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Zen Type V Personal Flotation Device

4.2 out of 5 stars
5 Reviews
Current price: $137.97 - $149.47 Original price: $229.95
Up to 40% off
Color:2020 Charcoal/Teal


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Why We Like The Zen Type V Personal Flotation Device

Out of all the NRS life jackets, the Zen Type V Personal Flotation Device is perhaps the most comfortable option, in our opinion. Dreamy comfort aside, this PFD's a full-featured rescue vest that assists guides with a quick-release belt, tow-compatible carabiner tether, and type-V certification with 17.5 pounds of flotation.


  • NRS's most comfortable rescue PFD to assist guides and paddlers
  • Type V life jacket offers 17.5 pounds of flotation
  • Floating front panel moves freely with you
  • Padded arm holds provide crucial impact protection
  • Clamshell pocket stows small first aid kit and other essentials
  • Handwarmer pocket with zippered security pocket
  • Quick-release rescue belt and tow compatibility for emergencies
  • Item #NRS00BH
Flotation / Buoyancy
Tow Compatibility
carabiner attachment
1 front, 2 side
Claimed Weight
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime
USCG Type / Level
type V

Overall Rating

4 based on 5 ratings

Review Summary

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5 out of 5 stars

August 28, 2022


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Vernon I
1 out of 5 stars

December 8, 2021

Knife system is not safe.

I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought:

I was a level 2 guide on the Kennebec and Penobscot rivers (class III-V rapids) in Maine this past summer. Out of 39 trips I took 4 swims. THE KNIFE CAME OFF IN TWO OF THE FOUR SWIMS… in the middle of class IV-V rapids… Luckily one time the whole system fell in. Another time the knife itself came out and the blade was exposed in the guide compartment. The upward angle* of the system is super dangerous. The end facing up GOT CAUGHT behind the perimeter line as I was pulling myself back in, preventing*** me from getting back in, until I was forced to overpower it, at which point the system peeled off completely. The vest needs to be completely redesigned so the knife doesn’t create snag points and the handle is more hidden. Stop selling this vest before someone gets hurt.

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Kevan N
5 out of 5 stars

November 28, 2020

Solid vest

I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought:
5' 7"

I have worn this on casual river floats all the way to big open water crossing and have been really pleased. It’s comfortable but feels very secure. I recently swamped a canoe out in the bay and this kept my head above as we worked on pumping out the canoe. The front pockets are great for a phone (dry case) and other essentials.

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Andrew P
5 out of 5 stars

May 14, 2020


I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought:
5' 10"

I started with the original version of this PFD about 6 years ago, and just recently upgraded to the newest version. I am THRILLED with the updates. The pocket is massive and easy to organize. Inside I keep a folding knife, a full pin kit, and Snickers bar. The ripstop fabric is lightweight, super durable and dries relatively quickly. Overall, this PFD is at least 30% lighter than the earlier versions. The range of motion, and the comfort of the PFD is fantastic. There are a lot of adjustment points, so I can really get my preferred fit. The hand warmer pocket is the best addition to PFDs since flotation.

Ted M
5 out of 5 stars

May 6, 2020

Fits shorter paddlers better.

I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought:
5' 5"

I am short torsoed, so the original felt like it was choking me. The upper portion of the original, under the chin, was higher and thicker. The new one rides lower and the foam is more tapered. Much more comfortable, great redesign.

Robert P