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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.
  • This jacket carries the US Coast Guard Certification, through testing by Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • 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
Features:
    US Coast Guard Certification
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 have a 44"chest, am 6' and weigh 220lbs. What size would be better -- an l/xl or an xxl?
    Asked on 6/14/2015 by Peter from Great Barrington, MA

    8 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I don't think I can offer much help. I wear a small or small/medium. Have you tried calling NRS? I have found them pretty helpful in general, and I know from experience that if you are ordering direct from NRS they'll replace something without any hassles if you choose the wrong size, though you will be on the hook for part of the shipping costs. I am assuming there's nowhere near you that you can try on different sizes.
      PS: I really like this PFD.
      Steve

      Answered on 6/15/2015 by Riversurf58 from Tennessee
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      xxl would work, you can always adjust it down with the straps.

      Answered on 6/14/2015 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      L/XL
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 6/14/2015 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Looks like you fall between sizes. If your a fair weather paddler only wearing a rash guard, the l/xl should be ok. If your going to put layers on under a dry suit or dry top
      you might consider the xxl.
      Again body shape has a lot to do with comfort and proper fit. Worst case is send it back after trying it on both with all your layers and with none....if you run out of adjustment range then try the other size.
      Hope it helps.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 6/14/2015 by Paddle Jim from Lambertville, New Jersey
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have a 42" chest, 5'11, and 200lbs. I have the large size.

      Answered on 6/14/2015 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Peter, one thing for you to be aware of is the Ninja, like most recreational life jackets, has the same foam panels for all the sizes. The only difference in the sizes are the strap lengths. Any time you see a single "design flotation" for a jacket, this is the case. So, either the L/XL or XXL will fit you. If you're not wearing the jacket over bulky winter clothing the L/XL would be fine. The XXL will have extra strap length over lighter clothing.

      Answered on 6/14/2015 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I am a 45" chest with a 32 waist and the l/xl fits good. The larger size
      may create long flapping straps in my opinion
      Erik Clark

      Answered on 6/14/2015 by trvlrerik from Salina, Ks.
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I would recommend the xxl
      Jeremiah

      Answered on 6/14/2015 by Anonymous
  • NRS Ninja PFD

    Q:

    The complaint we have with our current vests is that they get so hot. Does this vest breathe and keep you cool?
    Asked on 6/5/2015 by Rhonda from Shepherdtown, WV

    10 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The body of this vest is pretty thick foam so I wouldn't describe it as
      breathable, but I don't get overheated wearing it on tours either. The
      front and back panels are smaller than other vests I've worn, so your chest
      and back have plenty of area exposed to the air. It's much more
      comfortable/cool than other styles I've worn before, I would highly
      recommend giving it a try.

      Answered on 6/8/2015 by Cait the great from Boston, Massachusetts
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hello,
      Well, the vest doesn't "breathe" per se. I don't know of one that does,
      unless I misunderstand what you mean. The side panels, where there's no
      flotation, allow some airflow. Overall, I like the vest a lot. the
      profile is small and it doesn't cover a large area of the torso, so
      compared to a larger vest, I suppose that would make it cooler.

      Answered on 6/5/2015 by Riversurf58 from Tennessee
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Vest is extremely comfortable. I recommend wearing a rash guard or non cotton t shirt underneath. In addition, get a skirt, learn to roll (from a certified ACA instructor) and you'll never be hot again!!!
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 6/5/2015 by Paddle Jim from Lambertville, New Jersey
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It is a bit cooler than other jackets as it leaves much of your upper torso
      not covered by flotation foam.

      Answered on 6/5/2015 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I really like the Ninja, it may be the closest PFD to having class 5 flotation and features with class 3 weight and comfort, but the flotation panels are not vented so it creates a sweaty spot under the flotation block. The Ninja is my go to PFD when I am going to be in “big” water. When I am looking for comfort only, I have an Astral brand, Air Vent it is the most comfortable PFD I own, but it does not have the features of the Ninja, and would not trust it for assisted rescues.
      Erik

      Answered on 6/5/2015 by trvlrerik from Salina, Ks.
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I like the fact that this vest isn't too bulky. It doesn't necessarily "breathe" where the floatant material is, but it is so compact that it allows you to "breathe" everywhere else. So I like it!!!

      Answered on 6/5/2015 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      This vest covers a very small area so I would say yes it keeps you cool. I
      use a different vest normally for the opposite reason, to keep me warm.
      I would say the Astral Camio200 would be a more breathable life jacket, I
      have a few of those but this is a nicer quality jacket and lower profile.
      You can tighten the Ninja PFD up very nicely as well.
      Thank You,
      -William

      Answered on 6/5/2015 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I feel that with the openness of this vest I am cooler then with any of the other I own.
      Sent via the Samsung GALAXY S®4 Active™, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

      Answered on 6/5/2015 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Rhonda, the flotation materials in life jackets don't breathe, so manufacturers use various methods to get some ventilation under them. NRS uses mesh in the lower back of the Clearwater, cVest, Zoya and Chinook. With the new Women's Siren we use raised foam panels to channel air along the back. Astral has ventilation features in the V-Eight, Camino, Linda, Ronny and Ronny Fisher. You can see all of them here - http://www.nrs.com/category/2547/life-jackets/?ppg=all - Please look these over, read the reviews and contact us with any questions. I'm sure we can get you set up with jackets that are more comfortable.

      Answered on 6/5/2015 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi I don't find that I am hot in this best. It is very comfortable and even though I am large cheated.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 6/5/2015 by Anonymous
  • NRS Ninja PFD

    Q:

    What is the thickness of the front panel? I paddle C1, and the roll is effected by the very thick front panels on most vests now. Is the Ninja's front pannel thinner?
    Asked on 2/15/2015 by Rand from Grand River, OH

    3 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Rand, the front panel is 3" in thickness.

      Answered on 2/16/2015 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It is actually pretty thick (it is the thickest of any of the vests I
      own). I do not have it here, but I would estimate that it is around 3
      inches plus. I only use the vest for my sea kayak and it is extremely
      comfortable for that purpose.

      Answered on 2/16/2015 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I'd sat the front foam panel is about 3.5" at the thickest areas, but
      the foam itself starts higher on the torso than the older, thinner
      designs, and of course takes up much less overall area. I don't C1, but
      for a garden variety C-C roll in a kayak, it's never inhibited my roll.
      I don't know if there are subtle difference in the forward "kiss the
      deck" move for a C-1 roll that would change that dynamic. It also
      doesn't get in the way for a back deck roll, at least in a kayak.
      Hope this helps a bit.

      Answered on 2/15/2015 by Riversurf58 from Tennessee
  • NRS Ninja PFD

    Q:

    Would this be a good choice for Water Skiing?
    Asked on 12/20/2014 by Joe from Tacoma, WA

    2 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      No, Joe, it isn't. Water skiing jackets are rated for high speed impact protection.

      Answered on 12/20/2014 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No, it doesn't meet safety regulations for open water.
      Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

      Answered on 12/20/2014 by bub555 from snoqualmie
  • NRS Ninja PFD

    Q:

    Hi,
    I just tried a friends Ninja L/XL. I liked it a lot, only issue was the top of the front triangle was a little too high when seated in my kayak. Might this be better in the S/M, or is the flotation pieces identical?
    Asked on 11/22/2014 by Hans from seattle

    4 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yea the flotation is a universal size. I have a large/extra large and my girlfriend has a s/m the only difference is the length of the Straps
      Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

      Answered on 11/23/2014 by bub555 from snoqualmie
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I wear a S/M, but I don't know if the flotation is the same as the L.
      Maybe NRS can answer that? Also, I'm a guide and don't kayak too much
      anymore, so I'm sitting on a raft all day and don't have anything
      pushing the vest too high, as you seem to have sitting in the cockpit.
      I've worn the vest hundreds of times over several seasons, and I
      overall, I really like it. I hope you can make it work. Wish I could be
      of more help.
      SYOTR

      Answered on 11/22/2014 by Riversurf58 from Tennessee
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The center flotation is identical.

      Answered on 11/22/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Hans, the flotation panels are the same in all sizes. What changes is the length of the adjustment straps.

      Answered on 11/22/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Ninja PFD

    Q:

    What is the best detergent/method to clean for dirt and body odor?
    Asked on 8/13/2014 by Magic from Medford, OR

    4 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I use something called Mirazyme. Does the job for me. I never use soap or detergent.

      Answered on 8/14/2014 by Riversurf58 from Tennessee
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Haven't cleaned it, when oder is noticed, I spray with suntan spray, smells good then
      Sent via the Samsung GALAXY S®4 Active™, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

      Answered on 8/13/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I honestly have not cleaned it since I got it. I mostly turn it inside out and let it air dry. The only stain is from the sun block and no body odor what so ever.

      Answered on 8/13/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Wetsuit & Drysuit Shampoo, Item # 33513.01, is a good, all-around cleaner for your boating gear. Washing it will likely get rid of the body funk. If not, MiraZyme, # 33509.01 or Sink-the-Stink, # 33550.01, will definitely kill the odor.

      Answered on 8/13/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Ninja PFD

    Q:

    Hi, Is this PFD approved by Canada`s government? It needs to have the mention from either Transport Canada, Canadian coast guard or Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Thanks,
    Asked on 7/18/2014 by Liffy from Qc, Canada

    1 answer

  • NRS Ninja PFD

    Q:

    I'm 5'4 and about 100 pounds. Would a small/medium be good for me??
    Asked on 7/15/2014 by Sailor

    4 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes.

      Answered on 7/16/2014 by Hewey from Twin Falls, ID
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      My son is 5'4 and 100#s and it fits him perfectly. Great choice for a PFD. Highly recommended.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 7/16/2014 by Paddle Jim from Lambertville, New Jersey
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      medium should be fine.

      Answered on 7/16/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      A lot depends on your chest circumference. Mine’s about 36 and the S/M fits me fine, and this PFD
      can be adjusted quite a bit. I’m 5’6, 135. The sizing chart shows a really wide range for the S/M
      size.

      Answered on 7/15/2014 by Riversurf58 from Tennessee
  • 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
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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Adjustable (47)
  • Comfortable (46)
  • Lightweight (43)
  • Good ventilation (35)
  • Durable (27)

Cons

  • Rides up in water (5)

Best Uses

  • Paddling (44)
  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (22)
  • Boating / sailing (14)
  • Personal watercraft (7)
  • Waterskiing (3)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      100% 

      (48 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Intermediate (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (49), Yes (3)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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4.0

Seems like a good life saver

By Bobalou

from Carbondale, Colorado

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Comfortable
  • Good Ventilation

Cons

  • Rides Up in Water

Best Uses

  • Paddling

Comments about NRS Ninja PFD:

Thank god I have not had to use this yet. It seems liek it does a good job, it does ride up a little when in the water if not cranked down on the waist

  • Chest Size:
  • Feels true to size
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
3.0

Meh

By Franz

from NO, LA.

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Poor Storage
  • Rides Up in Water

Best Uses

    Comments about NRS Ninja PFD:

    I used this as a raft guide so it saw a lot of use and long days.
    Positives: it's really small and low profile. Maybe it would be awesome on a kayak, don't ask me those things are weird.

    Negatives: I have a gut so this thing rides up on me pretty quickly. I had to pull it down every few minutes, to make it feel comfortable, but when I went for a swim up it would go, even strapped down tight. The shoulder strap would wear into the left side of my neck making it very uncomfortable. DON'T put your knife on the lashtab, mine snapped off in no time at all getting back in the raft. NRS replaced the knife quickly so Thanks guys!

    I upgraded to a Green Jacket, it was a wise investment.

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

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Quality pfd

    By Jason Struble

    from Indiana... Whitewater Mecca

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Canoeing
      • Paddling

      Comments about NRS Ninja PFD:

      I bought this for my son for white water kayaking. I like that the flotation so slow on the body and allows for more freedom of movement when paddling. He really likes it so far. It seems really well-made and worth the price.

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

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      loved it

      By kayak. enthusiast

      from Canada

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Durable
      • Good Ventilation
      • Lightweight
      • Waterproof

      Cons

      • Restricts Movement

      Best Uses

      • Personal Watercraft

      Comments about NRS Ninja PFD:

      Very satisfied shipping was excellent

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

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great for all types of boating

      By Amry paddles

      from Charlotte,NC

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Good Ventilation
      • Lightweight
      • Waterproof

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Boating
        • Paddling

        Comments about NRS Ninja PFD:

        This is a really good pfd for a lot of different uses, I use it for regular river running and slalom and it works well for both. I'm sure you could use it for other types of boating too.

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

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