width, upholstery, etc. ...
Some people do not need a life jacket when you have a dry suit, but believes that there is enough buoyancy in the garments. Here I agree with almost, but you can actually get a tear in a jacket and in a dry suit oxå!
There are lots of different kinds of life jackets, in different price ranges and with different looks and function. Some have lots of pockets, attachment points and other things, while others are basically just there to keep the carrier afloat. The most important is of course the vest provides the buoyancy that it is supposed to do. When it is satisfied, one can look at the remaining functions / features.
It is smooth with lots of pockets that you can have fun and / or good things: camera, binoculars, candy, flares. And a lot of attachment points for towing, fluid systems, lamps, clocks, etc ... However, it might be worth thinking about how much all of the tagged stuff weighs and how they affect the mobility of both the kayak and on one can eventually dip ... To have a lightweight vest with high mobility and agility are very nice, especially if you yourself are not a wonder of agility.
But it has oxå its advantages of having a larger vest with room for some more things, sometimes it makes sense to have things readily available, this is perhaps most true for those paddles much tougher in water and in groups. Where you often need to have the tow rope, cow-tail, flares and more. Having a drink pack on his back and drink from the hose is smooth, but count on at least 2 kilos which backs to wear. Also, I find that if I drink excessive when I have the drink "for" available. And it's really not a problem except when you want to skimp on the water on slightly longer trips and to get help on the bladder more often.
The rise in the kayak from the water, then of course everything depends on the vest in the way and pose little extra crafts for not sticking to the deck lines, cockpit rim etc.. A good plan is to try to climb into the kayak from the water with all the stuff on the jackets that you normally have when paddling, so you know it works and that stuff does not get in the way too much.
We use self nowadays most little less armor and have not tug or drink in the vest, however small waterproof camera and some candy. Usually I have an ordinary watch in the vest oxå.
Drinking Bottle is under nets on deck, as does bogsersystemet. As a rule, one can sense that bogseret will need or that it is good / convenient to have it available and can put it around your waist. Much nicer and easier than always having it on themselves.
For canoeing and tokbus I however have a vest to, especially with mount for a cowtail so you can quickly connect a paddle, kayak or paddle in the prank call. The vest can also be slightly bigger as it warms a bit more for winter use.
One of my old vests; Hiko Extreme Pro, with room for both towing, drinking, great camera and lots of other crafts. Weighs easy 3-4 pounds more than a more "moderate" West.