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Old 10-06-2014   #11
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I'll Drink to that

I'll second the NRS Big Water Guide. Comfortable.. reasonably high flotation. My girlfriend and I have used them about 3 years now. Only disadvantage... No pocket big enough to hold a drink can (unlike the much more expensive Rapid Rescuer.)

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Old 10-06-2014   #12
Denver, Colorado
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I have used the NRS Big Water Guide for three or four years now. It is comfortable and unobtrusive. For now, I'll have to take others' word for it on the high flotation. I did blow out one of the pocket zippers for no good reason... But I can add my vote to the previous positive recommendations of others.


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Old 10-07-2014   #13
Eagle, Idaho
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Another vote for the NRS Big Water Guide. Very comfortable and lots of flotation, fits my...ahem... rotund shape well. good pockets and since the side are open (just straps) not too hot on those August floats.
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Old 10-07-2014   #14
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This a new High Float from Stohlquist:
Kahuna - Stohlquist

It should be available in November. It has "Graded Sizing" so the small is smaller and has less flotation than the large. We will be getting them as soon as they are available. We do also have the NRS Big Water Guide in stock.
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Old 10-07-2014   #15
Enfield, New Hampshire
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high float pfds

Thanks guys for all the suggestions. I think i have my Xmas gift figured out. A question much does a high float like the big buoy or the nrs guide jacket impede your set up for doing a kayak roll? Or does it actually help?Also has anyone tried using the type 5 pfds for hardshell kayaking? Can you just velcro down the head flotation pad to the back of the jacket so it won't impede a roll??
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Old 10-07-2014   #16
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The NRS vest doesn't have a head flotation pad.
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Old 10-07-2014   #17
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I know, I was just wondering about the other typical type 5 pfds that the commercial outfitters use.
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Old 10-07-2014   #18
Boise, Idaho
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My first swim was in a garbage jacket from the 80s or something. I took on a lot of water. The first jacket I bought was a hi-float...NRS big water guide - 22lbs. It's an ok jacket. I currently wear an Extrasport B-27, but I don't think they make them anymore. It is now known as the Extrasport Ranger, which is a B-27 with a rescue belt and a couple of other add-ons. The only other jackets I know of that have more flotation are the force 6 jackets from Canada, which I have heard is what the coast guard wears. I really like the old extrasport hi-float for the increased flotation and extra coverage for more protection and warmth. The next jacket I buy will be an Extrasport Ranger.
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Old 10-07-2014   #19
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I wear a Force 6 high float for class IV and above. I have had plenty of swims in it and am always thrilled with it. Summer bloat and float class III, I go with a 16 lb one. I would never want to take a big swim with it.

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Float or Die

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