Kids PFD Reference Guide

Adult PFDs are sized by chest circumference but children’s PFDs are rated by weight ranges. Nevertheless, kids’ growing bodies have highly variable body dimensions for even the same weight classes. As a result, we’ve found from experience that other factors can influence how a jacket will fit a child. For example, the zipper length helps you see how it will fit a seated child.

We have seen cases where two kids with the same height, weight and chest measurements have one set of parents who accept a certain jacket while other parents will reject it. Use this table as a guideline and give us a call at 877.677.4327 if you have questions.

Type III: Simple design and solid dependability in a youth-sized PFD. The NRS Vista is the ideal choice if you're looking for a life jacket to fit your 50 to 90 pound child. The basic design is functional and durable, for many seasons of worry-free use. 420 denier Nylon outer shell resists snags, tears and all the abuse kids put their gear through. Two large pockets.

  • Bottom of vest to top of zipper: 11"

Design Flotation: 11 lbs. 8 oz.
Size: 50–90 lbs.
Fits Chest Size: 24"–29"
21471 Y - $59.95

Type V: With lots of flotation, a protective head pillow and burly construction, the Big Water V is a great safety choice for your youngster. This is the life jacket many rafting outfitters choose for keeping their 50-90 pound customers safe. The four buckle front entry is rugged and foolproof. Six side adjustments and two shoulder adjustments ensure a snug fit. The flotation pillow helps support the head while floating on the back and offers impact protection. And you can attach PFD Leg Straps (sold separately) to the webbing loops on the bottom of the jacket for extra security.

  • Bottom of jacket to top of center foam: 12"

Design Flotation: 15 lbs. 8 oz.
Size: 50–90 lbs.
Fits Chest Size: 24"–29"
2152Y - $109.95

NRS Crew Youth & Child PFDs

NRS Crew Youth & Child PFDs

Type III: The NRS Crew Youth & Child PFDs are ideal life jackets for flatwater boating and close-to-shore safety. Keep your young people protected and safe. Zipper front entry, four side adjustments and a waist adjustment make for a comfortable fit. Child model has a leg strap to prevent jacket ride-up. Rugged 400-denier nylon fabric and PVC-Free foam flotation.

  • Youth PFD - Bottom of jacket to top of zipper: 11"
  • Child PFD - Bottom of jacket to top of zipper: 9"

Two Sizes:

Youth 50–90 lbs
Design Flotation: 12.3 lbs
Fits Chest Size: 24"–29"
2143Y - $39.95 - $44.95

Child 30–50 lbs
Design Flotation: 7.3 lbs
Fits Chest Size: 22"–25"
2143C - $39.95 - $44.95

Children’s PFD w/ Collar

Extrasport Infant & Youth PFDs with Collar

Type II: Developed to provide high flotation and head support for infants and children in the water. This jacket will help keep a child face-up in calm water, and it comes with a grab loop to aid in pulling him or her from the water. Adjustable leg strap with a single buckle helps secure this jacket in place. Check proper weight range and follow all directions for fit and use. 200-denier nylon oxford fabric.

  • Infant size fits kids best between 30–50 lbs.
  • Flotation is all in the front and in the head flotation
  • Bottom to top of zipper: 7.5"
  • Bottom to tie cord: 8.5"

Two Sizes:

Infant <50 lbs.
Design Flotation: 9 lb. 14 oz.
2165 I - $49.95

Youth 50–90 lbs.
Design Flotation: 11 lbs. 4 oz.
2165 Y - $49.95