A PFD, or personal flotation device, is a must-have for any kayaker, regardless of skill level. Wearing a PFD while kayaking can help prevent drowning if you capsize or fall out of your kayak. PFDs come in a variety of styles, but a high-back kayak seat is a great option for kayakers who want extra support and comfort while paddling.
Featuring multiple pockets and numerous attachment points, the NRS cVest PFD is a life jacket purpose-built for sea kayakers. The NRS cVest is a Type III, medium profile life jacket with 16. 5 pounds of flotation.
Designed specifically for touring, the high-back flotation accommodates most sea kayaking seats and the mesh lower back adds welcome ventilation during long days on the water. Two lash tabs and numerous d-rings offer endless opportunities for attaching a rescue knife, strobe, whistle and other accessories.
Reflective patches on the upper back are also attachment loops. Two large zippered pockets and two small, dual-entry clamshell pockets provide multiple storage options. Six adjustment points for a customizable fit and front-entry zipper for easily slipping the jacket on and off.
400 denier ripstop nylon fabric resists tears and abrasion. 3M reflective accents throughout the jacket for added visibility in low-light conditions. The cVest carries the US Coast Guard Certification through testing by Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
I picked this up with my new kayak and have worn it on a few outings now. The first one I was not used to wearing a PFD and thought it was weird and I was too old for this, but my safety mindset told me I needed to and kept going.
After I knew it was there because it had POCKETS to store stuff which was amazing. I kept my full size phone in the left pocket for pictures with fish of course and I had like 5-6 other pouches of jigs in the right pocket with a can of copenhagen, and it had room for more.
The rod holder it kind of useless honestly, but I feel safe wearing this while I have that extra storage. It is also very comfortable while sitting in the seat of my kayak going around. They thought of it all when they were making it.
This is a surprisingly big fumble from a company like NRS. Bought this for my girlfriend and the sizing is downright absurd. First, how can something be an XS/M? She’s 5’7”, 125 lbs, thin athletic build, full bust.
With all straps cinched down it still swims on her, and yet she’s almost at the top of the weight range for this PFD. Huh?! My Astral YTV in M/L is smaller in all dimensions; back panel is ~3” taller, chest panel ~2” taller, longer straps.
As a result the shoulder straps sit arched above her shoulders, up around her ears. The Nora is roomy on me; a 165 lb, 5’ 10” male. If the sizing wasn’t so pathetic it would be a really nice PFD.
This was my first PFD purchase so I did a bit of research to make sure I was getting what I needed. I use this for kayaking as the higher back sits nicely just above the kayak seat so the PFD is really comfortable to use.
The pockets are a good feature and I use one to tuck my waterproof phone case into. Nice bright colour! General material quality seems sturdy and should last a few years. The fabric dries relatively quickly (much faster than my wet gear anyway) which is helpful.
My only complaint is that the back side of the vest sticks out at a slightly odd angle, off the shoulders, which doesn’t affect its performance but might look a bit ‘sleeker’ if it sat more closely to the body.
This could probably be resolved by a little remoulding of the floats. Overall though, really pleased with this and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this for kayakers looking for a good quality vest that won’t interfere with their seats.
The soft, thin back panel provides the best fit and comfort when used with the tall seats/chairs found on today’s kayak fishing boats. Ergonomic WRAPTURE shaped torso. Graded Sizing provides a better, more appropriate fit for anglers of any size.
Extra soft buoyancy foam throughout. Cross-chest cinch harness for zero ride-up. Multiple easy access zippered front pockets feature internal organization and are sized to hold large fly/tackle boxes.
Hand warmer pockets behind front gear pockets. Expandable neoprene pockets provide ample storage for small accessories that need to be close at hand. Multiple mounting points for nippers, retractors, hemostats, etc.
3M reflective on front and back. Ventilated shoulder and back pads. 8 points of adjustment for a secure and personalized fit. 240D Mini-Ripstop nylon shell. 200D nylon liner.
It checks all the boxes. Beer belly friendly. 7. 5″ x 7. 5″ pocket size is a game changer. Super comfy, Perfect for class I/II paddling. This is the best PFD I have ever bought, I just cant believe how comfortable it is.
I do have somewhat of a beer belly, and this works perfectly. The middle straps and the angled straps on top, will grip down on your upper torso to prevent ride up. I keep the lowest straps just snug.
As for sizing. I just measured around the area where I thought the lowest straps would rest. Then ordered the size I needed. I love the 7. 5″ pockets! One pocket is for GPS and phone and whistle, other side its for breakfast bars, packs of peanuts, Oreos, various candy.
Pockets easily holds a full size sandwich! The attachment point for a hat lanyard behind your head is a nice touch too. Mesh back works great with my Liquid Logic XP10 kayak high back seat. If your thinking of buying this.
This is a well-designed and comfortable fishing vest. Now I wear a life jacket all of the time I’m on the water, without complaint, which is something I’ve not been comfortable doing with traditional, cheaper non-fishing-oriented pfds.
Excellent functional design for carrying pliers, sharpener, etc, attached with lanyards. Lots of attachment points of varying designs makes set up easy. No more scrambling to find the right tool to unhook a fish–and no more tools lost to the depths.
Have not been in the water with this on, so I can’t vouch for the flotation capabilities. I’m a 40″ chest and the L/XL fits perfectly–there are multiple adjustable straps to control what part of your torso the vest rides on.
The wide shoulder straps don’t irritate me, even after wearing all day. Can be slightly uncomfortable in hot weather, but less so than other pfds I’ve used. I can paddle all day with this vest on. Doesn’t interfere with casting while seated in a canoe.
Excellent PFD with very well thought out design; front pockets have good drainage and are large enough to each fit a hook board and still have room for fly floatant/tippet/spare leaders/split shot, there are multiple good attachment points for scissor hemostats, the back may seem a bit fat but it gives good flotation despite being so high up and the added thickness keeps your net off your back, very little metal keeps compasses working well, can’t say for sure yet how tough it is but it looks well made and no metal is left bare for corrosion so we’ll see.
Very comfortable. My only issue is that the mesh lining on the inside of the back panel means mud and dirt can get in on the foam but that’s not a big deal.
One of our favorite low-profile PFD designs, the NRS Ninja PFD is the ultimate performance jacket for paddlers of all persuasions. Concentrated flotation in a smaller package for unbeatable range of motion, so the Ninja stays out of your way and off your mind.
Updated with a clamshell pocket for quick access to all your essentials.
This is a great rescue vest. I’ve had mine for a few seasons of commercial guiding now and it still holds up. Pros: Extraordinarily comfortable. Lots of internal pockets for storing sunscreen, carabiners, rescue gear etc.
The fuzzy lined main pouch pocket is great especially on cold days. The best part is the side entry – compared to the Astral Greenjacket, the Zen is really easy to take on and off. Cons: Some of the zipper pull tabs have failed, and some of the internal pocket zippers have become stuck.
I’ve had this jacket for a while now and desert rivers tend to chew through gear quicker than other places with all the silt and sun, so this seems like pretty normal wear. Don’t forget to lube your zippers if you raft in silty rivers like the Colorado/Green.
The biggest con, and the reason this jacket only received four stars, is the knife placement. The only option for the holster is smack-dab in the center of the fattest part of the jacket. This jacket is pretty fat to begin with, like most rescue vests with clamshell pockets, and the knife sticks out quite a bit.
Carrying things, getting back into the boat, squeezing though small spaces – all of these things are made more difficult through the knife placement. I’ve ripped off a few knives from them getting caught because the handle sticks out so much.
Suggestions to mitigate this problem: place the knife horizontally on the patch of fabric to the wearer’s left of the safety strap buckle, below the clamshell pocket. This will keep the profile slim and keep the front of the jacket clean and crisp.
OR, if you must keep the knife on the clamshell, give the wearer the option to place it horizontally, to prevent the handle from catching on the OS line when you are launching yourself back into the boat.
Overall, great jacket, especially for guiding, just please please figure out a better knife placement, and it would be the perfect PFD.
I bought this to replace a Stohlquist Edge which had a wide but flat front pocket and zipper opening which I didn’t like. Likes – The Ninja has wider arm openings allowing for greater freedom of movement and the clamshell pocket with interior organiser is perfect for my needs as I can fit my face mask, protein bar, etc into it.
I put my phone in a waterproof pouch and camera into the handwarmer openings on sides of the PFD. Dislikes – Although the sewn in (vs sewn on) lash tab is nice, it’s difficult to remove any attachments like a rescue knife once attached and the reflective material in the slots are effectively blocked off.
I would have also liked to have a couple of small D rings and reflective tabs or trimming on the shoulder straps. I’m 1. 7m/5ft7in tall, 55kg and slim built and the Small size fits me well.
Take the guesswork out of safety while out on the water. If you fancy yourself a fisherman, kayaker, or even an outdoorsy person, you’ll take solace in safety in and around the water while wearing the NRS PFD Chinook Unisex Fishing Lifejacket.
This lifejacket is crafted out of soft, PlushFIT foam, giving you a comfortable fit that conforms to your body each time. It’s designed to give you a roomy-in-the-front feel while staying close to your spine.
It’s lightweight at only 2 pounds and features a buoyancy of 16. 5 pounds, making it an incredibly floaty option. The best part about this lifejacket, though, is the convenience. Equipped with 2 large zippered front pockets, 2 accessory pockets, and 1 tool holder pocket, you’ll have enough room for all of your fishing essentials.
Stay safe and explore the world around you with this lifejacket from NRS.
So, I won’t mention competitors or the low, low price I paid for my previous kayaking PFD, but it was “cheap”, and I got exactly what I paid for. DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY – BUY A GOOD PFD THE FIRST TIME.
This is a rule I have, that it is cheaper to buy the great product first. I wish I had taken my own advice and bought this PFD as my first kayaking PFD. What are the differences? First, SIZES. I’m a pretty big boy (5’10” 270lbs).
That’s XXL in most things. This PFD comes in sizes! People complain that they don’t feel good in a PFD and thus they don’t wear it. JUST KEEP LOOKING – there is a PFD for you and size is an important part of that.
Second, DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION. My previous PFD was built with a thinner padding, but much more coverage of the body. Thus, the padding came down my back TOO FAR, and caused a constant riding up as the cushion tried to get out from behind my back, and above the level of the seat back.
Much irritation, re-adjusting the PFD every few minutes, yikes! This new one is cut WAY higher in the back, and is able to do so because of thicker flotation padding elsewhere. The thicker is not LESS comfortable, it is MORE comfortable because it is placed correctly.
Third, POCKETS AND ATTACHMENT POINTS. Every Kayaker is REQUIRED under Ohio law to have a SOUND PRODUCING DEVICE, i. e. a “whistle” on his person. That should mean TIED TO YOUR PFD. And your PFD should be TIED TO YOU, FULL TIME, WHILE ON THE WATER.
In addition to the whistle, many kayakers find it advantageous to be prepared with: a phone, a GPS, a knife (to cut oneself free), a compass, or a VHF Handheld Radio. And, remember I said “Big Boy”, it’s nice to have a snack tucked away in there, too.
Fourth, QUALITY AND RELIABILITY. NRS is a PREMIER maker of these things, and designed SPECIFICALLY for our activity. This will last and last. I probably paid only a third of the price for my old PFD.
But that’s money DOWN THE DRAIN. I had to buy twice to get the right thing. Don’t be a putz. Spend wisely. Also, be safe. Take a boater’s safety class. Get to know your local US Coast Guard Auxiliary or the US Power Squadron or your local American Canoe Association Kayak Instructors.
80% of deaths on the water are drownings and 85% of drownings are of people NOT wearing their PFDs.
Kokatat Leviathan Lifejacket (Pfd) – The Kokatat Leviathan Lifejacket designed with comfort in mind. The 14 pocket, relaxed fit PFD is designed with internal contouring foam and ultralight, quick-drying Ariaprene non-toxic hypo-allergenic material.
The mesh back and shoulders compliments high back and seats for all-day comfort.
Good fit and comfortable. Works for men and women due to the thinner foam on top of chest – at least it works well for me, a smaller breasted woman. I don’t fish but all the pockets are still handy – I can carry a folding knife, compass, sunscreen, and snacks.
A phone fits also. No good spot for a ready-to-grab sheath knife but I don’t plan to wear this PFD where I might need one. I have 2 other PFDs but picked this one up for the times I end up paddling a kayak with a tall seat back – though I’m using it more often than that.
The soft foam that Kokatat uses is a plus, and the ability to add their hydration pack to the back. I find it a bit difficult to start the zipper as it requires loosening the side straps and aligning the foam carefully (I’m at the small end of the small size range).
I have swum in this and it stays in place very well.
This is the best Life Vest I have ever owned. Most importantly, it makes you one of the more fashionable kayakers on the water. I might not be very graceful, but people look up to me just because of how I look wearing this.
Often, I just have my wife push me out into the water and I just drift posing for pictures. The features are well placed and useful. Easy access to the tools and items I need while fishing. It is extremely well made and adjustable.
Also, it “breathes very well on those hot afternoons.
Purpose-built for sea kayakers and touring, the NRS Odyssey PFD features all the bells and whistles needed for open-water safety in a full-back design. The Odyssey is a Type III, medium profile touring PFD delivering 16.
5 lbs. of flotation. Paddlers cut for maximum range of motion and the full back panel comfortably fits kayak seats. Two large zippered pockets provide multiple storage options and two, smaller dual-entry pockets are designed to fit VHF radios.
Three lash tabs and numerous d-rings offer endless opportunities for attaching a rescue knife, strobe, whistle and other accessories. 3M reflective patches on the upper back add visibility in low-light conditions and double as attachment loops.
The seven-panel design moves with your body and our Cool Flow System (CFS) maximizes ventilation keeping you cool and comfortable for long days on the water. Convenient front, zippered entry and six adjustment points for a customized fit.
The Odyssey carries the US Coast Guard Certification through Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
As I would expect the Odyssey is yet another superb piece of kit from NRS. I will shortly be taking my open water canoe leader assessment and I wanted a PFD that was more up to the job than my previous PFD.
In the L/XL size the Odyssey is 71N. It features four decent size pockets plus two attachments for things like a rescue knife. There is also a attachment on the back for a light to help with visibility if paddling in low light.
The PFD is comfortable with good maneuverability when wearing it. I would not hesitate to recommend this PFD.
Really like this PFD! Quality build, lots of nice features like d-rings, lots of pockets (big enough to hold my Samsung S22 Ultra) nice little places to stow a whistle & emergency strobe, etc. I’m a big guy at 6’3″ 275lbs, and it’s not easy finding a PFD that fits well!.
As owners of 15 small boats, which include sailboats, a rowboat, a canoe and 2 kayaks we need a PFD that is versatile. And as a former Naval Aviator and Search and Rescue Professional, I know what features I like in a survival vest (SV) and life preserver unit (LPU) system.
We reviewed the Odyssey for Small Boats Magazine, very favorable especially the number of stowage options and versatile pocket big enough to hold a Standard Horizon HX890 VHF/DSC. FMI: https://smallboatsmonthly.
NRS Vapor Kayak Lifejacket (Pfd) – The NRS Vapor Kayak Lifejacket (Pfd) by NRS gives you the look, feel, and performance of a high-end life jacket for a budget-friendly price. It effortlessly wraps your torso and flows with your movements.
Boater’s on a budget shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort.
I have been a long time advocate of the Youth Vista, I have one, and have recommended them to friends. Because I like it so much, I just bought another for another one of my other kid that just hit the 50-90 lb range, but I will be returning it shortly.
NRS changed the strap that goes around the waist, below the rib-cage. It no longer wraps around the entire body. Instead it attaches to the sides in the back, and is tucked up under the foam in the front of the vest.
You have to look closely at the photos or videos to see the change. This also changed it from having 7 adjustment points to 6. Also, the old version is rated for “Paddling and Sailing”, the new one is rated for “Paddling, Boating and Fishing”.
We use our PFDs largely for whitewater, and consequently, I do not feel that it would be as safe and secure for my skinny kids, which is why I am returning it. They did use softer foam on the new one, and it seems like it might be a little more comfortable.
I also like the zippered pocket better too. It is still NRS, and well built and a quality vest. This is why I gave it 2 stars. For me though, the lack of the of the strap below the rib cage was a fatal flaw.
I think for lake/pond paddling where the added security was not as necessary, it would probably work fine, and be more comfortable.
My wife and I have NRS Ion and Siren PFDs that we use for Hobie Cat Sailing. We wanted to get a spare PFD for when we have a guest. The Vapor has the same cut as the Ion and Siren (incidentally the Ion and Siren are the same jacket with the Siren just branded to be a women’s model) with a few less features.
The main difference is that the outer shell is a different material (I think the Ion/Siren are a rip-stop material while the Vapor is not), the I/S have a pocket on the front and a partial mesh lining.
The one feature that we do miss on the Vapor is that the I/S have a pocket to tuck the excess shoulder straps in.
I have only used it one trip on my drift boat. Fortunately didn’t have to test it out to see if I floated or not. I had good range of motion to row and cast. Only problem I noticed was my hand would rub on the nylon buckle strap while rowing.
Which was a little uncomfortable. I put on sun protection gloves and it didn’t bother me after that.
The Stohlquist Edge Recreational PFD is an innovative, high mobility, low profile boating vest for whitewater, SUP, and wetsailing. The WRAPTURE shaped torso combined with an ultra small “footprint” ensure a great fit.
It also features adjustable shoulders, 4 side pulls, mesh sides for maximum ventilation, and a front waist buckle closure. A top loading front pocket allows you to carry all the needed essentials. Each size features ultra soft buoyancy foam and Graded Sizing to create an even better fit for a wider range of paddlers.
Really like the Stohlquist Edge PFD. I’ve used it on a week long canoe trip, several kayak day trips, and evening SUP outings. It is comfortable & does not interfere with paddle strokes or other tasks.
The high back fits nicely above the kayak seat. Even on hot afternoons I did not find myself overheating while paddling with the vest on.
Made well. Padded well. Fits well. Easy enough to don and doff once you adjust it to yourself. Only one fairly large pocket, at the chest – I think it’s a good balance. Lots of flotation. Would have preferred a bright yellow color – Oh, Well.
I purchased this for dragon boating and will certainly recommend this to anybody who’s gathering their own gear this summer. Pros: Great Value. The PFD isn’t bulky and has just about about everything you need for weekly practices.
The mesh sides really help minimize bulk and doesn’t get in the way of your stroke. I really like the chest pocket as it’s large enough to fit my phone and wallet inside! Cons: I do find it a bit troublesome to put on or take off especially if you wear glasses.
The side straps are fine, but the right shoulder strap could use more slack or perhaps a buckle.
Features. Our best paddle vest loaded with features. Four D-rings on back for attaching hydration. Large expandable front pocket with over-pocket and lashing tab. Segmented hinged body for ventilation and ease of movement.
Radical EZ pull side zipper entry fully adjustable straps on shoulders and sides. Solas grade reflective strips front and back for visibility. Lightweight sculpted PVC-free HydroZote foam. High-tenacity 4-denier Ripstop Nylon shellSpecifications.
I am 61 and weigh 270 lbs. I dont drink but I have a fat belly following several back surgeries. Lifelong surfer, diver & swimmer. Wanted extra protection for times I may find myself in trouble. They say that a 50 year old man will only survive for 5 minutes in 50 degree water.
Straps on the sides make it super easy to adjust up to a 6XL. Very comfortable and gives me peace of mind so that I can stand up paddle. Built very well!.
The very best life jackets I have ever owned and in pieces and was in my fire proof water poof safe. I would like to get my life jacket back thru replacement. I’m between the 55inch mark if not bigger.
Along with our Graded Sizing, the Coaster features a Thin Back Design offering more coverage and ensuring compatibility with any seat back style. The Coaster is perfect for use with boats that feature a higher seat back, but are right at home in a touring boat with sprayskirt.
The Coaster is designed to have a slightly larger footprint, which helps to distribute flotation over a wider area. The result is a thinner profile that provides more mobility and comfort, while reducing interference with today’s taller seat backs.
For sit-on-tops, the vest can be worn lower on the torso for maximum back coverage against tall seats. For touring boats, simply adjust the shoulder straps so that the vest rides higher on your torso, and eliminates interference with your sprayskirt.
Along with providing a great fit, the Coaster also features multiple pockets that will hold a beverage, your sunglasses, and other small items.
I’ve used my new PDF (aka life vest) for both paddle boating and kayaking. Very comfortable. I chose because of the shorter length as I am 5’1” and other PDFs are long and bulky causing them to ride up.
I’m on the smaller end of the size Large chest measurement and am happy I chose that size. There are several ways to tighten the vest, so very adjustable. The pockets are definitely a bonus. I’ve used to stash glasses and I’m sure I’ll use for other things.
I bought the bright yellow color as I am always going for visibility on the water. I would recommend this PDF for women looking for a vest that is a more friendly fit for women’s bodies. My only complaint, albeit a small one, is the zipper takes a bit of practice to use.
There is a tab to hold when engaging the zipper and if you learn to use that it works better.
I read a million reviews and different comparisons between all different types of PFDs and finally found the perfect one. This has limited storage which is what I was looking for, mesh back and comfortable in the summer heat so far.
I do and was hoping this model had the strap retention pockets but it does not, was not a deal breaker for me. I think most all of this companies models have the pockets but maybe for the price is why it was not installed.
I did read a few websites that had size charts and did read that if you get the EBB model you should get a smaller size, That is not true. I am 6 ft. and 180 lbs and got the lg / xl and a small medium just in case, the small medium was not even close to fitting so I returned it.
Stick with the size chart on Stohlquist. Very happy with this purchase!!.
I’m glad Chuck at the Roseville store spent some time with me picking out an appropriate PFD. I am mainly on lakes and flat water for SUP. I’ve fallen off a few times as I practice turns and such—and now that I know how to kick behind me to get back on my board, this thicker vest doesn’t bother me at all.
It’s armholes are lower and it has straps instead of more “vest” which helps me be free with arm strokes—no chafing! I’d rather be safe than sorry, especially in colder waters.
501 dnier cordura shell & 200 denier oxford liner High-back flotation rides above back rest Neoprene padded shoulders and lower back waistband and open sides for ventilation Hand wash soap and water Made in China Comfort and water safety with all the necessities, close at hand.
Put to work, while you play, the FISHERMAN provides excellent cockpit management with places for the little things that could end up in your seat, or overboard. Ready to load. new features include an array of pockets with anchor-points, front zip entry closure, padded neoprene shoulders, plus new ultra-soft and Gaia flotation foam.
The Drawbridge. dual front-mounted tool pouch pockets have protective EVA stiffened outer shells to protect pocket contents when re-boarding the kayak from “over the rim”. EVA inner platform – is a fold-down work surface.
Velour (hook & loop style) -inner lining attachment surface. Sized to fit small plastic lure boxes. Inside accessory pockets and stowage for tools. Outer Platform. like an angling vest, the FISHERMAN vest has mounting locations for tippets, retractor(s), nippers, leader-line, hemastats, and pliers.
A simple, high mobility vest for kayak fishing, paddling, general boating and personal watercraft use. The scuplted front and back foam panels create more mobility for angling and paddlesports. Multiple mounting points for nippers, retractors, hemostats, and more.
Large Velcro Front Pockets – Easy to access quickly and sized to hold fly or tackle boxes. Sculpted foam paneling designed with a non-restrictive cut for maximum mobility. Thinner back panel helps eliminate interference with high seat backs.
A simple three-buckle front entry design makes the Fit easy to get on quickly. Type III PFD – With sea level buoyancy of 16-18 lbs.
I wear this jacket when I am out on the boat fishing. Jacket is comfortable, adjusts for a perfect fit and because it is a fishing life jacket I have plenty of pockets. A nice looking jacket, not bulky, very pleased with my purchase.
Pair safety with comfort with the O鈥橞rien Men鈥檚 Flex V-Back Neoprene Life Vest! It features a split v-back neoprene design for maximum maneuverability and comfort. Stay safely and securely fastened in this life vest with a zip closure and snap belts.
You won鈥檛 want to miss out on this USCG Approved vest by O鈥橞rien this upcoming boating or swimming season! FEATURES: Neoprene life vest Perfect for boating, recreational use, water and paddle sports, swimming and other on-water use Specifically designed for men Split V-back design for maximum maneuverability Part of the BioLite Series for lightweight breathability Zip closure for a snug and secure fit Zip closure allows for easy on and off Two (2) snap belts for added security Multiple front and side hinges for optimal comfort and fit U.
Runs way too small. I bought a small, which says it fits chests up to 36 inches For reference, I’m usually a 34B and a small in tops/pants. Fit snug around the chest, but can’t imagine it would fit anyone with a bigger bust.
The waist is beyond tight on this life jacket. I’d be able to tolerate the snug chest if it wasn’t for the waist squeezing so hard that stomach would start to hurt. Save yourself the trouble and size up for this product.
It’s also bulkier than most jackets I’ve worn but it does do the job of floating.
I bought 7 different life jackets from Evo to use for wing foiling. They were all CGA certified. This one was the most comfortable and the cheapest, so it was the one I kept. I’ve used it often enough now to say that I’m satisfied.
The material is comfortable next to bare skin, construction quality seems decent. I’d recommend it.
Super comfortable. Had to +1 my normal size. Glad I was able to try them on first. Price is what it is. Doesn’t look like it will fall apart like some name brands do. There’s no pocket. There’s no D ring.
The Onyx Kayak Fishing vest is feature-rich but yet a great value! Designed with four different pocket designs and functions to hold your essential gear and keep you fishing longer. In addition to the zippered fleece-lined pockets and the zippered chest pocket, radios or pliers can slip down and clamp to the pocket/vest through the opening at the top of the pocket, to keep them easily accessible.
The one-button push drop down tray pocket holds a small tackle box. The six adjustment straps can be adjusted up or down depending on your activity or the heights of the boat seat or kayak. The high back of the vest does not get in the way of the seats and has mesh for breathability.
Universal size fits 30″-52″ chest. Oversize fits 45″-65″ chest. U. S. Coast Guard Approved.
I bought this for a 60ish mile canoe trip some 20 or so of my friends and I do every year. I’ve never taken a PFD on this trip in previous years because it’s typically low water. But we had gotten a boatload (see what I did there) of rain and the water was raging so I thought I should pick one up in a hurry.
This was a rush buy, but it turned out to be far more comfortable than I had imagined. I hardly noticed I was wearing it even after having it on for 10+ hours a day. The pockets make it very convenient to have smaller items readily accessible on my chest.
Unfortunately, on day 3 during a moderate rescue, I left the jacket on the river bank and finished the trip without it. And although this wouldn’t be my first choice for white water, I will still buy another one because I liked it so much.
Seems like good quality; good zipper, etc. As others have pointed out though, would be nice to also have have three plastic strap closures in addition to the zipper, as a back up and also to make it fit even tighter if you should actually end up in the water.
I bought this a few weeks ago but haven’t used it yet but it feels good on and seems to have nice mobility. Disappointed in the cost being it was the only one and it was with others of the same brand that were on sale but the associate told me no it’s not only the others of the same brand are and when I told him it’s the only one he didn’t seem to care so that was a bit disappointing.
You’ve gained some paddling confidence but your decades-old PFD makes moving painful. Ditch the ancient, army-green vest in favor of the Astral Buoyancy Linda Personal Flotation Device. Large arm holes leave ample room to brandish your paddle from any angle, and the back rises high enough to save your scapulae from high-backed kayak seats.
This buoyant baby is specifically engineered to keep your XX silhouette comfortable whether you’re SUP-ing ’round the pond or taking your recreational ‘yak out for an all-day paddle n’ picnic. This fun-loving USCG-certified PFD provides 16 pounds of float and prefers touring lake caves in a canoe or a leisurely afternoon paddle in a ‘yak (look elsewhere for a PFD for whitewater).
Rugged 200D nylon won’t shirk from wayward paddles or touchy-feely tree limbs. The inner mesh lining isn’t meek when it comes to keeping you cool. A skinny strip of mesh runs midway down the center of your back to give paddle-produced perspiration an obvious escape route while letting fresh air swirl around your shoulder blades.
The women-specific design takes articulated foam panels and carefully contours them around your torso for maximum comfort without sacrificing safety. Polypro webbing at the shoulders and sides lets you customize the fit with a few simple tugs.
Shaped for a lady but buoyant enough for a man, the adjustable straps let the Linda fit a wide range of body types easily, safely, and comfortably. Two large pleated pockets easily hold your camera, lip balm, and a baggie of snacks (which you don’t have to share).
I’ve used this PFD for two seasons now. It’s super comfortable! The material they use in the front is almost like memory foam, it’s soft and squishy. Recently I’ve stopped using a camp pillow when I’m in the backcountry and I’ve actually been using this PFD wrapped in a shirt as my pillow.
The pockets are lined with fleece so it’s nice to stick your hands in the pockets when it’s chilly, and the clip point on the front is solid clipping point for a knife or radio or something. Tons of adjustability, it will fit most any body size.
I got size L/XL and I’m a 6’3” male, 225lbs, 42” chest. I have loaned this out to my brother who’s 5’8” and a 38” chest or my dad who has a very large chest and they both loved the fit. The only things I don’t love are the chest does stick out a little bit more than I’d like, and it takes a long time to dry if it gets wet.
But those are small concessions to make for the comfort, and even if it’s a little puffy up front it still doesn’t impede paddling at all. I’ve used it on river trips and in the BWCA, used 1-2 times a month, (May through early October,) and it still looks brand new.
Bought this to match my red day touring kayak, and to wear my “serious” pfd with all the bells and whistles when I paddle a sea kayak. HOWEVER< this is a great pfd and gets worn most often. For BIG OCEAN I wear the one with marine radio pockets and other accommodations, but the LINDA is the lightest, most comfortable pfd I have ever worn both in the boat and in the water.
Have rolled in it and flipped in it and it is great. I rig my whistle to it, and the pockets hold gloves and my waterproof camera which is tethered to the inside ring in the other pocket. Great choice for any weather but comfortable on hottest days.
My tween daughter and I both have this PFD and love it. Love the fit, the thinner shoulder straps, and the ability to make a more snug or loose fit in the shoulders or sides. I’m large chested and this vest is still comfortable to wear not making me feel squished.
The orange and the blue are both vibrant and we feel like we can be seen when kayaking on the lake. Worth the price.
Mesh in lower back fits high back seats;. Shoulder adjustments with neoprene comfort pads. Solas grade reflective material for visibility. Expandable zippered pockets with mesh drainage. Heavy duty nylon fabric; soft, lightweight flotation foam.
I bought this vest early this summer for kayaking and jet skiing. PROS: It’s reasonably priced and delivery was fast. It’s also well-vented and not as bulky as traditional vests that buckle across the chest.
The foam placement is also good for high-backed kayak seats. CONS: Not for the girls with big girls. No matter how much I tighten it, if I paddle at a pace any faster than lackadaisical, it rides up on me and the zipper winds up right under my chin.
I’ll keep the MoveVent for jet skiing and maybe paddling on really hot days but I upgraded to an Astral Layla, which has room for the girls and is built more like a kevlar vest that a life vest. Sucker does not move.
It’s extremely comfortable. I recently had a pacemaker placed in my upper chest. My old lifejacket rubbed against the pacemaker making it uncomfortable to wear. This one doesn’t rub. I swim like a rock so a lifejacket is a necessity.
I believe you get what you pay for and this is worth the extra cost. Also received extremely good reviews.
I use this vest kayaking on lakes and rivers It is well designed for all paddling action and does not creep up my neck. I am a 5ft7in slim person the xs/s fits me perfectly > easy to adjust to light or heavy clothes layers.
It is quite puffy in the front which I thought might bug me but it is a non-issue. It looks and feels well made but I’ve only used it 10 times so don’t know how durable it will be. Happy with the purchase.
Carry your tackle boat keys or other gear with you in a Stearns Comfort Series Life Vest. A front pocket allows anglers and hunters quick access to their gear. The US Coast Guard approved life vest is designed to help cool you on a hot day with mesh on the back and shoulders fo radded ventilation.
The large arm holes also add comfort to a day on the water giving you more room to paddle cast or aim. A zippered front and webbed adjustable buckle strap offers a custom fit. With a durable 200D nylon shell and tough Crosstech Flotation Foam inside you’re sure to be wearing it when you catch your limit more times than you can count.
Love this fishing vest/life jacket. Looked all over town and this was the only one I found, and a very affordable option compared to some other online options stores were pointing me towards. Really wanted something that I could tuck tackle into and have at my fingertips while out fishing from my paddle-board and this fit the bill perfectly.
Very comfortable when wearing a T-shirt of long sleeve shirt. You dont even know youre wearing it. Very roomy in the arm/shoulders. The life jacket material might be a little uncomfortable if wearing no shirt, but it doesnt bother me because I always fish and canoe with a shirt on.
I love the pockets. I use the left pocket for used fishing line/trash. The right pocket is used for my phone. Easy access to each pocket. Its a good product for the price.
Perfect for my kayak. Only negative is I would have preferred a bottom crotch strap to prevent the device from moving up. Although it is minimal movement, I do have to adjust it down periodically during my outings.
Hobie Fish ThinBack Lifejacket (Pfd) – The Hobie Fish ThinBack Lifejacket (Pfd) is perfect for use with Hobie Vantage seats. This thinner back profile provides more mobility and comfort, while reducing interference with taller seat backs.
It is designed with open sides, mesh shoulders and internal panels for maximum ventilation.
Too small, or I am too large. Certainly didn’t come close to fitting as the size measurements indicated. I planned to return it but the shipping was $74+ so I guess it will just hang in the closet. Was hoping to have a beautiful vest that matches the new kyack I am purchasing.
As a professional mariner of more than 28 years I have certainly seen my share of lifejackets designed with only one purpose in mind and convienence and comfort were not in any way a consideration. Hobie has taken function and form into more than a passing concern and delivered it at reasonable cost.
Designed with your comfort in mind, West Marines Universal Paddle life jacket is an economical choice for your paddling adventures. With a high-cut back to clear a kayaks back support and large armholes that allow arms to rotate freely while paddling, the Universal paddle life jacket does not inhibit your movement.
The V-neck design wont crowd up against your chin while seated and the compact, low-profile design is light enough for all day wear. You will be securely fit in your life jacket with the 6 adjustable straps and heavy-duty zipper.
A mesh lower back design keeps you cool on hot days by allowing heat and perspiration to escape. Features such as neoprene padded shoulders for added comfort and an oversized front pocket for conveniently storing gear, help make this life jacket functional for your paddling adventures.
When in need of an economical life jacket, let West Marines Universal Paddle life jacket keep you safe and comfortable on the water. Key Features High back design fits comfortably above kayak seat backs Mesh lower back for ventilation 6 adjustable straps for a custom-like fit Neoprene padded shoulders for added comfort Oversized, zippered front pocket for storing gear Specifications USCG Approval Type:Type III Intended Use: Paddlesports Buoyancy: 16lb.
This is not at all what I expected from the description & sales pictures (which only show it from the front). The good: this jacket is USCG approved, and will float you fine should you need it. The bad: this item more closely resembles the unconstructed and bulky Type II PFDs in my extra PFD 6-pack than a jacket/vest suitable for paddling or other practical use.
Also, there is no zipper panel or even any extra ribbon stitched to the zipper; instead the zipper tracks are stitched tightly to the front of the stiff & unyielding chest pads, making it very difficult to bring them together to get the zipper started.
What ever happened to West Marine’s comfortable old red “dinghy vests”?.
It was my first time shopping here as I recently bought a kayak. I needed life jackets and I wasn’t pleased with what other “popular” stores had around and so I finally found West Marine and their brand of jackets were exactly what o was looking for.
I especially liked the zipper in the front and their service was very helpful and pleasant. I signed up for their newsletter and hope to be back again when I need other water recreation gear or supplies.
Limited edition stealth black colour. The super popular VXP Race vest is now available in Stealth Black colour way for a limited time. There is only limited stock of this PFD, so get in quick before they are gone!.
I have for the last 4 years used the Vaikobi vests with the zip in front and 2 pockets on each side which worked pretty well but did not have enough storage in the side pockets. So I decided to try the VXP instead which has no front zipper and a larger storage pocket on the front.
From a comfort perspective, both jackets are really comfortable and dont rub. The storage space on the VXP is superior and easily fits a large phone, a gopro camera and or a small personal rescue beacon.
The pocket is also easier to access on the water. This is probably what I prefer about this vest. The front zipper vests are slightly easier to pull on and off so people who are not that worried about storage may prefer that.
The high back kayak seat is a great choice for those who want extra back support while paddling. It is also a good choice for those who have back pain or injuries. The seat is comfortable and easy to adjust.
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