Paddling Safety Gear


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Recent Paddling Safety Device Reviews

NRS NFPA Rescue Throw Bag

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Will save a life if USED CORRECTLY. (Practice.) I used this bag in Swift Water Rescue training. Works well and is easy enough to throw. Keep in mind it has plenty of rope and requires a bit of strength to throw the full distance. I only managed to throw it the full 75 feet two or three times in a day practicing with it. It's easy to coil, but it's still 75 feet of rope. Use a partner to help speed things up when coiling the rope. I really liked that the victim's end of the rope has a flotation device… Full review

ONYX MoveVent Torsion Vest

rated 5 of 5 stars Feature-rich, value-priced PFD, perfect for kayaking. I found this brand PFD at a well-known general sports chain store after an exhaustive search for a comfortable life vest for recreational kayaking that fit my restrictive budget and my 50s-plus female torso. I had tried out several other brand vests that I had bought then returned due to deciding I did not like the fit. I tried on the ONYX MoveMent Torsion vest in the local store, really liked the fit and the price, but did not buy it right… Full review

Astral Ronny

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is an extremely light and very comfortable PFD. I wear my PFD at all times, and I have found this to be comfortable in heat, easy to wear over a paddle jacket, nicely adjustable, and so far it seems quite durable. I had wanted to get a new PFD, one that is lightweight, cool in the summer, and which has lots of pockets! I am always carrying "stuff" and find it hard to access pants pockets when seated in a canoe. When I won my choice of Astral PFD, I selected the Ronny (men's), and am very pleased… Full review

Astral V-Eight

rated 5 of 5 stars Very comfortable and does the job... This is just a little info from our experience that you may not see in reviews of places that sell the Astral PFDs. Being new to kayaking and wanting quality PFDs for mostly summer paddling I liked the description and reviews about the Astral V-Eight. My wife and I tried them on at our local EMS store and found them very comfortable and well made. We bought them and like them very much. I'm 5'5" 185 lbs and the V-Eight does a good job of floating me. They… Full review

Shred Ready Super Scrappy Helmet

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Nice helmet, wish it was a bit bigger. Nice helmet for the money. The only reason I gave it less than 5 stars is the fact that this helmet runs small for a one-size-fits-all helmet. I pulled all the extra padding out of it and it is still a tight fit. No way I will get a skull cap under it for cold weather.  Full review

Kokatat MsFit Tour

rated 4 of 5 stars A great all around PFD for keeping you above water! I grew up wearing the typical orange, uncomfortable, and oversized life jacket that everybody pictures in their head when they hear "PFD", but once I first tried this on and tightened it up, It felt like I was wearing a bad ass tactical vest that had the bonus feature of keeping you afloat. This PFD is great for any activity that involves water. It gives you amazing range of motion in the arms and sits higher above your waist line compared to the… Full review

MTI Thunder R Spec

rated 4 of 5 stars Thick, buoyant vest with a lot of great pockets. Can be used for multiple paddling sports. My review of this is somewhat inconclusive as I have yet to be able to paddle in this. I plan on using the vest for whitewater kayaking. From what I can tell so far however is it is not as low profile as I would have liked, as it is super thick to the point of having difficulty zipping it (but this could be fixed by more wear of it and getting it wet). I think it is overall a great vest, and it has some nice… Full review

Kokatat MsFit Tour

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Not as flashy or as low-profile as some of the newer designs, but this one won out because it appears more robust and more up to the job when you really need it. After 15 years, my old Lotus vest popped the zipper. I took offense at this and decided the new one should not depend on a zipper--it needed to have at least a buckle at the waist AND a buckle higher up.  I checked quite a few styles and almost ended up with a tiny, very-light Astral.  The MsFit Tour did not immediately come to mind because… Full review

NRS Sea Kayak Paddle Float

rated 4 of 5 stars As the product name says, best used for sea kayaking. It rolls up into a compact package. It is well made, a good design, and easy to use. This product works. It does what NRS advertises it to do. Easy to use. Easy to store in day hatch on on deck. Fast self-draining mesh. Sturdy construction. Secure attachment to paddle with webbing/buckle and barrel lock draw cord. Full review

Top-Rated Paddling Safety Gear

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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Astral V-Eight Life Jacket/PFD
$96 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
NRS Pro Compact Rescue Throw Bag Throw Bag/Rope
$44 - $80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
NRS CVest Type III PFD Life Jacket/PFD
$92 - $114
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Astral Ronny Life Jacket/PFD
$70 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
NRS NFPA Rescue Throw Bag Throw Bag/Rope
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Shred Ready Shaggy Helmet Paddling Helmet
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Kokatat MsFit Tour Life Jacket/PFD
$104 - $150
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
NRS Ninja PFD Life Jacket/PFD
$104 - $129
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MTI Thunder R Spec Life Jacket/PFD
$175 - $194
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
NRS Sea Kayak Paddle Float Paddle Float
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Shred Ready Super Scrappy Helmet Paddling Helmet
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Princeton Tec Eco Flare Flare
Extrasport Evolve Life Jacket/PFD
Stohlquist TREKKer Life Jacket/PFD
$75 - $114
Extrasport Fury Life Jacket/PFD
NRS Z-Drag Kit Z-Drag Kit
Astral Norge Life Jacket/PFD
$78 - $139
NRS Pro Kayak Tow Line Tow Line
Extrasport Universal Rescuer Life Jacket/PFD
Stohlquist Re-Traxt 12' Tow Line
Harmony AF 6.5 PFD Life Jacket/PFD
NRS Zephyr Inflatable PFD Life Jacket/PFD
$80 - $99
North Water Sea Tec Tow Line Tow Line
$124 - $125
Stohlquist Contour Life Jacket/PFD
WRSI Trident Composite Paddling Helmet
$118 - $134
Seals Tow Rope Belt Tow Line
Extrasport Eon PFD Life Jacket/PFD
NRS Siren PFD Life Jacket/PFD
Hobie Inflatable PFD Life Jacket/PFD
Shred Ready Standard – Half Cut Helmet Paddling Helmet
$75 - $209
Seattle Sports Splitshot Throw Bag Throw Bag/Rope
$20 - $34
MTI Fluid 2.0 Belt Pack Life Jacket/PFD
Stohlquist eSCAPE Life Jacket/PFD
$29 - $62
NRS Clearwater PFD Life Jacket/PFD
Stearns V2 Series Neoprene Life Jacket Life Jacket/PFD
WRSI Current Paddling Helmet
$56 - $67
NRS Guardian Waist Throw Bag Throw Bag/Rope
$60 - $74
MTI Slipstream Life Jacket/PFD
$110 - $118
Harmony Throw Bag Throw Bag/Rope
$50 - $59
Sterling Rope 3/8 in Ultraline Throw Bag/Rope
NRS Kayak Helmet Visor Paddling Helmet
Sterling Rope GrabLine 3/8 Throw Bag/Rope
NRS Pro Rescue Throw Bag Throw Bag/Rope
$72 - $95
Stohlquist Rocker Life Jacket/PFD
$126 - $149
NRS Tow Tether Tow Line
Stohlquist PiSeas Lifejacket Life Jacket/PFD
$65 - $89
Stearns Watersport Classic Life Vest Life Jacket/PFD
$25 - $26
Extrasport Equinox DLX Life Jacket/PFD
Stohlquist Flo Life Jacket/PFD
$85 - $98
Stohlquist Add-A-Buoy Descent Lifejacket Bladder Life Jacket/PFD
$22 - $24
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