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The 19 Best Paddling Essentials for Ladies

Obviously, when in a kayak or canoe, you need to paddle. That`s why freedom of movement is essential in water sport.

The main requirements for a personal flotation device are:

  • convenience;
  • adjustability;
  • durability;

Also, there are a lot of additional features you can get. Take a look at our TOP-20 women`s life jackets.

Top 19

Stohlquist Misty Personal Flotation Device - Women's NRS Zoya Type III Personal Flotation Device - Women's Astral Linda Personal Flotation Device - Women's Stohlquist Escape Personal Flotation Device - Women's NRS Siren Type III Personal Flotation Device - Women's NRS Siren Type III Personal Flotation Device - Women's Astral Abba Personal Flotation Device - Women's MTI Adventurewear Destiny Personal Flotation Device - Women's NRS Nora Personal Flotation Device - Women's MTI Adventurewear Destiny Personal Flotation Device - Women's Kokatat Leviathan Personal Floatation Device - Women's NRS Sayan Type III Personal Flotation Device - Women's Kokatat Neptune Life Vest - Women's NRS Shenook Personal Flotation Device - Women's Stohlquist Cruiser Personal Flotation Device - Women's Kokatat Neptune Life Vest - Women's Kokatat Leviathan Personal Floatation Device - Women's NRS Nora Personal Flotation Device - Women's NRS Shenook Personal Flotation Device - Women's
Stohlquist Misty Personal Flotation Device - Women's NRS Zoya Type III Personal Flotation Device - Women's Astral Linda Personal Flotation Device - Women's Stohlquist Escape Personal Flotation Device - Women's NRS Siren Type III Personal Flotation Device - Women's NRS Siren Type III Personal Flotation Device - Women's Astral Abba Personal Flotation Device - Women's MTI Adventurewear Destiny Personal Flotation Device - Women's NRS Nora Personal Flotation Device - Women's MTI Adventurewear Destiny Personal Flotation Device - Women's Kokatat Leviathan Personal Floatation Device - Women's NRS Sayan Type III Personal Flotation Device - Women's Kokatat Neptune Life Vest - Women's NRS Shenook Personal Flotation Device - Women's Stohlquist Cruiser Personal Flotation Device - Women's Kokatat Neptune Life Vest - Women's Kokatat Leviathan Personal Floatation Device - Women's NRS Nora Personal Flotation Device - Women's NRS Shenook Personal Flotation Device - Women's
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Brand NRS NRS Kokatat NRS Stohlquist MTI Adventurewear Kokatat Kokatat Kokatat NRS NRS NRS NRS MTI Adventurewear Stohlquist Astral Astral NRS Stohlquist
Closure front zipper zippered front entry, 6 straps zipper front zip zipper - zipper zipper zipper side buckle zippered front entry, 6 straps front zip front zipper - zipper zipper zippered front side buckle zip
Flotation / Buoyancy 16.5lb 16.5lb 16lbs 16.5lb 15lbs 10oz - 16lbs - - 16.5lb 16.5lb 16.5lb 16.5lb - sea level buoyancy of 16lb 12oz - 16lb 16.5lb 15.5 lb
Pockets 2 zippered front 5 8 zippered, 4 mesh, 2 fleece lined hand 2 front 1 zippered chest - 8 zippered, 4 mesh, 2 fleece lined hand 5 total, vhf radio specific, folding knife sleeve 5 total, vhf radio specific, folding knife sleeve 1 front 5 2 large zip 2 zippered front - 2 large zip 2 handwarmer, 1 zippered chest 2 zippered 1 front 2 front organizer
Recommended Use paddling, swimming, fishing flatwater paddling, ocean paddling, river paddling flatwater paddling, river paddling paddling recreational - flatwater paddling, river paddling ocean paddling, river paddling ocean paddling, river paddling paddling flatwater paddling, ocean paddling, river paddling paddling paddling, swimming, fishing - paddling paddling, whitewater, touring flatwater paddling, ocean paddling, river paddling paddling touring
USCG Approved type III III yes type III type III - yes yes yes type III III type III type III - type III type III type III type III type III
Manufacturer Warranty - - lifetime - lifetime - lifetime lifetime lifetime lifetime - - - - limited lifetime lifetime lifetime lifetime limited lifetime

Stohlquist Misty Personal Flotation Device - Women's

Stohlquist's Misty Women's Personal Flotation Device is a highly adjustable PFD built to work with any touring or sit-on-top boat. The adjustable shoulders let the Misty sit higher, for more comfort with higher seat backs and compatibility with spray skirts; the shoulders can also be lowered for more coverage and comfort if you're paddling a sit-on-top boat. Its lightweight PE foam is particularly thin in back to avoid interfering with seats, and the Misty features open sides, mesh shoulders, and internal mesh panels for ventilation when you're paddling under the hot sun. A cross-chest cinch harness ensures a snug fit and makes sure that your sunglasses and beverage will stay put when you stick them in the specially designed pockets.

  • Lightweight PE foam with Thin Back design;
  • Open sides for ventilation;
  • Cross-chest cinch harness;
  • Mesh shoulders and interior mesh panels;
  • Adjustable shoulders and dual forward pulls;
  • Two zippered front pockets;
  • Built-in beverage holder and neoprene sunglasses sleeve;
  • Item #STO000Q;

NRS Zoya Type III Personal Flotation Device - Women's

NRS designed its Women's Type III Zoya Personal Flotation Device specifically for women to give you an ideal fit while you wrestle whitewater. Soft PlushFit foam forms to your body while four straps on the side, two at the shoulder, and two at the waist dial in an exact fit. NRS made this PFD out of extremely durable ripstop with a urethane coating to help keep it dry, and mesh covers the lower back for ventilation and to accommodate high-back seats. NRS also added fleecy, quick-drying VaporLoft inside the pockets to warm up your hands on cold days, the lash tab holds your knife, and there's a strobe-holder loop on the back.

  • Sleek, durable PFD built with comfort in mind;
  • Tough 400D ripstop fabric withstands snags and tears;
  • Pliable foam in the chest panel is women's-specific;
  • Mesh back enhances ventilation;
  • Six adjustable points dial in just the right fit;
  • Front pockets keep river essentials close at hand;
  • Item #NRS00BE.

Astral Linda Personal Flotation Device - Women's

You've gained some paddling confidence but your decades-old PFD makes moving painful. Ditch the ancient, army-green vest in favor of the Astral Buoyancy Linda Personal Flotation Device. Large arm holes leave ample room to brandish your paddle from any angle, and the back rises high enough to save your scapulae from high-backed kayak seats. This buoyant baby is specifically engineered to keep your XX silhouette comfortable whether you're SUP-ing 'round the pond or taking your recreational 'yak out for an all-day paddle n' picnic.

This fun-loving USCG-certified PFD provides 16 pounds of float and prefers touring lake caves in a canoe or a leisurely afternoon paddle in a 'yak (look elsewhere for a PFD for whitewater). Rugged 200D nylon won't shirk from wayward paddles or touchy-feely tree limbs. The inner mesh lining isn't meek when it comes to keeping you cool. A skinny strip of mesh runs midway down the center of your back to give paddle-produced perspiration an obvious escape route while letting fresh air swirl around your shoulder blades.

The women-specific design takes articulated foam panels and carefully contours them around your torso for maximum comfort without sacrificing safety. Polypro webbing at the shoulders and sides lets you customize the fit with a few simple tugs. Shaped for a lady but buoyant enough for a man, the adjustable straps let the Linda fit a wide range of body types easily, safely, and comfortably. Two large pleated pockets easily hold your camera, lip balm, and a baggie of snacks (which you don't have to share).

  • Sleek design and comfortable features define this rec PFD;
  • Robust 200D nylon holds up through rough wear and tear;
  • Articulated foam panels conform to your body for comfort;
  • Polypro webbing at shoulders and sides help customize the fit;
  • Thin mesh strip along the spine helps you stay cool on hot days;
  • Item #ASL002L.

Stohlquist Escape Personal Flotation Device - Women's

The Stohlquist Women's Escape Personal Flotation Device combines clean, functional design with a women's specific cut to make your day on the water more comfortable and secure. The chest area of the Women's Escape is carved out to offer support and reduce the often too-tight feeling of unisex PFDs. Ideal for flat-water paddling and rafting alike, this Stohlquist PFD includes a zippered chest pocket for your sunscreen or glasses and padded adjustable shoulder straps to ensure all-day comfort.

  • A fully adjustable, women-specific PFD for 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 #STO002D.

NRS Siren Type III Personal Flotation Device - Women's

With its anatomically sculpted foam and six panel construction, the NRS Women's Siren Type 3 PFD provides both safety and top-shelf comfort while you're on the water. Six points of adjustment let you dial in the perfect fit for your individual frame, while raised foam panels along the spine help keep cool air circulating through the vest on those hot summer days. A soft, stretch fabric at the chest and arm openings only ups the level of comfort, and with a knife lash tab, a zippered pocket, and padded shoulder straps, you'll hardly notice you're wearing it until its time to either make camp, or take out.

  • Heed the water siren's call with this PFD;
  • Low-profile design won't get in the way of your paddling;
  • Six points of adjustment provide a personalized fit;
  • Foam panels provide passive ventilation;
  • Stretchy fabric assures unimpeded mobility;
  • Reflective accents promote added visibility in low-light;
  • Side buckle makes for an easy-on, easy-off;
  • Item #NRS007Y.

NRS Siren Type III Personal Flotation Device - Women's

With its anatomically sculpted foam and six panel construction, the NRS Women's Siren Type 3 PFD provides both safety and top-shelf comfort while you're on the water. Six points of adjustment let you dial in the perfect fit for your individual frame, while raised foam panels along the spine help keep cool air circulating through the vest on those hot summer days. A soft, stretch fabric at the chest and arm openings only ups the level of comfort, and with a knife lash tab, a zippered pocket, and padded shoulder straps, you'll hardly notice you're wearing it until its time to either make camp, or take out.

  • Heed the water siren's call with this PFD;
  • Low-profile design won't get in the way of your paddling;
  • Six points of adjustment provide a personalized fit;
  • Foam panels provide passive ventilation;
  • Stretchy fabric assures unimpeded mobility;
  • Reflective accents promote added visibility in low-light;
  • Side buckle makes for an easy-on, easy-off;
  • Item #NRS007Y.

Astral Abba Personal Flotation Device - Women's

Equipped with a women-specific fit, the Astral Women's ABBA Personal Flotation Device shines above the rest with a unique construction that's strong, dependable, and comfortable. Specifically, the Abba gains its buoyancy from an organically grown and sustainably harvested plant fiber called kapok that conforms naturally to your body. Plus, this PFD is fashioned with two fleece-lined hand warmers, two large zippered hand pockets, one zippered chest pocket, folding knife pocket, and a quick-access knife tab. The self-locking Vislon zipper and buckle entry make the vest easy to don and super secure when you're in the water.

  • 200D x 400D nylon ripstop shell;
  • 200D nylon and polypropylene fleece liner;
  • Acetal plastic and stainless steel hardware;
  • Polypro webbing;
  • Zippered hand and chest pockets;
  • Knife pocket;
  • Quick access knife tab;
  • Fleece lined hand warmers;
  • Women-specific fit;
  • Item #ASL001F.

MTI Adventurewear Destiny Personal Flotation Device - Women's

NRS Nora Personal Flotation Device - Women's

  • A women’s specific PFD designed with comfort in mind;
  • Five-panel construction gives flexibility for swimming;
  • Ventilated, thin-back design offers cool convenience in a kayak seat;
  • Articulated chest panels contour to the bust for an ideal fit;
  • Two large pockets hold essentials close at hand;
  • Six adjustment points give a secure fit for in-water confidence;
  • Lash tab offers an attachment point for your NRS emergency knife;
  • Shoulder strap keepers allow neat storage of excess strap;
  • Item #NRS00BY.

MTI Adventurewear Destiny Personal Flotation Device - Women's

Kokatat Leviathan Personal Floatation Device - Women'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 #KOK003Z.

NRS Sayan Type III Personal Flotation Device - Women's

Fully-featured and ready for just about any type of water-based adventure, the NRS Women's Sayan Type III Personal Floatation Device has a seven-panel design and an anatomically-sculpted chest to effortlessly wrap female paddlers with comfort and protection. Burly 400-denier ripstop nylon comprises this PFD's construction to reliably protect your jacket from snags and tears throughout the season, while six adjustment points and the front zippered closure ensure a customizable fit that's easy to slip on and off at a moment's notice. NRS equipped the Sayan with Cool Flow System (CFS) panels in the back to maximize ventilation through long summer days on the water without adding any excess bulk, and 3M reflective accents help boost visibility in low-light conditions.

  • Comfortable, protective PFD for all-around water adventures;
  • Tough 400D nylon fabric resists tears and snags;
  • Thin back panel is low-bulk and highly ventilated;
  • Anatomically-sculpted to fit the female paddlers;
  • Reflective details enhance your visibility;
  • Zippered pockets keep your tools and keys close at hand;
  • NRS creates paddling gear by paddlers;
  • Item #NRS00A2.

Kokatat Neptune Life Vest - Women'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 #KOK005A.

NRS Shenook Personal Flotation Device - Women's

The NRS Women's Shenook Personal Flotation Device is a type III PFD optimized for fishing. Its PlushFit foam rests high above your back to pair well with kayak seats and rafts, and the lower back is completely mesh for enhanced ventilation in warm weather. Six buckles wrap around the back to provide an adjustable fit, and the zippered front closure ensures the fit is secure. It has a rod holder, knife lash tabs, strobe attachments, and additional pockets for fishing tools.

  • PFD optimized for offshore fishing;
  • PlushFit foam offers 16.5lb of float (type III);
  • High-back design pairs well with any raft or kayak seat;
  • Mesh lower back adds ventilation for warmer weather;
  • Zippered front entry with six buckles for adjustment;
  • Rod holder, strobe attachments, and two knife lash tabs;
  • Five pockets sized for tackles, pliers, and other fishing tools;
  • Item #NRS00BV.

Stohlquist Cruiser Personal Flotation Device - Women's

Wouldn't it be nice to comfortably paddle in a life vest that truly complements your physique? Rather than repackage its men's PFD with some pastel colors and call it a women's model, Stohlquist gave the Women's Cruiser Personal Flotation Device a smaller cut, a shortened torso, supportive inner cups, and the new Wrapture shaped torso to ensure ergonomic comfort for female paddlers. Half flotation and half airy mesh on the back provide cool, low-profile comfort in today's rec-tour boats, and the padded mesh shoulders and lower-back waistband are easy on the skin when worn with a swimsuit.

  • Paddling life vest designed specifically to suit a woman's body;
  • Wrapture shaped torso ensures a comfy fit for female paddlers;
  • Cross-chest cinch harness won't ride up;
  • Half-flotation and half-mesh back for comfort in rec-tour boats;
  • Contoured inner cups provide comfortable support;
  • Ventilated shoulder and back pads keep cool air flowing;
  • Open sides for even more ventilation;
  • Item #STO002J.

Kokatat Neptune Life Vest - Women'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 #KOK005A.

Kokatat Leviathan Personal Floatation Device - Women'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 #KOK003Z.

NRS Nora Personal Flotation Device - Women's

  • A women’s specific PFD designed with comfort in mind;
  • Five-panel construction gives flexibility for swimming;
  • Ventilated, thin-back design offers cool convenience in a kayak seat;
  • Articulated chest panels contour to the bust for an ideal fit;
  • Two large pockets hold essentials close at hand;
  • Six adjustment points give a secure fit for in-water confidence;
  • Lash tab offers an attachment point for your NRS emergency knife;
  • Shoulder strap keepers allow neat storage of excess strap;
  • Item #NRS00BY.

NRS Shenook Personal Flotation Device - Women's

NRS Shenook Personal Flotation Device - Women's

The NRS Women's Shenook Personal Flotation Device is a type III PFD optimized for fishing. Its PlushFit foam rests high above your back to pair well with kayak seats and rafts, and the lower back is completely mesh for enhanced ventilation in warm weather. Six buckles wrap around the back to provide an adjustable fit, and the zippered front closure ensures the fit is secure. It has a rod holder, knife lash tabs, strobe attachments, and additional pockets for fishing tools.

  • PFD optimized for offshore fishing;
  • PlushFit foam offers 16.5lb of float (type III);
  • High-back design pairs well with any raft or kayak seat;
  • Mesh lower back adds ventilation for warmer weather;
  • Zippered front entry with six buckles for adjustment;
  • Rod holder, strobe attachments, and two knife lash tabs;
  • Five pockets sized for tackles, pliers, and other fishing tools;
  • Item #NRS00BV.

Personal Flotation Device is a necessary part of your safety gear on the water.

Women`s life jackets were elaborated with adjustable chest sections and pulls. Some of them are optimized for fishing.

If you need cheap and high-quality PFD chose one of the TOP-19.