NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket

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Type V PFD. The NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket is a great choice for paddlers and guides who want a great fitting, comfortable PFD with swiftwater rescue features like a quick-release belt.
  • This jacket, based on the popular NRS Ninja Life Jacket, has 17.5 pounds of PVC-free flotation.
  • It is so low profile and comfortable you'll forget you have it on, until you need it.
  • The 1 1/2" quick-release rescue belt, with stainless steel attachment ring, gives you the safety you need for detaching easily from a rope or other anchor point.
  • Reinforced shoulders take the strain of rescue maneuvers.
  • Front floating panel gives a better fit and a quick-drying VaporLoft™-lined place to warm your hands when it's cold.
  • Padded protection along the arm holes and sides of the jacket provide crucial impact protection.
  • Convenient side entry for easy donning of the jacket.
  • Large front pocket for rescue gear you want close at hand.
  • Large pouch, with hook-and-loop closures, behind hand warmers holds additional rescue gear.
  • Carabiner attachment loop for end of a tow tether has a convenient release tab.
  • Strobe attachment loop on the back of the jacket for use in low-light situations.
  • Lash tab for your rescue knife.
  • Four side and two shoulder adjustments for a custom fit.
  • 500-denier Cordura® shell wears like iron.
The NRS Zen Rescue PFD is not available to ship to Mexico.

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US Coast Guard Type: V
Profile: Low
Design Flotation: 17.5 lbs.
Outer Fabric: 500-denier Cordura®
Entry System: Side buckle
Pockets:
  • 1 - Front
Lash Tabs:
  • 1 - Front
Adjustment System:
  • 4 - Side
  • 2 - Shoulder
Features:
  • 1 1/2" quick-release rescue belt
  • Reinforced shoulder straps
  • Padded impact protection on arm holes and sides
  • Back strobe attachment point
  • Tow tether carabiner attachment loop
  • VaporLoft™ hand warmer pouch
Size Chest
S/M 31"-37"
L/XL 38"-44"
XXL 45"-51"

video: Find Your Zen: NRS Zen Rescue PFD

Find Your Zen: NRS Zen Rescue PFD (1:01)

Mind. Body. River. We designed the NRS Zen Rescue PFD with the philosophy that a Type V rescue life jacket shouldnt feel like a Type V rescue life jacket. That comfort and usability can coexist with toughness and safety. With an ergonomic fit for freedom of movement and refined features for flawless utility, the low-profile Zen becomes one with you so you can be one with the river.

video: NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket

NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket (1:55)

The NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket is a great choice for paddlers and guides who want a great fitting, comfortable PFD with swiftwater rescue features like a quick-release belt.

video: How To: Choose the Right Life Jacket

How To: Choose the Right Life Jacket (4:31)

Choosing a good-fitting life jacket that's designed for the type of boating you do is important for your safety. Whether you are kayaking, rafting, canoeing, fishing or stand up paddling, there's a US Coast Guard-approved PFD that's just right for you. In this video, we go over the types of life jackets most commonly worn by boaters and offer tips for choosing one you'll be comfortable wearing all the time you're on the water.

video: How To: Fit a Life Jacket

How To: Fit a Life Jacket (2:21)

Choosing a life jacket, or personal flotation device (PFD), that fits well for all-day wearing comfort is one of the most important water safety decisions you make. In this video we show you how to tighten the straps to ensure the jacket won't ride up when you're in the water. When deciding on a life jacket, wear it around the shop for a while to be sure it's all-day comfortable. Then, be sure to always wear it when you're on the water!

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  • NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket

    Q:

    Where is this product made?
    Asked on 3/21/2014 by Matthew from Fitchburg,MA

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      It's made in Asia, Matthew.

      Answered on 3/21/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket

    Q:

    When will the 2014 model be available for purchase?
    Asked on 3/5/2014 by Nathan from Canada

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Nathan, there are no changes in the Zen for the US/Canadian market for 2014. Presently, an effort is underway to merge the US and Canadian life jacket certification systems into one standard. The latest information we have is that jackets carrying that dual approval will be available in the fall of 2015, or spring of 2016 at the latest. Until then the jacket will carry the US Coast Guard certification.

      Answered on 3/6/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket

    Q:

    Is this pfd Canadian Coast Guard approved?
    Asked on 1/5/2014 by Lori from Canada

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      No, Lori, at this time it just has the US Coast Guard certification.

      Answered on 1/6/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket

    Q:

    Hi. I've recently bought a zen pfd. I now want to purchase a cows tail for it. The pfd came with stainless ring on the belt. But the cows tails all come with a stainless ring attached. Is it possible to get a cows tail without a ring attached and girth hitch it on? If not, the one that comes with the pfd seems to be redundant. Cheers, Matt.
    Asked on 12/30/2013 by Matt from Australia

    1 answer

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No you cannot buy a plain cowtail with no ring from NRS. If you buy a
      cowtail with a ring, just take the ring that came with the jacket off
      and put it in your gear bag. There are situations where you might want a
      plain ring and there are situations where you might want a cowtail. That
      said, I contacted Misty Mountain Threadwords directly and had them sew a
      1/2 inch round webbing tail that is absolutely perfect.

      Answered on 12/31/2013 by Anonymous
  • NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket

    Q:

    Hi there
    We got in Switzerland very specific norms for life jackets, so we wonder if the NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket does meet these norms:
    SN EN 393 or
    ISO 12402-5
    Asked on 12/19/2013 by Felix from Switzerland

    2 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Felix, I have sent your inquiry to our International Team. They will contact you soon. Thank you.

      Answered on 12/19/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I cannot address the technical aspects of the jacket, but, but having a
      Class V rating I would think it would. I will ask my husband who rafted in
      many parts of the world. In terms of mobility and comfort it is a
      wonderful jacket. And my husband was able to easily drag me back into the
      raft from the water. Will post more information if I obtain it.

      Answered on 12/19/2013 by Anonymous
  • NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket

    Q:

    Hi I am looking to buy a zen and`don't know if I should wait for the 2014 model, so am just wondering if the 2014 model is going to come in different colours and have any other features, and also will it be CE certified?
    Asked on 10/30/2013 by Jack from Ireland

    2 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Jack, in spring of next year we plan to have red Zen's in Europe with the CE/ISO certification. I-Canoe will be stocking them.
      I-Canoe
      Unit A, JFK Rd, JFK Industrial Estates
      Dublin, 12
      Ireland
      p: 353-140-5028-7
      e: shop@i-canoe.com
      http://www.i-canoe.com

      Answered on 10/30/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I love my pfd. Works great. Not what 2014 has in store but this model is excellent
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 10/30/2013 by Anonymous
  • NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket

    Q:

    Can I fit an Astral Bouyancy 46' rope inside the space behind the hand warmer without distorting the fit of the PFD?
    Thanks
    Dave
    Asked on 9/27/2013 by Dave

    5 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I highly doubt this would work and maintain continued comfort.

      Answered on 9/29/2013 by Sgt. Cider from Bend, OR
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Mine jacket is still pretty new but i don't think it would fit a throw rope in the hand warmer pocket without being uncomfortable and changing the fit..  Hope that helps.

      Answered on 9/28/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Dave, here's what Kurtis, one of our ace kayakers who helped design the Zen has to say, "I think there’s going be some distortion. It’ll fit, but you’ll know it’s there."

      Answered on 9/28/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No I wouldn't say so. Input my watch of I forget to take it off or sometimes my go pro but nothing bigger.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 9/27/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No i dont think so.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 9/27/2013 by Anonymous
  • NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket

    Q:

    Are these life jackets speed rated and does it say it on the label?
    Asked on 7/28/2013 by jim

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Jim, the Zen is a rescue-specific jacket and isn't designed for things like water skiing that would have a speed rating. It states on the label, "Do not use in high-speed water sports."

      Answered on 7/29/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket

    Q:

    Does this have a side zipper entry? How does one put it on?
    Asked on 6/29/2013 by Bill from Tn

    8 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It's a side entry, but strangely enough does not have a zipper. It has three buckles, one of which is a different color so you don't get them crossed. I thought it was strange at first, but it snugs up pretty well.
      DE

      Answered on 7/1/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi Bill,
      I just got my Zen PFD and I love it. The entry is from the side and I
      unclip the side buckles, slip over my head then reattach. Really easy.
      If someone was super limber or small they may be able to just slide over
      their arms and head. I did side entry with clips undone. Hope this helps.
      Jason ( Deschutes County Search and Rescue Swift water rescue)

      Answered on 6/30/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Bill, it is side entry, with buckle closures. The second video on the page shows donning of the jacket.

      Answered on 6/30/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No side zipper. Straps and buckles. Buckles come apart to slide on.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 6/30/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No side zipper.  Quick release buckles on the right side.  Put it on by reaching in with the left side of your body over your head and secure the buckles.  Then adjust the fit with the straps.  After you've secured the fit, the only strap you need to adjust is the main one across the waist. 

      Answered on 6/30/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It has buckles on one side to allow easy entrance and exit from the jacket. This is the most comfortable and well made jacket I have ever owned. Great buoyancy in the center of gravity and very good range of motion in the arms. Great buy. I am very pleased.
      Gary B
      Sent from Windows Mail

      Answered on 6/30/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No it does not have a side entry zipper. It has three buckles on the right hand side and a rescue strap quick release buckle. I slide it over my head and then buckle it up from bottom to top tightening the straps in the same order. When I have it snug then I tighten the rescue strap and buckle it in and tuck away the extra material. Then your good to go. Hope that helps.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 6/30/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No side entry zipper. You put it on over your head after loosening the straps.

      Answered on 6/29/2013 by Anonymous
  • NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket

    Q:

    Hi, I would like to know if this is USCG Approved? And is there any print somewhere or in the tag? I have to give it as a gift and he is so particular about USCG Approval. Thanks!
    Asked on 6/12/2013 by EM from Melvindale, MI

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Yes, it is. All the life jackets we carry have the US Coast Guard approval.

      Answered on 6/12/2013 by Clyde from NRS
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NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket
 
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Pros

  • Comfortable (6)
  • Adjustable (3)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Paddling (6)
    • Kayak / canoe / rafting (3)
      • Chest Size:
      • Feels too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        60% 

        (3 reviews)

        Feels too big

         
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      • Was this a gift?:
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    5.0

    pro vest

    By PhilBob

    from Santa Fe, NM

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket:

    I use this as a whitewater vest. I am a big guy XXL. I have been kayaking and raft-guiding a long time, since the late 70's. Lately I mostly paddle class 2-3-4 in an IK. I have been through many PFD's and over the years and I have been on and off about the rescue vests. I have usually had current swiftwater rescue 1 but anymore I dont keep it current as a semi retired private boater. The rescue vests are usually heavier and hotter, but seem to be a bit more durable overall.

    This vest is extremely comfortable, and not overly heavy for a rescue vest. It has super adjustment features and I particularily like the adjustable shoulder straps. It has so many features I cant list it all but some ones I have noticed are whistle attachment and knife attachement are both right on placement wise.

    The side-buckles seemed a little weird at first but after 1 day I was used to them and they work fine.

    Took a little dip down on Pilar Racecourse last Saturday goofing around on sleeping beauty, and The vest stayed in place well during this class 2 swim. It seems kind of bulky when you look at it in the store, but its not that way at all when worn.

    Overall imho, this is the best vest of this type you can get right now. I tried on Astral, kokotat, Stohlquist, and another NRS PFD, the bigwater guide, and several other non-rescue vests and decided this vest was definately worth the extra bit of money.

    If the red looks pink to you on the NRS website you are not alone. I hoped when it said red it meant red and it is red, not pink at all.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Need Size XS/S for Women Please!

    By Lauren

    from Utah

    About Me Professional

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Great Pocket

    Cons

    • Hard to Adjust

    Best Uses

    • Boating
    • Canoeing
    • Paddling

    Comments about NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket:

    I love this jacket! Great design for whitewater kayaking and rafting. Like that there aren't buckles on the shoulders, making it more comfortable carrying kayaks. Also love the size of the storage pocket...big enough for some rescue gear and a bottle of sunscreen!

    Only issue that I have is that the smallest size is still too big! I am a 5'8" female that weighs 160 lbs and it still doesn't cinch tight enough. Need an XS/S! Also, the strap for the tow strap carabiner slips through the buckle...I was told that the material has been changed and it no longer slips.

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

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Comfortable

    By WilliamP

    from Arizona

    About Me Intermediate

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable

    Cons

    • Not Many Color Choices

    Best Uses

    • Canoeing
    • Paddling

    Comments about NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket:

    I purchased three different Type V 'Rescue' PFD's so I could compare features and fit. This one has the right balance of fit, comfort and features. It also happens to be the cheapest of the three.
    Curiously, it has several design features that are built in that do not have an explanation in the owners manual.
    The NRS Co-Pilot knife fits the lash-tab on the front of the PFD perfectly.

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

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Comfortable and High Quality

    By Mamba's my ride

    from Kentucky

    About Me Intermediate

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Good Ventilation

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Paddling

    Comments about NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket:

    I really like the pockets and the adjustablitiy.

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

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great PFD

    By Mad Dog

    from Lodi, CA

    About Me Intermediate

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Good Ventilation

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Canoeing
      • Paddling

      Comments about NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket:

      Awesome Vest. Hardly realize that it is there.

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

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