NRS Big Water Guide Life Jacket (PFD)


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Whether you're running the big stuff or just want to keep your head higher above the water, the NRS Big Water Guide Life Jacket (PFD) is the life jacket for you. 22 lbs. of flotation and built for all day comfort.


  • Material: PVC-Free foam panels are shaped and skived to wrap the body, without hindering mobility
  • Eight adjustment points allow you to fit the jacket to your individual shape
  • Two huge zippered pockets hold anything you choose to carry with you
  • Fleece lined handwarmer pouches behind the pockets are oh, so welcome on cold days!
  • The well placed lash tab securely holds your rescue knife
  • The 500-denier Cordura® shell wears like iron
  • The webbing tab for your whistle puts this important safety device right where it's needed
  • Integrated loops for leg straps add extra security in big water (leg straps sold separately)
  • Design flotation: 22 lbs

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Review Summary

5 out of 5

3 Reviews

  • Build quality: 3
  • Great design: 3
  • Performance: 2
  • Ease of use: 1

Performance: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

3 Ratings & Reviews

Performance: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Jasper, AR
55-64 yrs

Great pfd!
June 29, 2012

I recently ordered the NRS Big Water Guide Life Jacket for an intense Class III/IV multi-day rafting trip. I must say, the life jacket proved to be a great purchase! I never even noticed the life jacket as we paddled and it was never in the way whatsoever. Even though it has 22 lbs. flotation, it fit very nicely and performed great! It does seem bulky at first, if you have been used to wearing a 16 lb. pfd or so, but I quickly got used to it. I have a 40" chest and I ordered a L/XXL. I was able to get a great fit over my drysuit which added considerably to the overall chest size with plenty of adjustment left. I would highly recommend the purchase of this jacket if you have even the slightest thought that you might take a swim in a large volume river. You will not be disappointed!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use
Performance: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
25-34 yrs

Best Class V rafting PFD
July 09, 2011

The 22lbs of flotation is really noticed after using a 16.5lb vest. Keeps your head above water in wave trains when 16.5lb vest won't. Every friend that has tried this vest has switched to it. Very comfortable and completely bomber. The bigger size will adjust down to someone around 120lbs and provides more side protection with less gap.

Pros: Great design, Build quality
Performance: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Maine
25-34 yrs

Great product
February 12, 2011

This life jacket appears to be very high quality and i suspect it will last a long time. With 22 lbs of floatation, its very thick but it doesn't impede my ability to paddle. Its comfortable and the hand warmer pockets are great! I am a 130 lb female 5'5" and the xs-m fits good and comes down just below my belly button. I wanted a vest that offered more floatation and coverage for white water canoe racing (for the times when im in the whitewater and beside the canoe...) and this is perfect. I will stil use my old exstra sport kayak style lifejacket on more leisurely paddles because its less bulky.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Great value

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Available sizes, while supplies last, include size xs/m and size l/xxl: xs/m, l/xxl.

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