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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:

    Hi - where in Seattle can I go to try on an NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket? Alternatively, what is your return policy?

    Thanks
    Asked on 6/29/2014 by Mandy from Seattle

    1 answer

    • CUSTOMER CARE

      A:

      Mandy, Olympic Outdoor Center in Port Townsend is the closest carrier of PFDs. Retail customers can use our Hassle-Free returns, found under the Customer Service tab on our website.

      Answered on 6/30/2014 by Anonymous
  • NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket

    Q:

    Ive read the sizing guide, im 45-45 1/2 at the chest. can I sneak by with a L/XL or do I really have to go with the xxl? im afraid it would be too big..its for canoeing.
    Asked on 5/2/2014 by John from Chicago

    5 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      My chest is about 43 inches and I have the L/XL. There is plenty of length left in the straps so I would go with the L/XL.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 5/8/2014 by Ben from Oregon
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have a 43 inch chest and have plenty of extra length left in the straps. I'd go with the large/extra large model. It's a good size jacket and actually pretty big on me.

      Answered on 5/4/2014 by Tom-Salmon River, Pulaski from Syracuse,NY
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Its hard to say for sure. My chest is 43-44 inches. It seems to me that there is enough room for your chest brand new while it is still stiff. Once it is broke in I think there should be even more room. Plus NRS has a great return policy. If it were me I would try the L/XL first. If you think it is too snug simply return it and order the larger one.  

      Answered on 5/2/2014 by Craigster from Pueblo,Co
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Go with the XL, the shoulder straps are fairly long so it will sit a little
      high on your chest. It depends what you like

      Answered on 5/2/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      John, the foam platforms for the different sizes of the jacket are the same. The difference is in the lengths of the adjustment strap. I suggest you go with the XXL so you'll have plenty of room for adding bulkier layers and any after-the-holidays expansions!

      Answered on 5/2/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket

    Q:

    If I am right on the upper edge of a s/m including bust, should I bump up to the next size to allow for clothing?
    Asked on 4/27/2014 by hrglyde from Leadville, CO

    5 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I like the larger size approach, my experience is this type of pfd adjusts
      down easily.

      Answered on 4/27/2014 by DougM from pdx
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      yes.

      Answered on 4/27/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I would certainly recommend bumping up a size. The Zen belting system allows to size down. I am a Large on the cusp and opted for the XL. I have been very pleased with my decision. Also it allows me to size up for after the holiday season!

      Answered on 4/27/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The real difference in sizes is the length of the adjustment straps. If you're planning on bulky clothes, go up a size.

      Answered on 4/27/2014 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Depending on what you're doing. SRT tech and drysuit purpose I would
      move up. Adjustability is great so if it is a little big you can shrink
      it down. If Rafting and warm weather just wearing a bathing suit i would
      stay with the size you are used to. I love mine for Search and Rescue
      swiftwater using a drysuit and no shirt with Flyboard !!

      Answered on 4/27/2014 by Healthy Hardy from Bend, Oregon
  • 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
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NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket
 
4.6

(based on 11 reviews)

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

Cons

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    • 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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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    NRS Zen Rescue PFD

    By Dean

    from Pittsburgh, Pa

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket:

    True to Size
    PFD is quite comfortable to wear for extended periods of time and the fleece hand pocket is a nice touch. Have worn the product several times now and the amount of bouyancy provided feels more than adequate and appears comparable to other Type III/V PFDs with similar purpose. My two recomendations to make this product better would be to add a second knife lash tab, or move the leash for a whistle outside of the zippered pocket, that way you do not need to leave the pocket open if you wish to access the whistle. It could also benefit from a tiny bit more reflective fabric, maybe just two bands horizontally wrapped around the back shoulder straps would do. Besides those tiny nitpicky complaints, this vest if awesome, I am glad I purchased this and saved probably 40-50 dollars over an Astral which has less flotation.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My 20 year search for a PFD has ended...

    By Isaiah of the enormous girth.

    from Rigby, Idaho

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket:

    I've been kayaking for 20 years and have used life jackets of nearly every available brand and model. However, I've never used a jacket that fit so well, performed to sych a high standard, and cost so little. If you're looking for a pfd, look no further. It literally gets no better.

    Service and delivery comments:

    The shipping was slower than I expected, but when you get shipping for free it seems a little douchey to complain about it. It arrived in pristine condition, and still had that "new gear" smell which is like an illegal drug to anyone who calls themselves an enthusiast.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Almost Perfect

    By Benji

    from Bend, OR

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket:

    I love this vest. I use it for white water kayaking and do some raft guiding with it. It adjusts really well and fits true to size. The only problem I have with it is that I have broken two knives off of it. The knife wiggles around because it is connected to the pouch, so it catches on the side of rafts when your pulling yourself in. I ended up connecting my knife to the shoulder strap and I haven't had any problems since. If your not using it for rafting then you will be fine!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great PFD

    By Alex

    from Ocoee, TN

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about NRS Zen Rescue Life Jacket:

    I'm a guide on the ocoee and it's perfect for what I do. Comfortable all day long, and allows for a huge range of motion. I love the hand warmers.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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.

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