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    For paddle ninjas.

    A ninja utilizes a sleek, low-profile approach to each discreet take down; the NRS Ninja Type III Personal Flotation Device features a low-pro, unobtrusive design to do the complete opposite. The NRS Ninja PFD's job is to keep you up and on top of the water when you have to jump in for a rescue or when you fall in unexpectedly.
    • Short torso design features large arm openings with a Y-shaped shoulder strap design to keep the vest in place during paddling or swimming
    • Shoulder and side adjusters allow you to get a precise, comfortable fit
    • Clip-closure front pocket offers easy access to smaller items
    • Shaped PVC-free foam panels keep the vest tight against your torso
    • Side entry design utilizes quick-release buckles on both sides to make it easy to put on and take off
    • Super-durable nylon material withstands long-term use
    • Lash tab at the lower left side is an ideal position for quick, easy knife access
    • Item #NRS0142

    Tech Specs

    USCG Type
    Flotation / Buoyancy
    16.5 lb
    Tow Compatibility
    side entry
    1 front mesh
    Recommended Use
    chilly weather water activities
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    Great low profile PFD!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I am a kayak guide in SC and decided to try out a low profile PFD. Unfortunately this one was too big for me (I'm 5'3" 110lbs) but a coworker of mine took it he loves it! Also, I have loved working with Backcountry - they are so great about shipping and returns and their customer service representatives are friendly and helpful.

    Great PFD with a few improvements...

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    There are many aspects I love about the Ninja, and many that could be improved upon. I've used this PFD for guiding kayaking, canoeing and whitewater rafting for two seasons.


    The Ninja has a sleek, low profile design with subtle stitching details. It's very gender-neutral. I have it in black.


    The side-entry is great, with buckles and easily adjustable straps that make it fit like a dream around your torso. The front panel, however, does not have any flex points - its one solid, stiff piece - which keeps it from comfortably fitting to a female chest. The shoulder straps are adjustable but don't fix the issue. I've also found that they tend to rub on my neck at times, but only on occasion - this has not been an issue for me.


    The Ninja is extremely buoyant and keeps me on the surface when I take a swim, and the shape allows for unrestricted range of motion when paddling, swimming, etc. Even in chilly water, the Ninja helps keep me warm, and the neoprene-lined interior handwarmer pocket is my absolute FAVORITE thing about this PFD.


    The front pocket is great for keeping a whistle or snack in, but anything else I want to carry (i.e. radio) has to be attached with a carabiner. The lash tab is in a convenient spot for easy access (I use NRS Copilot knife), but I've found that it gets caught on things easily. It's most noticeable when flipping boats back over or climbing back in. On more than one occasion, the knife has actually delayed me from getting back in a boat, and I work with others who have said the same.

    Overall, I think this is a great PFD from a great company and highly recommend it.

    I agree with everything she said. It rubs my neck a lot, I believe its due to the shoulder straps being sewn too close together in the back. If you have a small frame, or short torso, which I do (5'5" 130, female, I own the S/M), you cannot wear it low (below the nipple) like they show videos of males wearing it. Therefore the shoulder straps come together too close and rub your neck. No matter how I adjust it the shoulder straps will not conform to my chest due to the solid stiff front panel. When sitting down with it on (from a side view perspective), the front and back upper chest and back foam area sit out away from the body, leaving a lot of space between the user and the vest. It needs some breast cut-outs in the chest foam (even for small chested women) if it is to be considered a uni-sex life jacket. It also could use some more pockets or lash tabs in different areas. I also wear a small McNett river knife in the front of mine and it gets in the way a lot and also gets snagged on things. I like that its smaller than any other vest I have (I have 5), and I've actually considered getting the chest foam shaved in the breast area and having the shoulder straps moved farther apart in the back. I know they don't recommend any alterations to a PFD but it has to fit properly and comfortably to be worn. I haven't found a smaller life jacket that fits a small person better than this one, so I believe altering it just a bit is the only real option until they come out with a female version.

    Like wearing nothing

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought myself and my girlfriend these life jackets and they are fantastic. They fit great, allow a ton of unrestricted movement & keep you on top of the water when you go for a swim. The side entry is great and easy to adjust. This is my go to jacket unless I need a rescue jacket on. Everybody that has tried mine on loves it too. You can't go wrong with this jacket for a minimal feel, great floatation and all around bomber piece of gear.

    Great jacket, weird fit.

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    I ordered this jacket with high hopes because it has a lot of sweet features, but it wasn't comfortable so I sent it back, but I do have some opinions from the 2 days that I had it at my house :)


    - Sinches down to fit even the smallest paddlers

    - buckle closures that won't fill with sand and get stuck like strap closures or zippers

    - NRS is a great brand (both quality and ethics)

    - low profile

    - allows for great range of motion

    - knife holder in a great spot, out of the way but easy access


    - 1 small pocket

    - I didn't personally think it was comfortable, the foam on the front was stiff without any flexing points, so for a woman, it wasn't very comfortable (which is the reason why I sent it back). The shoulder straps were also close enough together that it rubbed my neck on both sides.

    Low profile

      I like the simple design of this, it does not have a lot of pockets, but the low profile is comfortable for long tours and it fits my build well (5'10" 160). I definitely have converted to the low profile PFD over the last couple of years.

      Hey Andrew B. I ended up getting the Large. I have a actual chest size of 40 so if your around that size I would go large. I tried the medium on and it was just too small. Sizing in the midpoint for chest size is wise because you might be wearing thicker wet suits from time to time or other rash guard barriers. Hope that helps.

      Good fit on the Ninja

        Minimalist design doesn't interfere with my paddling stroke. Very adjustable between the shoulder straps and the side straps. Can easily reach all the straps for adjusting and buckle releash. Front pocket is basically useless.