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NRS Vapor PFD Description

Boater's on a budget shouldn't have to sacrifice comfort. With the NRS Vapor PFD we focused our design efforts on the feel of the jacket and not the frills.

NRS Vapor PFD Specs and Features

  • Material Description: 200-denier nylon

Additional Attributes

  • Six-panel design constructed with ultra soft foam for a flexible fit that effortlessly wraps your torso and flows with your movements.
  • 400 denier nylon ensures season-after-season durability.
  • Features padded shoulder straps, strap garages and reflective NRS logos for low-light visibility.
  • The Vapor is a Type III, low-profile life jacket designed with 16.5 pounds of flotation and carries the US Coast Guard Certification, through testing by Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

NRS Vapor PFD Reviews

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I've had this PFD since the…

Submitted by: jweier111 on 7/30/2020
I've had this PFD since the beginning of the 2020 season. So far this year we've been out 2-3 times a week, primarily with touring kayaks. I purchased mine new from Outdoor Gear Exchange for $56. The construction is excellent, and the materials are also high quality. As another review stated, if you have a short torso it tends to ride up or down pretty easily. It's not terrible, but I do find myself adjusting the PFD back down occasionally while paddling. Otherwise it is very comfortable. Actual in the water performance. I've had to make 3 emergency wet exits this year. Two while wearing this PFD (wet exit number one is why I got it in the first place). In both cases the XX sized PFD supported my 220lb frame with out much effort on my part. I'm PADI advanced open water certified. And I didn't notice myself needing to make any extra effort to maintain buoyancy at the surface while wearing the PFD. The most recent wet exit was this past weekend. I was overturned in a current eddy under a railroad bridge and wasn't able to make a return roll or self rescue. I was stuck in the current flow like a merry-go-round for about 3 minutes. The Vapor provided enough buoyancy for me to right the 18ft kayak (with about 150lbs of gear and water in in it) while I was waiting to get in a position where I could swim out of the current. The PFD kept me above water the hole time despite a noticeable undertoe. Most importantly I didn't waste a lot of energy keeping my head and arms above water. To me a PFD is measured by comfort and how well it preforms in the worst type of situation. The NRS Vapor does great on both. If it weren't for the slight tendency to ride up while paddling, this would be a 5 star review.

This PFD has great…

Submitted by: paddler457534 on 7/31/2018

This PFD has great versatility and is comfortable. It is easy to put on and has adjustable straps in multiple spots to help you get the perfect fit. You put it on over your head and then buckle the 2 side clips. I love the pocket on it! It can fit a good amount of items in it and is somewhat waterproof


I've had my Vapor PFD for…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/5/2016
I've had my Vapor PFD for about two years now and really like it, so much so I figured I should submit a review. It is very comfortable and feels well made. The adjustments are simple but allow for a really nice custom fit. I am doing kayak touring so I wanted a simple PFD with a clean profile to make it easier to self rescue back into the kayak, and Vapor is exactly that. It does, however, have one zippered pocket and hand pockets so it does offer some convenience storage for several small items, but the pockets aren't bulky so they don't add extra external bulk to catch on anything while trying to reenter a kayak. I am 5'10" and of slim build and the small/medium is a great fit. Great PFD at a great price so I gave it a 10!

I have yet to find a perfect…

Submitted by: Springsmom83 on 8/3/2015
I have yet to find a perfect PFD. All have something wrong. The Vapor is the best so far from the first paddle. I love the neoprene lining, it moves with my body and creates very little friction between the PFD and my body. The outer covering slid gently against my kayak seat, this left me with very little heat rash under the PFD. The side straps didn't shift and sit low on my chest so there was no underarm rubbing or chaffing. The foam is not too thick so it doesn't get in the way when paddling. It is sufficiently comfortable that I was not only willing to wear it the whole time I was out, but I was not in a hurry to get it off as soon as we got back to the ramp. Now the shortcomings.

I have a fairly short torso so I cannot tighten the waist straps effectively. The chest strap, at least on me, is sufficient to keep it in place so that is not a deal breaker. The neck area is a little high, I have to keep my chin up and look where I am going. That said, it does lie flat against my chest and it does not rub anywhere as long as I keep my chin up a little. If NRS were to lower the front top about 1 1/2 inches and shorten the entire torso about 2 inches this would quite possibly be a 10.
I will review again after some more use.

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