NRS Clearwater Mesh Back PFD

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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 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.
  • 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
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 Clearwater Mesh Back PFD Video

NRS Clearwater Mesh Back PFD Video (2:23)

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.

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

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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

    Q:

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

    3 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      It weighs 1.9 pounds.

      Answered on 1/22/2014 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Maybe 2 pounds.

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

      A:

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

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

    Q:

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

    2 answers

    • 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
    • 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
  • 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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NRS Clearwater Mesh Back PFD
 
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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (34)
  • Adjustable (32)
  • Lightweight (25)
  • Good ventilation (22)
  • Durable (18)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Paddling (26)
    • Kayak / canoe / rafting (17)
    • Boating / sailing (4)
      • Chest Size:
      • Feels too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        97% 

        (31 reviews)

        Feels too big

         
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Intermediate (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (34)

    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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    5.0

    Typical NRS Quality Product:

    By Loon

    from Ankeny, IA.

    About Me Intermediate

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about NRS Clearwater Mesh Back PFD:

        Just received this new PFD. All our water is hard here in Iowa this December. After use on soft water in the spring I'll be happy to make a review
        that will be meaningful.

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

        good design, but....

        By Jack

        from Billings, MT

        About Me Intermediate

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Paddling

          Comments about NRS Clearwater Mesh Back PFD:

          Mesh back is the reason I bought this PFD. Product is well designed, though it could use a knife patch , and zippers on at least one pocket for security would improve the vest.

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

          Fit for purpose

          By Paul

          from Australia

          About Me Intermediate

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Comfortable
          • Durable
          • Good Ventilation
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Canoeing
            • Paddling

            Comments about NRS Clearwater Mesh Back PFD:

            This is an excellent product for high back siton craft.

            Service and delivery comments:

            Delivery was excellent considering I live in Australia.

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

            Best yet!

            By Jim R

            from San Diego CA

            About Me Advanced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Adjustable
            • Comfortable
            • Durable
            • Good Ventilation
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Kayaking
              • Paddling

              Comments about NRS Clearwater Mesh Back PFD:

              I recently bought a touring kayak with a high back seat, and the back padding on my old PFD kept getting in the way. On this model, the mesh back with the high mounted padding works out just right. The placement of the adjusting straps makes it easy to get an excellent fit. Finally, of all the PFDs I've owned, this one allows the greatest freedom of movement for paddling.

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

              Very comfortable PDF

              By OmAli

              from Tennessee

              About Me Intermediate

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adjustable
              • Comfortable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Canoeing
                • Paddling

                Comments about NRS Clearwater Mesh Back PFD:

                Ordered the Clearwater to replace my previous PDF, which was bruising the inside of my upper arms while paddling. Love the design of the arm openings relative to chest flotation, which gives unrestictive range of motion.

                The mesh back is cool and very comfortable even when I raise the seatback of my kayak.

                Haven't had a swim yet, but I feel very confident about the fit of the Clearwater. Hate to admit it, but at age 60, developing more of the "apple" body shape and wearing a size L/EXL top, some PDFs I tried on would slide up and over my head when my husband gave them the 'pull up on the shoulder strap' test. The Clearwater adjusts so well that I can be comfortable and have a properly fitting lifejacket at the same time.

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

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