NRS Crew Youth & Child PFDs

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Type III: The NRS Crew PFDs are ideal life jackets for flatwater boating and close-to-shore safety. Available in Youth and Child sizes. Keep your young people protected and safe.
  • These jackets use high-quality PVC-Free foam flotation for high floating safety.
  • Four side adjustments and a waist adjustment make for a comfortable fit. Child model has a leg strap to prevent jacket ride-up.
  • Tough 200-denier nylon shell stands up to years of use.
  • Design flotation: Youth - 12.3 lbs. fits 50 - 90 lbs, Child - 7.3 lbs fits 30 - 50 lbs.
Design Flotation Youth PFD: 12.3 lbs, fits 50 - 90 lbs
Design Flotation Child PFD: 7.3 lbs, fits 30 - 50 lbs
US Coast Guard Type: III
Profile: Medium
Outer Fabric: 200-denier nylon
Entry System: Front zip
Adjustment System:
  • 1 - Front
  • 4 - Side
Includes:
  • Child's size (30-50 lbs.) comes with a leg strap
Size Chest Weight (lbs)
Child 22"-25" 30-50
Youth 24"-29" 50-90

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  • NRS Crew Youth & Child PFDs

    Q:

    Hi!
    My son is 4 years old and 22 kilos / 47 lbs.
    Do I have to buy the "Child" PFD or is it still save to the "Youth" PFD? Or even the "Vista" PFD? (which I would prefer).
    Thanks a lot!
    Asked on 7/22/2013 by Nick from Switzerland

    6 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      buy the child's--youth is for older kids

      Answered on 7/22/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      My son is 52 lbs and the youth is adjusted pretty much as small as it
      will go to fit him correctly. He is 4 feet tall- so not built very
      stocky. I think you might have trouble getting this to fit snugly
      enough in the youth size on your son at 47 lbs unless your son is built
      wider through the chest. My 87 lb son can also wear this vest
      comfortably, adjusted out a ways. Sorry I can't speak to the Vista, we
      don't have that one. I do really like this vest though and both my boys
      say it is comfortable. Good luck making a choice- it is hard when they
      are on the edge of the size range!

      Answered on 7/22/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I think we have the child version- but if the youth version has the
      'crotch' strap, I find that there is a good amount of room for growth with
      the side straps. My son is 7 and has had this same PFD for 3 years.

      Answered on 7/22/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I think you'll be alright going up to the youth or vista. The child Pfd has some very good adjustment but your son is on the verge of stepping it up. I would bet that the vista fully cinched would be good and he'll grow into very quickly. I am going to start buying the vistas to replace the child's Pfds I have now.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 7/22/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The fit of any life vest is important, but even more so for our children.
      The weight ranges are a guide, and some children may benefit from a size
      slightly outside of the range in order to get the proper fit. The things
      you want to consider are:
      1) Chest fit - does the vest fit snugly, yet comfortably? A hard to fit
      chest is the reason for the child strap - to keep the child from slipping
      through the vest. The youth vest does not have the strap.
      2) Your childs height. The larger vest has more floatation. This sounds
      better - but too much floatation will make the child float on their side
      (or face down) instead of upright. This is worse with a shorter child
      than with a taller one.
      If your child is taller than most - then my recommendation for you would
      be to buy the Vista youth and try it out in a pool. Make sure it fits him
      snugly, make sure he easily stays upright. If you aren't confidant that
      he is ready for the youth size - then get the child version and use it
      until he is.

      Answered on 7/22/2013 by JustWantToPaddle from Austin, Texas
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Nick, weight-wise your son is right at the dividing line between the Child and Youth jackets. A lot depends on body shape at that age. Check the sizing tab for chest circumference. You want the jacket to be able to be adjusted snugly to the body to avoid it riding up in the water.

      Answered on 7/22/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Crew Youth & Child PFDs

    Q:

    I am looking for a life vest for my son (50-90 lbs) and need to verify that the NRS Crew Youth & Child PDF by NRS DOES have the leg strap.
    Asked on 3/14/2013 by Kelly from Mahtomedi, MN

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Kelly, only the Crew Child PFD has the leg strap. Our Big Water V Youth jacket, Item # 2152Y, has webbing loops for the NRS Leg Straps, Item # 2163, sold separately. Also, the Extrasport Youth PFD, Item # 2165, also has leg straps.

      Answered on 3/15/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Crew Youth & Child PFDs

    Q:

    Will this vest keep a child's face out of the water if he gets knocked unconscious? I just want to confirm that if they go into the water that this PFD will not flip them face down in the water. My son is 3.5 years old, 37 pounds. thanks
    Asked on 3/11/2013 by Slau14

    4 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      If you are looking for a life jacket to keep their face out of the water if unconscious, you most likely need a PFD with a collar. Both of my boys wear these all summer, but they need to be 'awake' to keep their head afloat. I think you will find that with most life jackets (child or adult).
      They are great 'everyday' PFDs. We take them everywhere.

      Answered on 3/11/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I wouldn't trust it to not put them face down. I was under the impression it needed to be one of the infant kind with the neck flap to do that.
      Christa

      Answered on 3/11/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Type III life jackets aren't designed to float an unconscious person face up. The Type II Extrasport Infant Jacket, Item # 2165, would be a better choice for that. While it won't guarantee face-up floating, the fact that all the foam flotation is in the front and head pillow offers better chance of that in calm water. Unfortunately, no life jacket is a substitute for close adult supervision in and around water.

      Answered on 3/11/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No.  I wouldn't count on it.  We got 2 of these when our kids were 5 and 3.  The 5-year-old's legs were a lot longer and she naturally oriented upright in this vest.  The 3-year-old's legs were shorter so he had to actively orient himself until he was about 5.
       

      Answered on 3/11/2013 by Anonymous
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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (20)
  • Lightweight (16)
  • Adjustable (15)
  • Durable (12)
  • Good ventilation (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Boating / sailing (14)
    • Paddling (11)
    • Kayak / canoe / rafting (10)
      • Chest Size:
      • Feels too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        95% 

        (18 reviews)

        Feels too big

         
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (18), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Paddling is so much better with this PFD

    My 3 year old daughter was using the small boater PFD's that weren't designed for paddling, and even in a power boat she didn't like the lack of movement, the poor fits, and the...Read complete review

    My 3 year old daughter was using the small boater PFD's that weren't designed for paddling, and even in a power boat she didn't like the lack of movement, the poor fits, and the poor ventilation. She was losing her interest in going paddling. I bought her this vest and now when I get up early to go on a paddle - she's downstairs with her life vest on before my coffee is ready. She insists on wearing it during breakfast, and then I make her take it off to change her PJ's for paddling clothes.
    I think the biggest thing to her is that it is a paddling PFD like everone elses. The biggest things to me is it keeps her above water if she falls in, and she likes to wear it.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Didn't love it

    Didn't love it. I wish it was neoprene instead of nylon. We used it for a week long raft trip and it left my daughters face and arms chaffed. But it is slimmer around...Read complete review

    Didn't love it. I wish it was neoprene instead of nylon. We used it for a week long raft trip and it left my daughters face and arms chaffed. But it is slimmer around the neck than a lot of children's PFD -- a good thing.

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    4.0

    Great but not too durable

    By Nickout

    from Zurich, Switzerland

    About Me Beginner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Good Ventilation
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Not Durable

    Best Uses

      Comments about NRS Crew Youth & Child PFDs:

      My son (3.5 yrs, 1 meter, 21 kilos - sorry for the metrics...) was wearing the NRS Crew PFD when kayaking and (mainly) playing on the beach (two weeks). The adjustability is great. The best thing though is that it's not bulky, so it's not restricting the kid's movement at all while still providing sufficient floating power. Unfortunately the seams at the lower front are not durable at all. But it was still a great buy and made my son's vacation more awesome! :-)

      Service and delivery comments:

      Excellent and helpful Service, delivery was right on time. Thanks!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      worked well for my grandson

      By John S

      from Wilmington, NC

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Comfortable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Boating
        • Canoeing

        Comments about NRS Crew Youth & Child PFDs:

        This was a gift for a grandchild. Was comfortable for him and he used it without complaint. It didn't interfer with paddling as some other pfds he has tried.

        • Chest Size:
        • Feels true to size
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
         
        5.0

        I would buy this product again

        By wag 7208

        from Prospect KY

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Comfortable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Boating
          • Canoeing
          • Paddling

          Comments about NRS Crew Youth & Child PFDs:

          safety for grandchildren; peace of mind

          Service and delivery comments:

          Prompt delivery

          • Chest Size:
          • Feels true to size
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
           
          5.0

          We love it and told our friends to buy i

          By Bowen's Mommy

          from Mountain View

          About Me Beginner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Comfortable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Paddling

            Comments about NRS Crew Youth & Child PFDs:

            We bought this for my 3yr old son who has no fear of the water, we are ready to take our son rafting (class I/II) and we wanted more flotation. This fit him great and he has room to grow. He has freedom to move around in the water. When he see's his PFD he gets so excited that he is going boating.

            • Chest Size:
            • Feels true to size
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Pretty comfy for aspiring canoeist

            By Greg

            from Bellingham, Wa

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable
            • Comfortable

            Cons

            • No Pocket

            Best Uses

            • Canoeing

            Comments about NRS Crew Youth & Child PFDs:

            My three year old wears this canoing and swimming in the backcountry. She has more room in this around her throat than others and the construction looks really solid...I don't want to hesitate yarding her out of the water by a shoulder strap like I would on some boating store PFD's. It's well made but basic. I only wish it had a small pocket for her to stow a snack in, but I appreciate NRS trying to keep costs down and quality up. I anticipate it lasting through several hand me downs.

            • Chest Size:
            • Feels true to size
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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