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NRS Vapor PFD

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Type III: The NRS Vapor PFD gives you the look, feel and performance of a high-end life jacket for a budget-friendly price. The soft foam flotation molds to your body for all-day comfort, and you'll love the hand warmer pouch and big front pocket.
  • Entry and adjustment is easy. Just open the two side buckles, slip the jacket on and buckle up. Once adjusted, it fits right every time.
  • The soft foam wraps around your body and moves with you for "I forgot I had it on" comfort.
  • The action-cut design frees your arms for unrestricted paddling and rowing, and its light weight will never slow you down.
  • The chest zipper opens a huge pocket that covers the front of the jacket.
  • Behind the pocket is a roomy hand warmer pouch for chilly fingers.
  • Also includes a lash tab for your knife and reflective piping for low-light visibility.
  • This jacket carries the US Coast Guard Certification, through testing by Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • Design flotation: 16.5 lbs.

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    NRS Vapor PFD
    Length:0:53
US Coast Guard Type: III
Profile: Low
Design Flotation: 16.5 lbs.
Outer Fabric: 200-denier nylon
Entry System: Side buckle
Pockets:
  • 1 - Front
Lash Tabs:
  • 1 - Front
Adjustment System:
  • 4 - Side
  • 2 - Shoulder
Features:
    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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    NRS Vapor PFD (0:53)

    The NRS Vapor PFD gives you the look, feel and performance of a high-end life jacket for a budget-friendly price. The soft foam flotation molds to your body for all-day comfort, and you'll love the hand warmer pouch and big front pocket.

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    NRS Vapor PFD
     
    4.5

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Adjustable (10)
    • Comfortable (10)
    • Lightweight (7)
    • Good ventilation (5)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Paddling (7)
    • Kayak / canoe / rafting (6)
    • Boating / sailing (3)
      • Chest Size:
      • Feels too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        89% 

        (8 reviews)

        Feels too big

         
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Overall PFD

    I'm a busty gal and this PFD fits me nicely. It adjusts around my chest and tightens nicely around my midrif. It's a great PFD for the price. I use it for WW...Read complete review

    I'm a busty gal and this PFD fits me nicely. It adjusts around my chest and tightens nicely around my midrif. It's a great PFD for the price. I use it for WW Kayaking and it fits nicely over my skirt and fits my body. It also feels like a bullet-proof vest, so it can survive a beating. I'm very satisfied with this purchase!

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    NRS Vapor

    I don't think this pfd is going to work for me. Used with a spray skirt the front panel jabs me under the neck in my chin strap. It would work great for an...Read complete review

    I don't think this pfd is going to work for me. Used with a spray skirt the front panel jabs me under the neck in my chin strap. It would work great for an open boat or raft. Just not good for a kayak.

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    5.0

    I am very happy with this PFD

    By ASH

    from Houlton, Maine

    About Me Intermediate

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Good Ventilation
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Boating
      • Canoeing
      • Paddling

      Comments about NRS Vapor PFD:

      I needed a 2XL vest that would give me freedom of movement for paddling, comfort for all day wear, but able to keep me alive if necessary. I'm very happy with this PFD.

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

      Really comfy

      By Water gal

      from Homer, AK

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Comfortable
      • Good Ventilation
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Boating
        • Canoeing
        • Paddling

        Comments about NRS Vapor PFD:

        Nice pocket at the front that is easy to access with gloves on. Perfect size for a phone. Another smaller pocket for keys would be great. A nice PFD for a great price!

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

        GREAT PFD!!

        By SUP-CHICA

        from Miami, Fl

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Waterproof

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • SUP

          Comments about NRS Vapor PFD:

          My wife needed a pfd that wouldn't inhibit any range of motion. This was minimal enough without compromising flotation. Great product!!

          • Chest Size:
          • Feels true to size
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good for rafting & IK, but not best for Hardshell.

          By DSM7

          from Denver, CO

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Comfortable

          Cons

          • Rides Up in Water

          Best Uses

          • Dinghy sailing
          • Inflatable Kayak
          • Rafting

          Comments about NRS Vapor PFD:

          I have both the Vapor and Zen. The Vapor is a good PFD for rafting, inflatable kayaking or dinghy sailing. It's a good value and I really like the big front pocket. It can work when hardshell kayaking, but it rides up a little when in the water and can be uncomfortable with a skirt. The Zen (or Ninja) are better choices for decked boats.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Vapor PFD

          By Knarjes

          from Marietta, ga

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Good Ventilation
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Boating
            • Canoeing
            • Paddling
            • Personal Watercraft

            Comments about NRS Vapor PFD:

            Enjoying it

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            • NRS Vapor PFD

              Q:

              From the picture, it looks like this life jacket slips over your head. No front closure. Am I correct/
              Asked on 8/18/2015 by jmp

              5 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                The side strap unhook allowing for greater ease overhead. Overall a great
                jacket

                Answered on 8/18/2015 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                There is a side closure, so just on side slips over your head.

                Answered on 8/18/2015 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                It buckles on the right side of the waist.
                JG

                Answered on 8/18/2015 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                That is correct

                Answered on 8/18/2015 by Anonymous
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                The Vapor is a side entry jacket. You unclip the two right side quick-release adjustment buckles, slip your left arm through and slip your head between the shoulder straps, reclip the buckles and you're ready to go. The difference between a side entry and a complete pullover model is that with a side entry the adjustment straps stay snug and don't have to be completely readjusted every time you put it on.

                Answered on 8/18/2015 by Clyde from NRS
            • NRS Vapor PFD

              Q:

              Would the vapor work well with a high set back SOT kayak like the jackson coosa?
              Asked on 5/11/2015 by N/a

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                The seat back on the Coosa is quite high, so any full-back life jacket is going to rest against it. The foam of the Vapor is soft, so should be comfortable. For fishing, take a look at the Chinook, Item # 40009.02. With its mesh lower back, depending on your height, the back foam should be above the top of the seat.

                Answered on 5/12/2015 by Clyde from NRS
            • NRS Vapor PFD

              Q:

              for vapor sizing - does the panel size change between sizes, or just the strap length?

              I'm dead on 38" in the chest, but need to make sure the larger size doesn't have bigger panels. Needs to be worn with lots of layers and next to skin.
              Asked on 2/7/2015 by BigRedDog from MPLS

              2 answers

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                The foam panels are the same throughout the sizes. This is true of most life jackets. When you see a difference in flotation for different sizes, then you will know that there are different amounts of foam in the sizes.

                Answered on 2/7/2015 by Clyde from NRS
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I’m pretty sure the panel size doesn’t change. I got a L/XL, it fit me fine (i’m 5’8”, 170lbs), but I had to tighten the straps almost all the way and even cut some of the extra off.
                (After buying this I went back and ordered the ninja, which works way better for me)

                Answered on 2/7/2015 by Anonymous
            • NRS Vapor PFD

              Q:

              Hello, what are the weights of the NRS Ninja and Vapor pfds?
              Asked on 10/26/2014 by Steve from Los Angeles

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Steve, they are both the same weight, about 2 pounds.

                Answered on 10/26/2014 by Clyde from NRS
            • NRS Vapor PFD

              Q:

              would this pfd be good for sailing
              Asked on 8/15/2014 by bucklou from to

              2 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I think that this would be great for sailing. Very unobtrusive and
                comfortable.

                Answered on 8/15/2014 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I don't see why not. It allows a great range of motion which is essential
                when things get sailing. It will all come down to how it feels and performs
                on your body type.

                Answered on 8/15/2014 by Anonymous
            • NRS Vapor PFD

              Q:

              looking for a life jacket that sits high on the back. I want to be able to sit in my current design kayak which has a revolutionary seat clear of the jacket. any suggestions?
              Asked on 8/14/2014 by Al from scottsdale az

              1 answer

            • NRS Vapor PFD

              Q:

              Any issues with this PFD for playboating? I've used all kinds of jackets and I think it will be perfectly fine with freedom of movement, but outside opinions would be nice
              Asked on 7/20/2014 by Matt

              3 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Its very comfortable for all day use!
                Sent from my iPad

                Answered on 7/20/2014 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I used the Vapor for a 6-day, down-river, class II/III tandem canoe voyage
                with some lining of IIIs and some recovery of other boats. I can't speak
                directly to playboating.
                The straps at the sides of the neck were definitely noticeable, but not
                irritating thru my shirt. Oddly, when cinched, I noticed them less.
                Movement was very good, even with the pocket stuffed. It did not seem to
                restrict cross strokes, unlike some of the more kayak-only models (those
                with very small areas and correspondingly greater thickness). I had
                previously settled on ski-type PFDs for less thickness across the chest,
                important for single blade paddling. This one is better.

                Answered on 7/20/2014 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I don’t think I would be a very good judge of that since I’ve never tried playboating. I mainly use if for touring/day trips. I’m a pretty big guy and this is a very comfortable PFD. I can barely tell I’m wearing it. It’s never hung up or got caught on anything.

                Answered on 7/22/2014 by Anonymous
            • NRS Vapor PFD

              Q:

              Does this PFD work good in the back with kayak seat clearance?
              Asked on 7/7/2014 by Greg from Corinth Ms.

              2 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                In my experience, yes. This is not a bulky PFD. I have not noticed any
                issues with seat clearance. Adjust the seat accordingly.

                Answered on 7/7/2014 by Anonymous
              • CUSTOMER CARE

                A:

                Greg, the NRS Vapor has a full back, but the thin foam doesn't greatly impede posture.

                Answered on 7/7/2014 by Kyle from NRS
            • NRS Vapor PFD

              Q:

              What color is the back of this PFD? I am a member of a team and our PFDs are red, front and back
              Asked on 7/6/2014 by Obie from Philadelphia, PA

              5 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                The back is visually similar (sans zipper) to the front. My blue one is blue on both sides.
                JG

                Answered on 7/11/2014 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Same from at back. Mine is black front and back with gray accents
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 7/6/2014 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Back is same color

                Answered on 7/6/2014 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I have a red front. The back is red and grey.
                Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

                Answered on 7/6/2014 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Hey Pal,
                It will be the same color as the front. Hope this helps!

                Answered on 7/6/2014 by Anonymous
            • NRS Vapor PFD

              Q:

              Is this life jacket okay to use if I am going to be a whitewater rafting guide?
              Asked on 6/11/2014 by Karl

              2 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Yes, this vest will work for guiding...it has a lash-tab for a knife and you can put a whistle around one of the shoulder straps and then stash it in the front pocket. Several guides at my company have this vest and like it just fine, especially the price.
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 6/11/2014 by Anonymous
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Yes, Karl, the Vapor should work for that, as long as your company and the types of water you're on don't require more advanced rescue features.

                Answered on 6/12/2014 by Clyde from NRS
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