Best Whitewater Life Jackets

Get on the river with style with the top five life jackets for whitewater paddlers in 2020.

Discover some of the year’s best whitewater life jackets with these top five picks from Stohlquist, Gul Performance Apparel, Kokatat, NRS and Salus Marine Wear. These low profile, high flotation vests were designed with your next wild river adventure in mind.

Best Whitewater Life Jackets

Edge by Stohlquist WaterWare 

Price: $99.95

An innovative, high mobility, low-profile boating vest for whitewater, SUP and playboating. The Wrapture-shaped torso combined with an ultra-small footprint ensure a great fit. A top-loading front pocket allows you to carry all the needed essentials. Each size features ultra soft buoyancy foam and Graded Sizing to create an even better fit for a wider range of paddlers.

Napa PFD by Gul Performance Apparel

Price: $259

Designed for the ultimate whitewater adventure, Gul’s rescue-equipped PFD features Pivot 360 Core Technology providing complete freedom of movement. The Infinite+ failsafe shoulder straps use a self-locking pulley system. The Napa is hydration-bladder compatible, has multiple attachment options, a large front pocket with divider, internal rear pocket and double chest pockets for carabiners.

Hustle R from Kokatat

Price: $229

The Type 5 rescue version of the Hustle, this pullover PFD has sculpted GAIA, PVC-free foam panels that wrap around the torso, padded shoulder straps and three side adjustments for total comfort. Features include quick-release safety harness and O-ring and protected rescue knife lash tab. Covered in tough 500D Cordura nylon. A generous front pocket allows for secure internal organization.

Ninja PFD from NRS

Price: $129.95

Originally designed for freestyle kayakers, the Ninja PFD’s athletic low-profile design stays out of the way and off your mind for comfortable paddling or rowing in any craft.

Jazz from Salus Marine Wear

Price: $229

The rocker design contours to your torso as you bend and reach, allowing for comfortable and uninhibited range of motion. The behind-the-dome pocket hides an advanced adjustment system. The independently controlled shoulder and side adjustments allow you to quickly and easily create a custom fit, while keeping your straps discretely tucked away.


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