NRS Odyssey is a fully decked out sea kayaking PFD. If you’re heading out for a day of sea kayaking or touring in a more technical kayak with lower profile outfitting, a full back PFD with less bulk on the front is what you need.
NRS Matik PFD resembles the more traditional life jacket. This inflatable PFD is sometimes preferred by those who want pure freedom when they’re kayaking, but require immediate floatation if they fall overboard. Offshore kayak anglers sometimes benefit from the enormous amounts of flotation these PFDs offer, too.
Stohlquist Keeper PFD utilizes the same high quality construction and comfort as Stohlquist’s recreational and touring PFDs, but with the additions of fishing specific features. This is an excellent, year round fishing vest.
The front of this PFD might look remarkably like NRS Chinook, but the Raku is the only NRS fishing PFD which has a full back. This allows the entire PFD to be made from slimmer foam, making it less bulky, more close fitting and figure hugging.
Otto Matik. Get it? The Otto Matik, like the infamous Otto Pilot from cult favourite Airplane!, is a self-inflating automatic alternative to human operation. In simpler terms, when you hit the water, your PFD inflates and floats you back to the surface.
The NRS Zen is a low profile rescue jacket for high end whitewater situations. It has all the necessary features for guides and experienced paddlers in swiftwater rescue situations. This PFD is jam-packed with features which make it not just a rescue capable vest, but also a really comfortable PFD to paddle steep creeks and make high pressure moves.
The Blue Jacket is inspired by sea kayaking but is equally at home on any type of water. Any PFD which started life in sea kayaking is going to prioritise paddling form and comfort, and the Blue Jacket is no exception.
NRS Rapid Rescuer PFD is hardy enough to be used by swiftwater rescue crews, but comfortable enough to be worn all day long. The eight adjustment points and universal sizing alone make this a really easy PFD to fit.
The Descent is Stohlquist’s ultimate rescue vest, designed for the steepest creeks and tightest situations. Most of the buoyancy, and bulk, are centred around your midriff, keeping you well protected and giving you loads of floatation, while also keeping your arms free to paddle.
Is the Green Jacket the best whitewater kayaking PFD on the market? There are whole rivers of paddlers who would agree that it is. With how secure, comfortable and bombproof it feels, it’s hard to argue with them.
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