Paddling Safety Gear


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Recent Paddling Safety Device Reviews

World Famous 50' Throw Rope Bag

rated 4 of 5 stars This throw bag with floating rope is a good, affordable version of an essential piece of paddling safety gear. After seven years of use, the bag is faded from the sun but the rope is still in good shape. Guides will prefer a high-performance brand for hard use, but recreational paddlers will find this model adequate. Every paddler needs a throw bag of floating rope. This throw bag from World Famous is affordable enough to put one in every kayak, or two in every canoe or double kayak. It meets safety… Full review

Kokatat Orbit Tour

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This PFD is excellent for freedom of arm movement. It fits well over a paddle jacket. The straps can be adjusted to fit tighter when a paddler is wearing only a bathing suit. The Orbit is a very well-constructed PFD. I have used mine for seven years but all the straps and seams are still strong. The bright orange fabric has faded a little in sunshine and shows a few grubby marks. It looks like what it is: a tough PFD that has been worn hundreds of times on bright sunny days, in salt water and fresh,… Full review

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

Top-Rated Paddling Safety Gear

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NRS Z-Drag Rescue Crib Sheet
NRS Kayak Helmet Visor Paddling Helmet
NRS CO2 Re-Arming Kit Life Jacket/PFD
$12 - $24
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Princeton Tec Eco Flare Flare
MTI RK5 Rearm Kit
$16 - $20
NRS Tow Tether Tow Line
$22 - $29
NRS Foam Paddle Float Paddle Float
$22 - $29
Kokatat Maximus Prime Electronic Sling
Stohlquist Add-A-Buoy Descent Lifejacket Bladder Life Jacket/PFD
Stohlquist Quick-Release Belt Tow Line
$26 MSRP
North Water Micro Throw Line Throw Bag/Rope
Seattle Sports Splitshot Throw Bag Throw Bag/Rope
$28 - $34
MTI Livery Life Jacket/PFD
$28 - $38
Harmony Genesis PFD Life Jacket/PFD
Harmony Kickback PFD Life Jacket/PFD
North Water The 4-Bailer Throw Bag/Rope
$30 - $31
NRS Flip Lines
$30 - $39
NRS Havoc Livery Helmet Paddling Helmet
$32 - $39
North Water Sea Tec Rescue Stirrup
NRS Wedge Rescue Throw Bag Throw Bag/Rope
$32 - $49
Harmony AF 6.5 PFD Life Jacket/PFD
Extrasport Fleet Universal Life Jacket/PFD
MTI Livery Sport Life Jacket/PFD
$34 - $35
Salamander Pop-Top Small Kayak Rescue Throw Rope Bag Throw Bag/Rope
NRS Rope Bag Tow Line
$35 MSRP
Seattle Sports Dual Chamber Paddle Float Paddle Float
MTI Infant Life Jacket/PFD
$36 - $46
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
NRS Sea Kayak Paddle Float Paddle Float
$37 - $49
NRS Chaos Kayak Helmet Paddling Helmet
$37 - $49
Extrasport Volks Child Life Jacket/PFD
Sterling Rope WaterLine 3/8 Throw Bag/Rope
Stohlquist Whitewater Bullet Belt Throw Bag Throw Bag/Rope
MTI Child Life Jacket/PFD
$40 - $51
Salamander Bowman Rescue Tow Tow Line
SealLine Paddle Float Paddle Float
Seattle Sports Paddle Float Life Jacket/PFD
NRS SUP Leash w/ Quick Release Belt Throw Bag/Rope
Sea to Summit Solution Foam Paddle Float Paddle Float
NRS Crew Youth & Child PFDs Life Jacket/PFD
$40 MSRP
SMC Swiftwater Pulley
Salamander Kayak Rescue Tail Tow Tether Throw Bag/Rope
Sterling Rope GrabLine 3/8 Throw Bag/Rope
MTI Quest PFD Life Jacket/PFD
MTI Youth Reflex Life Jacket/PFD
$45 - $49
Stohlquist Nemo Infant Life Jacket/PFD
$45 - $59
Stohlquist Nemo Child Life Jacket/PFD
$45 - $59
Stohlquist eSCAPE Life Jacket/PFD
$45 - $69
NRS Compact Rescue Throw Bag Throw Bag/Rope
$49 - $64
NRS Kayak Tow Line Tow Line
$45 - $59
NRS Vista PFD Life Jacket/PFD
$45 - $79
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