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NRS Vista PFD

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$79.95

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Type III: As the name implies, your options are wide open with the NRS Vista PFD. On a wild river or floating your favorite lake, it gives you everything you need.
  • 7 adjustment points tighten the Vista to fit your body securely.
  • 420-denier nylon outer shell resists snags and tears for many seasons of dedicated use.
  • PVC-free foam provides 16.5 pounds of flotation,in a medium profile PFD that provides all around flotation.
  • Two pockets with hook-and-loop closures easily hold your important accessories.
  • Lash tab provides secure location for attaching a rescue knife.
Also Available in Youth Sizes!

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US Coast Guard Type: III
Profile: Medium
Design Flotation: 16.5 lbs.
Outer Fabric: 420-denier nylon
Lining: 210-denier nylon
Entry System: Front zip
Pockets:
  • 2 - Front
Lash Tabs:
  • 1 - Front
Adjustment System:
  • 1 - Front
  • 4 - Side
  • 2 - Shoulder
Size Chest
XS 28"-32"
XS/M 30"-42"
S/M 33"-40"
L/XL 38"-46"
L/XXL 40"-58"
XXL 42"-50"
Universal 30"-58"

video: NRS Vista PFD

NRS Vista PFD (0:47)

As the name implies, your options are wide open with the NRS Vista PFD. On a wild river or floating your favorite lake, it gives you everything you need.

video: How To: Choose the Right Life Jacket

How To: Choose the Right Life Jacket (4:31)

Choosing a good-fitting life jacket that's designed for the type of boating you do is important for your safety. Whether you are kayaking, rafting, canoeing, fishing or stand up paddling, there's a US Coast Guard-approved PFD that's just right for you. In this video, we go over the types of life jackets most commonly worn by boaters and offer tips for choosing one you'll be comfortable wearing all the time you're on the water.

video: How To: Fit a Life Jacket

How To: Fit a Life Jacket (2:21)

Choosing a life jacket, or personal flotation device (PFD), that fits well for all-day wearing comfort is one of the most important water safety decisions you make. In this video we show you how to tighten the straps to ensure the jacket won't ride up when you're in the water. When deciding on a life jacket, wear it around the shop for a while to be sure it's all-day comfortable. Then, be sure to always wear it when you're on the water!

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  • NRS Vista PFD

    Q:

    My child is 9 1/2.. about 85 lbs, I want a vest he can keep for a while. I feel like he would be on the verge of outgrowing the youth sizes if I bought one. would this pfd in xs be appropriate?
    Asked on 4/20/2014 by John H. from Chicago, IL

    4 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi there,
      Each life jacket should have weight categories on it. As a guide, I have put youth in adult xs life jackets and petite adults in youth jackets. It just depends on the weight the life jacket can carry and the fit/size of the life jacket. Before buying, I would recommend going somewhere where he could try on the life jacket before purchasing. You want to make sure that even if he fits the weight requirements, the jacket is still adjustable enough to fit his frame. Tighten the jacket to fit him and then lift him by the shoulders of the jacket. If you can pick him up with the jacket, it will work. If the jacket slides over his head or his arms and heads just get wedged into the jacket instead of his feet coming off the floor, it is too big and will be unsafe.
      Hope this helps.

      Answered on 4/21/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      John, the only way to tell if a life jacket fits appropriately is to try it on. Watch this video for fitting tips - http://www.nrs.com/learn/how-to-fit-a-life-jacket.asp - Please check our Dealer Locator - http://www.nrs.com/services/dealerlocator.asp - to see if there's a store near you where your son can try them on. If you have to buy directly from us, exchanges are free and easy. John, I urge you to not overly focus on a jacket he will keep for a while. It's very important that it fit properly from the get go. Otherwise it's a dangerously false sense of safety.

      Answered on 4/20/2014 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi, John,
      Hoo, boy, I don't know. Are you taking him in whitewater? The thing is, especially in whitewater, you have to be able to make it very tight. One thing you could do is order it, try it on, then send it back if it is too loose. I am pretty sure NRS has a good return policy.
      It's a really good vest, though. Mine gets a lot of use and still looks and seems new.
      Good luck!
      Elizabeth

      Answered on 4/20/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      These have a lot of adjustment range but I would think an XS would be too big for a 9 1/2 year old. The sizing says it fits chest sizes from 28" to 32". It would be hard to say without actually trying it on.

      Answered on 4/20/2014 by Anonymous
  • NRS Vista PFD

    Q:

    I want to order this PFD at 59.95. Why is it coming up at 79.95? It is on sale.
    Asked on 1/12/2014 by steve from florida

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Steve, only one color, the light green is on sale and all four sizes are available. If you are seeing the $79.95 price for that color please give us a call, 800.635.5202, to get some help.

      Answered on 1/12/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Vista PFD

    Q:

    I'm interested in the blue vest . Is the green one the only one on sale for 59.95 ?
    Asked on 9/4/2013 by David from United States

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Yes, David, the light green is a discontinued color; it's the only one on sale.

      Answered on 9/4/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Vista PFD

    Q:

    I have a pretty large waist size. Either 48" or 50". Is the XXL going to fit me? Will the strap around the waist allow enough room?
    Asked on 3/11/2013 by Long-Time Solo OC-1 Paddler from Vienna, Va.

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The XXL size should accommodate a 50" waist just fine.

      Answered on 3/12/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Vista PFD

    Q:

    Are the NRS life jackets Canadian Coast Guard approved?
    Asked on 1/20/2013 by Allie223 from Barrie, ON

    3 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Canadian jackets need UL-Canada approval. Right now our jackets are UL-USA approved. A process is underway to combine the Canadian and US approval process. Hopefully that will be finished by this fall. But right now none of our jackets are Canadian Coast Guard approved.

      Answered on 1/21/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The Vista PFD is US Coast Guard approved but there is no Canadian
      approval printed on it. I bought the PFD in the US, maybe they have a
      Canadian approval for the PFDs they sell in Canada.

      Answered on 1/22/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have no knowledge of Canadian Coast Guard regulations. I bought this form my granddaughter and would trust it in class II rapids, low class III. I like the buckle / strap that keeps it fro riding up Kathy

      Answered on 1/22/2013 by Kathy from Fenton Mo
  • NRS Vista PFD

    Q:

    I have a aire ducky and when i sit in it my high profile jacket rides up i am looking for a jacket that is cut off below the waist but still has a good amount of flotation will this work? or could someone suggest a vest that will
    Asked on 10/27/2012 by henry

    2 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      There is approx. 14.5" from bottom of waist belt to top of jacket foam panels. If the seat on the IK is causing the ride up, check out the NRS Clearwater and cVest jackets; they have a mesh lower back.

      Answered on 10/29/2012 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

       6 foot 3 inches at 205 pounds. I often kayak in the Chesapeake bay and Pamlico sound with my Easky 17 kayak. This vest fits good. I have been using it for two years and it seems to be holding up just fine. I have tested the flotation in pools, lakes and the Chesapeake bay. I never have any ride up from this vest when sitting in the kayak or sitting down at all for that matter. But I will say I can not directly speak to experience using this vest with a aire ducky. But this vest is great bang for the buck.

      Answered on 10/27/2012 by Paddler from VA
  • NRS Vista PFD

    Q:

    Can you please tell me where the NRS Vista PFD is made?
    Thank you,
    Marti
    Asked on 8/23/2012 by Marti from Canton, NY

    5 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi,
      The NRS Vista PFD we have shows 'Made in China'.

      Answered on 8/23/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi Marti !
      I bought a Vista PFD two months ago and this one is made in China ...
      Annegret

      Answered on 8/23/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      On the PDF it says it is made in China.

      Answered on 8/23/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi Marti,
      Like everything else this is made in China. It is very functional in that the shoulders and arms have more freedom of movement. I personally use the guide model as it has 22 lbs. of flotation compared to 17 lbs. for this model.
      Jim

      Answered on 8/23/2012 by Jim from Portland,OR
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Mine was made in China.

      Answered on 8/25/2012 by Bill from Escalante, UT
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NRS Vista PFD
 
4.1

(based on 36 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (31)
  • Adjustable (21)
  • Lightweight (21)
  • Durable (17)
  • Good ventilation (13)

Cons

  • Rides up in water (3)

Best Uses

  • Paddling (26)
  • Boating / sailing (14)
  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (12)
  • Personal watercraft (5)
  • Wakeboarding (3)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      97% 

      (33 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (29), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

NRS Vista PFD

i have great range of motion while wearing this life jacket as well as i'm very comfortable in it defiantly one of the best life jackets that i have owned

i have great range of motion while wearing this life jacket as well as i'm very comfortable in it defiantly one of the best life jackets that i have owned

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not Rock Solid

I owned two of these PFD's. The first on the Velcro on the pocket ripped out after about 10 uses from carrying my camera in it. It was replaced by the NRS Rock Solid...Read complete review

I owned two of these PFD's. The first on the Velcro on the pocket ripped out after about 10 uses from carrying my camera in it. It was replaced by the NRS Rock Solid Guarantee. The second one that I owned the same thing happened after a shorter time period and NRS refunded my money. I bought an Astral Tempo 200 which is much more durable but not as comfortable to wear.

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4.0

Good BAsic Vest, Excellent Value

By Fporch

from Western Slope, Co

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Comfortable
  • Good Ventilation
  • Lightweight
  • Waterproof

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Rafting
    • Rafting Swimming

    Comments about NRS Vista PFD:

    Comfortable, good value

    • Chest Size:
    • Feels true to size
     
    4.0

    Good value

    By John

    from Boston,Ma

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Good Ventilation
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Boating
      • Personal Watercraft

      Comments about NRS Vista PFD:

      We need the adjustability to fit the variety of users in our program.

      • Chest Size:
      • Feels true to size
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Great PFD

      By Charlie of First Pres...

      from Coeur d'Alene, ID

      About Me Beginner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Waterproof

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Boating
        • Canoeing

        Comments about NRS Vista PFD:

        This fits well over my Thinsulate jacket for paddling a canoe while fishing lakes in the fall. The adjustments over the shoulder and along the circumference of the torso allow for a comfortable yet snug fit that never feels like it will "ride up". I considered the Chinook, but fewer pockets serve well with the tackle box near my feet.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Shipping was fast!

        • Chest Size:
        • Feels true to size
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        All around solid choice

        By Cyrus the river guide

        from Washington

        About Me Intermediate

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Good Ventilation
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Boating
          • Canoeing
          • Paddling
          • Personal Watercraft
          • Wakeboarding
          • Waterskiing

          Comments about NRS Vista PFD:

          I bought this pfd as a starter for my job as a raft guide. It has all the features I need for that role: knife tab and pockets, but none of the higher end features like a quick detatch tow system that I don't need yet. After I take a white water rescue course I'll upgrade to one of those higher end vests, but the vista works great until then. And it will still have a place as a backup afterwards. It's comfortable while paddling and while swimming. It doesn't ride up at all in the water. For the price, you can't beat it!

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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Good for rec boats, not much else

          By feetwetphotos

          from Chesapeake Bay

          About Me Advanced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Restricts Movement
          • Rides Up in Water

          Best Uses

          • Paddling

          Comments about NRS Vista PFD:

          Good price point for recreational boaters. Good vest for rec boats without spray skirts. Has been durable over several seasons with many days on the water.

          Not so hot for sea kayaks. Back of vest too long - interferes with skirt, especially for those planning to roll and really especially for lay back rolls. Makes engaging spray skirt very difficult when tow bag is deployed.
          Pockets are poorly configured for radios and other essential gear.

          If you re a serious sea kayaker look at another vest, leave this one to the rec boaters.

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

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