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Social Media Saturday 25 November 2023

Welcome to Unsponsored and Social Media Saturday 25 November 2023.

Social Media Saturday 25 November 2023

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NRS Ninja Pro PFD 2024

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.

This includes:

  • 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.
SizingChestUser Weight
XS/M30″ – 38″90 – 150lbs
M/L36″ – 46″90+lbs
XL/XXL44″ – 56″90+lbs

This PFD will be available in early 2024 and is expected to retail at around $229.95.

NRS Vector PFD

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.

SizingChestUser Weight
XS/M30″ – 38″90 – 154lbs
M/L36″ – 46″90+lbs
XL/XXL44″ – 56″90+lbs
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Astral Greenjacket LE PFD 2023

Astral have partnered up with Nouria Newman and artist Bret Brown to create a new limited edition Greenjacket PFD for 2023.

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Palm Equipment Riff PFD

New for 2023 is the Palm Equipment Riff PFD.

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.

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Astral PFD Bluejacket LE

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.

PEAKUK River Wrap PFD

The new updated River Wrap PFD from PEAKUK is due spring 2022 and will retail at £185.

PEAKUK River Wrap PFD

The PEAKUK River Wrap PFD won Product of The Year at Paddle Expo in 2021.

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Is My PFD Safe?

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?
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Kokatat Is 50

As part of Kokatat’s 50th year in the business they have releasing a number of special editions and new products.

Kokatat Is 50
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Astral Green Jacket Vs Kokatat Hustle R

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.

The 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.

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Hiko Guardian 3.D PFD – First Look

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
Hiko Guardian 3.D PFD – First Look
Hiko Guardian 3.D PFD - First Look
Hiko Guardian 3.D PFD – First Look
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