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Designed with offshore sea kayakers in mind, the NRS cVest Life Jacket has pockets and attachment points for all the essentials. It also has lots of reflective tape and a cool mesh back that works great with high-back seats.
  • For touring comfort, convenience and safety, the cVest can't be beat. Photographers, naturalists and anyone who likes lots of pockets love it too!
  • Six pockets, including one for a radio, provide lots of handy storage.
  • An accessory lash tab and lanyard loops on the front, plus a beacon loop on the back, give you even more options for outfitting this vest.
  • Flotation is concentrated up front and behind the shoulders, with a mesh lower back that lets you recline, relax and stay cool.
  • SOLAS reflective tape on front and back provides outstanding low-light visibility.
  • Eight adjustment points ensure a snug, secure fit.
  • Large arm openings allow for unobstructed movement while paddling or rowing.
  • 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: 400-denier urethane-coated ripstop nylon
Entry System: Front zip
Pockets:
  • 6 - Front
Lash Tabs:
  • 1 - Front
Adjustment System:
  • 4 - Side
  • 2 - Shoulder
  • 2 - Waist
Features:
  • Reflective tape on front and back
  • Back strobe holding loop
  • Multiple attachment loops on front
  • 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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video: How To: Choose the Right Life Jacket

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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 cVest Mesh Back PFD
 
4.7

(based on 66 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (63)
  • Adjustable (58)
  • Good ventilation (41)
  • Lightweight (34)
  • Durable (29)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Paddling (52)
  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (30)
  • Boating / sailing (15)
  • Personal watercraft (9)
  • Wakeboarding (3)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      100% 

      (60 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (18), Intermediate (16), Beginner (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (58), Yes (5)

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5.0

I would buy this product again but check my review

By Bob

from Arlington, VA

About Me Advanced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Good Ventilation
  • Many pockets and attachment points

Cons

  • Be sure your radio fits in radio pocket

Best Uses

  • Paddling

Comments about NRS cVest Mesh Back PFD:

Only negative is that the radio pocket may not be large enough for your radio. Check it out before you start using the pfd and return it if the fit is not right. I saw one review where a reviewer specifically indicated that the exact model of radio that I have would fit. When I got the pfd I found the radio would not fit and I had to have a tailor modify the pocket. On the plus side I like this pfd so much that I was willing to spend the extra to do the modification. I am assuming that there is some manufacturing variation.

All the panels of the various size pfd's are the same. The only difference is the length of the connecting straps. This means that you can buy medium for some youth and that it could last them until they are an adult. All you have to do is figure out how to keep the excess strap length out of the way. I bought the medium one for my grandson and he will wear it for years.

Does not restrict me as a kayak paddler.

Having all the pockets makes it very convenient. Now actually have more capacity than I usually need.

Has back loop for hanging small light for night paddling.

Has attachment leash in largest pocket which will hold an iPhone in a Life Proof case with the flotation device. This means you can use navigation apps on your iPhone and not be nervous about dropping it when you pull it out to use it.

Mesh back means it works well with a seat back that extends above the combing. I have a back band but I still found it very valuable as I can lean back into a reclining position to comfortably relax. Also think it is useful for layback rolls.

Service and delivery comments:

As always NRS customer service was excellent.

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

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect for my use.

By Islandpaddler

from Alameda, CA

About Me Intermediate

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Comfortable
  • Good Ventilation

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Paddling

    Comments about NRS cVest Mesh Back PFD:

    I have this PFD in blue and have used it for a couple years. Decided to buy the same in orange for better visibility on the water. The blue one has served me well, comfortable with a high backed SOT seat. Enough pockets and especially like the radio pocket. Pockets are big enough for what I take and easily accessible. Quality is excellent. I have many NRS products and have been satisfied with all of them

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

    Bought a second one for my son.

    By Mr. Mako

    from Florida Keys

    About Me Advanced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Paddling

      Comments about NRS cVest Mesh Back PFD:

      Mainly bought for the dedicated radio pouch. The PFD has great floatation and lots of pockets. I had to add small tabs to all of the zippers. I liked it enough to by a second PFD for my son. He just crewed a week sailing on a 80' sailboat. He wore his PFD on deck at night. I wear mine sailing on an 18' Hobie. Great PFD!

      Service and delivery comments:

      Delivered on time.

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

      Love all the pockets

      By Rogue Yakker

      from Grand Rapids, Mi.

      About Me Intermediate

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Comfortable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Paddling

        Comments about NRS cVest Mesh Back PFD:

        I like how the back is up high, comfortable on the back when sitting in kayak. Lots of pockets.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Prompt delivery

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

        Versatile and comfortable PFD

        By Ken K

        from Cottage Grove, WI

        About Me Intermediate

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Good Ventilation
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Canoeing
          • Paddling

          Comments about NRS cVest Mesh Back PFD:

          I'm a big paddler and finding a PFD that fits without being restrictive can be a challenge. The NRS cVest works great for me - easy to forget I'm wearing it. Pockets come in handy while I'm doing my natural resources planning work.

          Service and delivery comments:

          Prompt delivery, no problems in the online ordering process.

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

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          • NRS cVest Mesh Back PFD

            Q:

            Hello I just purchase a NRS Vest. What is the small square plastic item on the front used for?
            Asked on 11/15/2015 by Tom from Stuart Florida

            15 answers

            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Primarily that plastic tab is for attaching a knife to such as the NRS Pilot or Co-Pilot knife. Or any knife with a boot style clip on the sheath. You can also lash or hang anything you wish to it with Paracord or other types of cordage.
              Dan Larson
              Copyright Daniel Larson 1997

              Answered on 11/18/2015 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I think that is lashing patch where u could attach beacon, knife etc

              Answered on 11/16/2015 by Viking from S Puget Sound
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              There are a number of safety items such as knives and emergency lights that have clips. see photo attached.

              Answered on 11/15/2015 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              The plastic square is used to attach a knife to the jacket

              Answered on 11/15/2015 by sam from gansevoort ny
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Tom that is simply a mount for usually a light or rescue knife. A strap attached to the knife or light, or whatever, runs through there.
              Have fun,
              Dan
              Sent from my iPad

              Answered on 11/15/2015 by Dan the Kayaker-Sailor from Cincinnati. OH
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Tom, it's for attaching a knife. Knives that are made to be attached to pfd's have a clip on their sheath that slips into the slit on one side of the square and the exits out of the other slit, holding the sheath very securely. If you buy a knife for your vest you'll want to attach it with the handle pointing down and the blade end up. When needed, the knife can very quickly be pulled downward and out of the sheath, ready to be used for an emergency rope cutting or, more happily, something like spreading peanut butter.
              Mark Gormel
              Sent from my iPhone

              Answered on 11/15/2015 by Mark from Landenberg, PA
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I use mine to attach a rescue knife, specifically a 'River Shorty,' which is blunt nose for prying and a sharp blade for cutting if needed. I use heavy black zip ties to attach it.
              I hope this helps!
              Sent from my iPhone 6

              Answered on 11/15/2015 by Blue Q Sea Kayaker from Coast of Maine
            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Tom, it's called a "lash tab." It's normally used to attach a rescue knife. This video demonstrates its use - http://www.nrs.com/boating_tips/how_to_knife_lash_tab.asp

              Answered on 11/15/2015 by Clyde from NRS
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              It is used for clipping in gear you want to have accessible. The only thing I know specifically made to fit is a special knife. NRS may sell one?
              Good luck and enjoy.
              Rick

              Answered on 11/15/2015 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              to hold a knife

              Answered on 11/15/2015 by Cap from Worcester, Mass
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              It is used to attach a knife or other items with the matching clasp
              Dan Geiger
              DJ Geiger & Co., LLC
              1880 Fort Harrods Drive
              Lexington, Kentucky 40503-5403

              Answered on 11/15/2015 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Usually a knife.
              Sent from my iPad

              Answered on 11/15/2015 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              It's used for securing a river knife to the vest.
              Sent using CloudMagic Email

              Answered on 11/15/2015 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Hi Tom!
              If you are talking about the square, black tab with 4 slots in it; it is called a "lash tab." You can run a strap through it to hold a radio, knife sheath, watch, gps, anything! Hope this helps!
              Whit
              Whittier & Selma Patrick
              Continuous Travelers
              Sent from my iPhone

              Answered on 11/15/2015 by Sel from Oregon Coast
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              It's the attachment for the safety knife.
              Sent from my iPhone

              Answered on 11/15/2015 by Anonymous
          • NRS cVest Mesh Back PFD

            Q:

            Can I use a tow harness with the NRS cVest Mesh back PFD.

            I like the mesh back, extra pockets (great for touring) but would like to be able to use a tow harness.
            Asked on 11/4/2015 by Dave from Ottawa ontario Canada

            4 answers

            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I wear an nrs tow rope with this vest all the time.
              Sent from my iPad

              Answered on 11/4/2015 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              yes, you can wear a tow rope in a waist bag
              Denise

              Answered on 11/4/2015 by Anonymous
            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Dave, the cVest isn't configured for an integrated quick-release belt. We make a separate Tow Line, Item # 50002.01, that can be worn with the vest.

              Answered on 11/4/2015 by Clyde from NRS
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Not sure if the tow harness will work or not. Depends on how it fits. This PFD is great, but it is a little bulky. Hope this helps.
              Sent from my iPhone

              Answered on 11/4/2015 by Anonymous
          • NRS cVest Mesh Back PFD

            Q:

            I have read that the only difference between the S/M and L/XL size is the length of the straps and that the flotation panels are the same size. Could you confirm this for me please.
            Asked on 9/29/2015 by Rick from Genoa, NV

            5 answers

            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              The answer to your question is the flotation number of the vest. If the
              flotation number is the same then only the straps are different.
              Sent from my iPhone

              Answered on 9/29/2015 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              We have the XL and XXL sizes. The flotation panels are the same size. Remember, different class PFDs are require to have a minimum amount of buoyancy, so the size of the panels are adequate.
              Whittier & Selma Patrick
              Continuous Travelers
              Sent from my iPhone

              Answered on 9/30/2015 by Sel from Oregon Coast
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              That is correct. I have the s/m and my husband has the l/xl. I can wear his, but the straps are annoyingly long. He can wear mine, but they need to be extended fully. We both find them to be very comfortable to kayak in. Hope that helps
              Sent from my iPad

              Answered on 9/29/2015 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Since I only bought one vest I have nothing to compare it to. Nevertheless, the one I did buy is an excellent vest. I actually like it better than my Kokatat vest.
              Sent from my iPhone 6

              Answered on 9/29/2015 by Blue Q Sea Kayaker from Coast of Maine
            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              That is true, Rick. That and some other things are covered in the "Life Jacket Fiction and Fact" article linked there in the More Information section of the web page.

              Answered on 9/29/2015 by Clyde from NRS
          • NRS cVest Mesh Back PFD

            Q:

            Hi, I weigh about 230 and I am wondering if I need to go from a lg/xl or xxl vest in case I am wearing a wet suit, and what is the policy for exchange
            Asked on 7/20/2015 by none from none

            6 answers

            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Vest is quite accommodating but you “may" want the XXL + they’re great on returns/exchanges

              Answered on 7/20/2015 by doc from orange county
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I weigh a little over two hundred pounds – 6ft -3in. I purchased the lg/xl and it is quite expandable with the extra length of the straps – but – the wet suit changes everything IMHO – I’d get the larger option, It’s a very adjustable product.

              Answered on 7/20/2015 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I weigh just under 220 and I have an XXL and it fits great

              Answered on 7/20/2015 by Cap from Worcester, Mass
            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              In the Specs section we give the design flotation on all the life jackets we carry. With only one exception there's only one number given. The sizes of the cVest, along with most recreational jackets, all have the same amount of flotation. The only difference is the length of the adjustment straps. The US Coast Guard has determined that in relatively calm waters, most adults need an additional 7-12 extra pounds of flotation to keep their heads above water. They have set the minimum flotation for the Type III jacket at 15.5 pounds. The cVest has 16.5 pounds. Your wetsuit will also supply flotation. Our returns policy is super generous; we even pay for return shipping.

              Answered on 7/20/2015 by Clyde from NRS
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I'm 6'3", 230# & I wear an XXL - it has plenty of adjustment to spare should
              I need it.

              Answered on 7/20/2015 by Jim from Pacific Northwest
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              These PFD s are very adjustable.. Either size will work, but I would stay
              with l xl > It should fit over a wet suit. A lot depends on how you carry
              your weight. If it is primarily at and above your waist you may want to
              go with the larger size.

              Answered on 7/20/2015 by sam from gansevoort ny
          • NRS cVest Mesh Back PFD

            Q:

            I am 5'9 and weigh 150 pounds. I am slender. What size do you recommend?

            Also, do you recommend this jacket based on the following?
            I paddle a 17' sea kayak primarily in Florida coastal and lake waters. It's hot much the year. I currently have a mesh back pfd but it lacks pockets and attachment points. I paddle solo and need to have quick access to emergency gear. This jacket appears to fit the bill.
            Asked on 4/6/2015 by Tim from Kissimmee, FL

            10 answers

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Tim, life jackets are sized by chest circumference. Like most Type III jackets, the foam flotation panels on the three sizes are all the same; the difference in sizes is the length of the adjustment straps. Measure your chest and take into account extra clothing you may be wearing when the weather isn't hot. Sounds like the cVest will be a good choice for your paddling. Boat Safe.

              Answered on 4/6/2015 by Clyde from NRS
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I haven't used it much but I am happy with it. from what you shared I think it has what your looking for. �I would buy it again. however it is a bit bulky in front and up high, so the heat may be a factor.
              as far as size I don't have mine handy to see what size it is. �I would
              call NRS and take their advise on that. �another thing about NRS is the easy return, you could order two sizes and return one. �they send a return form with the orders If I recall. �

              Answered on 4/6/2015 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I would recommend the medium size. It is very adjustable.

              Answered on 4/6/2015 by sam from gansevoort ny
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              It would be nice if you could fit in the small/medium; the straps are totally adjustable @ every point so you can fit as needed. NRS is totally cool if you have to return it for a different size. Pockets are just okay but the lanyard loops are great. Comfortable moving about/paddling. Good luck.

              Answered on 4/6/2015 by doc from orange county
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I recommend the adult large size (there are adjustable straps on the side
              that will expand or contract the vest). Both my wife and I have been using
              this PFD for 4 years now and are extremely pleased. It has the most and
              most accessible pockets of any vest we have seen. The high back floatation
              allows for good extension and facilitates rolling. The lower portion of
              the back is mesh so it will help with the heat issue. I strongly recommend
              this PFD.
              Mike Courts

              Answered on 4/6/2015 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I have had my PFD for several years now. We are a similar size. I am a little heavier. My jacket is a "Large to X-Large". Easily adjusted. I have worn mine for nearly 24 hours at a time during races. A little bulky and hot, but the floatation, and storage are literally life savers. It is generally a great piece of safety gear, and works well with a variety of paddling seats.

              Answered on 4/6/2015 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Get a large, Jacket is fully adjustable and the return policy for NRS is
              the great in case you want a different size.
              If I didn't already have a PDF I would get this one. High back feels weird
              at first but is really nice for pontoon/rafting seats. Makes me want to get
              on the water.

              Answered on 4/7/2015 by Jaloppeno from LaGrande OR.
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Tim,
              I am 6'2" - 190 and have the L/X size. It can go much bigger than me. I
              imagine if I was slightly smaller I would want the M.
              I am in Tampa Bay and use mine year round, oftentimes solo at night. I
              think this vest is an excellent option.

              Answered on 4/6/2015 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              My guess for you sizewise would be a S/M but you will need to measure your chest at the widest point just below your armpits and choose according to the size chart on the page here. http://www.nrs.com/product/2157/nrs-cvest-mesh-back-pfd
              As for the other concerns, I have unfortunetely only worn my vest a couple of times as life issues got in the way of paddling and I need to upgrade my kayak. But in my case I did roll my boat and got swamped in swift water. I am 6'1" and weigh 225 and the vest worked perfectly with no issues. I picked it mainly because I wanted something between a paddling vest and a resque vest. I'm a total gear junkie and love having everything I might need on me and this vest fits the bill perfectly. Should be plenty of room for some gator repellent! I hope this helps and remember to be safe and have fun on the water.
              Dan Larson

              Answered on 4/7/2015 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Tim
              I really like this jacket, wore it last week sailing, rowing, and often paddling. I like the pockets, and attachment points. Researched it two years ago, don’t see anything now that would want me to change.
              I don’t know how you can get around the heat issue. You need flotation to lift all the stuff in the pockets.
              It seems very adjustable. This pfd worked ok in my current design kayak and now in Aire Superlynx inflatable kayak w higher back seat.
              You are smart carrying the gear for solo survival: LED beacon, space blanket, waterproof matches, lighter, compass, signal flares, VHF radio, put your phone in waterproof case as well - lifeProof etc. Be sure to tie on the pocket knife, and whistle.
              Have fun and
              Best paddling
              Jim

              Answered on 4/13/2015 by Anonymous
          • NRS cVest Mesh Back PFD

            Q:

            If unconscious, will the cVest PFD float the user face up?
            Asked on 1/16/2015 by Jason from United States

            1 answer

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Jason, the cVest is a Type III life jacket. The Type III is not designed to turn an unconscious person face up. Check out the definition of the types here - http://www.nrs.com/pfd.asp

              Answered on 1/16/2015 by Clyde from NRS
          • NRS cVest Mesh Back PFD

            Q:

            Is the sizing different for women's? (5'3" and 38" chest) What size pfd would allow for layering? Or is a different model recommended for women? I like the mesh back, pockets, open style...
            Asked on 9/23/2014 by Kathy from United States

            1 answer

          • NRS cVest Mesh Back PFD

            Q:

            Hi: Read the answers to the question about what size will the VHF pocket accept and but would still like to double check to see if the pocket will accept my Standard Horizon HX851 which is 2.46" W x 5.57" H x 1.77" D. Thanks.
            Asked on 4/8/2014 by Frank from United States

            4 answers

            • A:

              The HX851 would not fit in my VHF pocket but for some folks it did. Love the vest so I had a taylor friend enlarge the pocket just a bit. I gather that there is some variance during manufacturing so I would try it before you buy or just get it direct from NRS were returns are easy.

              Answered on 12/7/2015 by Bob from mid-Atlantic, Potomac/Cheasapeake
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Yes it will, it has elastic sides that allow for expansion.

              Answered on 4/14/2014 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              The VHF pocket is approximately 2.5" W x 1.5" D x 5.5" H. The sides and bottom are made of an elastic material which will allow some stretch as well. It can can except a radio slight longer than 5.5" as the retaining strap attaches approximately 1.25" above pocket. Looks like a good fit for the Standard Horizon HX851.
              Sent from my iPhone

              Answered on 4/8/2014 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Yes the radio will fit. I have 3 different VHF radios including a Standard
              Horizon HX290 floating radio which is slightly larger than you described
              and it fits fine. Great vest, my 3rd season with it and I think it is
              fantastic.
              Mike

              Answered on 4/8/2014 by Anonymous
          • NRS cVest Mesh Back PFD

            Q:

            Thank you for answering my question about the 16.5 lb floatation buoyancy, but I need to know how it relates to keeping a 160 lb person floating in the water while trying to re-enter a kayak. I don't want to be fighting to stay on top of the water, as well as trying to get back in the kayak I am new to all this.
            Thanks
            Asked on 3/26/2014 by wing from SC

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              I weigh 168 lbs, and was fine with how it kept me up when I practiced dumping my kayak.  Comfortable too.  

              Answered on 3/26/2014 by Anonymous
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              I have this vest. I weigh a lot, about 290, but don't float as much as you would expect for a fat guy. The vest keeps me high enough in the water that it is no issue, and getting back in is straightforward enough. Its never all that easy for me, but I don't feel as if more floatation would help. I REALLY like the abundant pockets, I bought this because it had a pocket for my marine radio for sea adventures. but the others are very useful for both sea and backcountry trips.

              Answered on 3/26/2014 by Anonymous
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              Your body naturally has lots of buoyancy. The Coast Guard has found that 7-12 pounds of extra flotation will help most adults keep their heads above water. So, they've mandated a minimum of 15.5 pounds of flotation for most recreational life jackets. There are many jackets with higher flotation; however, this makes them more bulky, which can interfere with things like your reentry in your kayak after a swim.

              Answered on 3/27/2014 by Clyde from NRS
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              I should note that while I did not try and re-enter my kayak, I had no flotation issues with my vest when I got swamped last fall in my boat and I'm about 225 pounds. I had my paddle teathered to my boat with a leash and just swam to shore pulling the boat and re-entered from shore. With the flotation pads in the C Vest in the front and behind the neck, this vest makes it very easy to turn on your back and if snugly adjusted you will have no problem at your weight of 160. Read the article below for more info on PFD Flotation Ratings. You C Vest is a Type III. Most Type IIIs are about 15.5 Pounds of flotation. The C Vest is as mentioned 16.5 and therefore exceeds the USCG standards by a full pound of flotation.
              Dan Larson
              Buoyancy is the force (in pounds) required to keep a person's head and chin afloat above water. Most adults need just an extra 7 to 12 pounds of buoyancy to stay afloat. Additionally, your weight, body fat, lung size, clothing and whether the water is rough or calm are all factors to staying on top of the water. In general, the more physically fit you are, the more lift you need.
              To check buoyancy, tilt your head back and relax your body. Your chin should be above water and your breathing should be easy. If your mouth is not above the water, select a different PFD with more buoyancy. It should not ride up or go over your head. However, if your stomach is larger than your chest, ride-up may occur. Remember, it will be different bouncing around in swift water where currents may be jostling or pulling you down than it will be in calm waters.
              The USCG requires the following minimum buoyancy:
              Type of PFD
              Min. Adult Buoyancy (lbs.)
              Type I
              22.0
              Type II
              15.5
              Type III
              15.5
              Type IV
              Ring Buoys & Cushions
              16.5 & 18.0
              Type V
              Hybrids & Special Use
              7.5 (deflated) - 22.0 (fully inflated) & 15.5-22.0

              Answered on 3/27/2014 by Anonymous
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              This vest provides me with plenty of floatation to have no problem reentering my boat.  However, various factors also need to be considered when attempting to reenter your boat such as water conditions, personal skill level and just because a person weighs 160 pounds doesn't necessarily mean their body buoyancy will be exactly the same.
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              Answered on 3/27/2014 by Anonymous
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              Getting back in a kayak
              Good question: Depends what type of kayak and water conditions:
              Traditional plastic or fiberglass white water kayak - in white water, will be difficult regardless of life jacket, Remember, white water has lots of air in it and you float lower, hydraulics and eddies can hold you under. Higher flotation is better. If you get tossed out of the fiberglass or plastic kayak, stay upstream of it so you don't get crushed between it and rock or logs, and work your way toward shore. Stay away from logs, trees hanging into water that can pin you, Your kayak should have airbags & and or compartments to keep most water out, and make kayak more manageable.
              If you use an Inflatable Kayak from NRS or AIRE - your seat should have one strap that goes around kayak that you may use to flip the kayak upright - most good ones are self bailing so it will drain out, and you need to practice entry by grabbing straps etc on far side of boat, do scissors kick and throw one elbow over the IK to the other side. PFD should not interfere, and is absolutely necessary. Wear it don't carry it.
              If sea kayaking and you spill, you should have what is called a paddle float - that is bag you tie on to end of your paddle, then inflate, tie the other end of the paddle on at right angles behind your seat - stretchable straps on most sea kayaks are too flexible, so need something more sturdy, quite frankly I've practice this a lot and its a big job in cold Pacific NW water, and whatever sea conditions upset you likely still exist so you may spill a couple of times getting in - google search - paddle float rescue. Personally this is a tentative way to re-enter in chaotic sea state as once your boat has water in it, it is not very stable.
              Years ago we added a different system to our kayaks, can't recall the name but basically looks like little tube [8-10" around by 3'feet] w straps to another tube that fits on both sides of the cockpit, [kind of water wings for sea kayak] snaps and buckles added at home make it easy to put on - then you lean across and blow up the air tube opposite you -its very stable and you can get in and kayak will float usually upright while you bail /pump water, put your skirt back on, pump inside skirt next to your waist and pump, -
              We purchase the NRS sea-kayak vest last summer, used it a lot for sailing [with inflatable PFD harness over for serious sailing and then alone for inflatable kayaking once at anchor - while circumnavigating Vancouver Island. Its great, as the back float doesn't jam on back of your seat. Have fun and don't let all this info scare you off - just keep asking questions and take a class - J

              Answered on 3/29/2014 by Anonymous
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              I use this vest and am 6'1" and 190. I find that the best holds me up just
              fine in the water, and that I can concentrate on getting back into the boat
              without worrying about sinking.

              Answered on 3/30/2014 by Anonymous
          • NRS cVest Mesh Back PFD

            Q:

            What is meant by floatation design 16.5 lbs?
            Asked on 3/25/2014 by wing from SC

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              Courtesy of the US Power Squadron
              " When purchaseing a PFD, it's important that you not only buy the right type, but one that was made for someone your size. Today, most PFDs are labeled with the weight in pounds that can be supported by that particular life jacket, but what exactly does pounds of buoyancy mean?
              If something is buoyant, that means it can hold something afloat. For example, if you had a Type I PFD that is required to have 22 pounds of buoyancy, it would be capable of holding 22 pounds of material afloat.
              So how could a PFD with 22 pounds of buoyancy hold up a 200-pound person in the water? About 80% of the body is water. 200lbs. X 80% = 160 lbs.
              Water in the body has no weight in the water so the PFD doesn't have to support 160 of those 200 lbs. 200 lbs. - 160 lbs. = 40 lbs.
              So in the example of a 200-pound person, the PFD only really needs to support 40 lbs.
              But if the PFD only has a buoyancy rating of 22 pounds, how can it hold up 40 pounds? On average, most people's bodies have about 15% fat and fat is lighter than water so the PFD doesn't have to support that weight.
              200 lbs. X 15% = 30 lbs. 40 lbs. - 30 lbs. = 10 lbs.
              A 200-pound person really only weighs about 10 pounds in the water! So, the PFD really only has to support 10 pounds. A PFD with a 22 pound rating is more than enough to keep a 200-pound person afloat.
              Type I22 lbs.
              Type II15.5 lbs.
              Type III15.5 lbs.
              Ring Buoy16.5 lbs.
              Boat Cushion18 lbs.
              Hybrid inflatable22/7.5 lbs.
              Special use device15.5 to 22 lbs.

              Answered on 3/25/2014 by Lost Petral from Potter Valley, CA
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              When the jacket is new it provides 16.5 pounds of buoyancy. Over time, with compression and aging of the foam, any jacket will lose some buoyancy.

              Answered on 3/26/2014 by Clyde from NRS
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