The NRS Ninja was a huge hit when it was released with top level performance and fit. For 2024 NRS are introducing the new Ninja Pro PFD.
As a class V whitewater PFD the Ninja Pro gets all of the features that you need and would expect to see.
Orbit Fit System enhances overall comfort, increases range of motion and eliminates the desire to over-tighten.
Fully-featured rescue vest includes a strategically placed 1.5” quick-release rescue belt with an aluminum attachment ring.
Continuous, interconnected webbing creates an internal harness for maximum security in live bait scenarios and when grabbing users by shoulder straps.
Compartmentalized, zippered, drop-down, clamshell pocket stows and organizes essential on-person gear.
Features five attachment points for knife, lights, or strobe and extensive 3M® reflective accents to increase visibility in low-light conditions.
Hand warmer pocket features 4-way stretch double knit polyester lining that’s soft against the skin; pocket doubles as quick storage for webbing or gloves.
Strap garages and a deliberately placed lash tab reduces snag points.
The Orbit Fit System layers multiple pieces of lightweight closed-cell foam cut to precise specifications to create a unique, flexible, pre-curved shape that effortlessly conforms to your body.
Graded Sizing takes into account the appropriate amount of flotation needed for individual body types resulting in a better-fitting, more comfortable life jacket for all.
Sustainable construction combines a recycled ripstop nylon shell with a recycled nylon inner that protects the fully recycled Ethafoam shims.
AirMesh lining on the lower back adds ventilation and helps manage moisture.
Side entry, with adjustments on shoulders, side and waist to secure the life jacket and customize fit.
Silicone-coated inner waistband helps hold the PFD in place when swimming.
Sizing Chest User Weight XS/M 30″ – 38″ 90 – 150lbs M/L 36″ – 46″ 90+lbs XL/XXL 44″ – 56″ 90+lbs
This PFD will be available in early 2024 and is expected to retail at around $229.95.
NRS Vector PFD
The new NRS Vector PFD picks up from where the Zen and Ninja PFDs left off. Both PFDs had a superb fit and if the Vector fits at least as well it will sure to be a winner.
The Vector uses the Orbit Fit System designed for overall comfort, allows for full range of motion, and eliminates the need for excessive tightening.
The NRS Vector PFD will be available in three sizes and three colours. Colours include black, red and the citrus yellow/green shown above. The Vector comes in three sizes as detailed below.
Sizing Chest User Weight XS/M 30″ – 38″ 90 – 154lbs M/L 36″ – 46″ 90+lbs XL/XXL 44″ – 56″ 90+lbs Continue reading
Astral have partnered up with Nouria Newman and artist Bret Brown to create a new limited edition Greenjacket PFD for 2023.
We were lucky enough to get hold of a
Palm Equipment Riff PFD for review at Unsponsored. The one we have here is in Palm’s signature Jet Grey colour way.
The Riff is of a slab design with a side entry system. The buckle side entry is a convenient feature that allows the user to easily put on and take off the Riff. It is designed to be simple and easy to use, ensuring that the user can quickly get in and out of the product as needed. This feature is particularly useful when you are trying to negotiate a drysuit zip when putting a PFD on.
New for 2023 is the
Palm Equipment Riff PFD.
Palm Equipment Riff PFD
This low profile PFD is constructed with a nylon 420D ripstop fabric filled with Gaia and EPE PVC free buoyancy foam.
Astral have released a new limited edition Blue Jacket PFD. This one is the Flow State.
I reckon this artwork may well be the best yet.
Astral Layla LE PFD
The Layla PFD has been in the line up for a number of years. In fact some 20 years.
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Astral have a new limited edition Green Jacket for 2021 – 2022. In honour of the Green River this new LE PFD is called The Heron.
Astral Green Jacket LE – Heron
As a critical part of your safety gear it is important to make sure that your PFD is up to the job. This starts from the moment you go to buy one.
Is My PFD Safe? Continue reading
As part of
Kokatat’s 50th year in the business they have releasing a number of special editions and new products.
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From L to R: Astral Green Jacket, Palm Nevis, Kokatat Hustle R, and Yak Taurus PFD
When I’m at paddling events or on a river when I meet other paddlers it is pretty much guaranteed that someone will be wearing an
Astral Green Jacket. After all it is a stand out design that works really well. However I have recently picked up a Kokatat Hustle R and wanted to take the opportunity of comparing the two in a little more detail.
Astral Green Jacket and Kokatat Hustle R I have here are EU versions. For the European market the Green Jacket has a side entry feature where as the US version does not. The Kokatat Hustle R has some additional reflective SOLAS tape on the shoulder straps to meet newer ISO requirements in the EU. Continue reading
The Hiko Guardian 3.D PFD is the latest fully featured PFD from Hiko. It is an anatomically shaped rescue PFD with a tonne of features. This one was supplied by the guys at
Good 2 Go Paddlesport.
Hiko Guardian 3.D PFD – First Look
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