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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
     
    4.4

    (based on 17 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Comfortable (15)
    • Adjustable (14)
    • Lightweight (11)
    • Good ventilation (7)
    • Durable (6)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Paddling (11)
    • Kayak / canoe / rafting (8)
    • Boating / sailing (3)
      • Chest Size:
      • Feels too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        93% 

        (13 reviews)

        Feels too big

         
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Advanced (3), Intermediate (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (15)

    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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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    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

    Thumbs up

    By Xrayhowe

    from Toledo Ohio

    About Me Advanced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Good Ventilation
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about NRS Vapor PFD:

        Simple, functional, and comfortable.

        • Chest Size:
        • Feels true to size
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Great product for the price

        By Shua

        from Denton, TX

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Comfortable
        • Durable

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Canoeing
        • Paddling

        Comments about NRS Vapor PFD:

        Usually do extended canoe trips, but have lately found myself doing more and more whitewater outings. This was a great substitution for my bulkier tripping PFD. Stays tight to the torso and doesn't move too much. Low profile keeps it out of the way, so you have full range to make those quick adjustments when necessary. The "belly" pockets come in handy too, but to be honest, due to their location I have been using them more as hand warmers during breaks than anything else(really nice for those early spring ww trips). The only con I could find is it's a bit heavier than I expected, but not to the point of being cumbersome. Have always been an NRS PFD guy and this is just one more excuse to stay that way!

        Service and delivery comments:

        As always, service and delivery from NRS was top notch. No issues during ordering process and my items arrived on the estimated delivery date. Keep it up NRS!!!

        • Chest Size:
        • Feels true to size
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        A nice PFD

        By CharlieL

        from Lake Norman, NC

        About Me Intermediate

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Good Ventilation
        • Lightweight
        • Waterproof

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Canoeing
          • Paddling

          Comments about NRS Vapor PFD:

          I know the saying "always wear a PFD" but I never wore one. Now with frigid water I started wearing one. It is very comfortable and as non intrusive as a PFD can be. Well made and high quality. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is the back side does ride up a bit on you when in a kayak but this could be the nature of all PFD's. I considered adding crotch straps to it but that might not be comfortable either!

          Service and delivery comments:

          Always prompt shipping as usual from NRS

          • Chest Size:
          • Feels true to size
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Good product for SUP

          By SwellSUPdude

          from Carlsbad, CA

          About Me Intermediate

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Paddling

            Comments about NRS Vapor PFD:

            Great vest! Pocket on front is great for car keys and ID etc. Excellent freedom of shoulder movement and comfortable for long offshore SUP.

            Service and delivery comments:

            Delivery was quick

            • Chest Size:
            • Feels true to size
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            great equipment boost to my kayaking gear

            By Gomer

            from Central PA

            About Me Advanced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable
            • Comfortable
            • Durable
            • Lightweight
            • Waterproof

            Cons

            • Just a little warm

            Best Uses

            • Paddling

            Comments about NRS Vapor PFD:

            I do everything from fishing to white water in my kayak and my old vest was terrible. This vest doesn't restrict and chafe my arms like the old one. This vest stays out of my way. The only thing negative really is the back pad hits my seat at an awkward angle and it takes some fidgeting around before you start out to get it seated correctly. They do make 'high' back vests for paddling but that put more padding around front where i don't want it.

            Service and delivery comments:

            delivered as specified.

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

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            • NRS Vapor PFD

              Q:

              Does this vest have a high back?
              Asked on 6/26/2016 by David from United States

              4 answers

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                David, click on the alternate photos to see the back of the jacket. If you're looking for a jacket with mesh in the lower back, check out these models - http://www.nrs.com/category/2675/life-jackets/mesh-back-life-jackets

                Answered on 6/26/2016 by Clyde from NRS
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                In my opinion it does not have a high back
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 6/26/2016 by Gorilla Desperado
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I find this vest and all nrs vest to be comfortable for my back. I may adjust the shoulder straps for comfort on my shoulders and neck sporadically.
                Thomas
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 6/26/2016 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                No
                It does not.
                It's a good all around PFD.
                Thanks
                Chris
                Chris Basse

                Answered on 6/26/2016 by Anonymous
            • NRS Vapor PFD

              Q:

              Is the zipper pocket waterproof?
              Asked on 6/11/2016 by Teresa from Texas

              3 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                No, it's not waterproof.
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 6/12/2016 by Anonymous
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Teresa, the pocket is not waterproof.

                Answered on 6/11/2016 by Clyde from NRS
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I cannot say from experience but the pocket does NOT appear to be
                waterproof. I use a waterproof sleeve for my mobile phone and attach it to
                my vest with a lanyard, then put that in the zipper pocket.

                Answered on 6/11/2016 by Anonymous
            • NRS Vapor PFD

              Q:

              I'm short 5'2", but "fluffy" I'm having a problem because I need a large; but when I'm kayaking the vest rides up to my chin. Any ideas if this vest will do that? For the large, what is the length from the neckline to waist?
              Asked on 6/11/2016 by Teresa from Texas

              2 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Not 100% sure. However, you might want to look at women's specific PFD's. Some are very similar but with a little more women's specific sculpting. This allows you to pull the bottom strap below the rib cage tight, which is the most essential to prevent rise up, while allowing for a comfortable fit. This PFD might be ok as long as you tighten the lower straps, but it might not be as comfortable. You can try it on and have someone pull on the shoulder straps vigorously to see if it will pull off you when it's tight. If it fails that test try a different PFD. But like I said, a women's specific PFD might be a better option.
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 6/11/2016 by Gorilla Desperado
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Teresa, the only difference in the sizes, as it is with most jackets, is the length of the adjustment straps. See this article - http://www.nrs.com/learn/life-jacket-fiction-fact.asp - The front measures 13" to center top, 15" in the back. The Ninja is shorter, 11"/13".Check our Dealer Locator for a shop where you can try them on - https://www.nrs.com/services/dealerlocator.asp - Give us a call with more questions, 800.635.5202.

                Answered on 6/11/2016 by Clyde from NRS
            • NRS Vapor PFD

              Q:

              will this vest be safe for a teen between 90-120 lbs?
              Asked on 5/28/2016 by nana from upper peninsula michigan

              6 answers

              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Yes , my teenage daughter wears this vest and loves it!
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 5/30/2016 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                My son is the same weight and 17 years old. He has been very happy with the fit of this vest. Whether your teen will be safe in this vest, is an entirely different question, to which I have no answer.
                Alison Longenecker
                Realtor and co-owner of Golden Years Moving

                Answered on 5/28/2016 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Yes.   It has the ability to adjust, creating a proper and comfortable fit.   Maintains great buoyancy 
                Happy Connecting. Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S® 5

                Answered on 5/28/2016 by Anonymous
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                I can't say for sure but I would say most likely. Check the sizing information. His chest size will be more important than his weight. Use a soft tape measure to get a good measurement and order the size accordingly. It's important that the PFD fits snug and won't ride up.
                Sent from my iPhone

                Answered on 5/28/2016 by Gorilla Desperado
              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                As long as the person has at least a 33" chest it should fit just fine. Look at the Sizing tab to find the right size.

                Answered on 5/28/2016 by Clyde from NRS
              • VERIFIED BUYER

                A:

                Yes
                It works in the small for my daughter and friends
                Great fit like the price
                Chris Basse

                Answered on 5/28/2016 by Anonymous
            • NRS Vapor PFD

              Q:

              Do you ship to Canada?
              Asked on 3/6/2016 by Patrick from Quebec, Canada

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Yes, we do ship to Canada, Patrick. However, the Vapor is now certified by UL Canada and we have a large Canadian dealer network, check here - https://www.nrs.com/services/dealerlocator.asp - for a store carrying the Vapor.

                Answered on 3/7/2016 by Clyde from NRS
            • 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

              6 answers

              • A:

                You put your left arm in, you put your left arm out--you know the rest

                Answered on 4/1/2016 by GEB from Nashville TN
              • 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
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