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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.
  • This jacket carries the US Coast Guard Certification, through testing by Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • Design Flotation: 25 lbs.

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Weight: 2.7 lbs.
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
    • 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"
XL/XXL 42"-58"
Universal 30"-58"

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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.

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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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4.5

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (27)
  • Adjustable (22)
  • Durable (22)
  • Lightweight (13)
  • Good ventilation (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Boating / sailing (20)
  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (13)
  • Paddling (11)
  • Personal watercraft (5)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      93% 

      (26 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Intermediate (6), Advanced (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (35)

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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5.0

Great jacket for friends and guests!

By MH

from Sacramento

About Me Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adjustable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Boating
    • Canoeing
    • Personal Watercraft

    Comments about NRS Big Water V PFD:

    I like the extra flotation for friends and family I take rafting. (vs. low profile vests).

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

    Not best, the only choice!

    By River Monster

    from Jackson County, North Carolina

    About Me Intermediate

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Good Ventilation

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Paddling
      • Personal Watercraft

      Comments about NRS Big Water V PFD:

      We got these pfds for people who visit us in the mountains of North Carolina. There is a reason that almost every Outfitter in the area uses she's like this. They are so adjustable and fit nearly everyone comfortably. Knowing that my inexperienced gas have on such a high riding best helps me relax and avoid the rocks in the river. I have a low profile PFD for myself but sometimes use these because they are just that comfortable. This is an excellent product.

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

      Sturdy, Comfor

      By Trscy

      from Chico,CA

      About Me Intermediate

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Whitewater

        Comments about NRS Big Water V PFD:

        Sturdy Comfo

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        These are surprisingly comfortable when rowing!

        By KCM

        from Fresno, CA

        About Me Advanced

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Boating

          Comments about NRS Big Water V PFD:

          I liked it better than the Extrasport Universal Rescue PDF that I also bought. I have 2 and will buy 3 more this winter.

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

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great looking vest

          By Dave

          from NE Wisconsin

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Comfortable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Doesn't Have Any Pockets

          Best Uses

          • Canoeing
          • Good River Camping Pillow
          • Paddling

          Comments about NRS Big Water V PFD:

          Because its gonna be ice until May, I won't be able to try it. Looks and feels fine! Being a big on the bigger size, I wanted a little more floatation than my previous NRS vest provided.

          Service and delivery comments:

          Just before I ordered, I used the online "Chat" feature at NRS website. A guy told me the color I wanted was on back order for like 3 weeks. I said I'll order. A couple days later I got an email saying it was on back order for 2 MONTHS!! but two days after that I received notice it was shipped!! Strange but I was very happy with the shipping time!

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

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          • NRS Big Water V PFD

            Q:

            For kayaking in the sea which is better- the big water v or the zen ?
            Asked on 2/8/2017 by Jc from Ireland

            4 answers

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              The Big Water V is not a good kayaking jacket. On the Big Water Guide, the center top-to-bottom of the front is 16", the back 18". The foam panels are 2" thick. The Zen will be a much better choice. Most kayakers are wearing one of the more low profile jackets - http://www.nrs.com/category/2678/life-jackets/low-profile-life-jackets - Please give us a call, 800.635.5202, to better discuss your best options.

              Answered on 2/9/2017 by Clyde from NRS
            • A:

              The Big Water is more compatible with white water rafting and kayaking. I
              would consider a less cumbersome PFD for calmer waters although the Big
              Water could be used. You may be more comfortable with a less bulky PFD for
              flatter water use that requires constant paddling.

              Answered on 2/9/2017 by aabikr from undisclosed
            • A:

              These are fairly different PFDs. Big Water is more of a big water rafting jacket with 25 pounds of flotation; fairly bulky and one size fits up to fairly burly folks. The zen is more of a kayaking style vest, with rescue hareness built in, and 17.5 pounds of flotation, and comes in four sizes. If you can't decide based on that, i'd suggest buying both and return one.

              Answered on 2/8/2017 by riverrider from undisclosed
            • A:

              Personally I wouldn't want the pillow hitting me all the time with the wind.
              Sent from my iPhone

              Answered on 2/8/2017 by mroth_0284 from undisclosed
          • NRS Big Water V PFD

            Q:

            Can this jacket be used while paddling a white water kayak ie is it short enough not to interfere with boat and roomy enough in the arm area to paddle correctly?
            Asked on 1/27/2017 by Grahame from Ottawa, Canada

            8 answers

            • A:

              It is more of a rafting-style jacket, but if I snug up the shoulder straps, it rides above the boat and still below my ribs. I am 6'1". The back is about half the thickness of the NRS Bigwater Guide PFD. The front is compact enough that I can reach across my chest without interference. So, while it might not be my first choice in a kayak, yes it will work.

              Answered on 1/28/2017 by riverrider from undisclosed
            • A:

              We have these jackets for our fire department and no one has mobility issues. The pads are thick... But that is because they are a more buoyant vest.
              Sent from my iPhone

              Answered on 1/27/2017 by a.rehm from undisclosed
            • A:

              It could be but I don't recommend it. It is a little too big.

              Answered on 1/27/2017 by mattwhenry from undisclosed
            • A:

              This PFD is the same one most raft companies give their customers to use. I would say the arms are probably free enough but it is too long
              Sent from my iPhone

              Answered on 1/27/2017 by mroth_0284 from undisclosed
            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Grahame, to provide 25 pounds of buoyancy the foam panels have to be bulky. From top to bottom in the back is 18"; you'd have to have a long torso for that to fit above your sprayskirt. Most whitewater paddlers are wearing a low-profile jacket - http://www.nrs.com/category/2678/life-jackets/low-profile-life-jackets - Or, a rescue-specific jacket like the Zen or Greenjacket - http://www.nrs.com/category/2680/life-jackets/rescue-life-jackets

              Answered on 1/27/2017 by Clyde from NRS
            • A:

              This vest saved my adult son's life during an accident in the Grand Canyon. Can't sing enough praises. Son is 6 ft, 190 lbs.

              Answered on 1/27/2017 by kaylene.johnson from undisclosed
            • A:

              this is a very bulky PFD- If you want high flotation and safety- this is a great life vest.
              If you want to minimize interference and not feel congested by PFD, this is not a good choice.
              Just my opinion.
              Glen Berry

              Answered on 1/27/2017 by glen5759 from undisclosed
            • A:

              I returned this jacket. It was rather cumbersome(bulky) for what I do. I fish and with rain gear on it just made things so large and bulky...could not move around. They have/had a fisherman PDF, one with pockets that I bought and really like. It served my purpose a lot better in terms of mobility. I'm not a kayaker. Had plenty of room in the arm area not sure on length. Hope that helps
              Sent from my iPhone

              Answered on 1/27/2017 by rod_evers from undisclosed
          • NRS Big Water V PFD

            Q:

            the big v pfd life jacket I have bought/ read type 111 pfd //please reply about it/is it a class 3 or class 5
            Asked on 8/26/2016 by none from north fork ca

            1 answer

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              It's a Type III/V. Please look at this article - http://www.nrs.com/pfd.asp - to learn how the US Coast Guard divides life jackets into the different categories. The Big Water V works as a Type III for recreational boating, and is also certified for use in commercial rafting operations.

              Answered on 8/27/2016 by Clyde from NRS
          • NRS Big Water V PFD

            Q:

            How many years will this lifejacket last before I have to buy a new one?
            Asked on 8/28/2015 by Luke from Emmett Idaho

            3 answers

            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Honestly, Luke, I have been impressed with every NRS product I have
              purchased over the course of my paddling experience. PFD's, wetsuits,
              paddles, floatbags, etc. I have bought many products from this company,
              they have all lasted me many years and I have been impressed with the
              quality and long life of every garment and piece of equipment. After 30
              years of whitewater canoeing and sea kayaking with NRS, I would highly
              recommend any of their products. And i have a closet full of them as
              testimony.

              Answered on 8/28/2015 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              We have had them for several years, about 8, and they are still like new.

              Answered on 8/28/2015 by River Rat Dave from Yakima
            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              There's no "right" answer to that, Luke. It depends on a number of factors, including how often you use it and how well you take care of it. If the material fades badly or gets torn or damaged it's probably time to replace it. Periodically get in the water and make sure it still floats you well. After use rinse it, let it dry thoroughly and store it in a dark, cool place. Taken care of it'll last you many years.

              Answered on 8/28/2015 by Clyde from NRS
          • NRS Big Water V PFD

            Q:

            Had a nasty spill while doing some Class V rafting. My Big Water V slid upward as I was swept about 50 yards through some big rapids. I am considering adding crotch straps before my next outing to help keep my head above water. Has anyone used these straps before with this life jacket? Are they difficult to install or adjust?

            Thanks.
            Asked on 7/21/2015 by Upper Yough Swim Team from Pennsylvania

            2 answers

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              You'll probably get some customer input, but I'll toss in my $0.02. The Leg Straps, Item # 40017.01,
              are easy to install and adjust. The bottom bullet on the product page describes the installation. They come as a pair, but you can use just one. You don't have to unclip them every time. You can just step through the loop before putting on and fastening the buckles. Be sure to snug up the bottom adjustment on the PFD below the rib cage.

              Answered on 7/22/2015 by Clyde from NRS
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I've seen a number of people put the crotch straps on I think it's a good idea
              Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

              Answered on 7/22/2015 by Anonymous
          • NRS Big Water V PFD

            Q:

            Does the storm whistle #45300.01 attach to a pfd tab?
            Asked on 8/26/2014 by Brian from Binghamton NY

            2 answers

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Brian, I'm not sure what you are referring to when you say "pfd tab." The Storm Whistle comes with a split ring. Take a look at the Big Water Guide Life Jacket, # 40014.01. At the top of the left front panel there's a square lash tab that's most commonly used to attach a rescue knife. At the top of the right front panel there's a webbing loop designed for attaching a whistle. I often wear this jacket but I put my whistle on a heavy cord loop that I anchor around the shoulder strap. That makes it easy to move from jacket to jacket. I hope that helps.

              Answered on 8/26/2014 by Clyde from NRS
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Hi Brian,
              Yes, I attached the whistle by looping the 'key ring' loop of the whistle through the webbing of the top left clip. I would have preferred a separate webbing loop elsewhere but it is easily accessible when the vest is on and is somewhat out of the way. See image below.
              John Herlihy
              HOW YOU DO ANYTHING IS HOW YOU DO EVERYTHING

              Answered on 8/27/2014 by Anonymous
          • NRS Big Water V PFD

            Q:

            what is the max weight that this pfd will support
            Asked on 8/5/2014 by Bucket Head from Christiana,Tn.

            2 answers

            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I (190lbs) have used it in big water and it floats me really high, it's a great jacket. However for most rivers my standard jacket with 16lbs of flotation is more comfortable and floats me very well. I would recommend this jacket if you float big water rivers(III+ to V water and high flows +10,000cfs) and are a big person +200lbs. I keep mine in my boat as a spare in-case anyone forgets a jacket, it fits just about any adult.

              Answered on 8/6/2014 by Anonymous
            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              The jacket has 25 pounds of foam-flotation buoyancy; that is, the foam will keep 25 pounds of dead weight at the surface. The human body has lots of natural buoyancy and the Coast Guard says that most adults only need 7 to 12 pounds of extra flotation to keep their heads above water. The leaner muscled a person is, the more extra flotation they need. The Coast Guard has set the minimum buoyancy for most life jackets at 15.5 pounds. So, the flotation of a jacket like the Big Water V greatly exceeds the minimum for most recreational jackets. While we can't specify a "max weight" you can be assured that it will float a person much higher than most jackets, even in aerated whitewater.

              Answered on 8/6/2014 by Clyde from NRS
          • 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

            • 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
            • 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
            • 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
          • 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

            • 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
            • 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
          • 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
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