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Extrasport Swiftwater Ranger

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Type V: The Extrasport Swiftwater Ranger has the highest flotation available in a rescue vest. It's a top choice for search and rescue squads and big-water professionals.
  • Built-in chest harness of 2" webbing with a quick-release cam buckle and steel rescue ring on the back.
  • Tough 500-denier Cordura nylon for longterm durability.
  • The PVC-Free Gaia foam is environmentaly friendly, conforms well to your shape and gives years of superior flotation.
  • Adjustable side straps, a mesh pocket and lash tab give this vest an excellent combination of practicality and safety features.
  • Includes reflective tape along the shoulders.
  • Each of the three sizes has approximately 15" from the underside of the shoulder to the center of the waist strap.
  • Maximum flotation of 29 lbs., 7 oz. which may be lower by 1-3 lbs depending on the jacket size.

Swiftwater Type V PFDs are Coast Guard approved for rescue use. Activities in which they are used are inherently dangerous and life-threatening. No life vest alone can prevent injury or death.

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US Coast Guard Type: V
Profile: High
Design Flotation: max 29.5 lbs.
Outer Fabric: 500-denier Cordura®
Entry System: Front zip
Pockets:
  • 1 - Front
Lash Tabs:
  • 1 - Front
Adjustment System:
  • 2 - Side
Includes:
  • Quick-release rescue belt
Features:
  • Cuff waist with belt
  • Reflective tape
Size Chest
S 36"-38"
M 40"-43"
L 45"-48"
XL 48"-52"

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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  • Extrasport Swiftwater Ranger

    Q:

    Is the Extrasport Swiftwater Ranger USCG approved for canoeing?
    Asked on 5/3/2013 by Eric

    6 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Eric, this is a rescue-specific life jacket. On rescue jackets the Coast Guard doesn't specify "intended usage" like it does for more recreational models. They merely urge that only users with rescue training wear it.

      Answered on 5/6/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I certainly would think so.
      I think the coast guard approves these things for various types of watercraft use and this is probably the max.
      It is designed for tethered whitewater rescue.
      I bot it because I sink like a rock & need all the floatation I can get.
      cliff

      Answered on 5/4/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I love this jacket but I don't wear it for all my boating needs. It is a high float great PFD for big and fast water. I find it bulky for flat water paddling. I own 2 different PFD's depending on the water I paddle, this one and an older lotus designs Lola.
      K

      Answered on 5/4/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have no Idea but if its ok for rafting gig water I'm sure canoeing will be fine since you are on easy rivers I imagine.

      Answered on 5/4/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I am sure it qualifies but it is one of the most uncomfortable jackets I have ever worn. It went straight to a spare only jacket for me.

      Answered on 5/4/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      As a rafter primarily, I can't say specifically re: canoeing. But is a very
      high flotation PFD. One issue I have with this PFD is the thickness under
      the armpit, and the resultant chafing. I would guess that would be an even
      bigger problem with canoe paddling.

      Answered on 5/3/2013 by Anonymous
  • Extrasport Swiftwater Ranger

    Q:

    Thank You so much for Dan Stahler's answer to my question regarding my problem with a PFD being too short and not cinching below my rib cage.
    Unfortunately, If it is determined that a PFD has been modified from original condition, it may not pass inspection by ranger's gear inspection prior to allowing launch on permitted rivers.
    Also, I paddle open canoe and C-1. A crotch strap will cause the spray skirt to leak.
    I think the only fix may be to do a very professional looking sewing job in sewing the strap around the bottom of the jacket.
    Still, if the ranger is both dilegent and knowlegeable I will be out of luck.
    I do want this jacket. It has the extra floatation that I desire.
    Thank you all for trying to solve my problem.
    cliff
    Asked on 10/4/2012 by kit from Houston

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      A "thank you".

      Answered on 10/8/2012 by Anonymous
  • Extrasport Swiftwater Ranger

    Q:

    looks like the old hi-Float I'm replacing.
    I'm not big but I am long waisted.
    My current PFD doesn't cinch below my waist and so there is nothing to keep it from riding up when I'm in the water.
    how far is it from the shoulder to the waist (below the ribcage?).
    i took some long unpleasant swims on the Ocoee last week.
    Asked on 10/3/2012 by kit from Houston (

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I ended up sewing a strap with a snap buckle around the bottom of the lifejacket. This helps to keep it from riding up. Persons of a different figure may need to consider a crotch strap(s). Without anything it does ride up when in the water. Dan Stahler

      Answered on 10/3/2012 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Each of the three sizes has approximately 15" from the underside of the shoulder to the center of the waist strap.

      Answered on 10/12/2012 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      For me, woman size S, this PFD is excelent and stays on right place on
      water. But it depends is your waist thin enough and how long is your
      back. For me this is exactly right choice, but I have seen many (not so
      thin) men who don't have right size PFD and then it rides up in the water.
      It would be helpful if there will be dimension table from shoulder to
      vaist. This PFD floats very well and covers also lower part of your back.
      4.10.2012 0:29, NRS kirjoitti:

      Answered on 10/12/2012 by Anonymous
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          • Chest Size:
          • Feels too small

             

            Feels true to size

             

            100% 

            (4 reviews)

            Feels too big

             
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        3.0

        bulky/restrictive

        By Snorbert Zangox

        from somewhere in New Hampshire--------------

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Restricts Movement

          Best Uses

            Comments about Extrasport Swiftwater Ranger:

            I paddle mostly C-1. Teaching my son, Grand Canyon trip in the future- wanted something with a rescue harness, but this thing feels like a sumo suit. Can't imaging trying to paddle or row in demanding white water in it. I'll bet it's great for swimming big water class IV, but I try to avoid that (swimming, that is.)-

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

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Canyoneering

            By Stewart

            from Tampa, FL & Monterrey, MX

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            Pros

            • Adjustable
            • Comfortable
            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Waterproof

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Extrasport Swiftwater Ranger:

                I do a lot of canyoneering in mexico so my review is based on that application only and I am 6'4" 240 lbs so this all may be wrong for someone half my size so keep that in mind with this review.
                I thought this was going to be too bulky for rappelling and free movement however I was wrong. The thickness was not a hindrance at all and provided much better impact protection then my previous vest due to more complete torso coverage. The lower quarter of the vest (below the black strap) acts as a brake when you hit the water so your water depth after a 50 foot jump is reduced by roughly a 1/3. Originally I thought that this "water break" feature would cause the vest to balloon upon water impact however it was completely unnoticeable as well as quite impressive. On jumps where I would previously have to bend my knees I no longer come close to the bottom. Now there was a drawback and that was the fact that the thickness makes wearing a back pack a little awkward. I like my gear tight and I have not yet figured out a good way to keep the pack over the vest nice and snug but this is just personal preference and not a non correctable issue. Try to enter the water as perpendicular as possible when jumping otherwise the extreme flotation will stop you too quickly and jar your neck. The safety ring on the back proved very useful for a section of rapids we chose not to circumvent. I have no clue how this vest performs in rescue situations however for canyoneering I highly recommend it.

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

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                "I says what I means.."

                By Doc

                from Crossville,TN

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                      Comments about Extrasport Swiftwater Ranger:

                      I am a longtime open-boater.The first day to use the new vest I employed the back ring with a tow tether.
                      This was very helpful in our situation.

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

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      The best you can buy

                      By BIG PAPA

                      from CORONA , CA

                      Pros

                      • Adjustable
                      • Comfortable
                      • Durable
                      • Highest flotation
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Any whitewater
                        • Big rapids
                        • Paddling

                        Comments about Extrasport Swiftwater Ranger:

                        KEPT ME AFLOAT IN RAPIDS ON THE KERN RIVER. I COULD HAVE WENT TO SLEEP WHILE IN THE WATER. THAT'S HOW MUCH FLOTATION IS IN THIS THING.STAYING ONTOP OF THE WATER WHERE YOU CA BREATH KEEPS YOU ALIVE. GREAT PRODUCT.

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

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