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Type III: As the name implies, your options are wide open with the NRS Vista PFD. On a wild river or floating your favorite lake, it gives you everything you need. 7 adjustment points tighten the Vista to fit your body securely. 420-denier nylon outer shell resists snags and tears for many seasons of dedicated use. 16.5 pounds of flotation, medium profile PFD that provides all around flotation in thin foam paneling. Two pockets with hook-and-loop closures easily hold your important accessories. Lash tab provides secure location for attaching a rescue knife. Also Available in Youth Sizes!


  • Type & Profile:Type III / Medium
  • Design Flotation:16.5 lbs
  • Entry System:Front zip
  • Pockets:2 front pockets
  • Lash Tabs:1 front left
  • Adjustment System:7 adjustment points
  • Fabric:420 denier nylon outer shell
  • 210 denier nylon inner shell

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Review Summary

5 out of 5

7 Reviews

  • Build quality: 1
  • Ease of use: 1
  • Great design: 1
  • Great value: 1

Performance: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

7 Ratings & Reviews

Great value
June 25, 2009

There are nicer (and more expensive) PFD's available for water sports, but for the money you can't beat the NRS Vista PFD. Easy to adjust, comfortable enough to wear paddling all day. A great product.

Performance: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Sweet Home, OR
25-34 yrs

Great fit and comfy
February 21, 2013

I ordered this product for my wife in the small/medium size. I almost ordered two but I wasn't sure about the size. She is about 5'8" and 120lbs and I'm 6'2" and weigh about 175. When we got it we both tried it on and it was able to be adjusted to fit us both. We haven't had a chance to use it yet with our kayaks but I'm sure it'll be a comfy ride. I'm definitely going to order one more for me. I love all of the straps and snaps that it has on the sides and the top and the zipper seems to be very strong yet smooth to zip up and down.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value

works well
May 06, 2010

comfortable, adjustable, does the job. just what i wanted.

Super comfortable life jacket!
July 10, 2010

Super comfortable life jacket! Purchased a SM/MED for my 11 year old son who sails every day. He loves it! It has a place for his watch and two pockets for keys, phone, money etc. It is also easy to adjust and provides a comfortable fit. I plan to purchase two others for my family. A great buy at a great price!


July 22, 2011

Simplicity of features and well-adjusting to size are what sold me on this vest. Needing a PFD that would work well for both daily kayaking and sailing, the shape and design were chosen for freedom of movement, and indeed it wears like I have nothing on at all. Plus, the lash tab holds my NRS Pilot very securely, and the pockets stow all my gear, emergency and extemporaneous. A great vest for the investment.

Great Vest
May 28, 2010

I have no complaints about this pfd. It has 7 overall straps to create a snug fit along with a zipper so you don't have to retighten every time. Good materials and craftsmanship. Great maneuverability too.


Perfect for inflatable kayaks!
August 04, 2010

This vest is very comfortable. The two front pockets are handy for small items like chap stick.

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Blue, Periwinkle, Red, Yellow, Grey and Lt. Green.

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

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