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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NRS Z-Drag Rescue Crib Sheet
NRS CO2 Re-Arming Kit Life Jacket/PFD
$10 - $29
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Princeton Tec Eco Flare Flare
NRS Kayak Helmet Visor Paddling Helmet
Seattle Sports Splitshot Throw Bag Throw Bag/Rope
$20 - $34
MTI RK5 Rearm Kit
Stohlquist Add-A-Buoy Descent Lifejacket Bladder Life Jacket/PFD
$22 - $24
Kokatat Maximus Prime Electronic Sling
NRS Foam Paddle Float Paddle Float
NRS Tow Tether Tow Line
Astral Quick Release Belt
$24 - $31
North Water Micro Throw Line Throw Bag/Rope
Stearns Watersport Classic Life Vest Life Jacket/PFD
$25 - $26
MTI Fisher Life Jacket/PFD
$25 - $53
Stohlquist Quick-Release Belt Tow Line
$26 MSRP
Harmony Genesis PFD Life Jacket/PFD
Harmony Kickback PFD Life Jacket/PFD
Stohlquist eSCAPE Life Jacket/PFD
$29 - $62
North Water The 4-Bailer Throw Bag/Rope
NRS Crew Youth & Child PFDs Life Jacket/PFD
$30 - $39
Shred Ready Sesh Helmet Paddling Helmet
$30 - $47
Stearns Avant 200 Paddlesports Life Vest Life Jacket/PFD
NRS Flip Lines
NRS Havoc Livery Helmet Paddling Helmet
$32 - $39
Harmony AF 6.5 PFD Life Jacket/PFD
MTI Livery Sport Life Jacket/PFD
$33 - $41
Extrasport Fleet Universal Life Jacket/PFD
SMC Swiftwater Pulley
NRS Rope Bag Tow Line
$35 MSRP
Seattle Sports Dual Chamber Paddle Float Paddle Float
Extrasport Equinox Life Jacket/PFD
Extrasport Volksvest Life Jacket/PFD
$36 - $55
Seattle Sports 99 Percent PVC Free Paddle Float Paddle Float
Stearns Illusion Series V-Flex Life Jacket Life Jacket/PFD
Sterling Rope WaterLine 3/8 Throw Bag/Rope
Stohlquist Whitewater Bullet Belt Throw Bag Throw Bag/Rope
Salamander Bowman Rescue Tow Tow Line
SealLine Paddle Float Paddle Float
NRS SUP Leash w/ Quick Release Belt Throw Bag/Rope
Sea to Summit Solution Foam Paddle Float Paddle Float
NRS Wedge Rescue Throw Bag Throw Bag/Rope
$40 - $49
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
NRS Sea Kayak Paddle Float Paddle Float
NRS Chaos Kayak Helmet Paddling Helmet
$40 - $59
Extrasport Children's Type II Life Jacket/PFD
Extrasport Volks Child Life Jacket/PFD
MTI Infant Life Jacket/PFD
$41 - $47
NRS Crew Universal PFD Life Jacket/PFD
$43 - $44
Harmony Blade Aid Paddle Float Paddle Float
$43 - $46
Salamander Kayak Rescue Tail Tow Tether Throw Bag/Rope
NRS Compact Rescue Throw Bag Throw Bag/Rope
$44 - $54
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