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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"
XL/XXL 42"-58"
Universal 30"-58"

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (68)
  • Adjustable (64)
  • Good ventilation (45)
  • Lightweight (38)
  • Durable (34)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Paddling (56)
  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (33)
  • Boating / sailing (16)
  • Personal watercraft (10)
  • Wakeboarding (3)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      100% 

      (66 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (20), Intermediate (19), Beginner (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (64), Yes (5)

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5.0

Comfortable PFD Plenty O pockets

By WB

from Fairmount, GA

About Me Intermediate

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Comfortable
  • Good Ventilation
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Rides Up in Water

Best Uses

  • Canoeing
  • Paddling

Comments about NRS cVest Mesh Back PFD:

Overall the vest is nice. Good material, lot of pockets, and comfortable for a PFD. The zipper entry makes taking off much easier. I paddled a 7 day trip in this vest just after purchase, and it performed great. Due to my shape and size the vest would ride up if I didn't get the belt low enough, but I spent some time in the water (to cool off) and it kept me afloat with no effort. The mesh back was nice, and the high back float rested on the back of my kayak perfectly for those moments I wanted to lean my head back and drift. All in all I will go between this vest and my Zen depending on the need.

Service and delivery comments:

Delivery was prompt and without issue.

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

Very nice lifejacket

By Ritschi

from Germany, Grainau

About Me Advanced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Good Ventilation
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about NRS cVest Mesh Back PFD:

      The ranger permitted the Use of this brilliant product because "rafting" is not written in the coastguard approoved sign. Should be added!

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

      Great jacket

      By JT

      from Rochester, MA

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Waterproof

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Boating
        • Canoeing
        • Paddling
        • Personal Watercraft

        Comments about NRS cVest Mesh Back PFD:

        The jacket is the best for survival paddling. Lots of pockets, loops and a handy knife fastener for quick access. Very good value. I wish they had yellow.....red, orange and navy blue available.

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

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        NRS cVest PFD

        By Paddle On

        from Michigan

        About Me Intermediate

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Durable
        • Good Ventilation
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Paddling

          Comments about NRS cVest Mesh Back PFD:

          Used the vest once...so far. It fits well, good quality....I like all the pockets to keep a knife, light, whistle in so they are easy to get to and always with me. Still need to add a compass and fire stick, etc. I like the high back...it is very comfortable to sit in for 2-3 hours. I have a Jackson Cuda 12 kayak...the vest does not interfere with my comfortable seat...

          Service and delivery comments:

          The folks at NRS were great to work with. Provided me good advise based on our conversation. What sold me was the paid return if the vest didn't fit correctly or was not to my liking. Will buy more items once I determine my requirements and needs for kayaking. Very pleased.

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

          Great jacket!

          By Aalskarick

          from Out paddling......

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Comfortable
          • Durable
          • Good Ventilation
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Paddling

            Comments about NRS cVest Mesh Back PFD:

            Very comfortable, and lots of nice pockets.

            Service and delivery comments:

            Execllent

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

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            • NRS cVest Mesh Back PFD

              Q:

              Hi
              questionning about the compatibility with a harness used on Hobie cat 16

              thanks Francois
              Asked on 10/12/2016 by Frank from hobie in exumas bahamas

              3 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Francois,
                I use this vest for ocean kayaking and it serves me well. It is very
                comfortable and versatile. Multi pockets are useful necessary safety gear,
                VHS radio, etc. I have spent lots more on Kokatat and other brands that
                don't serve me as well. I highly recommend this life vest, an excellent
                product for the money.
                WEL

                Answered on 10/12/2016 by Blue Q Sea Kayaker from Coast of Maine
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Sorry, I can’t comment on that specific use. I looked for the harness in on-line photos and it looks to me like most PFD’s work over the top of the Hobie harness. This product would be the same at the ones I saw. I will say that this vest is made for use on boats with a seat back. The floatation on the back is placed high for this purpose.

                Answered on 10/12/2016 by Anonymous
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Francois, sailing harnesses are out of our knowledge base. Looking at harnesses in the Hobie catalog - http://www.westcoastsailing.net/media/pdf/Hobie%20Cat/SailP&A2016.pdf - some would fit down below a life jacket and some also fit up on the torso. As you can see from some of the alternate photos, the lower back of the cVest is mesh, so that might help with harness fit.

                Answered on 10/12/2016 by Clyde from NRS
            • NRS cVest Mesh Back PFD

              Q:

              Does this product contain any neoprene
              Asked on 7/20/2016 by Kevin

              4 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Kevin, none that I'm aware of.
                Mark Gormel
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 7/21/2016 by Mark from Landenberg, PA
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                No it does not.
                Dan Larson

                Answered on 7/21/2016 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                It does not.

                Answered on 7/20/2016 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                No, there is no neoprene on my vest.

                Answered on 7/20/2016 by Lost Petral from Potter Valley, CA
            • NRS cVest Mesh Back PFD

              Q:

              Does this product contain any neoprene
              Asked on 7/20/2016 by Kevin

              2 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Sorry for the slow reply. The pfd contains no visible neoprene and I doubt there is any I can't see.
                Hope this helps.
                SJK
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 7/23/2016 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I have no clue what materials are contained in this vest.
                Nothing on it feels like it's made of neoprene all seems to be nylon.

                Answered on 7/20/2016 by Anonymous
            • NRS cVest Mesh Back PFD

              Q:

              Good afternoon,
              My name is Tanner. I am considering this jacket for touring in a large, aluminum canoe. It appears to be a versatile vest, and I am not concerned about its viability for my touring intentions. However, I want to get THE ONE, so I need not buy another jacket for several years.

              I may be pursuing river guide work, professionally and on a volunteer basis, so I may need to perform some rescues from time to time. Ideally, I would want a jacket that would be comfortable and primarily for extended trips, but with the ability to be used in rescues, as well. IS this it or should I consider a class V, like the "Zen"? Thanks, and I will be excited to hear back.
              Asked on 6/24/2016 by Tanner the Determined Newbie from Staunton, IL

              5 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I purchased this PFD several years ago for kayaking and I am very satisfied with it.
                I am 5' 0'' and on my short torso the other PFD came too low and I had difficulty putting my spray skirt and the back.
                It is also a very versatile PFD with its various pockets.
                When I go abroad on trip- Wales, Croatia, Sardania, I like it so much that I always find place in my luggage to bring it along with my favorate paddle.
                Hope this can help you
                Denise

                Answered on 6/27/2016 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                The cVest might be a little bulky for a canoe vs a kayak due to the differences in how you row. Having to switch your paddle from side to side. I have never worn a Zen, but it appears to have much more freedom of movement. On the other side of the coin I feel with the increased storage capacity on the cVest, which is why I bought it, I feel gives it more rescue capability. For instance I put a homemade 50 foot rescue line in one of the pockets, a knife on the shoulder and various other survival/rescue gear in the other pockets. I hope this helps. Dan Larson

                Answered on 6/24/2016 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I love my PFD. I have used it extensively for adventure racing and training. I think it would be a great rescue vest. It is rather bulky and hot.
                Best advice is to find a shop with a large selection to choose from and try on, and then buy online from NRS. If you're really going to wear it a lot, I highly suggest this approach.
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 6/24/2016 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                The c vest is not a rescue vest.
                Rick

                Answered on 6/24/2016 by Alaskarick from Texas
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Tanner, the uses you're describing are two different life jackets. The cVest is an excellent touring model, but I wouldn't recommend it for whitewater boating. If you want a rescue jacket, look here -http://www.nrs.com/category/2680/life-jackets/rescue-life-jackets - and you should take swiftwater rescue training first. Also, the Coast Guard I-V Types have nothing to do with the Class I-VI rapid/river classifications. See this article - http://www.nrs.com/learn/life-jacket-fiction-fact.asp - and the other links in it for more information. Please give us a call, 800.635.5202, so we can discuss your needs and get you the best choices. We want you to be safe out there.

                Answered on 6/24/2016 by Clyde from NRS
            • 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
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