Life Jackets/PFDs

Brands

Kokatat
other
Astral
MTI
NRS
Stohlquist
Extrasport
Harmony
Hobie
L.L.Bean

Genders

Unisex
Men's
Women's
Kids'

Price

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

Recent Life Jacket/PFD Reviews

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

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

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

Top-Rated Life Jackets/PFDs

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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Kokatat Orbit Tour reviewed Dec 29, 2015
$119
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ONYX MoveVent Torsion Vest reviewed Jul 16, 2015
$70 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Astral Ronny reviewed Jul 8, 2015
$75 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Astral V-Eight reviewed Nov 11, 2014
$90 - $119
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Kokatat MsFit Tour reviewed Jan 20, 2014
$116 - $155
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MTI Thunder R Spec reviewed Dec 5, 2013
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
NRS Ninja PFD reviewed Feb 20, 2013
$97 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
NRS CVest Type III PFD reviewed Feb 16, 2013
$86 - $114
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Astral Wondervest reviewed Jul 26, 2012
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Stohlquist aSEA reviewed Jan 12, 2011
$90 MSRP
Extrasport Evolve
$100
Stohlquist TREKKer
$90 - $119
Extrasport Fury
$120 - $174
Astral Norge
$105 - $139
Extrasport Universal Rescuer
$234
Harmony AF 6.5 PFD
$32
NRS Zephyr Inflatable PFD
$75 - $99
 
Stohlquist Contour
$75
Extrasport Eon PFD
$130
NRS Siren PFD
$82 - $109
Hobie Inflatable PFD
$124
 
MTI Fluid 2.0 Belt Pack
$101
Stohlquist eSCAPE
$45 - $69
NRS Clearwater PFD
$67
MTI Slipstream
$119
Stohlquist Rocker
$112 - $125
Stohlquist PiSeas Lifejacket
$99
Extrasport Equinox DLX
$72
Stohlquist Flo
$75 - $98
Astral Layla
$105 - $139
Stohlquist Add-A-Buoy Descent Lifejacket Bladder
$25
Stohlquist Fisherman
$108
Kokatat Poseidon PFD
$104 - $127
L.L.Bean Discovery PFD
$50 - $89
Stohlquist Ebb
$75 - $98
MTI Quest PFD
$45
Kokatat Maximus PFD
$132 - $165
NRS Big Water V
$82 - $129
Kokatat Bahia Tour
$74 - $130
Kokatat Bahia
$75
L.L.Bean Universal Fit Mesh Back PFD
$80
MTI Helios 2.0
$105
Kokatat Guide PFD
$188
Astral Sea Wolf
$139 - $185
Astral Camino 200
$104 - $129
Kokatat MsFIT
$111
Astral Abba
$105 - $139
MTI Livery Sport
$34 - $35
NRS Big Water Guide PFD
$94 - $124
MTI Voyager PFD
$90 - $96
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