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13 Good Paddling Essentials for Man

If you decide to spend a hot summer day near the water you need good safety gear. The most important is the Personal Flotation Device or life jacket.

It won`t let you drown and provides with additional support in the water. So you will be afloat if your boat has capsized.

Take a look at 13 good life vests that we have picked up for you.

Top 13

Stohlquist Escape Personal Flotation Device - Men's Stohlquist Escape Personal Flotation Device - Men's Astral Ronny Personal Flotation Device - Men's Stohlquist Descent Personal Flotation Device - Men's Stohlquist Escape Personal Flotation Device - Men's Stohlquist Rocker Personal Flotation Device - Men's Stohlquist Rocker Personal Flotation Device - Men's Kokatat Maximus Prime Personal Flotation Device - Men's Astral Ringo Personal Floatation Device - Men's Old Town Solitude Personal Flotation Device - Men's Kokatat Neptune Life Vest - Men's NRS Chinook Personal Flotation Device - Men's Kokatat Leviathan Personal Flotation Device - Men's
Stohlquist Escape Personal Flotation Device - Men's Stohlquist Escape Personal Flotation Device - Men's Astral Ronny Personal Flotation Device - Men's Stohlquist Descent Personal Flotation Device - Men's Stohlquist Escape Personal Flotation Device - Men's Stohlquist Rocker Personal Flotation Device - Men's Stohlquist Rocker Personal Flotation Device - Men's Kokatat Maximus Prime Personal Flotation Device - Men's Astral Ringo Personal Floatation Device - Men's Old Town Solitude Personal Flotation Device - Men's Kokatat Neptune Life Vest - Men's NRS Chinook Personal Flotation Device - Men's Kokatat Leviathan Personal Flotation Device - Men's
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Brand Kokatat Kokatat Stohlquist Old Town Stohlquist Astral Astral Stohlquist Stohlquist NRS Kokatat Stohlquist Stohlquist
Closure zipper zipper zip and buckle front-zip zipper 3/4-zip front zipper side zipper side zipper zipper side entry side zipper zip and buckle
Manufacturer Warranty lifetime lifetime limited lifetime 1 year lifetime lifetime lifetime lifetime lifetime - lifetime lifetime limited lifetime
Pockets 5 total, vhf radio specific, folding knife sleeve 8 zippered, 4 mesh, 2 fleece lined hand 1 front zip - 1 zippered chest 1 front multiple easy-access layered pocket system 1 mesh bottle, 1 large zip 2 zippered front, 3 stash 1 large front, 1 electronic 1 mesh bottle, 1 large zip 1 front zip
Recommended Use ocean paddling, river paddling flatwater paddling, river paddling water sports touring, recreational recreational paddling whitewater, touring, SUP recreational kayaking, canoeing, fishing high performance kayaking kayaking, rafting flatwater paddling, river paddling rescue kayaking, rafting water sports
USCG Approved yes yes type III type III type III type III type III type III type III Type III type V type III type III
Flotation / Buoyancy - 16lbs 16 lbs 2 oz - 16lb 2oz 16.5lb 16 lb 16 lb 8 oz 16 lb 8 oz 16.5lb [XS/S] 16 lb 5 oz, [M/L] 17 lb 5 oz, [XL/XXL] 18 lb 16 lb 8 oz 16 lbs 2 oz

Stohlquist Escape Personal Flotation Device - Men's

The Stohlquist Men's Escape Personal Flotation Device is for paddlers who'd rather spend their money on gas to get to the water than drop it all on a new PFD. With a solid, clean design, the Escape PFD takes care of you while you're on the water without getting in your way. This PFD has a zippered front pocket to stash a map or small camera and padded adjustable shoulder straps to make it comfortable to wear all day. In case you find yourself in unlit situations, rest easy with the reflective accents found on this PFD for such an occasion.

  • Nylon outer fabric
  • Adjustable shoulders and sides
  • Zippered front pocket
  • Reflective accents
  • Item #STO000R

Stohlquist Escape Personal Flotation Device - Men's

The Stohlquist Men's Escape Personal Flotation Device is for paddlers who'd rather spend their money on gas to get to the water than drop it all on a new PFD. With a solid, clean design, the Escape PFD takes care of you while you're on the water without getting in your way. This PFD has a zippered front pocket to stash a map or small camera and padded adjustable shoulder straps to make it comfortable to wear all day. In case you find yourself in unlit situations, rest easy with the reflective accents found on this PFD for such an occasion.

  • Nylon outer fabric
  • Adjustable shoulders and sides
  • Zippered front pocket
  • Reflective accents
  • Item #STO000R

Astral Ronny Personal Flotation Device - Men's

Astral Buoyancy made the Ronny Personal Flotation Device with a lightweight, breathable design that gives you plenty of room to maneuver for high-angled paddling and that plays nicely with the high-backed seat of your boat. In your excitement to get out on the water, you might even wear it in the car as you zip toward the shore (although unless you have your kayak on your roof rack, other motorists at stoplights might do a double-take). While women can wear the Ronny, the Astral Buoyancy Linda PFD offers ladies a better-fitting, gender-specific PFD.

PE foam panels provide 16 pounds of buoyancy and maximum range of motion. Articulated around your chest and super-skinny in the back, the paneling not only offers life-sustaining support but also a comfortable, custom fit. Side webbing straps can be adjusted to accommodate layers if you're paddling across the lake on a cool, fall morning. Rugged 200D nylon won't whimper with the occasional pow from a paddle or scrapes with the side of the boat. Inside, mesh helps move moisture so your kayaking stays dry, comfortable, and cool.

The sheer quantity and quality of the pockets on this PFD will make you think twice about only wearing it on the water. One of the pockets unzips to reveal a mesh bevvie holder—which means you can safely stash your suds when you need two hands to hold your sandwich. Other pockets offer to hold your waterproof point-and-shoot, sun-safe lip balm, or a small fly box for when midge fishing is prime. With minimal bulk and basic features, the Ronny PFD suits paddlers of just about any skill level whether your boat of choice is a canoe, sit-on-top, angler, recreational, or touring kayak.

  • USCG certified Personal Flotation Device
  • 16lb design buoyancy
  • 200D nylon shell fabric
  • 200D nylon and polyester mesh liner
  • 100% PE foam floatation panels
  • Polypro adjustable webbing
  • 3 easy-access pockets
  • Quick-access knife tab
  • Thin-Vent back
  • Item #ASL000D

Stohlquist Descent Personal Flotation Device - Men's

Paddlers who need top-grade performance—from serious river rats to professional first responders—choose the Stohlquist Descent Personal Flotation Device. This PFD works for Type V strong swimmers and uses its excellent fit and performance to aid you in high-pressure situations. Rescue-compatible with a quick-release belt and tow tether, the Descent excels when you're pushing your limits.

  • Wrapture shaped torso utilizes articulated foam and convex interior seams to provide a close but comfortable fit
  • Low-cut, offset front-zip entry adds to low profile
  • Cross-cinch harness and Grip-Loc non-slip neoprene panel on the interior eliminate annoying ride-up and subsequent chafing
  • Textured panels and stiffeners as well as contoured padding protect your shoulders during portages
  • Free-floating suspended shoulders stretch as you move
  • Stainless steel anchor points allow for crotch harness attachment
  • Pockets include easy-access garage on top, hands-free expandable mesh beverage pocket, high-capacity main front pocket
  • 3M reflective accents enhance your visibility
  • Item #STO0048

Stohlquist Escape Personal Flotation Device - Men's

The Stohlquist Men's Escape Personal Flotation Device is for paddlers who'd rather spend their money on the gas necessary to get them to the drop-in point, rather than spend it all on a new PFD. That being said, with its solid, clean design, the Escape PFD takes care while you're on the water without getting in the way. This PFD has a zippered front pocket to stash a map, snacks, or small camera, and the padded adjustable shoulder straps offer a comfortable fit and feel that allows you to wear the device all day.

  • A fully adjustable PFD at a reasonable price
  • Low-profile buoyancy foam for unimpeded mobility
  • Zippered pockets keeps snacks or camera secure
  • Padded shoulders double down on comfort
  • Reflective accents assures added visibility in low light
  • Item #STO002E

Stohlquist Rocker Personal Flotation Device - Men's

Whitewater makes your mouth water and rapids get your heart pumping (in the good way). Sounds like the Stohlquist Rocker Personal Flotation Device is right up your alley. Designed as a high-performance piece for boaters who live to shoot tight vees and send the occasional 'fall or two, this PFD adjusts to fit like a glove. Stash your small, essential emergency gear on the accessory lashes, and slide a cold one into the front before you raise the pirate flag for a four-day charge through the canyons.

  • Ergonomic Wrapture torso shape dials the fit of this vest to hug your core with a curve rather than feeling like a brick on your chest and back
  • Free-floating shoulder straps stretch so you can move with ultimate ease and feature a tough surface material for portaging and protection
  • Non-slip panel inside the chest helps to minimize or eliminate ride-up when you're moving in the water
  • Six adjustment points have straps at the side, front waist, and the Cross-chest cinch
  • High-visibility 3M reflective accents make you easier to spot in the dark
  • Stohlquist paid attention to small details by adding a secure D-ring for your whistle, a hands-free front bevy pocket, large main pocket, and accessory lash-tabs for your knife or strobe
  • Item #STO0049

Stohlquist Rocker Personal Flotation Device - Men's

Whitewater makes your mouth water and rapids get your heart pumping (in the good way). Sounds like the Stohlquist Rocker Personal Flotation Device is right up your alley. Designed as a high-performance piece for boaters who live to shoot tight vees and send the occasional 'fall or two, this PFD adjusts to fit like a glove. Stash your small, essential emergency gear on the accessory lashes, and slide a cold one into the front before you raise the pirate flag for a four-day charge through the canyons.

  • Ergonomic Wrapture torso shape dials the fit of this vest to hug your core with a curve rather than feeling like a brick on your chest and back
  • Free-floating shoulder straps stretch so you can move with ultimate ease and feature a tough surface material for portaging and protection
  • Non-slip panel inside the chest helps to minimize or eliminate ride-up when you're moving in the water
  • Six adjustment points have straps at the side, front waist, and the Cross-chest cinch
  • High-visibility 3M reflective accents make you easier to spot in the dark
  • Stohlquist paid attention to small details by adding a secure D-ring for your whistle, a hands-free front bevy pocket, large main pocket, and accessory lash-tabs for your knife or strobe
  • Item #STO0049

Kokatat Maximus Prime Personal Flotation Device - Men's

Designed specifically for swift-water rescuers and whitewater professionals, the Kokatat Maximus Prime Personal Flotation Device is a full-featured vest that can handle season after season of abuse at the hands of the hardest paddlers in the river. Burly 500D Cordura resists abrasion and the environmentally friendly Gaia foam offers high-performance flotation. It's stacked with safety features like a front lash tab that serves as a mounting point for essential gear, a quick-release chest harness and stretch mesh sleeve that accommodate a rescue tow tether, and an anchor for a strobe light at the back. And while you'll find many of these same safety features on the two other Kokatat class-V PFDs, the slimmer Ronin Pro and the more spartan Guide, the Maximus Prime offers the most chest protection, the widest shoulder straps, and the added security of dual front webbing adjustments, making it the ultimate solution for those looking for a professional-grade tool for rescue or heavy whitewater.

  • Type V rating identifies this as a special-use PFD designed for kayaking and swift-water rescue
  • Outer shell is made of 500D Cordura that's not only extremely durable, but it's also quick-drying
  • Gaia foam is PVC-free to make it more friendly to the environment and it provides reliable, high-performance flotation a rescuer or serious paddler can count on
  • Front-And-Center webbing adjustments give you quick, one-pull adjustment of the fit of your PFD
  • Side-entry design ensures that you immediately get the correct fit at the shoulders and around the torso
  • Rugged, side-entry zipper sits low and close to the PFD and it's capable of withstanding season-after-season of use on the river
  • Shoulder straps feature soft neoprene material and a wide cut that ensures ultimate mobility and comfort
  • Front flotation panels and webbing adjustments use a Dynamic Suspension System design that ensures the most unrestricted range of motion around your core
  • Other features include a front lash tab and a strobe anchor at the back of the PFD
  • Large front pocket is gusseted to make it easy to stash waterproof electronics or safety tools in the front of your PFD
  • O-Ring attachment point, front chest-harness quick release, and tether/tow system further the rescue capabilities and safety of this PFD
  • Inner liner utilizes a soft, warm material that can be used to warm your hands when you eddy out and have a break in the action on the cold, cold river water
  • Stretch mesh sleeve enables the use of a cowtail or River Tow Tether
  • Item #KOK0144

Astral Ringo Personal Floatation Device - Men's

An easy choice for all water conditions, the Astral Ringo Personal Floatation Device is crafted from burly fabrics for durability, and rides the line between reliable protection and mobile comfort. Tough Cordura with a touch of stretchy polyester comprises this PFD's construction for abrasion-resistance and a full range of motion, while highly-sustainable organic Kapok keeps you bouyant, comfortable, and eco-conscious. The 3/4-zip closure stays out of the way and makes for easy on and off, while size-adjustable straps ensure a precise and comfortable fit for every individual. Plus, an easy access front buckled pocket keeps your knife or strobe close at hand.

  • Conforming, full-coverage PFD for whitewater and touring use
  • Tri-panel front employs burly fabrics for durability
  • Stretchy design enables a free range of motion
  • Sustainable buoyant plant fibers reduce environmental impact
  • Adjustable straps cinch down the right fit
  • Front pocket stashes mid-paddle essentials
  • Item #ASL002A

Old Town Solitude Personal Flotation Device - Men's

Spend more time on the water in the comfort of the Old Town Men's Solitude Personal Flotation Device. Designed for the performance paddler, it offers an array of features that enhance comfort so you're in no rush to get back to shore. The all-new high-back construction seamlessly integrates with tall kayak seats so there's no awkward pressure points, and the AirComfort system allows excellent breathability so you're not sweltering during hot summer days on the lake. Adjustable shoulder, waist, and side straps let you lock in the perfect fit, which is not only comfier but safer too. And should your fingers get a little chilly when the breeze picks up, fleece-lined hand pockets offer a cozy refuge.

  • Comfort-enhancing life vest for performance paddlers
  • High-back construction for seamless seat integration
  • AirComfort system offers unmatched breathability
  • Ripstop nylon fabric is lightweight and abrasion-resistant
  • Two zippered hand pockets offer secure storage
  • Adjustable shoulder, waist, and side straps ensure comfy fit
  • D-ring and cord loop attachment points
  • Item #JOP003N

Kokatat Neptune Life Vest - Men's

Whether you are hitting the ocean for a paddle that will last a couple hours or an entire weekend, grab the Kokatat Neptune Life Vest for on the go organization and reliable comfort. This high performance vest boasts impressive comfort for unrestricted paddling thanks to the ergonomic Gaia PVC-free foam panels, front and center webbing adjustments, and a high tenacity rip-stop nylon shell. To keep you prepared the Neptune offers 5 total pockets, one of which is designed specifically for a VHF radio, while another perfectly fits a folding knife. The combination of organization and peace of mind provided by the vest will have you venturing out on the water more than ever before.

  • PFD that keeps you organized and prepared while on the ocean
  • Unisex design can fit everyone securely and comfortable
  • This vest follows both Canadian and USA standards
  • Rip-stop nylon shell is built to hold up to the rigors of the sea
  • Articulated Gaia foam panels provide unrestricted paddling
  • Five pockets keep your radio, knife, and other goods nearby
  • Hydration sleeve allows you to keep water within reach at all times
  • Item #KOK004Z

NRS Chinook Personal Flotation Device - Men's

Like any good fisherman heading out in his canoe or kayak, you equip yourself with the NRS Chinook Personal Flotation Device before sending off. The angler-specific design features multiple pockets and attachment points so you can keep your fly boxes, nippers, and pliers close at hand, with specific loops for holding your rod and strobe. Eight adjustment points allow you to tailor the vest for a perfect fit, and reflective accents offer additional visibility if you're out for some moonlit angling.

  • A personal flotation device for paddling fisherfolk
  • Face fabric offers water-resistant, durable performance
  • Mesh at lower back ensures breathable comfort
  • PlushFIT foam molds to the shape of your body
  • Tool retractor offers on-the-fly convenience
  • PFD features rod holder loops and knife lash tab
  • Multiple attachment points keep small items secure
  • Zipper closure provides a secure fit and easy entry
  • Item #NRS00BU

Kokatat Leviathan Personal Flotation Device - Men's

Kokatat Leviathan Personal Flotation Device - Men's

Kokatat Leviathan Personal Flotation Device - Men's

Kokatat Leviathan Personal Flotation Device - Men's

Kokatat Leviathan Personal Flotation Device - Men's

Kokatat Leviathan Personal Flotation Device - Men's

Designed specifically for fishing from a kayak, the Leviathan Personal Flotation Device comes packed with all the bells and whistles you need to stay focused on the fish. For peace of mind on the water the Leviathan boasts a 16lb buoyancy rating that makes it easy for you to keep your head above water in the event of a spill. On days when you don't take a tumble, the leviathan has your back with super durable nylon in high wear areas paired with quick drying Araprene mesh on the back and shoulders that work well with high back seats on boats. To keep your flys, bait, and tools nearby at all times this PFD boasts 14 total pockets that let you organize your goods however you want.

  • PFD built to keep you prepared during long fishing outings
  • USCG type III certification gives you peace of mind on the water
  • 16lbs of flotation has got your back if you take a spill
  • High tenacity nylon rip-stop handles day to day wear and tear
  • Body-mapped Gaia foam panels contour to your body for comfort
  • 14 pockets keep all of your fishing gear nearby, your hands warm
  • Hydration pack compatibility staves off thirst
  • Item #KOK003Y

Each of these 13 life jackets is available for online purchasing.

All Personal Flotation Devices from this list are:

  • safe;
  • comfortable;
  • ventilated.

They allow you to paddle a kayak or canoe even at hot weather. Some of them are designed according to sport and fishing needs.