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

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ONYX MoveVent Torsion Vest Life Jacket/PFD
$70 MSRP
Aire Bowline Bag Throw Bag/Rope
Aire Flip Lines Throw Bag/Rope
Astral Abba Life Jacket/PFD
$105 - $139
Astral Airbelt PFD Life Jacket/PFD
Astral Camino 200 Life Jacket/PFD
$104 - $129
Astral Green Life Jacket/PFD
$240 - $249
Astral GreenJacket Life Jacket/PFD
Astral Layla Life Jacket/PFD
$105 - $139
Astral Linda Life Jacket/PFD
$70 - $94
Astral Norge Life Jacket/PFD
$105 - $139
Astral Otter Life Jacket/PFD
$84 - $104
Astral Poly Throw Throw Bag/Rope
Astral Quick Release Belt
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Astral Ronny Life Jacket/PFD
$75 - $99
Astral Ronny Fisher Life Jacket/PFD
$120 - $159
Astral Sea Wolf Life Jacket/PFD
$139 - $185
Astral Seawolf PFD Life Jacket/PFD
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Astral V-Eight Life Jacket/PFD
$90 - $119
Astral Web Tow Tow Line
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Astral Wondervest Life Jacket/PFD
Astral YTV Life Jacket/PFD
$96 - $119
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Carlisle Foam Float Paddle Float
Extrasport Baja Life Jacket/PFD
$150 MSRP
Extrasport Chica Life Jacket/PFD
$115 MSRP
Extrasport Children's Type II Life Jacket/PFD
Extrasport Eddy Life Jacket/PFD
$110 MSRP
Extrasport Eon PFD Life Jacket/PFD
Extrasport Equinox Life Jacket/PFD
Extrasport Equinox DLX Life Jacket/PFD
Extrasport Evolve Life Jacket/PFD
Extrasport Fleet Universal Life Jacket/PFD
Extrasport Fury Life Jacket/PFD
$120 - $174
Extrasport Inlet Jr. Life Jacket/PFD
$80 MSRP
Extrasport Osprey Life Jacket/PFD
Extrasport Pro Creeker Life Jacket/PFD
$235 MSRP
Extrasport Riverine Life Jacket/PFD
$90 MSRP
Extrasport Sturgeon Life Jacket/PFD
$130 MSRP
Extrasport Swiftwater Ranger Life Jacket/PFD
Extrasport Tactical PFD Life Jacket/PFD
Extrasport Universal HiFloat Life Jacket/PFD
$180 MSRP
Extrasport Universal Rescuer Life Jacket/PFD
Extrasport Volks Child Life Jacket/PFD
$60 MSRP
Extrasport Volks Junior Life Jacket/PFD
$65 MSRP
Extrasport Volksvest Life Jacket/PFD
Extrasport Vortex Life Jacket/PFD
$90 MSRP
Extrasport Yucatan Life Jacket/PFD
$100 MSRP
Harmony AF 6.5 PFD Life Jacket/PFD
Harmony Blade Aid Paddle Float Paddle Float
Harmony Genesis PFD Life Jacket/PFD
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