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Type III: The low-profile NRS Ninja PFD is so comfortable, you'll forget you have it on. Designed for freestyle kayakers and other active boaters, this compact life jacket gives you total freedom of movement.
  • The Ninja's athletic design won't interfere with paddling, rowing or swimming.
  • Four side adjustments and two shoulder adjustments provide a custom fit.
  • Great for boaters with short torsos, who may have a difficult time wearing more conventional life vests.
  • Soft PVC-Free foam flotation panels are shaped for comfort.
  • A floating front panel adjusts to your body's shape and gives you a warm place to put your hands when it's chilly.
  • The side entry is secured by quick release buckles, making it easy to put on and take off.
  • A front mesh pocket secured with a quick release buckle holds the essentials.
  • The 500-denier Cordura® shell wears like iron.
  • Soft, stretchy fabric on the inside lets the Ninja PFD flex, and enhances breathability.
  • One well placed lash tab holds your rescue knife.
  • Design flotation: 16.5 lbs.

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US Coast Guard Type: III
Profile: Low
Design Flotation: 16.5 lbs.
Outer Fabric: 500-denier Cordura®
Entry System: Side buckle
Pockets:
  • 1 - Front
Lash Tabs:
  • 1 - Front
Adjustment System:
  • 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 Ninja PFD

NRS Ninja PFD (1:02)

The low-profile NRS Ninja PFD is so comfortable, you'll forget you have it on. Designed for freestyle kayakers and other active boaters, this compact life jacket gives you total freedom of movement.

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 Ninja PFD

    Q:

    I am 5'4' and around 210 pounds. My current PFD rides up and sits over my chin regardless of how tight or loose it is. Would the Ninja be a good choice for me? I have a short torso as well. How does this PFD compare to the Vapor in torso length? Thanks for your help.
    Asked on 4/13/2014 by oakwitch from James City County, Virginia

    4 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The lower adjustment strap on a jacket, cinched down below the rib cage, or curve of the belly, is the main adjustment point that prevents ride up. The Ninja is the shorter profile of the two - 11"H front foam panel, 13" back panel, the Vapor 13" and 15". You may find a Leg Strap, Item # 40017.01, to be useful in keeping a jacket down where it needs to be. You can thread it over the lower adjustment strap.

      Answered on 4/14/2014 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      At 5'8" and 170lbs. i get along just fine with my Ninja.
      I am not a 'gear-head' so don't even know what a Vapor is, aside from
      maybe a pulmonary event.
      Good luck!!

      Answered on 4/13/2014 by upolupoint from sebastopol, ca.
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I bought this PFD because I also am short and round and had trouble with them riding up. This one is definitely better than the more traditional design I had. I am not familiar with the Vapor.
      Nancy Daly

      Answered on 4/13/2014 by Nancy the Paddler from Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I am about the same size and have the same issue. I have used three
      different PFD's trying to figure out how to get one to fit properly. I also
      have a short torso. I am not familiar with the Vapor, but of the three
      PFD's that I personally have bought, I am able to get the Ninja to fit the
      best. I love the PFD, it's a body shape issue as far as the fit problem. I
      love that I have lots of room to move my arms around and that it is on the
      smaller side. I have no problem sitting comfortably in my Jackson Rogue to
      paddle with it on. I try to adjust it as much as I can while I am standing
      and after I sit (which is where my stomach gets in the way) I readjust it
      slightly, always trying to pull the shoulder straps tight and my waist
      strap so that it won't ride up. If you find one that fits better than the
      Ninja let me know, but so far, this is the one for me until I get more in
      shape. :)

      Answered on 4/13/2014 by Anonymous
  • NRS Ninja PFD

    Q:

    I am 6'5" 290lbs..... Which Ninja is gonna be a good fit for me?
    Asked on 4/9/2014 by Mike from NY

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I'm 5'11" 195lbs and I currently have the L/XL. It fits me perfect and there is plenty of straps to adjust. But, for your size I would have to size the XXL one.

      Answered on 4/10/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I am 6'1" 250 lbs and the L-XL Ninja size fits great and it has plenty of
      extra strap length for when I'm wearing lots of layers. I end up having to
      tie up the extra length of strap in the summer.

      Answered on 4/9/2014 by Brian from Roberts, WI
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Mike, life jackets are sized by chest measurement. You'll probably want the XXL, which fits up to a 50" chest.

      Answered on 4/9/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Ninja PFD

    Q:

    How much does it weigh?
    Asked on 1/21/2014 by T.Smith from Whitefish, MT

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No idea. Tried the bathroom scale , but it didn't register any weight. Sorry I can't help.
      All I can say that it is very light in comparison with other pfd's. It is compact and relatively
      small, and the best thing about it is that it does what it is supposed to do: keep me afloat
      when I am forced to take a "swim". By the way, I bought a second one after the first one
      I just love it.

      Answered on 1/22/2014 by Marky Mark from Connecticut
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have not weighed the pfd, but is much lighter than any of my stolquists.  Much more comfortable, allows for more arm and shoulder movement when I do endurance kayak racing.  Very nice pfd.
      Sent via the Samsung GALAXY S®4 Active™, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

      Answered on 1/22/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      It weighs 2.0 pounds.

      Answered on 1/22/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Ninja PFD

    Q:

    What are the detentions of the Ninja PFD? i.e. how much room would it take up in suit case?
    Asked on 12/3/2013 by J.Ray

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The Ninja is ~ 12" x 14" x 5".

      Answered on 12/4/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Ninja PFD

    Q:

    The description speaks of a floating panel as a place to warm up your hands. Is this a lined hand warmer pocket or different?
    Asked on 9/7/2013 by coldwater

    8 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      the knuckle side of the pocket is lined with a slick material, the palm side is nylon similar or the same as the jacket.

      Answered on 9/11/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Really just a place between two separate floatation panels between which you can wedge your hands. I haven't tried it yet in cold weather, but I have wedged my camera or bandana in there.

      Answered on 9/11/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It's not a lined hand warmer pocket per se, but rather the front piece has two layers. The colored layer is only attached to the black layer at top and bottom, thus creating a side opening to slide in hands. Haven't used this feature but I imagine it would, in fact, help if cold.
      Sent from my iPhone
      Lydia Skardon

      Answered on 9/11/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The hand warmer is part of the vest. It's not a pocket. It's just a insert on each side of the vest between the colored part and the chest. It's a great addition to an already great pfd.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 9/7/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi. It's the same material as the rest of the PFD on the inner side and the
      outer side is a warmer material and moulds around your hands from body heat
      to warm your hands. Good in cold conditions.

      Answered on 9/7/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I will honestly say this is the first PFD I have bought. So, to honestly give a correct answer would be I think so. I found the hand warmer a couple months after buying it and it kept my hand very warm while in a lake either in the early morning or late afternoon.

      Answered on 9/7/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It's not a pocket. Each side has openings to put your hands.

      Answered on 9/7/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It's an un lined through and through passage fro one side of the vest to the other at about chest level. Good place for storing stuff. I made a special holder for my guide knife because one of the few negatives of this - and pretty much all of the newer style vests - is poor knife placement options.
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 9/7/2013 by Riversurf58 from Tennessee
  • NRS Ninja PFD

    Q:

    I wear a size 44 jacket and weigh 210 lbs. what size Ninja jacket would you recommend?
    Asked on 9/7/2013 by bb from Manhasset, New York

    4 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I am the same size 44 215lbs I bought the xl if fits with 60% of the adjustment remaining. The large will do just fine for you.
      Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Smartphone

      Answered on 9/11/2013 by bub555 from snoqualmie
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Sorry for the delay.
      I have a L to XL, which fits fine, I am 5'10", 165... Not sure if there is a larger size, which may work better,
      the adjustment straps on mine certainly would expand to let a larger chest fit. Flotation of a man at 210 lbs might be less than desired.
      I hope this helps.

      Answered on 9/10/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The X/XL size should fit you well.

      Answered on 9/8/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I am a ~42 jacket size and ~180 lb and have the Large/XL size. There is
      plenty (almost too much) extra slack in the straps. In my opinion I'm on
      the small side for the Large/XL ninja, but it fits fine.

      Answered on 9/7/2013 by Anonymous
  • NRS Ninja PFD

    Q:

    What is the make-up of the flotation material and would I be able to have a heat sensitive logo patch applied to the back of the Ninja.
    We purchased 22 of these for our dragon boat team.
    Asked on 7/26/2013 by Chicotgal from Lafayette, LA

    2 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      This is very durable material and you can definitely attach things, like a patch, to the back of the Ninja.

      Answered on 7/29/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      It depends on how much heat you're going to have to apply. With the heat needed to apply the iron-on patches I'm familiar with I think you'll be okay. I'd put a cloth over the patch and try to keep the iron off the material outside the patch area. Try one and see.

      Answered on 7/27/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Ninja PFD

    Q:

    Is there a group discount?
    Asked on 5/28/2013 by Tina from Austin, TX

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Tina, we offer discount plans for non-profit and government organization, but there isn't one for just groups of individuals.

      Answered on 5/28/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Ninja PFD

    Q:

    what is the weight limit for safe use
    Asked on 5/13/2013 by dan from oroville ca

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Dan, the US Coast Guard has determined that: "Most adults only need an extra seven to twelve pounds of buoyancy to keep their heads above water." So, they've set 15.5 pounds of foam flotation as the minimum for a Type III life jacket. The Ninja has 16.5 pounds of flotation. Body composition affects how readily we float. Muscle is less buoyant, fatty tissue more so.
      That's the long story. The short one is that there's no set weight limit for safe use. Give us a call, 800.635.5202, and we will work with you to select the best jacket for you and the activities you plan to use it in.

      Answered on 5/14/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Ninja PFD

    Q:

    I would like to purchase an NRS Ninja but do not know what size to get. I am a 5'9" male with a 39-40" chest. Seems like it will be something between S/M and L/XL. Any advice?
    Asked on 4/18/2013 by Keith

    5 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Keith, I recently purchased a Ninja. I'm 5'5", 140 lbs, 36.5" chest, and the S/M fits me well with quite a bit of leftover strap for adjustability. I'd go by the recommended measurements on the NRS website; they didn't steer me wrong. Hope this helps.

      Answered on 4/19/2013 by b from chicago, il
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I’m slender 5’6” male, 36” chest, obviously I got the S/M. My best guess (emphasis on “guess”) for
      you would be L/XL. I had the advantage of being able to try on the vest at a retail store first.
      Maybe try calling NRS customer service? In my experience, they’re usually pretty knowledgeable about
      their products.

      Answered on 4/19/2013 by Riversurf58 from Tennessee
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Keith, the main difference in the sizing is the length of the adjustment straps. If you boat in conditions where you need to add insulating layers, go with the L/XL.

      Answered on 4/19/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I got the L/XL ninja for husband, who is about 6'1 with a 43 in chest, but he's also got a lot if play in the straps.. I would probably say either on would work, but the S/M because my husband fit in both sizes, just preferred the looser straps on the L/XL
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 4/19/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I'm pretty much the exact same dimensions and I went with a S/M. I always tend to size down with PFDs though. The ninja is form fitting and if you are getting it for paddling or rafting I think a S/M is the way to go.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 4/18/2013 by Anonymous
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Pros

  • Adjustable (42)
  • Comfortable (42)
  • Lightweight (37)
  • Good ventilation (31)
  • Durable (23)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Paddling (39)
    • Kayak / canoe / rafting (20)
    • Boating / sailing (13)
    • Personal watercraft (6)
    • Waterskiing (3)
      • Chest Size:
      • Feels too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        100% 

        (42 reviews)

        Feels too big

         
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      • Intermediate (11)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (43)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Outstanding rolling PFD!

    Purchased after watching the short video, and it is absolutely perfect for what I wanted - a low profile, non-bulky PFD for rolling. As I am tall, the short torso of the PFD...Read complete review

    Purchased after watching the short video, and it is absolutely perfect for what I wanted - a low profile, non-bulky PFD for rolling. As I am tall, the short torso of the PFD stays completely clear of the kayak's deck and gives me complete freedom of movement.

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    Its Just ok

    I had the PFD for 2 months and it fell apart, NRS did replace it. The knife mount is not in thr right place I lost 2 knifes climing back into my raft. ...Read complete review

    I had the PFD for 2 months and it fell apart, NRS did replace it. The knife mount is not in thr right place I lost 2 knifes climing back into my raft. Im a pro. guide.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Nice PFD

    By yellowdog

    from Broomfield,CO

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Paddling

      Comments about NRS Ninja PFD:

      This is a nice looking PFD that provides good visibility (red) and is easily adjustable. It isn't too big and doesn't restrict movement while SUP'ing. You will still get sweaty on hot days but the ventilation is much better than ordinary PFDs. I like the hand-warming pockets and the pouch in front is a good place to stash my car key. I cannot comment on durability as I haven't used it for a full season, but the materials look sturdy and it looks well made.

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

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Comfort

      By joey d

      from Charlottesville Va

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Comfortable
      • Good Ventilation

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Boating
        • Canoeing
        • Paddling

        Comments about NRS Ninja PFD:

        Class iii WW Canoeing. When it arrived and I tried it on I was apprehensive. To make up the floation in it's smaller size it's a bit puffier/fuller. The back didn't matter but I thought the front would get in my way. Fears were groundless. It's a great, comfortable PFD. Like the other reviews before me it's like not wearing a PFD at all. This is a great product. One of the best buys I ever made.
        I should add I'm 6'1" and weigh 235#s, It's a good fit.

        joey d

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

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Comfortable and light

        By kozmo18

        from Finger Lakes of New York

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Low profile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Kayak And Small Sailboats
          • Paddling

          Comments about NRS Ninja PFD:

          I bought it for the kayak, but found that it's even better when sailing on smaller sailboats. When that boom comes whipping over my head, I don't worry anymore about my vest pulling me off the boat and into the water.
          I also love the way it can be adjusted to fit the first time out and just two quick buckles every trip after that. Well designed and well made. kozmo18

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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Very Useful and Comfortable

          By Geirman The Great

          from Den Haag, Netherlands

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Comfortable
          • Durable
          • Good Ventilation
          • Lightweight
          • No Movement Restriction
          • Waterproof

          Cons

          • Nice To Have Extra Packet

          Best Uses

          • Canoeing
          • Paddling

          Comments about NRS Ninja PFD:

          I have been Olympic Team C-1 Race Canoe Athlete for last 35 years and I had never use safety jacket(vest). But now here in Netherlands it requires by law to have safety vest in winter time. So I have purchased NRS Ninja one. My decision was mainly based on NRS video presentation. The key points for me was have a jacket which does not restrict my wide movement during paddling in Olympic Style Canoe. So, I have found perfect match what I have been looking for. In my first time trail I feel that I have almost have not jacket on me. It was very comfortable, adjustable and easy to use. It does not restrict my wide canoe movement and I feel safe and cool, I like and liked a lot. Thanks NRS for design this great product, which made me not only feel safe during canoeing on local canals but also very appealing.

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

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          paddling life jacket

          By John

          from Baltimore, MD

          About Me Advanced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Comfortable
          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Canoeing
            • Paddling

            Comments about NRS Ninja PFD:

            You will like this life jacket. I kayak 4-8 miles and almost forget I am wearing it. Comfortable and is not in the way when I paddle. Wish the front pocket was a tad larger but it works. Bought it a year a half ago and it is holding up well. Wish they made one in camo colors for duck hunting.

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

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