Recommended: yesCons: Rigid pockets are too big for my pliersPros: Comfortable & VersatileThis vest is very comfortable to paddle in, and easy to get on and off. I wear mine all the time, zipped up, snug -- as though it might need to do its job at any instant It does not impede my cast or my paddle stroke, and is certainly no hotter to wear than any other conventional paddler's PFD. I make a point of wearing quick-dry sunproof clothing in hot weather, that helps, regardless of the PFD.
There are lots more places to hold stuff and lash stuff than my previous PFD, the Stohlquist aSea. It was much easier to lash my rescue knife to the shoulder strap than on the aSea. I still have not decided how best to use all those pockets, though. The pockets have loops inside as though to carry pliers, so I bought a good Browning pliers, but it's too big for those loops. So it sits inside the pocket.
I haven't yet put the "drawbridge" pockets to much use... They look like more of a fly-fishing attraction... I also have not yet tried re-entering my kayak with this PFD -- they say the rigid covers over the pocket avoid the contents snagging when you come back over the gunwale.