NRS Big Kahuna Inflatable PFD

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Protect yourself while stand up paddling or surfing with the NRS Big Kahuna Inflatable PFD. Stores around the waist and out of the way until you need it.
  • This PFD is certified by the U.S. Coast Guard as a Type V PFD. However, it meets Coast Guard requirements for Type III PFDs when it is worn. In other words, you have to have the pouch secured around your waist for it to qualify as a required flotation device. It is only approved for use by persons 16 years of age or older.
  • Provides 29 lbs. of flotation in the event of an emergency.
  • Inflates instantly with the simple pull of a cord.
  • Adjustable ripstop nylon waist pack stays out of your way for SUP or surfing.
  • Two adjustable webbing tethers keep the inflated PFD from floating away.
  • A manual mouth valve backs up the CO2-powered inflator.
  • A zippered pocket on the waist bag holds sunscreen, snacks and other small essentials.
  • The bag's clear window lets you check the inflator mechanism for readiness.
  • We've even attached a Nexus nautical safety whistle to help you signal for help.
  • Includes CO2 cartridge. NRS CO2 Re-Arming Kit sold separately, item #40031.01.

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    NRS Self-Inflating PFD
    Length:1:43
Size: Adult Universal, for persons weighing more than 80 lbs (36kg)
Chest Size: 30"-52" (76-132 cm)
US Coast Guard Type: Type V, meets Coast Guard requirement for a Type III PFD when it is worn.
Design Flotation: 29 lbs.
Outer Fabric: Polyester
Entry System: Pullover
Includes:
  • CO2 cartridge
  • Nexus whistle

video: NRS Self-Inflating PFD

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Protect yourself while stand up paddling or surfing with the NRS Self-Inflating PFD. Stores around the waist and out of the way until you need it.

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  • NRS Big Kahuna Inflatable PFD

    Q:

    To operate the manual inflatable PFD, does one (1) pull the inflation cord first allowing the inflation to open the Velcro top of the pouch or (2) open the Velcro pouch top FIRST and then pull the inflation cord? (Sorry to ask, but nowhere in the voluminous instructions does it address this critical question.) Thanks.
    Asked on 11/30/2013 by Dave from Lake Jackson, TX

    3 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Dave, the force of the expanding CO2 will push the flap open and deploy the inflation chamber.

      Answered on 11/30/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Dave, The CO2 will blow open the pouch. Why add another step when you are
      in obvious need to get some buoyancy PRONTO!
      You could open the pouch if you had the time and the focus to do it.

      Answered on 11/30/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi,
      Never had to operate a PFD like this one, I would open the velcro pouch
      first, if one as time...I guess a trial is in order to be sure.
      Hope the above is helpful.

      Answered on 11/30/2013 by Anonymous
  • NRS Big Kahuna Inflatable PFD

    Q:

    Is there any reason not to use this in an open cockpit kayak or other small paddle or sail craft without spray skirt?
    Asked on 11/8/2013 by Scot from Twisp, WA

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Scot, it certainly can be used for a variety of water sports. One thing to take into consideration is that once inflated you need to replace the CO2 cartridge. A conventional life jacket is more practical for repeated immersions.

      Answered on 11/11/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Big Kahuna Inflatable PFD

    Q:

    Size packed?
    Asked on 11/8/2013 by Scot from Twisp, WA

    1 answer

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I use the NRS Big Kahuna Inflatable PFD main on my Sup, which tells you it's small and easy to wear.  I'm sure it would be no problem in a kayak, sailboard, or anything you would want to use on the water.

      Answered on 11/8/2013 by Anonymous
  • NRS Big Kahuna Inflatable PFD

    Q:

    The tag on the inside of the PDF states to have it inspected at the start of each season. Is there a list of faculties to get it inspected by?
    Asked on 7/28/2013 by David from Merritt Island Florida

    2 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Take it to a Coast Guard office. Look for one in your area.

      Answered on 7/29/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Dear paddler, Your Personal Floatation Device (PFD) could be inspected by
      your retailer if you bought it at a paddle shop "brick and morter" or by the
      U.S. Coast Auxiliary. The tag also has a phone number for the
      Halkey-Roberts Corp***.****; where you may or may not get information
      on a facility that will do "Authorized Service" on your PFD. All I do is a
      manual inflation to check for leaks, unscrew the CO2 cylinder and make sure
      the end hasn't been punctured and still weighs the same; 33 grams is the
      fill weight of CO2 , not the gross weight of the cylinder. Before
      reinstalling the cylinder I activate the firing arm a few times to make
      certain it is not "frozen" and then reassemble and repack. Do remember they
      come NOT armed from the supplier when you buy it. Make certain the cylinder
      is installed and seated before you go paddling, every time (folks have found
      their cylinder mysteriously missing at the worst time) and anytime you are
      separated from it for any length of time.
      A Seakayaker

      Answered on 7/28/2013 by Anonymous
  • NRS Big Kahuna Inflatable PFD

    Q:

    What waist sizes does the belt adjust to?
    Asked on 6/27/2013 by CuriousSUP

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The belt will accommodate a 50" waist.

      Answered on 6/27/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Big Kahuna Inflatable PFD

    Q:

    How do you deflate this product?
    Asked on 6/13/2013 by Amy from Menlo Park, CA

    2 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The answer to Amy's question is fairly simple on most inflatable's: Hold
      open (or screw open) the oral inflation valve and gently squeeze the
      bladder(s) until empty. If it was inflated by the CO2 cartridge then you
      will need to replace the CO2 system parts with the proper kit and/or
      cylinder.
      Kayaker Kurt

      Answered on 6/18/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Press on valve stem tip and squeeze out air as you roll it up, works
      quickly.

      Answered on 6/14/2013 by Anonymous
  • NRS Big Kahuna Inflatable PFD

    Q:

    Is this confortable and durable enough to use repeatedly for packraft trips. That means wearing while paddling all day? Will it withstand many uses? If in no hurry, can you inflate it sufficiently without the CO2 on a regular basis? If planning on inflation only by breath, and leaving home all parts related to inflating with CO2, what does it weigh? Thanks!
    Asked on 5/10/2013 by Brad from United States

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Brad, a self inflating PFD is designed to be inflated and donned just when needed in a swim; I would not recommend it for all-day wear. It's plenty durable for multiple inflation cycles and you can readily inflate it by mouth. With the CO2 cylinder the PFD weighs 1.7 pounds. Without the cylinder it weighs 1.35 pounds.

      Answered on 5/13/2013 by Anonymous
  • NRS Big Kahuna Inflatable PFD

    Q:

    Your specs say that this is a type III but the image of the inflated jacket on the webpage says type V (must be worn).
    Is this a type III or a type V?
    Asked on 11/14/2012 by Greg

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      It is certified by the US Coast Guard as a Type V PFD; a category they use for "special purpose personal flotation devices." However, it meets the Coast Guard requirement for a Type III PFD when it is worn on your person. Thanks for the question; we've clarified that on the product page.

      Answered on 11/15/2012 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Big Kahuna Inflatable PFD

    Q:

    Make one of these for backcountry whitewater Packrafting! Needs to be light and compact enough for multi day trips. Packrafting is getting more and more popular and as of yet nobody makes a good enough pfd to fit the bill!
    Asked on 10/17/2012 by michigan paddler from St Clair Shores Michigan

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      This PFD weighs 1.7 pounds.

      Answered on 10/17/2012 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Big Kahuna Inflatable PFD

    Q:

    It would be nice if the video showed how this was deployed in the water...how you put your head through while immersed, etc.
    Asked on 10/17/2012 by Free Willy from Chicago

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      When you're in the water you just make sure the pouch is in front and pull to inflate. The inflated collar pops up in front of you, then you simply pull it over your head. It fits snugly around the neck. There are tie ribbons there you can also use to secure it.

      Answered on 10/17/2012 by Clyde from NRS
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NRS Big Kahuna Inflatable PFD
 
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Pros

  • Adjustable (3)
  • Comfortable (3)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

        • Chest Size:
        • Feels too small

           

          Feels true to size

           

          100% 

          (3 reviews)

          Feels too big

           

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      4.0

      Fits as advertised

      By Kent

      from Santa Barbara, CA, USA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Comfortable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Not Durable

      Best Uses

      • Paddling

      Comments about NRS Big Kahuna Inflatable PFD:

      I use the inflatable PFD for outrigger paddling. I had a problem with the little green safety pin. It is very delicate. I'm not a dim witted gorilla, but I broke two of them. I broke the first pin when i was removing it from the packaging prior to installation in the vest. I called NRS and they sent me another, and that one broke off when i was inserting in the arming hole. I have not used the vest for an emergency yet. But I like it's fit. Careful of the green pin.

      • Chest Size:
      • Feels true to size
       
      5.0

      Self Inflating pfd

      By Paddler 3497

      from Olympia WA

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Comfortable
      • Lightweight
      • Outrigger Canoe Paddling

      Cons

      • Very Comfortable

      Best Uses

      • Paddling

      Comments about NRS Big Kahuna Inflatable PFD:

      The pfd is very comfortable. I wear it on my one man outrigger canoe.The pfd does not restrict movements and is Coast Guard approved.

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

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent and Practical

      By Alex of TroutLadder

      from New York State

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Waterproof

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Boating
        • Canoeing
        • Fly Fishing

        Comments about NRS Big Kahuna Inflatable PFD:

        I purchased this item for fly fishing float trips as local regulations require life jackets for the fall - spring to be worn. These offer a great alternative to bulkier PFDs and allow me to better control the boat and the sport to fish more freely. I tested in the river and was very impressed with the ease of use and the recharge ease.

        I highly recommend.

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

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