NRS Canada | Recreational PFD Comparison/Reviews

We have been a dealer for NRS for close to 20 years now, we have seen them evolve from a very outfitter focused brand to an industry leader in recreational paddlesports. From rafting to whitewater, sea kayaking to SUP. NRS offer gear for all types of paddlesports.

One of the areas they have really committed to in Canada is to have a wide range of PFDs Canadian Coast Guard approved. In this quick information piece we highlight the basic features, pros and cons of NRS Canadian recreational PFD lineup.

PFDs UNDER $125.00

NRS Vapor PFD

NRS Vapor PFD

Price:  $107.95 CAD

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Best For: Recreational Kayak, SUP and Canoe Paddlers.  Also OK for lower end whitewater paddling.
Features: Side Entry, 1 pocket, shoulder, waist and shoulder adjustments.
Who buys these? Everyone! The Vapor is consistently one of our top selling items both in store and online.  The combination of price, comfort and range of motion for paddling all tie into this equation.

NRS Vista PFD

Price:  $107.95 CAD

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Best For: Recreational Kayak, SUP and Canoe Paddlers.
Features: Front zip entry, 1 pocket, shoulder and side adjustments
Who buys these?
We typically see more paddlers favor the vapor.  However, those with range of motion issues often find the front zip preferable for ease of putting on.


PFDs UNDER $150.00

NRS Oso PFD

Price: $149.95 CAD

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Best For: Recreational Kayaks, Fishing Kayaks and Canoes with high back seats.  Work for SUP paddlers too.
Features: Low profile back panel, 2 large pockets, front zip entry, shoulder, side and waist adjustments.
Who buys these? The Oso is really comfortable for many paddlers.  Easy front entry, lots of pocket space for goodies.  We mainly see these purchased by those paddling with high back recreational boats and some kayak anglers.

NRS Womens Nora PFD

Price: $149.95 CAD

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Best For: Female recreational paddlers and kayak anglers
Features:
Tailored with female 'proportions' in mindLow profile back panel, 2 large pockets, front zip entry, shoulder, side and waist adjustments
Who buys these?
Female recreational paddlers and kayak anglers.  We find that women paddlers with limited mobility really enjoy the front zip for ease of entry.  Paddlers with pedal drive kayaks tend to prefer the low profile back than the mesh back PFDs

NRS Clearwater Mesh Back PFD

Price: $149.95 CAD

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Best For: Paddlers looking to use kayaks and canoes with high seat backs
Features: Lower mesh back to prevent PFD riding up with high back seats, multiple adjustments, 2 pockets and front zip entry.
Who buys these? Many recreational paddlers.  They are one of our best selling recreational PFDs.  Paddlers using all manner of recreational kayaks to inflatables, fishing rig and more.


PFDs OVER $150.00

 

NRS cVest PFD

Price: $179.95 CAD

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Best For: Sea or touring kayak paddlers or some recreational paddlers looking at longer outings on open water.
Features: Mesh back to work with technical or high back seats, multiple adjustments, radio pockets, enhanced reflective stripping, extra attachment points.
Who buys these? Sea kayakers and paddlers who like carrying a bunch of stuff on their person.  This is essentially a Clearwater with many more features..  If you are a technical gear junkie, this could be the PFD for you!

NRS Odyssey PFD

Price: $199.95 CAD

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Best For: Sea and touring kayakers, also recreational paddlers doing longer trips on open water
Features: Low profile foam back to work with technical or high back seats, multiple adjustments, radio pockets, enhanced reflective stripping, extra attachment points.
Who buys these? Sea kayakers and paddlers who like carrying a bunch of stuff on their person.  This is essentially a Oso with many more features..  If you are a technical gear junkie, this could be the PFD for you!

 
Thanks for checking out our comparison, we offer FREE SHIPPING on all these PFDs across Canada, and our paddling experts are ready to help answer your NRS PFD questions.  You can get a hold of us by the following methods:

Phone

Calgary: (403) 288 9283
Edmonton: (780) 463 4892

Email

Calgary: info@aqoutdoors.com
Edmonton: info@aquabaticsedmonton.com