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NRS Big Water V Youth 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 Youth is a high flotation jacket that will fit a range of young body types.
  • Four front buckles make entry, exit and adjustment simple and quick.
  • The Youth size fits people 50-90 lbs.
  • Webbing loops for leg straps add extra security in big water. (Leg Straps sold separately).
  • Six side adjustments and two shoulder adjustments hold the PFD securely in place.
  • The flotation collar helps keep your head up out of the water and offers some protection to your noggin from rocks in the event you are floating downriver head first.
  • This jacket carries the US Coast Guard Certification, through testing by Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • Design Flotation: 15.5 lbs.

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US Coast Guard Type: V
Profile: High
Design Flotation: 15.5 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
Features:
  • Fits youth 50-90 lbs.
    • US Coast Guard Certification
Size Chest Weight (lbs)
Child 22"-25" 30-50
Youth 24"-29" 50-90

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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.

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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 Big Water V Youth PFD

    Q:

    I am looking for a good life vest for my grandsons. We don't kayak but do boat and tube and swim in the deep lake. Would this vest be good for that? I thought it might be more comfortable for them to wear than the ones the ones we have now.
    Asked on 1/31/2015 by MooMoo from Arkansas

    10 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      It's an excellent life vest, with lots of flotation. It may be more than you need for your stated uses. However, one thing that really recommends it for kids, whose body shapes vary so much, is that you can add the Leg Straps, Item # 40017.01, ensuring that the vest won't slip up, giving even more security.

      Answered on 2/2/2015 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I would go with the NRS Crew Youth & Child PFD. I have both. The Big Water V is meant for challenging environments that call for a more serious life jacket. It’s a high flotation jacket with a flotation collar that helps keep the wearers head higher in the water. The NRS Crew PFD is great for flatwater boating. The Big Water V is a little bulky and a little less comfortable.

      Answered on 2/2/2015 by ggreen from Massachusetts
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes they are comfortable and have high flotation. However, this is a
      whitewater jacket and due to the extra foam in the chest it may bulge out
      and not be as comfortable for paddling using a kayak paddle. Your arms may
      rub on the vest and chaff after hours of paddling...
      A paddle vest will be slimmer in the chest area for more comfort paddling.
      This vest is ideal for falling overboard in class II+ river rapids.
      Nontheless, it is a great vest and should do well either way.

      Answered on 2/1/2015 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Not knowing what you have I can't say whether this would be more or less comfortable. We're whitewater rafters and I purchased this PFD for its many pounds of flotation. We cinch it down to where it's slightly difficult for him to breathe, and also use crotch straps. For us it's not about comfort... it's about keeping a child who can't yet self-rescue afloat in Class III-IV rapids if he were to fall out of the boat. IMO it's a PFD for rivers. You probably don't need this much flotation for lakes, but it'd certainly do the job.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 1/31/2015 by Mom on the river from Salt Lake City, UT
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      We have used the vest for whitewater rafting, and it has served us very
      well. It fits snugly and securely and is comfortable. It might be overkill
      for use on a lake but I think it would be safe and provide excellent
      flotation.

      Answered on 1/31/2015 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      We like this vest for our boys. If you are looking for a vest with the
      pillow(Type V), this is the best one we have seen.
      Tim Sattelmeier

      Answered on 1/31/2015 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I purchased 2 of these and I am quite happy with them. My kids have worn
      them for hours with no discomfort. That being said, we use them for
      whitewater rafting so I opted for a vest with greater flotation. (15.5
      lbs.). They may be a little bulkier than what would typically be used on
      flat water where the kids will be moving around a lot.

      Answered on 1/31/2015 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I love this lifejacket. We do a lot of whitewater with our young boys, and
      I think this is the safest lifejacket for kids on the market. That being
      said, it's a lot more than you need for lake swimming. It is comfortable
      though.

      Answered on 1/31/2015 by Dr. Sam from Spokane
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      We like this vest for our 8 yr old for extra flotation on bigger moving
      rivers, lakes and whitewater. I'm not sure if you need this for general
      recreation on lakes. It is fairly comfortable but perhaps not as much as
      some waterski/tubing type vests that are thinner.
      Dm

      Answered on 1/31/2015 by mac from Bozeman, MT
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It is a very nice vest. Our son was very tall and skinny when he outgrew his old vest with crotch straps (50lbs max.) I wanted another vest with crotch straps because he was so skinny I feared he would slip out of a regular vest. This vest has optional double straps that you can purchase separately for a nominal fee and they work great. In addition, it has a lot of buckle adjustments on the shoulders, sides and front so you can really snug it down, or loosen it up as they grow.  It also has the flotation device behind the head like the old uncomfortable orange vests we wore as kids, except it is comfortable as this vest doesn't ride up and the head support lies flat when out of the water, so it fits more like a ski vest. Our son is now 13 years old, 5' tall, 75 lbs., and he still wears this vest while kayaking and while frog hunting by himself along the river, minus the optional crotch straps. He's worn it for at least 3 years with no complaints. It is well worth the price we paid.
      Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

      Answered on 1/31/2015 by Anonymous
  • NRS Big Water V Youth PFD

    Q:

    Is the Big Water V Youth PFD by NRS a good vest for canoe travel in moving water 1 to 3 mph and some flat water. Would it be comfortable for extended wear of 6 to 8 hours in temperatures ranging from 75 to 95 degrees.
    Asked on 1/7/2014 by John from Louisiana

    15 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Yes, very comfortable for long periods in hot weather. Grandson uses his for white water rafting and loves it.

      Answered on 1/10/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I would say it's fine for that. Maybe a little overkill for the size water you are looking at.

      Answered on 1/8/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      John, if your youngster is in that 50-90 pound range the jacket is designed for it should be fine. Another good choice is the NRS Vista Youth, Item # 40006.01. It has pockets, which the Big Water lacks. The Big Water does have loops to accommodate the Leg Straps, sold separately.

      Answered on 1/8/2014 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      At the upper end of the weight range, depending on the swimming skills of
      the child, I would get a lighter duty PFD for your situation, as the PFD is
      meant for a snug fit and buoyancy in whitewater.
      However, for a smaller child at the lower end of the weight range with
      undeveloped swimming skills, it would be a very safe option for flat water.
      For reference, I have a 6 year old boy who uses it for Class II-III trips
      down the Deerfield in MA. However, my 3 year old daughter has used it for
      flat water.
      Good luck!

      Answered on 1/8/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      We found the vest to be too wide/bulky for our very slendar child.
      Design looks like it would be comfortable if it fits the child well.
      We ended up using one of similar cut but only class III which
      fit better across a narrow torso. Not convinced you need a class V
      for the conditions you described.

      Answered on 1/7/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      We are very comfortable using this vest. It is very comfortable for our daughter (she spends upwards of 8 hours - dry-in it for salmon fishing on the ocean as well as kayaking -wet- in class 2 rivers.) The flotation is excellent and keeps her head up in "aerated" wave tops - keep in mind the top of a foamy wave is air and not water. We use a crotch strap because our daughter is slim and the jacket- tho tightened - can be pulled over head (but I've seen that happen with tightened adult vests in fast water too). It is bulky but I wouldn't compromise flotation and protection (I.e. Banged ribs and river rocks). I guess it can be considered warm but she has never complained and a quick dip resolves that.
      FYI I was a white water guide and involved in swift water rescue on the Merced River (outside Yosemite) in California. I hope his helps.
      Kim, Matt and Julz. Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 1/7/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      We use it for extended days in the summer, and it's not uncomfortable for
      our boys (age 10 and 12). That being said, they don't mind when we pull up
      on the bank for lunch and they can take it off, as we cinch them in
      tightly...

      Answered on 1/7/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The vest provides very good floatation, and is definitely intended for white water more so than flat or calm conditions. The front of the PFD is thick, and I imagine 6+ hours of wear in warm temp could be uncomfortable. The vest itself fits well.
      Derek

      Answered on 1/7/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hello,
      We had a similar concern when using this for our 7 yr old but the vest is
      pretty comfortable. With warm temperatures I suspect it may seem a little
      too much vest for 6-8 hrs but it would probably work. Our son likes the
      vest and seems to be ok wearing it for several hours.
      d

      Answered on 1/7/2014 by mac from Bozeman, MT
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I would say it's the most buoyant vest and will keep your head above water
      but for flat water on a canoe I would go with something a little more
      comfortable that's not as bulky in the chest. Just like the name says,
      this is a Big Water vest, for getting dumped in canyons and around big
      rapids. Although is is a very comfortable and very adjustable, for canoeing
      I would go for something flatter on the chest so it's not in the way of
      your chin. It'll work, it just won't be comfortable for 8 hours of easy
      canoeing in my opinion. Hope this helps. If you want ultimate buoyancy, get
      this jacket.

      Answered on 1/7/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      These PFD's are great for white water and short durations. But they're bulky and hot, might be overkill for calmer waters. I would suggest a different type III for canoeing.
      Jared

      Answered on 1/7/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hello,
      Overall we are very pleased with this vest. My two boys, 6 and 8, wear them when we fish offshore here in S. Florida. They provide quite good arm movement (more so on my 8 year old) and are excellent quality. When the weather gets hot they often complain about being hot. Depending on the sea conditions, I will usually allow them to open the first couple clips to allow a bit more air to help them cool. I have used other high quality vests in the past - they all get hot.
      I hope this helps.

      Answered on 1/7/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It would be a good jacket for that purpose, it's about as comfortable a type V jacket you can find for kids. The rear flap is what makes it a special purpose jacket. It's possible it could annoy the child if they are trying to rest or lay down with the jacket on. If they are up and about, active, they they'll forget it's there. It's the safest jacket available for moving water.
      Jeff

      Answered on 1/7/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      For canoeing in flat water, this vest is a little bulky. The NRS Crew Youth PFD would be much more comfortable.

      Answered on 1/7/2014 by ggreen from Massachusetts
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hello...
      We purchased this PFD for our 7 year old and it is FANTASTIC!! It is
      comfortable and he can wear it with just a tee or with lots of layers (more
      the norm for our weather in Alaska). We recently travelled to Mexico and
      took it so that he would have it for snorkeling and it was great. Very
      comfortable and I like the multiple adjustments. I recommend this PFD, but
      get the leg straps for it, I think we bought those separately.
      Hope that this is a help.

      Answered on 1/7/2014 by Anonymous
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Pros

  • Comfortable (6)
  • Durable (5)
  • Adjustable (4)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (5)
  • Boating / sailing (4)
  • Paddling (4)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      86% 

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5.0

lot of floatation

By mellow

from Bend, Oregon

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Bright Color
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Easy To Put On And Adjust
  • Good Ventilation
  • Lot Of Floatation
  • Waterproof

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about NRS Big Water V Youth PFD:

      My 80 pound daughter floats high in the water like a fishing bobber in this vest. We floated some Class II and III whitewater and felt totally confident that our daughter was safe and would be easily retrievable if she went in - which didn't happen.

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

      Good fit

      By Pckelkins

      from Green Bay, Wisconsin

      About Me Beginner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Comfortable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Boating
        • Canoeing
        • Paddling
        • Personal Watercraft

        Comments about NRS Big Water V Youth PFD:

        Bought for my 8 year old son who is advancing whiter water kayaking. It has a good fit and was much more adjustable then it looked. Yet to see how it will fit in the kayak, but we are going to the pool soon.

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

        Good flotation, but hard to buckle

        By RiverMom

        from Idaho

        About Me Intermediate

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Restricts Movement

          Best Uses

            Comments about NRS Big Water V Youth PFD:

            Provides good flotation for kids in whitewater, but is very hard for them to buckle by themselves. Worth it though to make sure they are safe in level 3+ whitewater.

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

            Youth Type V Whitewater Jacket

            By River Warrior

            from Meridian, ID

            About Me Advanced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable
            • Comfortable
            • Durable
            • Indeed Keeps Kids Afloat

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Boating
              • Canoeing
              • Whitewater

              Comments about NRS Big Water V Youth PFD:

              When kids go in the water, the jacket has them popping up like daisies very quickly. The floatation of the jacket gives the kids confidence and calms their fear.

              Service and delivery comments:

              Delivery was quick.

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

              Excellent jacket for kids 50-90 lbs

              By mac

              from Bozeman, MT

              About Me Advanced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adjustable
              • Comfortable
              • Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Boating
                • Canoeing
                • Paddling
                • Personal Watercraft
                • Wakeboarding
                • Waterskiing

                Comments about NRS Big Water V Youth PFD:

                Can be adjusted for a range of kid sizes - very nice!

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

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