NRS Chinook Fishing PFD

by  NRS

NRS Chinook Fishing PFD Description

With all the organization and attachment points needed for your fishing accessories, the NRS Chinook Fishing PFD is the world's best-selling life jacket for kayak anglers. Not only is it designed to make you more effective on the water, the comfort of the Chinook simply can't be beat.

NRS Chinook Fishing PFD Specs and Features

  • Material Description: 400-denier ripstop nylon

Additional Attributes

  • The Chinook is a Type III, medium profile life jacket delivering 16.5 pounds of flotation
  • PlushFit™ foam and a high-back design combine to create an extremely comfortable vest for any type of raft or kayak seat
  • A mesh lower-back offers added ventilation on warm days
  • Two large, zippered pockets, sized for tackle boxes, with internal organization, plus two smaller accessory pockets with hook-and-loop closure
  • A fifth, tool holder pocket offers quick access to pliers, line cutters or other fishing gadgets and accessories
  • Also features a rod holder, strobe attachment point, reflective accents and knife lash tab
  • The zippered front entry and six adjustment points offer a customized fit
  • The Chinook carries the US Coast Guard Certification through Underwriters Laboratories (UL)

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NRS Chinook Fishing PFD Reviews

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This product has held up…

Submitted by: worldtraveler on 8/12/2019

This product has held up well over the past two years. Flotation is good and there are plenty of pockets to stash your gear. None of the pockets are big enough to hold a large smartphone though the smaller 5.5 inch devices might be able to squeeze into the bottom pocket.

The only thing I wish it included was a water bladder pouch. A decent product for a decent price.


I have owned this PFD for…

Submitted by: paddler534438 on 7/29/2019

I have owned this PFD for two years at this point. Other than a couple of stains, it still looks great. All zippers and straps are working perfectly. It is fully adjustable for height and girth. They are offered in several colors to choose from, I picked the hi-vis orange due to safety reasons. Very happy and satisfied with the product, I never leave shore without it!!


I weight 200 lbs and…

Submitted by: Larry-W on 7/31/2018

I weight 200 lbs and purchased the large and this PFD fits me like a glove. It has ample storage where I need it, anchors for clips and tools and the back flotation rests perfectly on the top of my kayak seat like it was made for kayak fishing. This may not be the PFD for whitewater but if you're angler, it's hard to find a more convenient, durable and comfortable PFD.


I purchased this PFD during…

Submitted by: paddler413333 on 1/23/2018
I purchased this PFD during the hard water season so I haven't worn it on the water yet. With that being said, I have worn it around the house to get used to it. It is the first quality PFD I have purchased that I actually plan to wear. Comfortable and with plenty of storage.

A fantastic kayak fishing…

Submitted by: nickweissmusic on 8/25/2016
A fantastic kayak fishing vest. Nice pockets. Plier holder that hasn't gotten damaged in many outings (clip has rusted, don't care, I'll figure out a replacement when needed). Soft, more expensive foam. Top quality zippers. Fits great and I don't even notice I have it on, even with high backed seat. A fine example of paying a more (but not a ridiculous amount) and getting more in return. A great value.

This is a great PFD for canoe…

Submitted by: redevad on 7/6/2014
This is a great PFD for canoe tripping. The vest has a lot of pockets so you can carry your phone, license, permits, power bar, etc. with you all the time when you're on the water. The vest has a number of loops that you can snap items to as well. The vest also had a couple of reflective strips. Overall an excellent item.

It's a necessary evil that…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/10/2009
It's a necessary evil that fisherman carry lots of gear with them on their boats, but NRS has a practical and comfortable solution with the Chinook vest. A class-3 rated PFD, this is one item that offers huge peace of mind when on the water. Tons of pockets, a mesh back to keep you cool, and loops to hang clippers and pliers, this is what kayak fisherman are looking for. Fitting is adjusted by straps, and it is appreciated that this is not sized for one size for all. Be sure to check this PFD out.