Paddling Safety Gear

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Life Jackets/PFDs
Flares
Paddle Floats
Throw Bags and Ropes
Tow Lines
Z-Drag Kits
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$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 and above

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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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
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
$77 - $139
Astral Bella Life Jacket/PFD
Astral Camino 200 Life Jacket/PFD
$130
Astral Green Life Jacket/PFD
$240 - $249
Astral Greenjacket Limited Edition Life Jacket/PFD
Astral Linda Life Jacket/PFD
$90 - $94
Astral Norge Life Jacket/PFD
$78 - $139
Astral Nova Life Jacket/PFD
Astral Otter Life Jacket/PFD
$105
Astral Poly Throw Throw Bag/Rope
$60
Astral Quick Release Belt
$24
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Astral Ronny Life Jacket/PFD
$100
Astral Ronny Fisher Life Jacket/PFD
$160
Astral Sea Wolf Life Jacket/PFD
$186
Astral Seawolf PFD Life Jacket/PFD
$186
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Astral V-Eight Life Jacket/PFD
$120
Astral Web Tow Tow Line
$53
Astral Wonderjacket Life Jacket/PFD
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Astral Wondervest Life Jacket/PFD
Astral YTV Life Jacket/PFD
$120
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
$40 - $49
Extrasport Eagle Life Jacket/PFD
$90
Extrasport Eddy Life Jacket/PFD
$70
Extrasport Eon PFD Life Jacket/PFD
$130
Extrasport Equinox Life Jacket/PFD
$36
Extrasport Equinox DLX Life Jacket/PFD
$72
Extrasport Evolve Life Jacket/PFD
$100
Extrasport Fleet Universal Life Jacket/PFD
$34
Extrasport Fury Life Jacket/PFD
$175
Extrasport Inlet Jr. Life Jacket/PFD
$80 MSRP
Extrasport Pro Creeker Life Jacket/PFD
$235
Extrasport Riptide Life Jacket/PFD
$144 MSRP
Extrasport Riverine Life Jacket/PFD
$90 MSRP
Extrasport Sturgeon Life Jacket/PFD
$130 MSRP
Extrasport Swiftwater Ranger Life Jacket/PFD
$235
Extrasport Tactical PFD Life Jacket/PFD
Extrasport Universal HiFloat Life Jacket/PFD
$180
Extrasport Universal Rescuer Life Jacket/PFD
$234
Extrasport UT5 Life Jacket/PFD
$130 MSRP
Extrasport Volks Child Life Jacket/PFD
$40
Extrasport Volks Junior Life Jacket/PFD
$60 - $64
Extrasport Volksvest Life Jacket/PFD
$10 - $55
Extrasport Vortex Life Jacket/PFD
$56
Extrasport Yucatan Life Jacket/PFD
$60
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