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NRS Zen Type V Personal Flotation Device


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    2 Reviews


    Rescue made comfy.

    Out of all the NRS life jackets, the Zen Type V Personal Flotation Device is perhaps the most comfortable option. It'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. Inspired by the NRS Ninja Freestyle PFD, the Zen's side access and floating front panel provide full mobility when you're paddling. The padded arm holes extend comfortable impact protection for experienced paddlers looking at rowdier lines.

    • 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
    • Reinforced shoulder straps with quick-release rescue belt and carabiner tow compatibility
    • Item #NRS00BH

    Tech Specs

    USCG Approved
    type V
    Flotation / Buoyancy
    Tow Compatibility
    carabiner attachment
    1 front, 2 side
    Claimed Weight
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited lifetime

    Tech Specs

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    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This is a great no frills Type V PFD. I used it for 2 seasons of guiding on the New and Gauley in WV and have since used it as a kayak vest. If you are looking for a good vest for both rafting and kayaking I would say that this is one of the better ones out there. However, it feels better in the kayak than it does in the raft. Getting in and out of the raft it feels kind of like having a turtle shell on your belly. In the kayak it is out of the way enough to not really notice it. Also the updated clam shell design is a great addition to this timeless vest.

    I am 6'2 175 and I picked up the L/XL and it fit well.

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    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've always been a fan of the Astral Green Jacket, and while there may never be a better PFD than the Astral, this a close 2nd. It's comfy, fit's great, and has all of the features I want in a good PFD. If you're on a budget and want to save yourself $70, go with this guy and you won't be disappointed.