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NRS Rapid Rescuer PFD

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Type V PFD. 22 lbs of flotation, adjustability to fit chest sizes from 30 to 58 inches, and all the features you will ever need in a rescue vest. The NRS Rapid Rescuer can handle any situation.
  • With box-stitched stress points, reinforced shoulder straps and a 500-denier Cordura® shell, the NRS Rapid Rescuer is tough enough to handle any situation.
  • Two huge front pockets stretch to hold anything from a GPS to a VHF. Quick release buckles with adjustable nylon webbing secure the pockets shut.
  • Quick-release rescue belt, with stainless steel ring, for "live bait" and other swiftwater rescue techniques.
  • Three lash tabs on the front are great for a knife, whistle or anything else you need to keep handy.
  • On the back there's an additional lash tab for a strobe, and a chem-light holder, for visibility in low light and night operations.
  • Long strips of reflective tape on the front and back of the jacket increase visibility.
  • Webbing loops for leg straps add extra security in big water. (Leg Straps sold separately).
  • Universal Plus sizing will fit chest sizes between 30 and 58 inches, with 8 adjustment points to ensure a secure fit.

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US Coast Guard Type: V
Profile: High
Design Flotation: 22 lbs.
Outer Fabric: 500-denier Cordura®
Entry System: Front zip
Pockets:
  • 2 - Front
Lash Tabs:
  • 3 - Front
  • 1 - Back
Adjustment System:
  • 4 - Side
  • 2 - Shoulder
  • 2 - Waist
Includes:
  • Reflective tape
  • Quick release rescue harness
  • Strobe holder
  • Tether attachment point
  • Safety light stick holder
  • Webbing loops for leg straps (sold separately)
Features:
  • Universal Plus fit 30" - 58" chest
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 Rapid Rescuer PFD Video

NRS Rapid Rescuer PFD Video (3:15)

Type V PFD. With 22 lbs of flotation, adjustability to fit chest sizes from 30 to 58 inches, and all the features you will ever need in a rescue vest the NRS Rapid Rescuer can handle any situation.

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 Rapid Rescuer PFD

    Q:

    Is it suitable for. This jacket to be used In zambezi river
    Asked on 10/21/2014 by overlander from victoria falls zimbabwe

    4 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Great PFD for all rivers, good range of motion and flotation, nice pocket storage. I really like the way it zips up and adjusts.
      Arthur
      We Conserve for Your Tomorrow

      Answered on 10/21/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The Rapid Rescuer is a high-flotation jacket (22 pounds) with some excellent features. It fits a wide range of body sizes, 30"-58" chests. It will be a good jacket for big water like you have on the Zambezi.

      Answered on 10/21/2014 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes.
      bye bye Marino

      Answered on 10/21/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes.

      Answered on 10/21/2014 by Anonymous
  • NRS Rapid Rescuer PFD

    Q:

    What Type of Flotation Material is used with this Vest Foam, EVA Foam etc.
    Asked on 3/6/2014 by Paul from Atlanta GA

    2 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Don't know but it is a class V. This is a big vest, I think it would be
      fine for rafting, but I find it rides up if kayaking.

      Answered on 3/6/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Paul, it's a PVC-based foam.

      Answered on 3/6/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Rapid Rescuer PFD

    Q:

    Is it approved in Canada?
    Asked on 10/17/2013 by Scott from Whitehorse, Yukon

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      No, Scott, at this time it just carries the US Coast Guard certification. Canada and US are working on a common standard; we hope it happens soon.

      Answered on 10/17/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Rapid Rescuer PFD

    Q:

    Hi There

    Can you ship to New Zealand? If so can you give me a cost?

    Thanks Garrett
    Asked on 8/4/2013 by Garrett from Queenstown, New Zealand

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Garrett, I've forwarded your inquiry to our International Team. They will contact you soon. Thank you.

      Answered on 8/4/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Rapid Rescuer PFD

    Q:

    Is there a quick release tab/buckle for the rescue leash/tow line?
    Thanks for your help.
    Asked on 1/9/2013 by Shauneen from Canada

    7 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      When you pull the red ball shown in the photo of the vest, you release the belt holding the ring in the back to which the tow rope connects. The tow rope would then pull the ring way from the Velcro strap that also holds the ring to the vest.
      George

      Answered on 1/10/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Yes, there is. On the product page, hold your cursor over the jacket photo. You'll see enlarged sections that enhance details. There are also different views and enlarged photos in the "Larger Images & More Views" link next to the product photo.

      Answered on 1/9/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes - the main web belt around the jacket is quick release, complete with a ball so that it is easy to find in a panic situation.
      Sent on the Sprint® Now Network from my BlackBerry®

      Answered on 1/9/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes, the strap is hard fastened on one end only. It is stitched to the back
      of left flotation panel about 10 inches from the buckle leaving the back
      and right free to release. This also keeps the buckle from traveling and
      out of the way. If you wanted to remove the stitching it is a 10 second
      job. The strap goes through the tow ring in the middle of the back panel.
      The ring is kept centered by a second 5 inch velcro strap, which releases
      easily.
      SS

      Answered on 1/9/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes
      Sent from Tim's iPhone

      Answered on 1/9/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes you just pull the orange ball in the front.-

      Answered on 1/9/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes - the jacket has a standard quick release buckle for the safety belt. In the
      picture, you can see it in the front, with the attached plastic ball and tether.
      paul

      Answered on 1/10/2013 by Anonymous
  • NRS Rapid Rescuer PFD

    Q:

    Would this jacket ride up when I sit in my inflatable kayak?
    Asked on 10/31/2012 by Henrya

    7 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      It depends on your torso length. There's approximately 16" from the bottom of the waist belt to the top of the jacket's foam panels.

      Answered on 10/31/2012 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Haven't used it in an IK, but I have used it a lot rafting and
      swimming and it doesn't ride up.
      Allen

      Answered on 10/31/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi:
      I own this life jacket and yes, I think it might ride up in an IK. It's a big life jacket with lots of floatation down low and my IK seat is pretty snug. I wear a smaller/higher pfd with about 16 lbs. of floatation when I'm in the IK.
      -Mark

      Answered on 10/31/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi,
      In short i doubt that it would ride up on your inflatable kayak
      I use this jacket for rafting along with many others, this would be one of my favorites as it does not ride up. It sits well and remains comfortable after many days of white water rafting. Would recommend it to anyone who is serious about guiding, as it has nice large pockets and plenty of external points for attaching things.
      hope this has helped
      Cheers,
      Will

      Answered on 10/31/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      hello,
      I don't fully understand your question. You mean if vest change it position
      vis-à-vis body? No it won't. vessel hold to body strong, of course if you lash
      straps appropriately.
      i'm jetski lifeguard for living, and this vest is one of the best I have. I
      trully can recommend it. For further question contact ****@***.***
      (i'm from Poland)

      Answered on 11/1/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It will not. It is a very comfortable PFD and provided alot of support. If you are going to spend the money on this PFD, I would reccommend getting the leg straps as well.
      Jeff Houseal
      Deputy Chief
      Swedesburg Vol. Fire Co.
      310 Jefferson St.
      Bridgeport Pa, 19405
      ***.****Firehouse

      Answered on 11/1/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Don't know about the effect of an inflatable kayak but when using a
      "regular kayak?" I find this pfd more comfortable than other pfd's I have.
      Should note I'm 6'2" and around 250 lbs. RW

      Answered on 11/2/2012 by Anonymous
  • NRS Rapid Rescuer PFD

    Q:

    I own a aire ducky and my other high profile jacket rides up to my ears when i sit in it. i want a jacket with good floatation but also one thats cut off around my belly button. would this one work?
    Asked on 10/31/2012 by Henry

    7 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      It depends on your torso length. There's approximately 16" from the bottom of the waist belt to the top of the jacket's foam panels. Our Clearwater Life Jacket has a mesh lower back that works well with your seat. The NRS Ninja is even lower profile. Both have 16.5 pounds of flotation.

      Answered on 10/31/2012 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      How tall are you? I am 6' tall, medium torso. I have adjusted this jacket to ride high on my chest, so it does not drag on my sprayskirt. I paddle with a lot of body twist and so my jacket must clear everything below it. Can you adjust your other jacket to ride lower? I could adjust it to be lower, though not sure how much before it would be sitting on my sprayskirt. It is larger than many other high-rise jackets.
      I got this jacket for use in the middle of winter (in eastern NC I paddle year round).
      I got this jacket because it has more buoyancy than (most of) the other models (19 oz or 21 oz flotation, I forget which). If I miss a roll and have to bail out, I want to float as high as possible when it the water temp is below 45 degrees. This jacket plus my dry suit is my insurance policy.
      When it is not as cold out, I wear a smaller jacket (16 oz flotation) that also rides high to avoid dragging on my sprayskirt.
      George

      Answered on 10/31/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      This one could be better for you but I can't say for sure because I also have a kayaking jacket and that's the one I use in my duckies. when I'm boating bigger water I'm rowing my oar cat and using the jacket you inquired about.

      Answered on 10/31/2012 by Desert Flute Man from Newport Beach, CA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      This jacket fits great and you can tighten it up at the bottom waist strap. It does go all the way down to my waist so if you were looking for a short jacket you might like the pull over jacket rather than this zip up jacket.I also have the pull over and it does not ride up. It also has a strap you can tighten. I compared the pull over short jacket to my neoprene watr ski jacket by jumping off my houseboat. The short jacket stayed in place and brought me to the surface quicker than my ski jacket....Brian Essex, Boulder City NV

      Answered on 10/31/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The PFD belt is at about my belly button so this vest is not short enough for what you describe, however, I have used mine in an inflatable and it worked just fine but I usually use mine just for rafting. I have a short type V that I use in my kayak. For NRS, please send any more questions about this vest to ****@***.*** and not to my wife, she bought the vest for me but I'm the one who uses it.Thanks,Rick

      Answered on 10/31/2012 by Just Rick from Albuquerque
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I had the same problem with this one, ridding up. After a few months, I bought another Kokatat Ms. Fit. And I'm not a Ms., but they really fit.

      Answered on 11/1/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I bought this PFD specifically for a Grand Canyon trip when I would spend a lot
      of time in my Aire ducky. I had no problems with it riding up as long as I
      cinched the bottom strap really well. It is a high float vest with a large
      back, but it is very adjustable. You have to spend a little time to get the
      adjustments dialed in. I can say one thing about it - it is a great vest for
      swimming those big rapids!

      Answered on 11/1/2012 by Anonymous
  • NRS Rapid Rescuer PFD

    Q:

    On the above vest how do we obtain the leg straps that the product description on your web site describes?
    Asked on 10/29/2012 by Mike from Grove City, OH

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The leg straps are Item # 2163.

      Answered on 10/29/2012 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Rapid Rescuer PFD

    Q:

    How well does this jacket work for kayaking?
    Asked on 9/25/2012 by swimmer from seattle, wa

    4 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It is too long to fit comfortably over a spray skirt.
      I have an astral vest that I use for kayaking.

      Answered on 9/25/2012 by Just Rick from Albuquerque
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      This jacket is too high, top-to-bottom, for most boaters to wear with a sprayskirt. Check our our other low-profile rescue jackets.

      Answered on 9/26/2012 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have used it for kayaking but it is a bit bulky and tends to ride up in
      front due to to thickness of the front of the vest, hence, kayaking pfds
      that have the padding lower in the front and higher in the back. I use this
      on my raft and when I use my canoe and guiding groups, but if I am just
      play boating, I go to another smaller more comfortable personal pfd
      Brian

      Answered on 9/26/2012 by bmwcaves from Martinsville, VA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Its longer than a traditional kayaking Jacket. The arm holes seem plenty big if you tightened the shoulder straps all the way. I am 6'5" and would have no problem using it a a kayak jacket.
      This is my first day back to work from a 4 day trip wearing this jacket. I have about 30 days on this jacket and luv it. My only complaint that I learned on this trip is that I would like the Quick release buckle to be on the side like some of the other rescue Jackets. When remounting an NRS SUP the buckle can snag on the foot mat making it very hard to remount the SUP in whitewater.
      Good Luck Bill

      Answered on 9/26/2012 by Anonymous
  • NRS Rapid Rescuer PFD

    Q:

    Does this vest come with a tether or is it sold seperately?
    Asked on 9/10/2012 by Adaerion

    7 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It comes as pictured with the quick-release belt.
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 9/10/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It comes with a strap that goes around the vest as well as a D ring, but no tether. I hope this helps.
      Jeremy Daniel
      Service Manager
      Wireline &Perforating
      Halliburton Energy Services
      Cellular***.****

      Answered on 9/10/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      This vest comes with the tether ring attached to the webbing that goes around the vest. An extended tether does not come with the vest.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 9/10/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No - the vest does not come with a tether. Tow tethers are usually associated
      with whitewater hardshell kayak rescue vests. This high-flotation vest (22 lbs
      or so?) is geared more towards rafting, but can be used for kayaking as well.
      Also, not supplying a tether lets you choose the type of tether you want or
      allows you to make your own.

      Answered on 9/10/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The belt and tie off ring are included, but there isn't a supplied tether. Still the best pfd I've ever had
      Steve

      Answered on 9/11/2012 by Hydrophillic from Brandon, MB, Canada
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Mine Did not come with a tether.
      I bought this vest for the heavy duty loops for leg straps and the pockets and place to hang my knife. My last river trip a SUP-er told we he love the vest because he could carry 2 beers in his. I carry emergency food & supplies in my pockets. I have used the vest 15+ days and still very pleased..I luv the vest when I find myself out of the boat.
      Bill

      Answered on 9/11/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No, tether sold separately. It is a really good vest. I have used mine for hobie cat sailing, on the river and in the canyon. Mesh pockets are ripped up now, but easy to fix that.
      Joseph Saunders
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 9/12/2012 by Anonymous
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4.5

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (19)
  • Adjustable (16)
  • Comfortable (16)
  • Good ventilation (10)
  • Lightweight (9)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Boating / sailing (13)
  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (13)
  • Paddling (13)
  • Personal watercraft (5)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      86% 

      (19 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (21)

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Staying Afloat

I wear this whenever I'm out on the water. Love the multi-part adjustments and fits great. Took it out when I was rolling my new kayak and found that it can ride up when...Read complete review

I wear this whenever I'm out on the water. Love the multi-part adjustments and fits great. Took it out when I was rolling my new kayak and found that it can ride up when in water, but found that I missed a buckle. Got the NRS Tow Tether as well for the vest and the two work great. Overall great product but a little excessive for recreational wear.

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SHOLDER STRAPS NOT BEST

Tha sholder straps come off the pads when in use and the belt is way over the top for most uses otherwise a fine life vest!

Tha sholder straps come off the pads when in use and the belt is way over the top for most uses otherwise a fine life vest!

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4.0

I would buy this product for my family

By KFD 56/ KEMS 88

from Kennebunkport, Maine

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Easy on and off
  • Easy to adjust
  • Easy To Perform Rescue Op
  • Good Ventilation
  • Lightweight
  • Waterproof

Cons

  • Shoulder Straps Twist

Best Uses

  • Water rescue

Comments about NRS Rapid Rescuer PFD:

I used this in a very aggressive two day ocean and swift water river rescue course. The PFD performed great during each evolution of training and only added to my ability to learn and perform. I only wish there was a better way to keep the shoulder straps from twisting.

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

Good PFD.

By Paddling enthusiast

from Maine

Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Floats well
  • Good fit
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Shoulder Straps Undo
  • Weird Lash Tab Placement

Best Uses

  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Paddling
  • Personal Watercraft

Comments about NRS Rapid Rescuer PFD:

After many years of using my old, bulky, high profile PFD, I decided that it was time for me to invest in a newer model. After much time, consideration and thought, I finally found a nicer life jacket to buy. I decided to buy the N.R.S. rapid rescuer.
When I first got this PFD in the mail, I noticed several things. The first few things I notice were how much more comfortable compared to my old bulky PFD. I liked the pockets where the right one is the perfect size to hold a water-bottle and the left one is great for a carabiner and a nose-plug. When I first tried it in whitewater, I liked how much floatation it had and how it didn't ride up on me. I have swam many class four rapids wearing this lifejacket and it has safely gotten me through all of them. I wore it on a twenty one day rafting trip down the Colorado and it was comfy and convenient the whole trip. The only time I wasn't happy with this PFD was when we slept on the rafts the last day and it was hard to get comfortable in.
The lifejacket was easily adjusted to fit me the way it should. The biggest issue I had with this lifejacket was the shoulder straps don't stay adjusted. It's not the funnest thing when you're on a class four river and keep getting hit in the face with straps. It is very annoying. After days of tightening the shoulder strap, I finally decided to just tie the strap while it's tightened. It has been bothering me less since. Once I tried to put my guide knife on it, I noticed that the lash tab was much larger than I think it needs to be. It made attaching my knife very difficult. The lash tabs were also in an awkward place. The handle of the knife sticks out at a funny angle which is very annoying when climbing into rafts.
I'm giving this PFD a four star rating because while it has it's quirks, it's one of the nicest PFDs I've ever used.

  • Chest Size:
  • Feels true to size
  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
 
4.0

So far so good

By Brian

from Salem, OR

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Boating

      Comments about NRS Rapid Rescuer PFD:

      Great PFD for the price. Pretty sure I read other reviews complaining about the shoulder pads not staying in place, and I have the same complaint. NRS could easily fix this issue by putting a couple extra stitches on the loop so it holds the strap in the middle of the pad. I put a couple on by hand and I'm looking forward to the next trip.

      • Chest Size:
      • Feels true to size
       
      5.0

      Works with my Kayak

      By dhershman

      from Cleveland, Ohio

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Canoeing

        Comments about NRS Rapid Rescuer PFD:

        I was concerned that the lifejacket might not work well when I am in the cockpit of my kayak with a skirt on. However, I was pleasantly suprized that it works perfect. I am 6'1" and 260 pounds and it's perfect

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

        SHOLDER STRAPS NOT BEST

        By bigfoot offshore

        from Rico Colorado

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Durable

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Boating

        Comments about NRS Rapid Rescuer PFD:

        Tha sholder straps come off the pads when in use and the belt is way over the top for most uses otherwise a fine life vest!

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

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