are the pockets secure? zippered, etc? where are they suggesting a PFD be housed on the pack?
Somewhat. They are Velcro style with flap and bungee with plastic cinch device. One of my bungee cord pockets failed as the bungee pulled free from its attachment point. Never seen an inflatable PFD device so I'm not sure where its designed to go. Pack is comfortable and I like it pretty well. Not a lot of choices out there at the time I bought this one.