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Big Water V Personal Flotation Device

5 out of 5 stars
2 Reviews
Current price: $119.21 Original price: $158.95
25% off

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Why We Like The Big Water V Personal Flotation Device

Trusted and rented out by most rafting companies, the Big Water V PFD is what we buckle into for floating ... well, big waters. The contouring foam panels adapt to our shape for a comfortably customized fit, while delivering a whopping 25 pounds of flotation if we get sent swimming.


  • Industry-leading life jacket for battling white water
  • 420D nylon material holds strong in rugged conditions
  • 8 adjustment points to fit a wide range of body types
  • Flotation collar helps keep your head above water
  • 4 front buckles allow an easy in and out
  • Webbing loops accommodate leg straps (sold separately)
  • Item #NRSR05L
Flotation / Buoyancy
front buckle
Claimed Weight
2lb 12.8oz
flatwater paddling, ocean paddling, river paddling
USCG Type / Level

Overall Rating

5 based on 2 ratings

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5 out of 5 stars

August 31, 2023

Exceptional product, delivery & price!!!

Size Bought:
5' 11"

I'm very impressed with this company! (First-time buyer.) This NRS Class V White water life jacket arrived less than 48 hours after I ordered it, and the shipping was FREE!! The price was phenomenal, the best I've seen on this model. Communication was fantastic! I received several emails updating me on the progress of my order - from it being packed and shipped to it's arrival. I've been a private white water rafter for nearly 30 years and have owned tons of equipment and many brands and styles of life jackets. My friends and I constantly compare our things. We're not "gearheads" but do strive to get the best of best when it comes to our safety. This jacket definitely fits that bill. I highly recommend and this NRS life preserver! Fit-wise, this jacket is very adjustable. After reading another review I thought I should add that I'm a 5'11" male with a slim-medium build and typically wear size Large shirts. The jacket would easily size down to at least a mid-small person, and up to at least XL - it says 30" to 52" chest. (NRS makes a Plus-size jacket for bigger people). One thing I'll need to get used to is the padding/flotation material on the chest - it's 2.75" thick. It's well shaped and does not interfere with my ability to row, but it is thicker than I'm used to. But hey, I want that much floatation in a vest and since it has to go somewhere the chest is where I want it. The back padding/flotation material is only about .75" thick (as is the head flap) so it's easy to lean against gear or sit in a chair.

Steve E
5 out of 5 stars

May 24, 2023

25lbs of float, my life will be saved!

I've used it several times
Size Bought:
5' 7"

This jack will float most every adult, it's extremely well made, offers a customizing fit and is perfect for high back chairs on a sit on top kayak. I didnt like the yellow color because it was more of a bright mustard color even though yellow is better for visual response, I purchased the orange and it it a bright but pleasing color. I can't say enough good things about this vest! I am 5'7 165 lbs. and female The jacket is tall/long so if you are very short and thin you may want to try on the child's size but make sure you fall within the weight limits. I did purchase the optional leg straps for rough water use, this is the best jacket I have owned and as a very active 63 year old I have owned many in my lifetime. Mine is the universal fit but they make one that I think goes up to 58" for the bigger framed folks.

Kent K