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Have a high-back touring or rowing seat? You'll love the NRS Clearwater PFD! Flotation is concentrated up front and behind the shoulders, with a mesh lower back that lets you recline and relax.
  • The flotation of this recreational PFD is concentrated in the front panels and up high on the back for a more natural sitting position.
  • Now with a great new look and SOLAS reflective tape for excellent low-light visibility.
  • Large arm openings allow for unobstructed movement while paddling or rowing.
  • Eight adjustment points let you easily customize the fit.
  • Two large front pockets provide plenty of room for storage. The left front pocket includes a lanyard for keys.
  • 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: Medium
Design Flotation: 16.5 lbs.
Outer Fabric: 200-denier urethane-coated ripstop nylon
Entry System: Front zip
Pockets:
  • 2 - Front
Adjustment System:
  • 4 - Side
  • 2 - Shoulder
  • 2 - Waist
Features:
    SOLAS reflective tape
      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"

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    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.

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    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 Clearwater Mesh Back PFD
     
    4.7

    (based on 40 reviews)

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      (32)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

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      (1)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Comfortable (39)
    • Adjustable (37)
    • Lightweight (30)
    • Good ventilation (25)
    • Durable (20)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Paddling (31)
    • Kayak / canoe / rafting (21)
    • Boating / sailing (5)
      • Chest Size:
      • Feels too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        97% 

        (36 reviews)

        Feels too big

         
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Intermediate (11)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (39)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent life safety and fits the kayak

    I wear this pfd when I take the kayak out. I kayak into the open ocean and I have capsized twice. The pfd keeps me afloat. This is simply life safety. The fact...Read complete review

    I wear this pfd when I take the kayak out. I kayak into the open ocean and I have capsized twice. The pfd keeps me afloat. This is simply life safety. The fact that I'm wearing this quality pfd also helps to keep my wife calm, when I'm gone for hours and she's at home waiting.

    I need waterproof spaces for my camera and my cellphone. I can store these in the waterproof compartments in the kayak but then they are hard to reach. I need the camera instantly and don't want to struggle with a waterproof housing. It's impossible to evaluate the pockets from the photos in the catalogue. I thought the pockets of this pfd would provide more waterproofing than they do. I have to wrap things in plastic, before I put them in the pockets.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Could not get it to fit

    I am a 44D and could not get this PFD to fit me.
    I ending up purchasing a Stohlquist Women's M/L
    Cruiser PFD and love it!

    I am a 44D and could not get this PFD to fit me.
    I ending up purchasing a Stohlquist Women's M/L
    Cruiser PFD and love it!

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    4.0

    really good like it a lot

    By jp rocker

    from naugatuck ct.

    About Me Intermediate

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Canoeing
      • Paddling

      Comments about NRS Clearwater Mesh Back PFD:

      Kayaking

      Service and delivery comments:

      Exalent

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

      I would buy this vest again!

      By Double B

      from Maryland

      About Me Intermediate

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Comfortable
      • Good Ventilation
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Canoeing
        • Paddling

        Comments about NRS Clearwater Mesh Back PFD:

        I bought it for kayaking. I like the short pad in the back, very comfortable paddling. The vest allowed for free movement.

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

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A Comfortable and Nimble PFD

        By BlueStern

        from Locust Fork, Alabama

        About Me Intermediate

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Comfortable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Boating
          • Canoeing
          • Paddling

          Comments about NRS Clearwater Mesh Back PFD:

          I've worn this PFD whitewater kayaking twice and it was very comfortable and light weight. It adjusts easily and the mesh-back did not interfere with the back-strap of my kayak; which was my primary reason for this purchase. I had great mobility with this PFD and could hardly tell I was wearing it. However, I wish it had at least one zippered pocket. The two front pockets have a Velcro flap enclosure and I don't trust them in serious whitewater with important items. Otherwise it's a good PFD.

          Service and delivery comments:

          Prompt and fast shipping as always from NRS

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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love this pfd

          By Paulter

          from Maine

          About Me Intermediate

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Comfortable
          • Good Ventilation
          • Great freedom of motion
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Canoeing
            • Paddling

            Comments about NRS Clearwater Mesh Back PFD:

            I use this with a SOT kayak. My prior pfd would hit the backrest and be uncomfortable. This one clears the seatback and does not impinge in any way. Plenty of range of motion for kayaking and canoeing.

            Service and delivery comments:

            Arrived two days ahead of schedule.

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

            Great pfd

            By Curtis

            from St. Marys WV

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable
            • Comfortable
            • Durable
            • Good Ventilation
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Paddling

              Comments about NRS Clearwater Mesh Back PFD:

              Use the Clearwater to paddle my cataraft in whitewater. Dont even know I am wearing a PFD.

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

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              • NRS Clearwater Mesh Back PFD

                Q:

                Hi Crew! My wife and I almost were unable to do our Green River/Desolation trip because our PFDs, while they are Type III, didn't specify "whitewater." Is this PFD specifically designed for whitewater, and does it say so somewhere on the vest? Thanks!
                Asked on 1/13/2016 by Doug from United States

                2 answers

                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  Hello NRS shopper,
                  I don't use this particular PFD for whitewater primarily do to a small
                  amount of shoulder restriction. However, I love this PFD for touring.
                  No complaints. Fits well with plenty of pockets for storage.
                  For whitewater, I use the NRS Ninja. Again, no complaints.
                  Hope this helps

                  Answered on 1/14/2016 by Dinger19 from Missouri
                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Doug, the "Intended Use" text on this jacket is "General Boating & Action Sports." I wish that some river permit managers and put-in personnel didn't get so hung up on that text on the label. And sometimes they misinterpret their own regulations. Deso's regs state "A properly-sized Type I, III, or V Personal Floatation Device (PFD) (approved on the label for paddling, whitewater, kayaking) for each member of the party." So, there are two other terms other than whitewater. Of course, if you don't have a copy of the regs they can still harass you. The only NRS jacket that actually lists "whitewater" is the Big Water V, Item # 40015.02, a quite bulky commercial jacket. I suggest before you go on any permitted river section you check in ahead of time on what they'll require at the put-in. As always, give us a call anytime we can help you, 800.635.5202

                  Answered on 1/13/2016 by Clyde from NRS
              • NRS Clearwater Mesh Back PFD

                Q:

                How is the sizing L/XL XXL BASED ON? What are the inches For L/XL FOR EXAMPLE (42-46) If you could get back to me as soon as possible will be greatly appreciated, thank you!
                Asked on 4/11/2015 by Jackson

                3 answers

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Jackson, all adult life jackets are sized by chest circumference. Measure around the fullest part of your chest. With this jacket, as with most, the foam panels on all the sizes are all the same; the differences are the lengths of the adjustment straps. If your chest measurement is at the top of one size range, you can go up to the next size with confidence,

                  Answered on 4/12/2015 by Clyde from NRS
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  I have the L/XL, and the fit is just great.
                  I'm 6'2", 43" chest and 36" waist. Looking at the adjustments on the straps
                  of my PFD, they are about half way synched up. This gives me the impression
                  that this size would easily accommodate someone within a pretty generous
                  range of my measurements.
                  Hope that helps.

                  Answered on 4/12/2015 by Jimbo from San Diego
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  It's a nice pfd. I'm 6,4" and about 245lbs and it fits me well. I wear a xl shirt. I would buy again. My wife also has one and likes. They are very adjustable and can fit many sizes. Hope this helps.
                  Joe
                  Sent from my iPhone

                  Answered on 4/15/2015 by Anonymous
              • NRS Clearwater Mesh Back PFD

                Q:

                I am about 38" chest, would size S/M (33"-40") be the best size or should I go with size L/XL (38"-46"), i.e. fully tightened straps on the L/XL, or looser straps on S/M. The max I would probably wear it over is 3 layers of clothing - t-shirt, warm layer & waterproof jacket.
                Asked on 4/3/2015 by Matt from United Kingdom

                4 answers

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Matt, anytime you see a single "Design Flotation" amount, in this case, 16.5 pounds, the foam flotation panels for all the sizes are the same. The only difference is in the length of the adjustment straps.

                  Answered on 4/4/2015 by Anonymous
                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Matt, anytime you see a single "Design Flotation" amount, in this case, 16.5 pounds, the foam flotation panels for all the sizes are the same. The only difference is in the length of the adjustment straps. I suggest you go with the L/XL. You'll have some extra strap length.

                  Answered on 4/4/2015 by Clyde from NRS
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  I would get the l/XL. You want to be able to move freely and breathe.
                  Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

                  Answered on 4/4/2015 by Rookie Paddler Jo from Spokane WA
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  For what it's worth… I wear a 40R suit and wouldn't dream of moving down to the S/M.
                  Wearing a t-shirt and a paddle jacket I do not have the straps cranked down to the minimum -- I'm close to the mid point.
                  You can always try my wife's shoe shopping trick: order both sizes then keep the one that fits best, and return the other.

                  Answered on 4/4/2015 by J3 from Westchester County, NY
              • NRS Clearwater Mesh Back PFD

                Q:

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

                3 answers

                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  Just recently purchased and still in the plastic bag: 30.4 ounces.

                  Answered on 1/22/2014 by Anonymous
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  Maybe 2 pounds.

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

                  A:

                  It weighs 1.9 pounds.

                  Answered on 1/22/2014 by Clyde from NRS
              • NRS Clearwater Mesh Back PFD

                Q:

                what is your pdf standard? ER397...?
                Asked on 12/8/2013 by wai from Hong Kong

                2 answers

                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  Hi Wai,
                  I'm glad I can help, fellow paddlers are the most reliable source of information.
                  I'm not sure I understand your question and if what I tell you isn't what you need, please email me again with a restated question.
                  This pfd is the best all around paddling pfd I've owned in my life and I'm 52 years old. I bought one for everyone in my family (me wife and son). My son and I are over 200 lbs and it provides good flotation. The mesh back allow you to sit comfortably in your boat. Plus, they have a great color selection!
                  Feel free to email back if you need like too.
                  Respectfully,
                  Mike

                  Answered on 12/9/2013 by Long Floater from Central Arkansas
                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Wai, all our life jackets are certified under US Coast Guard standards. A description of the standards can be found in the US Code of Federal Regulations.

                  Answered on 12/9/2013 by Clyde from NRS
              • NRS Clearwater Mesh Back PFD

                Q:

                How are pockets secured? Zippper or hook-and-loop or ?
                Asked on 3/19/2013 by m

                5 answers

                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  They are secured with velcro.

                  Answered on 3/19/2013 by Bruce from Salem, Or
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  I have Velcro
                  Sent from my iPad

                  Answered on 3/19/2013 by Anonymous
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  Velcro is how the pockets are secured.
                  Sent from my iPhone
                  Have a great day!!
                  Sandi :-))

                  Answered on 3/19/2013 by Sandi from East Greenbush, NY
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  They are hook and loop (Velcro)
                  Sent from my iPhone

                  Answered on 3/19/2013 by Anonymous
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  Velcro in the center of the pocket opening. Pull tab opening.
                  I always wished it had Velcro on the corners but we've never lost anything (me, wife, son all have this vest - its the best I ever owned.)

                  Answered on 3/19/2013 by Long Floater from Central Arkansas
              • NRS Clearwater Mesh Back PFD

                Q:

                How do you attach a co-pilot knife to this jacket?
                Asked on 12/22/2012 by Charlotte Wood-Harrington from Chicago, IL

                5 answers

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  The Clearwater doesn't have a lash tab for a knife. The only practical way to attach a Co-Pilot to it would be to use zip ties to fasten the sheath to one of the shoulder straps. However, both the NRS cVest and Chinook life jackets are built on the same platform and have lash tabs.

                  Answered on 12/23/2012 by Clyde from NRS
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  Not sure what a co-pilot is but there are d-rings inside the flap of the two
                  front pockets. That's where I attach my rescue knife. I also run small
                  loops of para cord through each of the small black tabs visible on the
                  outside pocket flaps as other possible attachment points.
                  Wayne
                  Anchorage

                  Answered on 12/22/2012 by Anonymous
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  Charlotte, I carry a knife in one of the pockets. It fits well enough with
                  the knife on an angle, from a lower outer corner to an upper inner corner.
                  Barry

                  Answered on 12/22/2012 by Anonymous
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  Charlotte, I would use a coiled, corded lanyard (similar to a phone cord)
                  attached to the tabs on the pocket and then store the knife in the pocket.
                  Steve

                  Answered on 12/23/2012 by brusks5 from Menomonee Falls, WI
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  I am not sure with the co-pilot knife is but there is a nylon loop
                  where the top strap attaches to the floatation pad. I have attached a
                  carabiner to the loop and have attached misc. equipment to this ring
                  when needed.
                  Quoting NRS :

                  Answered on 12/25/2012 by Irishvoyageur from La Crosse
              • NRS Clearwater Mesh Back PFD

                Q:

                how high is the back? how much mesh/how much pfd?
                Asked on 9/9/2012 by amy

                6 answers

                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  I have a high back seat and this pfd provides the same floatation as my
                  previous pfd with much more comfort, I would recommend this to a friend.
                  Stan Zimet
                  1305 Lena Lane
                  Missoula, Montana 59804

                  Answered on 9/9/2012 by Stan from Missoula, Montana
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  Hi Amy,
                  I have 3 of these. One for my wife, son and me. I have mine adjusted so that it easily clears the back of my kayak seat as does the rest of the family. The pfd part of the back stops between the bottom of my shoulder blades and my ribs. Below that is the mesh panel, so 5/8's of it is pfd.
                  I tried multiple pfd's, probably went through 5 or 6 before I tried this one. This is the best all around pfd I ever used in my 51 years. Good zipper front, easy on and off, pockets for your cut away knife, safety whistle and signal mirror and more. Dries fast and HIGHLY adjustable. Sizing is accurate.
                  I don't work for NRS either! I'm just another recreational paddler.
                  Get Wet!
                  Mike

                  Answered on 9/9/2012 by Long Floater from Central Arkansas
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  the mesh is ~11" and the pfd ~10"

                  Answered on 9/9/2012 by Dawn from Morro Bay, CA
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  The back PFD portion is 9 1/4" in length. The mesh portion is just about 11" in length. The PFD portion starts at the top of my spine/lower neck. Hope this helps.

                  Answered on 9/10/2012 by Sandi from East Greenbush, NY
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  The back covers the shoulder blades and the mesh reaches just above the
                  waist line. The PFD is very comfortable to wear and use and does not
                  conflict with the seat back of the kayaks.

                  Answered on 9/10/2012 by brusks5 from Menomonee Falls, WI
                • VERIFIED BUYER

                  A:

                  It's about 50% of each. My husband wears it to kayak, and really likes it. He says the design allows for a lot of arm movement, and because of the mesh, it doesn't get as hot as most pfd's.
                  I hope this helps!

                  Answered on 9/11/2012 by Anonymous
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