Life Jackets/PFDs

Brands

Astral
Kokatat
MTI
NRS
Stohlquist
Extrasport
Stearns
L.L.Bean
Seattle Sports

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

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

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

Stohlquist aSEA

rated 4 of 5 stars First of all I must start out by saying I got an incredible deal when I bought the aSEA, so I didn't shop around and try many others. I am very happy with the fit and feel. The high cut back is a must when kayaking, and this life vest works perfectly when paddling in my Rip. At first it seemed a little bulky in the front, but I quickly became used to the feeling of wearing it. Having pockets is a plus as well since I am often fly fishing from my kayak. I know others that have purchased the aSEA… Full review

Top-Rated Life Jackets/PFDs

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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Astral V-Eight reviewed Nov 11, 2014
$63 - $104
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Kokatat MsFit Tour reviewed Jan 20, 2014
$119 - $150
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MTI Thunder R Spec reviewed Dec 5, 2013
$175 - $194
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
NRS Ninja PFD reviewed Feb 20, 2013
$117 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
NRS CVest Type III PFD reviewed Feb 16, 2013
$99 - $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
$78
Stohlquist TREKKer
$90 - $113
Extrasport Fury
$235
Extrasport Baja
$99
Astral Norge
$84 - $129
Extrasport Universal Rescuer
$234
Extrasport Loch
$52
 
MTI Fluid 2.0 Belt Pack
$130
Stohlquist eSCAPE
$38 - $62
NRS Clearwater PFD
$90
Stearns V2 Series Neoprene Life Jacket
$60
Astral Ronny
$100
Extrasport Chica
$67
MTI Slipstream
$94 - $109
MTI Cascade
$90
Stohlquist Rocker
$126 - $149
Stohlquist PiSeas Lifejacket
$90 - $98
Stearns Watersport Classic Life Vest
$25
Extrasport Equinox DLX
$72
Stohlquist Flo
$81 - $93
Stohlquist Add-A-Buoy Descent Lifejacket Bladder
$25
Stearns Illusion Series V-Flex Life Jacket
$37
L.L.Bean Discovery PFD
$50 - $89
MTI Journey
$36 - $39
Stohlquist Ebb
$72 - $93
Kokatat Maximus PFD
$111 - $165
MTI Dio
$95
NRS Big Water V
$110 - $129
Kokatat Bahia Tour
$100 - $130
Kokatat Bahia
$100
L.L.Bean Universal Fit Mesh Back PFD
$80
Kokatat Guide PFD
$229
Astral Sea Wolf
$186
Kokatat Ronin
$125
Astral Abba
$91 - $124
Kokatat Orbit Tour
$104 - $149
Stearns Work Master Life Vest
$57
MTI Livery Sport
$33 - $41
NRS Big Water Guide PFD
$125
MTI Voyager PFD
$125
Extrasport Yucatan
$80
MTI Race 1 Belt Pack
$135
Extrasport Pro Creeker
$176 - $234
Extrasport Eagle
$90
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