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Old 04-28-2015   #1
 
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Another PFD topic

I have been using the NRS Ninja. I don't really care for it because it rides up and isn't the easiest to get on and off with my belly. I am looking to switch to a more comfortable PFD with a front zipper and more flotation. Right now I am looking at the NRS Big Water Guide and the new Astral Norge, but I am open to any suggestions. I am 6' 180#.

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Old 04-28-2015   #2
 
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I have been using an extra sport B22 for ten years. See photo. It is very similar to the NRS big water guide. A few of my friends have the NRS jacket and like it. Simple and not too expensive. I kayak with my B22. It is a little bulky for the kayak, but i don't mind. Sometimes the bulk can make it hard to get back into a raft, or get in the way of oars...certainly a downside. But I likethe extra flotation as I tend to swim frequently.. The GC park rangers like high float jackets. I am 5'10" pushing 215#. Still fit the small medium B22. I was about 180# when I bought the jacket.

Get the big water guide.
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I second the extra sport b22. Used mine for 5 years but I'm pretty sure it was discontinued. It's pretty worn out but I mostly IKd in it and rafted. Great pfd just as comfortable on low flow rivers as big water
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I have the two jackets you are considering. The Norge is Way more comfortable- gets used for fishing floats and trips where I know the river well and don't expect to swim. The Big Water is for just that- bigger or unfamiliar water. The Big Water takes some time to break in- and will never be quite as comfortable. Comfort comes in knowing you have more floatation when it hits the fan!

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I like my dads Extrasport (not sure what model), but old ones are hard to find and new ones cost twice as much as the jackets I am looking at. So I doubt I will be getting one.
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Check out the Stohlquist Kahuna. Looks to me like something I may try out.

Kahuna - Stohlquist

I have a big water guide and find it too bulky and uncomfortable.
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Check out the Stohlquist Kahuna. Looks to me like something I may try out.

Kahuna - Stohlquist

I have a big water guide and find it too bulky and uncomfortable.
Looks like a nice vest, but I have never heard of the company. Good reputation?
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Looks like a nice vest, but I have never heard of the company. Good reputation?
seriously ? you've never heard of Stohlquist ?

They have some nice affordable PFD's and have been around for quite some time. my wife and daughters all have the stholquist flo. They like them, and they've held up over the last 5 years with no issue.
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I just got an Astral V-Eight because they were half off on steepandcheap and they are supposed to be very breathable and light/comfortable. So far so good.
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I have the two jackets you are considering. The Norge is Way more comfortable- gets used for fishing floats and trips where I know the river well and don't expect to swim. The Big Water is for just that- bigger or unfamiliar water. The Big Water takes some time to break in- and will never be quite as comfortable. Comfort comes in knowing you have more floatation when it hits the fan!

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Is it worth spending the money to have two jackets?
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