Kokatat Brings Ronin Pro to US Market in October

Kokatat will bring its premier rescue life jacket - the Ronin Pro - to U.S. market on October 15, 2009. The Ronin Pro’s release celebrates a multi-year effort to update the requirements of type-5 rescue PFDs in the United States.
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Kokatat, a 38-year-old, independent paddlewear and accessories company, will bring its premier rescue life jacket - the Ronin Pro - to U.S. market on October 15, 2009. The Ronin Pro's release celebrates a multi-year effort to update the requirements of type-5 rescue PFDs in the United States. The Ronin Pro was launched in 2007 for the Canadian market, followed by the European market in 2008.

Advantages of the Ronin Pro include a trimmed-down profile and unique internal harness, which provides a comfortable secure fit, full spinal protection and improved side protection.

Innovations such as reinforced adjustable, thermal molded foam padded shoulders with non-slip Hypalon® grip panels, an integrated sleeve for a cowtail or small tow tether, clip-on accessories, and superlative construction methods set a new standard in life vest design.

Efforts were made to make the shoulders and quick release harness system meet or exceed the strength & release requirements of the United States Coast Guard for swiftwater towing and/or rescue. The Ronin Pro is made with GAIA® PVC-free foam, an organic compound more environmentally friendly than other buoyant foam products.

Bringing the Ronin Pro to the U.S. market has been long anticipated. To get to this point, Kokatat drove a multi-year, interagency effort to update the requirements of type-5 rescue harnessed PFD's. Kokatat worked with representatives of Underwriters Labratories (UL), the United States Coast Guard (USCG), swiftwater rescue professionals, fire departments, recreational user groups, and other manufacturers.

“Kokatat's participation in meeting these safety requirements ensured that truly UL/USCG compliant type-5 rescue harnessed PFD's will again be available in the USA and we're thrilled to offer the Ronin Pro for the tail end of the 2009 season,” said Gibson Mokler, Kokatat PFD Compliance Officer.

For full specifications, color options, pricing, and retail availability of the Ronin Pro please see Kokatat's official website: kokatat.com

About Kokatat Watersports Wear
For the past 38 years, Kokatat has built a reputation as a friendly company of paddling enthusiasts, dedicated to creating innovative paddlewear and accessories. Kokatat is a highly trusted brand known for its independence, high level of quality in addition to an extremely well respected, service-driven business model. Kokatat is an incredibly strong brand and is known for authenticity and launching game changing paddling products.

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