Paddling Safety Gear

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

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Genders

Unisex
Men's
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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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Aire Bowline Bag
Aire
Bowline Bag
Throw Bag/Rope
Aire Flip Lines
Aire
Flip Lines
Throw Bag/Rope
Aire Rescue Bag
Aire
Rescue Bag
Throw Bag/Rope
Astral Abba
Astral
Abba
Life Jacket/PFD
$97 - $129
Astral Bella
Astral
Bella
Life Jacket/PFD
Astral Camino
Astral
Camino
Life Jacket/PFD
$104 - $129
 
Astral
Dyneema Throw
Throw Bag/Rope
Astral Green
Astral
Green
Life Jacket/PFD
$240
Astral Greenjacket Limited Edition
Astral
Greenjacket Limited Edition
Life Jacket/PFD
Astral Linda
Astral
Linda
Life Jacket/PFD
$90 - $94
Astral Norge
Astral
Norge
Life Jacket/PFD
$97 - $129
Astral Nova
Astral
Nova
Life Jacket/PFD
Astral Otter
Astral
Otter
Life Jacket/PFD
$105
Astral Poly Throw
Astral
Poly Throw
Throw Bag/Rope
$45 - $59
Astral Quick Release Belt
Astral
Quick Release Belt
Astral Ronny
Astral
Ronny
Life Jacket/PFD
$100
Astral Ronny Fisher
Astral
Ronny Fisher
Life Jacket/PFD
$160
Astral Sea Wolf
Astral
Sea Wolf
Life Jacket/PFD
$186
Astral Seawolf PFD
Astral
Seawolf PFD
Life Jacket/PFD
$186
 
Astral
Spectra Throw
Throw Bag/Rope
Astral V-Eight
Astral
V-Eight
Life Jacket/PFD
$79 - $104
Astral Web Tow
Astral
Web Tow
Tow Line
$40 - $52
Astral Willis
Astral
Willis
Life Jacket/PFD
Astral Wonderjacket
Astral
Wonderjacket
Life Jacket/PFD
Astral Wondervest
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Astral
Wondervest
Life Jacket/PFD
Astral YTV
Astral
YTV
Life Jacket/PFD
$120
Carlisle Foam Float
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Carlisle
Foam Float
Paddle Float
Extrasport Baja
Extrasport
Baja
Life Jacket/PFD
$59 - $109
Extrasport Chica
Extrasport
Chica
Life Jacket/PFD
$67 - $69
Extrasport Children's Type II
Extrasport
Children's Type II
Life Jacket/PFD
$40 - $49
Extrasport Eagle
Extrasport
Eagle
Life Jacket/PFD
$90
Extrasport Eddy
Extrasport
Eddy
Life Jacket/PFD
$75
Extrasport Equinox
Extrasport
Equinox
Life Jacket/PFD
$45
Extrasport Equinox DLX
Extrasport
Equinox DLX
Life Jacket/PFD
$80
Extrasport Fury
Extrasport
Fury
Life Jacket/PFD
$199 - $234
Extrasport Inlet Jr.
Extrasport
Inlet Jr.
Life Jacket/PFD
$56
Extrasport Loch
Extrasport
Loch
Life Jacket/PFD
$55
Extrasport Osprey
Extrasport
Osprey
Life Jacket/PFD
$42 - $64
Extrasport Pro Creeker
Extrasport
Pro Creeker
Life Jacket/PFD
$124 - $234
Extrasport Riptide
Extrasport
Riptide
Life Jacket/PFD
$144 MSRP
Extrasport Riverine
Extrasport
Riverine
Life Jacket/PFD
$63
Extrasport Sturgeon
Extrasport
Sturgeon
Life Jacket/PFD
$66 - $89
Extrasport Swiftwater Ranger
Extrasport
Swiftwater Ranger
Life Jacket/PFD
$235
Extrasport Tactical PFD
Extrasport
Tactical PFD
Life Jacket/PFD
$77
Extrasport Universal HiFloat
Extrasport
Universal HiFloat
Life Jacket/PFD
$180
Extrasport Universal PFD
Extrasport
Universal PFD
Life Jacket/PFD
Extrasport Universal Rescuer
Extrasport
Universal Rescuer
Life Jacket/PFD
$164 - $234
Extrasport UT5
Extrasport
UT5
Life Jacket/PFD
$130 MSRP
Extrasport Volks Child
Extrasport
Volks Child
Life Jacket/PFD
$32 - $59
Extrasport Volks Junior
Extrasport
Volks Junior
Life Jacket/PFD
$60 - $64
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