Paddling Safety Gear

Categories

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

Brands

NRS
Princeton Tec
MTI
Stearns
Stohlquist
North Water
Seattle Sports
Extrasport
Aire
Astral

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 Z-Drag Rescue Crib Sheet
NRS
Z-Drag Rescue Crib Sheet
$7
Princeton Tec Eco Flare
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Princeton Tec
Eco Flare
Flare
$13
NRS Kayak Helmet Visor
NRS
Kayak Helmet Visor
Paddling Helmet
$13
MTI RK5 Rearm Kit
MTI
RK5 Rearm Kit
$20 - $21
MTI Livery Sport
MTI
Livery Sport
Life Jacket/PFD
$24 - $35
Stearns Watersport Classic Life Vest
Stearns
Watersport Classic Life Vest
Life Jacket/PFD
$25
Stohlquist Add-A-Buoy Descent Lifejacket Bladder
Stohlquist
Add-A-Buoy Descent Lifejacket Bladder
Life Jacket/PFD
$25
 
North Water
Micro Throw Line
Throw Bag/Rope
$25
NRS CO2 Re-Arming Kit
NRS
CO2 Re-Arming Kit
Life Jacket/PFD
$25 - $29
Seattle Sports Splitshot Throw Bag
Seattle Sports
Splitshot Throw Bag
Throw Bag/Rope
$25 - $34
NRS Tow Tether
NRS
Tow Tether
Tow Line
$25 - $34
NRS Rope Bag
NRS
Rope Bag
Tow Line
$25
Stohlquist Quick-Release Belt
Stohlquist
Quick-Release Belt
Tow Line
$26 MSRP
NRS Foam Paddle Float
NRS
Foam Paddle Float
Paddle Float
$30
Extrasport Volksvest
Extrasport
Volksvest
Life Jacket/PFD
$28 - $64
Seattle Sports Dual Chamber Paddle Float
Seattle Sports
Dual Chamber Paddle Float
Paddle Float
$29 - $39
North Water The 4-Bailer
North Water
The 4-Bailer
Throw Bag/Rope
$30
 
Stohlquist
Kayaker's Life Line
Throw Bag/Rope
$30 MSRP
Stohlquist Nemo Child
Stohlquist
Nemo Child
Life Jacket/PFD
$30 - $54
Stearns Infinity Series Antimicrobial Life Jacket
Stearns
Infinity Series Antimicrobial Life Jacket
Life Jacket/PFD
$30
Stohlquist eSCAPE
Stohlquist
eSCAPE
Life Jacket/PFD
$30 - $54
Aire Flip Lines
Aire
Flip Lines
Throw Bag/Rope
$31
Astral Quick Release Belt
Astral
Quick Release Belt
$32
Stearns Avant 200 Paddlesports Life Vest
Stearns
Avant 200 Paddlesports Life Vest
Life Jacket/PFD
$32
Sea to Summit Solution Foam Paddle Float
Sea to Summit
Solution Foam Paddle Float
Paddle Float
$32
Extrasport Volks Child
Extrasport
Volks Child
Life Jacket/PFD
$32 - $49
Salamander Pop-Top Small Kayak Rescue Throw Rope Bag
Salamander
Pop-Top Small Kayak Rescue Throw Rope Bag
Throw Bag/Rope
$35
NRS Flip Lines
NRS
Flip Lines
$40
NRS Havoc Livery Helmet
NRS
Havoc Livery Helmet
Paddling Helmet
$40
MTI Livery
MTI
Livery
Life Jacket/PFD
$35 - $39
Stearns Illusion Series V-Flex Life Jacket
Stearns
Illusion Series V-Flex Life Jacket
Life Jacket/PFD
$37
MTI Journey
MTI
Journey
Life Jacket/PFD
$38 - $39
Shred Ready Sesh Helmet
Shred Ready
Sesh Helmet
Paddling Helmet
$38 - $47
Stohlquist Whitewater Bullet Belt Throw Bag
Stohlquist
Whitewater Bullet Belt Throw Bag
Throw Bag/Rope
$39
Extrasport Volks Junior
Extrasport
Volks Junior
Life Jacket/PFD
$39 - $64
Salamander Bowman Rescue Tow
Salamander
Bowman Rescue Tow
Tow Line
$40
SealLine Paddle Float
SealLine
Paddle Float
Paddle Float
$40
Seattle Sports Paddle Float
Seattle Sports
Paddle Float
Life Jacket/PFD
$40
NRS SUP Leash w/ Quick Release Belt
NRS
SUP Leash w/ Quick Release Belt
Throw Bag/Rope
$40
Seattle Sports BoosterBlox Paddle Float
Seattle Sports
BoosterBlox Paddle Float
Paddle Float
$40 MSRP
NRS Crew Youth & Child PFDs
NRS
Crew Youth & Child PFDs
Life Jacket/PFD
$40 - $44
NRS Wedge Rescue Throw Bag
NRS
Wedge Rescue Throw Bag
Throw Bag/Rope
$50
MTI Infant
MTI
Infant
Life Jacket/PFD
$40 - $45
Extrasport Children's Type II
Extrasport
Children's Type II
Life Jacket/PFD
$40 - $53
SMC Swiftwater Pulley
SMC
Swiftwater Pulley
$41
NRS Pro Compact Rescue Throw Bag
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
NRS
Pro Compact Rescue Throw Bag
Throw Bag/Rope
$41 - $89
Extrasport Equinox
Extrasport
Equinox
Life Jacket/PFD
$42
Stohlquist Nemo Frog
Stohlquist
Nemo Frog
Life Jacket/PFD
$44
 
Salamander
Kayak Rescue Tail Tow Tether
Throw Bag/Rope
$44
Seattle Sports 99 Percent PVC Free Paddle Float
Seattle Sports
99 Percent PVC Free Paddle Float
Paddle Float
$45
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