Life Jackets/PFDs


Seattle Sports




less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 and above

Recent Life Jacket/PFD Reviews

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

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


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


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

Top-Rated Life Jackets/PFDs

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NRS CO2 Re-Arming Kit
$10 - $29
Stohlquist Add-A-Buoy Descent Lifejacket Bladder
$22 - $24
Stearns Watersport Classic Life Vest
$25 - $26
MTI Fisher
$25 - $53
Harmony Genesis PFD
Harmony Kickback PFD
Stohlquist eSCAPE
$29 - $62
NRS Crew Youth & Child PFDs
$30 - $39
Stearns Avant 200 Paddlesports Life Vest
Harmony AF 6.5 PFD
MTI Livery Sport
$33 - $41
Extrasport Fleet Universal
Extrasport Equinox
Extrasport Volksvest
$36 - $55
Stearns Illusion Series V-Flex Life Jacket
Seattle Sports Paddle Float
Extrasport Children's Type II
Extrasport Volks Child
MTI Infant
$41 - $47
NRS Crew Universal PFD
MTI Child
$45 - $52
Stearns V1 Series Hydroprene Life Jacket
$48 - $79
MTI Youth Reflex
Stohlquist Nemo Infant
Stohlquist Nemo Child
$54 - $59
Stohlquist Nemo Frog
Stearns V2 Series Neoprene Life Jacket
L.L.Bean Discovery PFD
$55 - $89
Extrasport Vortex
O'Neill Reactor 3 USCG Vest
$56 - $79
Stearns Work Master Life Vest
$58 - $69
Extrasport Yucatan
Extrasport Volks Junior
$60 - $64
Stohlquist Ebb
$62 - $94
NRS Clearwater Mesh Back PFD
$63 - $89
$64 - $79
Stearns Trophy Series Life Vest
Stohlquist PiSeas Lifejacket
$65 - $89
$67 - $76
MTI Reflex
MTI Solaris
$68 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Astral Ronny
$70 - $99
Stearns I465 Versatile Life Vest
Extrasport Eddy
Stohlquist Brik
$70 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ONYX MoveVent Torsion Vest
$70 MSRP
Extrasport Equinox DLX
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