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Type V: When you want to float serious water you need a serious life jacket. The NRS Big Water V is a high flotation jacket with a universal fit that wraps easily around anyone's torso.
  • Four front buckles make entry, exit and adjustment simple and quick.
  • Universal Plus fits: 30" - 58" chest.
  • Six side adjustments and two shoulder adjustments hold the PFD securely in place.
  • Webbing loops for leg straps add extra security in big water. (Leg Straps sold separately).
  • Flotation collar helps keep your head above water while floating on your back.
  • Design Flotation: 25 lbs.

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US Coast Guard Type: V
Profile: High
Design Flotation: 25 lbs.
Outer Fabric: 420-denier nylon
Entry System: Front buckle
Adjustment System:
  • 4 - Side
  • 2 - Shoulder
  • 2 - Waist
Includes:
  • Flotation collar
  • 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 Big Water V PFD

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Type V: When you want to float serious water you need a serious life jacket. The NRS Big Water V is a high flotation jacket with a universal fit that wraps easily around anyones torso.

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 Big Water V PFD

    Q:

    I see that this is type v PFD, still can i use this for canoeing in the lake or while boating in calm waters? I dont know to swim so am ok to spend couple of bucks for a type v instead of type iii, want to make sure i have maximum floatation (i am 170lbs-5'7), please advice?
    Asked on 6/26/2014 by Venk from Fargo, ND

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      This jacket would be overkill for calm water. I say that meaning the best life jacket you can buy is the most comfortable jacket you can find. Every type III jacket will keep you safe and above water in those conditions; if your wearing it. An uncomfortable jacket will not because you will look for any opportunity to take it off.
      Shannon

      Answered on 6/26/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It's fairly bulky. You have plenty of arm movement available but it sticks
      out a little on your sides and quite a bit in the front and back. I used it
      to raft the Grand Canyon and fell in a few times. It's VERY buoyant. I WAS
      able to paddle in the raft with the PFD on.

      Answered on 6/26/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      You can certainly use it for the use you describe. Another jacket to consider is the Big Water Guide, Item # 40014.01. It has 22 pounds of flotation and is not quite as bulky as the Big Water V.

      Answered on 6/27/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Big Water V PFD

    Q:

    Does this jacket fit someone who weighs 300 lbs with the majority of the weight being in the stomach? I want a jacket that can fit a non-verbal person whom cannot yell for help
    Asked on 6/9/2014 by J from Colorado

    2 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Probably so , but it would be close? The biggest person to wear this PDF had a 52 inch chest but not as much belly. You might want to consider using some sort of crotch strap it keep it from riding up.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 6/9/2014 by river runner from colorado springs, co
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      J, the jacket fits up to 58" "chest", or area where it lays on the body. If your person measures that much or less, it should work. To prevent it slipping up, I strongly recommend you add the PFD Leg Straps, Item # 40017.01.

      Answered on 6/9/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Big Water V PFD

    Q:

    How much does it weigh?
    Asked on 3/22/2014 by Ian from Golden, BC

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Ian, it weighs 2.7 pounds.

      Answered on 3/24/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Big Water V PFD

    Q:

    Is there a way of securing (attaching) a rescue knife on this PFD?
    Asked on 2/9/2014 by Gus Kayak from Southern Illinois

    2 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Some boaters use something like zip ties to fasten a knife sheath to life jacket shoulder straps.

      Answered on 2/9/2014 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hmm-I guess you would have to sew on the case for the knife-good idea maybe I will do that. If you're not the crafty type, you might want to buy a jacket that has it already built on. Happy boating! Ashley
      Sent from my iPod

      Answered on 2/9/2014 by ashbuzz from garberville, ca
  • NRS Big Water V PFD

    Q:

    Hi,

    How many newtons are these PFD's and will the universal sizing equally fit a small 10 year old right up to a large adult?
    Asked on 5/15/2013 by Beachy from New Zealand

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I believe this PFD is rated at 21 pds. I am not much larger than a 10 year
      old and it fits well.

      Answered on 5/16/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

       fihi
      i dont know on the newtons but there is no jacket made that will equally fit a small 10 year old and an large adult.  A poor fitting jacket is a recipe for disaster.  Spend the money and get at least the basic groupings s/m, m/l, l/xl and see how that goes.  Losing a life is not worth $100
      bruce in CA
      ,

      Answered on 5/16/2013 by juan from paradise, ca
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Beachy, if I'm doing the math right the Big Water V has ~ 113N buoyancy. The Universal Plus sizing is for chest circumferences 30"-58". For younger folks in this jacket you'll want the Youth version, Item # 2152Y. It fits those with chests 24"-29", weight 50-90 pounds. It has ~ 70N buoyancy.

      Answered on 5/15/2013 by Clyde from NRS
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NRS Big Water V PFD
 
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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (23)
  • Durable (20)
  • Adjustable (18)
  • Lightweight (11)
  • Good ventilation (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Boating / sailing (18)
    • Kayak / canoe / rafting (11)
    • Paddling (9)
    • Personal watercraft (3)
      • Chest Size:
      • Feels too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        92% 

        (22 reviews)

        Feels too big

         
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Intermediate (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (30)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    At last a PFD that fits!

    I'm 350 lbs and had a lot of trouble finding a high volume PFD that fits my size. I go whitewater rafting and kayaking and the hire-shops can never fit me. Now I have...Read complete review

    I'm 350 lbs and had a lot of trouble finding a high volume PFD that fits my size. I go whitewater rafting and kayaking and the hire-shops can never fit me. Now I have my own and I am very happy.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    just ok

    too much of the floatation is in the chest, which makes it very bulky compared to others I've used. Also the overall feel of it is cheap.

    I would not recommed...Read complete review

    too much of the floatation is in the chest, which makes it very bulky compared to others I've used. Also the overall feel of it is cheap.

    I would not recommed for ladies, my girlfriend tried it on and she hated it due to how much floatation is in the front.

    The "pillow" float, is almost non existant in terms of floatation. Purly there so it can be called a Class V, while adding very little function.

    The buckels are hard to get to clip together, but will probably break in over time.

    I also tried it out, I'm 6'4 about 220. And even for me the amount of floatation up front is way too much.

    The old America's Cup, and other universal Class V PFD's that used to be avaialbe fit much better and were built better.

    Note I've been guiding for 11 years now. I would not recommened these, they need to be redesigned.

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    4.0

    universal size not universal

    By The Adventurer

    from northern New Mexico

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Waterproof

    Cons

    • Restricts Movement

    Best Uses

      Comments about NRS Big Water V PFD:

      Returned because pfd would rub inner arms badly when rowing for small person. Otherwise, a great jacket!

      • Chest Size:
      • Feels too big
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Very Satisfied

      By Jack

      from Northern Neck, Va.

      About Me Intermediate

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Good Ventilation
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Boating

        Comments about NRS Big Water V PFD:

        Meets all expectations. Exactly as presented. Received promptly.

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

        Love this jacket, it is very comfortable

        By Kath

        from Bend, Or

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Good Ventilation
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • White water rafting

          Comments about NRS Big Water V PFD:

          We white water raft, and we have for years. This is the most comfortable jacket, and it is very easy to move around in it.

           
          5.0

          My favorite PFD!

          By Jackson Hole Recreation

          from Alpine, Wyoming

          About Me Intermediate

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Comfortable
          • Durable
          • Good Ventilation
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Boating

            Comments about NRS Big Water V PFD:

            We are in the raft rental business and these are our customers favorite life vests. Very durable. Jackson Hole Recreation Alpine, Wyoming

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

            Peace of mind

            By Sam the family rafter

            from Spokane

            About Me Professional

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Adjustable
            • Comfortable
            • Fits Securely
            • Keeps Head Out Of Water

            Cons

            • Hard For Child To Put On

            Best Uses

            • Class 3-4 Whitewater

            Comments about NRS Big Water V PFD:

            Got this for my 9yr old (70lb) son. He's an ok swimmer and has spent a lot of time on the water. I had him in the Vista before, but I like this one a lot better. Feels more secure and has a head flap. Still leaves his arms free for good mobility. It is hard for him to put it on by himself, but he's learned to loosen the sides, then buckle the front, and then come to me to tighten the sides. He was simming class 2 and easy class 3 for fun in this PFD, and I felt much more confident with his safety. Rafting with kids is no fun if you're worried about their safety, so it was worth the extra money.

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

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