Paddling Safety Gear

Categories

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

Brands

NRS
Princeton Tec
Seattle Sports
Stohlquist
MTI
Stearns
North Water
Extrasport
Sea to Summit
Salamander

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

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

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

Top-Rated Paddling Safety Gear

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NRS Z-Drag Rescue Crib Sheet
$7
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Princeton Tec Eco Flare Flare
$13
NRS Kayak Helmet Visor Paddling Helmet
$13
Seattle Sports Dual Chamber Paddle Float Paddle Float
$16 - $39
Stohlquist Quick-Release Belt Tow Line
$18 - $19
NRS Rope Bag Tow Line
$19
MTI RK5 Rearm Kit
$20 - $21
Stearns Watersport Classic Life Vest Life Jacket/PFD
$25
Stohlquist Add-A-Buoy Descent Lifejacket Bladder Life Jacket/PFD
$25
NRS CO2 Re-Arming Kit Life Jacket/PFD
$25
Stearns Classic Series Life Vest Life Jacket/PFD
$25
 
North Water Micro Throw Line Throw Bag/Rope
$25
Seattle Sports Splitshot Throw Bag Throw Bag/Rope
$25 - $34
Extrasport Volksvest Life Jacket/PFD
$27 - $74
NRS Foam Paddle Float Paddle Float
$30
Extrasport Volks Child Life Jacket/PFD
$28 - $59
North Water The 4-Bailer Throw Bag/Rope
$30
NRS Tow Tether Tow Line
$30 - $34
Stohlquist Nemo Child Life Jacket/PFD
$30 - $58
Stearns Infinity Series Antimicrobial Life Jacket Life Jacket/PFD
$30
Stearns Avant 200 Paddlesports Life Vest Life Jacket/PFD
$32
Sea to Summit Solution Foam Paddle Float Paddle Float
$32
MTI Livery Sport Life Jacket/PFD
$33 - $41
Salamander Pop-Top Small Kayak Rescue Throw Rope Bag Throw Bag/Rope
$35
NRS Flip Lines
$40
MTI Livery Life Jacket/PFD
$35
NRS Havoc Livery Helmet Paddling Helmet
$40
MTI Journey Life Jacket/PFD
$36 - $39
NRS Crew Youth & Child PFDs Life Jacket/PFD
$36 - $44
Stearns Illusion Series V-Flex Life Jacket Life Jacket/PFD
$37
Stohlquist eSCAPE Life Jacket/PFD
$38 - $62
Stohlquist Whitewater Bullet Belt Throw Bag Throw Bag/Rope
$39
Salamander Bowman Rescue Tow Tow Line
$40
SealLine Paddle Float Paddle Float
$40
Seattle Sports Paddle Float Life Jacket/PFD
$40
Seattle Sports BoosterBlox Paddle Float Paddle Float
$40 MSRP
NRS Wedge Rescue Throw Bag Throw Bag/Rope
$50
Extrasport Children's Type II Life Jacket/PFD
$40 - $49
SMC Swiftwater Pulley
$41
Extrasport Equinox Life Jacket/PFD
$42
Shred Ready Sesh Helmet Paddling Helmet
$43 - $47
 
Salamander Kayak Rescue Tail Tow Tether Throw Bag/Rope
$44
Seattle Sports 99 Percent PVC Free Paddle Float Paddle Float
$45
Seals Compact Throw Bag Throw Bag/Rope
$45
NRS Compact Rescue Throw Bag Throw Bag/Rope
$55 - $64
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
NRS Sea Kayak Paddle Float Paddle Float
$45 - $49
MTI Infant Life Jacket/PFD
$45 - $49
MTI Cruiser SE Life Jacket/PFD
$46
Salamander Pop-Top Medium Kayak Rescue Throw Rope Bag Throw Bag/Rope
$47
Harmony Blade Aid Paddle Float Paddle Float
$47
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