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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.

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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
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"

video: NRS Vapor PFD

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

    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:

      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
    • 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
  • 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:

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

      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:

      Back is same color

      Answered on 7/6/2014 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
  • 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

    • 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
    • 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
  • NRS Vapor PFD

    Q:

    Does this PDF have a mesh back for kayak seat back rest?
    Asked on 6/4/2014 by Bob from West Virginia

    6 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No mesh back. It does provide great upper body range of motion. I like the big zipper pocket and top left attachment point. I like it! Tim

      Answered on 6/7/2014 by Tim from Richmond, VA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The Vapor does not have a mesh back.
      Sent from my iPhone

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

      A:

      Nope. Solid back
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 6/4/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Bob, the Vapor doesn't. Look at one of these jackets for that feature - http://www.nrs.com/category/2675/life-jackets/mesh-back-life-jackets

      Answered on 6/4/2014 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No, it doesn’t have a mesh back. Saying that I don’t even notice. It’s a very comfortable PDF.

      Answered on 6/4/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Not a mess back but a nylon one like the front that comes a bit lower down,
      see picture of the back.
      Mike Weaver
      michael.e.weaver
      P Please consider the environment before printing this email.

      Answered on 6/4/2014 by taz007 from sugar hill
  • NRS Vapor PFD

    Q:

    How much does it weigh?
    Asked on 5/24/2014 by johnny from santa fe nm

    2 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Johnny, it weighs 2 pounds.

      Answered on 5/24/2014 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I haven't actually weighed it, but its pretty light. I have a knife on it which adds maybe a little bit. I'm a pretty big guy, but I can barely tell I'm wearing it. Saying that this is the first jacket I've had in awhile so I really have nothing to compare it to.
      Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

      Answered on 5/24/2014 by Anonymous
  • NRS Vapor PFD

    Q:

    Do you think the S/M would work for a 32 chest? I am currently wearing the NRS Vista in an XS and would like to order the Vapor but fear it may be too big as it is not available in XS.
    Thanks
    Asked on 5/5/2014 by cb from Canon City, CO

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Chances are it will fit. Check NRS dealers in your area - http://www.nrs.com/services/dealerlocator.asp - to see if they're carrying the jacket. If you can't find it there, ordering from us is no-risk; returns/exchanges are easy and free.

      Answered on 5/6/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Vapor PFD

    Q:

    I will be WW kayaking with a cheetah chair is this a good jacket for this? I was looking between this and the Vista, which would be better for my situation? Thanks, Willis.
    Asked on 5/2/2014 by Willis

    2 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Wills, both the Vapor and Vista are great jackets for the type of boating you're doing. The foam in the Vapor is softer and more conforming so you may find it more comfortable against your seat back.

      Answered on 5/2/2014 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I just bought 2 vapors and although they are yet to be on the water they are exactly what I had hoped. Very comfortable with a lot of room for paddling or oaring. The zippered pocket is nice also. Very easy to get in and out of and I would recommend them to anyone.

      Answered on 5/2/2014 by Anonymous
  • NRS Vapor PFD

    Q:

    Can you tell me the major differences between 40034.01 lifejackets and 40013.01? I would like to purchase this for a recreational kayakers.
    Asked on 4/22/2014 by jean from MI

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Jean, some of the features, like the side-buckle entry and lash tab, are comparable. The pocket on the Vapor is larger. Both jackets have the same 16.5 pounds of buoyancy. The Ninja's foam a bit smaller in area, thus a bit thicker, 11" front foam height, 13" rear, the Vapor 13"/!5". Both are very comfortable jackets. Check with your kayaker; many recreational kayaks have a high seat back. It that's the case, one of our mesh back jackets like the Clearwater, cVest or Zoya may be a better choice. Give us a call, 800.635.5202, if you have further questions.

      Answered on 4/23/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • NRS Vapor PFD

    Q:

    What is the square aattachement point on the front of the jacket called and what is it used for? I have one on both life jackets i use and have no idea what to do with it.
    Thanks
    Asked on 4/14/2014 by Annie from Harstine isl. Wa

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Annie, it's called a "lash tab." It's typically used for attaching a knife. Knives designed for this purpose will either have a clip on the sheath that slips through the slots of the lash tab, or a clip on the knife itself. Other accessories can also be attached there. You can see some of these knives here - http://www.nrs.com/category/3222/rafting/knives

      Answered on 4/15/2014 by Clyde from NRS
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  • Comfortable (3)

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    4.0

    Nice PFD

    By Hope

    from NYC

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Durable
    • Good Ventilation
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Hard to Adjust
    • Not For Ladies

    Best Uses

    • Paddling

    Comments about NRS Vapor PFD:

    Well-made and has pocket for my VHF but my only objection is the FIT in the chest. Really made for the male form, and not for women unless you have a flat chest. I'm keeping it as a spare.

    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too big
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    3.0

    NRS Vapor

    By VB

    from Cumming GA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Big Front Pocket
    • Comes With A Lash Tab
    • Comfortable

    Cons

    • Front Panel Is Too Long
    • Restricts Movement

    Best Uses

    • Paddling

    Comments about NRS Vapor PFD:

    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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    I like the unrestricked feel when rowing

    By columbo

    from elgin, or.

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable

    Cons

    • Feels A Little Bulky On

    Best Uses

    • Rafting

    Comments about NRS Vapor PFD:

    I like the unrestricted feel of the jacket a little bulky on your belly I have not been in the water with it on. right price!

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

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfect inexpensive jacket

    By Laser

    from Oshkosh, WI

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Canoeing
      • Paddling

      Comments about NRS Vapor PFD:

      After having many cheap PFD's for paddling, I finally spent a little more money and wish that I would have bought this years ago! Very comfortable, feels like you are not wearing a PFD.

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

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