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Best Looking Athletic US Coast Guard Certified Lifejackets

SAN DIEGO, California - We’ve shown you boards, we’ve shown you paddles, and now it’s time we show you one last thing to complete your SUP trio - lifejackets. Here’s the 2020 USCG Approved Lifejacket Guide below.

 

1. Astral Linda

astral linda women 2020“With a design fine-tuned for the high seat backs of recreational and fishing kayaks, the women's Astral Linda PFD is a comfortable and versatile choice for adventure-filled days spent on calm water.”

Gender: Women’s
Best Use: Paddling
USCG Classification: Type III
Flotation: 16 lbs
Retail Price: $100

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2. MTI Vibe

mti vibe women 2020“Designed for those who call the water their home away from home, the MTI Vibe PFD has a low-profile, side-entry design for incredible freedom of movement while paddling, sailing or paddle boarding.”

Gender: Women’s
Best Use: Paddling
USCG Classification: Type III
Flotation: 15.5 lbs
Retail Price: $99.95

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3. NRS Ninja

nrs ninja women 2020“Originally designed for use by freestyle kayakers, the NRS Ninja PFD has an athletic, low-profile design that stays out of your way for comfortable paddling or rowing in any type of watercraft.”

Gender: Women’s
Best Use: Paddling
USCG Classification: Type III
Flotation: 16.5 lbs
Retail Price: $129.95

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4. NRS Zen

nrs zen women 2020“Keep your cool in high-pressure scenarios with this low-profile PFD. The NRS Zen delivers essential features to assist guides and experienced paddlers in swiftwater rescue situations.”

Gender: Unisex
Best Use: paddling
USCG Classification: Type V
Flotation: 17.5 lbs
Retail Price: $219.95

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5. Kokatat Hustle

kokatat hustle women 2020“Enjoy all-day comfort and an optimal fit with the Kokatat Hustle PFD. 2 stacked, sculpted, PVC-free GAIA™ polyethylene foam panels wrap and float around the torso to accommodate a range of body types.”

Gender: Unisex
Best Use: paddling
USCG Classification: Type III
Flotation: 16 lbs
Retail Price: $139

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6. NRS Ion

nrs ion men 2020“This low-profile jacket gets all the details right. From its padded shoulders to its fleece-lined handwarming pocket, the men's NRS Ion PFD is built for comfort and protection the water.”

Gender: Men's
Best Use: Paddling
USCG Classification: Type III
Flotation: 16.5 lbs.
Retail Price: $99.95

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2. Astral GreenJacket LE11

astral geenjacket e11 men 2020“A top choice for river guides, expedition paddlers and anyone else who loves getting out on the water, the Astral GreenJacket LE11 PFD offers easy mobility, flotation and limited-edition artwork.”

Gender: Unisex
Best Use: Paddling
USCG Classification: Type V
Flotation: 16.4 lbs
Retail Price: $300

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3. NRS Vapor

nrs vapor men 2020“With the look, feel and performance of a high-end life jacket at a budget-friendly price, the NRS Vapor PFD's soft foam flotation molds to your body for all-day comfort, and has a big front pocket.”

Gender: Unisex
Best Use: Paddling
USCG Classification: Type III
Flotation: 16.5 lbs.
Retail Price: $79.95

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4. NRS Chinook

nrs chinook men 2020“With all the organization and attachment points needed for your fishing accessories, the NRS Chinook Fishing PFD is a go-to life jacket for kayak anglers.”

Gender: Unisex
Best Use: Paddling, Fishing
USCG Classification: Type III
Flotation: 16.5 lbs.
Retail Price: $119.95

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1. Stohlquist Escape Youth

best looking coast guard certified life jacket stohlquist escape youth

“An economical, entry-level PFD for youths that love the water but can't quite fit into adult sizes. The Stohlquist Escape Youth PFD combines the comfort and safety of an adult PFD in a size for kids.”

Gender: Kids’
Best Use: Paddling
USCG Classification: Type III
Flotation: 12 lbs.
Retail Price: $59.95

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2. Stohlquist Drifter

stholquist drifter kids 2020

“The Stohlquist Drifter Youth PFD for kids from 50 to 90 lbs. has 8 points of adjustability, including Cross-Chest Cinch Straps that keep the vest low to improve buoyancy for your young adventurer.”

Gender: Kids’
Best Use: Paddling
USCG Classification: Type III
Flotation: 12 lbs.
Retail Price: $99.95

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Do you have a USCG Approved Lifejacket that looks awesome and isn’t listed here? Let us know about it in the comments below!

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