Paddling Safety Gear

Categories

Life Jackets/PFDs
Flares
Paddle Floats
Throw Bags and Ropes
Tow Lines
Z-Drag Kits
Helmets

Brands

NRS
Shred Ready
Kokatat
Stohlquist
MTI
Princeton Tec
Extrasport
Astral
North Water
WRSI

Genders

Unisex
Men's
Women's
Kids'

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 and above

Recent Paddling Safety Device Reviews

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

NRS Ninja PFD

rated 4 of 5 stars The lightest PFD with best best freedom of movement available. I got this life jacket from my employer at Pocono Whitewater, Jim Thorpe, Pa. I previously was guiding with a Stohlquist Wedge-E, which — once broken in — was a fantastic jacket. I have to say though, the NRS Ninja is a prime piece of equipment. The design is simple, buckles and straps keep their position, but are adjusted easily. My favorite part is how light it is. Even when it's wet, you barely realize that you're wearing it. Full review

NRS CVest Type III PFD

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Best PFD on the market for around $100. This is one of the best PFD I've used to date. Granted I'm not a white water nut, but I raft and canoe the swamps and Gulf of Mexico. I've used many PFD's, and never really found one that I thought would be worth buying. Until now. I used this one one a recent trip to Deer Island off the Mississippi Gulf Coast. And found myself awaiting the arrival home so I could purchase it online. The 5 zip pockets came in great for stashing gear. It also has a radio pocket,… Full review

Astral Wondervest

rated 5 of 5 stars A great compact vest for paddlesports. I bought this used on eBay on a hunch that I would like the design...and I really have taken to it. I never liked fiddling with zippers on a PFD and now I much prefer pulling this on over my head. Plus, there is no zipper to break or go bad! The straps loosen and tighten very easily for a secure fit. Also, it is very short in the torso. It's made to fit a woman (who tend to have much shorter torsos, like myself) but anyone who paddles using a skirt will appreciate… Full review

Carlisle Foam Float

rated 4 of 5 stars This paddle float does what it's designed for, but it is a little on the bulky side and not the easiest to put on in a hurry. On the large size so it helps to get you back into your boat with ease. Doubles as an awesome camp seat on multi-day paddles or some extra cushion in your kayak seat. Well made paddle float, lightweight, although a little bulky/large on deck. Works well for self rescue and gets you back in your boat but I would suggest a few practice tries at attaching it to your paddle first… Full review

Top-Rated Paddling Safety Gear

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NRS Pro Compact Rescue Throw Bag
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
NRS
Pro Compact Rescue Throw Bag
Throw Bag/Rope
$41 - $89
NRS CVest Type III PFD
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
NRS
CVest Type III PFD
Life Jacket/PFD
$82 - $114
Shred Ready Shaggy Helmet
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Shred Ready
Shaggy Helmet
Paddling Helmet
$119 - $149
Kokatat MsFit Tour
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Kokatat
MsFit Tour
Life Jacket/PFD
$149
NRS Ninja PFD
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
NRS
Ninja PFD
Life Jacket/PFD
$97 - $129
Stohlquist aSEA
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Stohlquist
aSEA
Life Jacket/PFD
$99
MTI Thunder R Spec
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MTI
Thunder R Spec
Life Jacket/PFD
$185 - $209
NRS Sea Kayak Paddle Float
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
NRS
Sea Kayak Paddle Float
Paddle Float
$37 - $49
Shred Ready Super Scrappy Helmet
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Shred Ready
Super Scrappy Helmet
Paddling Helmet
$60 - $75
Princeton Tec Eco Flare
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Princeton Tec
Eco Flare
Flare
$13
Stohlquist TREKKer
Stohlquist
TREKKer
Life Jacket/PFD
$77 - $109
Extrasport Fury
Extrasport
Fury
Life Jacket/PFD
$199 - $234
NRS Z-Drag Kit
NRS
Z-Drag Kit
Z-Drag Kit
$245 - $299
Extrasport Baja
Extrasport
Baja
Life Jacket/PFD
$75 - $109
Astral Norge
Astral
Norge
Life Jacket/PFD
$91 - $129
NRS Pro Kayak Tow Line
NRS
Pro Kayak Tow Line
Tow Line
$80
Extrasport Universal Rescuer
Extrasport
Universal Rescuer
Life Jacket/PFD
$234
Extrasport Loch
Extrasport
Loch
Life Jacket/PFD
$55
Stohlquist Re-Traxt 12'
Stohlquist
Re-Traxt 12'
Tow Line
$51 - $78
North Water Sea Tec Tow Line
North Water
Sea Tec Tow Line
Tow Line
$124
WRSI Trident Composite
WRSI
Trident Composite
Paddling Helmet
$126 - $167
Seals Tow Rope Belt
Seals
Tow Rope Belt
Tow Line
$65 - $68
Shred Ready Standard – Half Cut Helmet
Shred Ready
Standard – Half Cut Helmet
Paddling Helmet
$60 - $75
Seattle Sports Splitshot Throw Bag
Seattle Sports
Splitshot Throw Bag
Throw Bag/Rope
$25 - $34
Stearns Aqueous Extreme Paddle Vest
Stearns
Aqueous Extreme Paddle Vest
Life Jacket/PFD
$67
Stohlquist eSCAPE
Stohlquist
eSCAPE
Life Jacket/PFD
$30 - $54
NRS Clearwater PFD
NRS
Clearwater PFD
Life Jacket/PFD
$90
Salamander Rapid Fire Poly Kayak Throw Bag
Salamander
Rapid Fire Poly Kayak Throw Bag
Throw Bag/Rope
$73
Stearns V2 Series Neoprene Life Jacket
Stearns
V2 Series Neoprene Life Jacket
Life Jacket/PFD
$60
WRSI Current
WRSI
Current
Paddling Helmet
$60 - $79
Astral Ronny
Astral
Ronny
Life Jacket/PFD
$100
Extrasport Chica
Extrasport
Chica
Life Jacket/PFD
$67 - $69
NRS Guardian Waist Throw Bag
NRS
Guardian Waist Throw Bag
Throw Bag/Rope
$75
MTI Slipstream
MTI
Slipstream
Life Jacket/PFD
$120
Harmony Throw Bag
Harmony
Throw Bag
Throw Bag/Rope
$35 - $44
Sterling Rope 3/8 in Ultraline
Sterling Rope
3/8 in Ultraline
Throw Bag/Rope
$70
NRS Kayak Helmet Visor
NRS
Kayak Helmet Visor
Paddling Helmet
$13
NRS Pro Rescue Throw Bag
NRS
Pro Rescue Throw Bag
Throw Bag/Rope
$90 - $119
Stohlquist Rocker
Stohlquist
Rocker
Life Jacket/PFD
$126 - $149
NRS Tow Tether
NRS
Tow Tether
Tow Line
$25 - $34
Stohlquist PiSeas Lifejacket
Stohlquist
PiSeas Lifejacket
Life Jacket/PFD
$99
Stearns Watersport Classic Life Vest
Stearns
Watersport Classic Life Vest
Life Jacket/PFD
$25
Extrasport Equinox DLX
Extrasport
Equinox DLX
Life Jacket/PFD
$56
Stohlquist Flo
Stohlquist
Flo
Life Jacket/PFD
$63 - $88
Stohlquist Add-A-Buoy Descent Lifejacket Bladder
Stohlquist
Add-A-Buoy Descent Lifejacket Bladder
Life Jacket/PFD
$25
Stearns Illusion Series V-Flex Life Jacket
Stearns
Illusion Series V-Flex Life Jacket
Life Jacket/PFD
$37
NRS Rasta Rescue Throw Bag
NRS
Rasta Rescue Throw Bag
Throw Bag/Rope
$70
L.L.Bean Discovery PFD
L.L.Bean
Discovery PFD
Life Jacket/PFD
$50 - $89
MTI Journey
MTI
Journey
Life Jacket/PFD
$38 - $50
Stohlquist Ebb
Stohlquist
Ebb
Life Jacket/PFD
$63 - $79
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