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Old 03-30-2015   #1
Summit, Colorado
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PFDs for Kids

Hi All--
Looking for advice on PFDs for my kiddos that can be used as we step up in the next few years to getting them on higher class whitewater. They are slowly growing out of their young kid sized PFDs and will be ready for the 50-90 lb youth size this year.
Any brands that you prefer more than others? What do you think about the class V style with the pillow--do your kids like it, or is it bothersome? As a mom I am leaning towards the class V vest, but would love to hear anyone's thoughts.
Thanks and Happy Spring!

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Old 03-30-2015   #2
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I tried out many of the different PFDs for kids in the 50-90lb weight range and found that I preferred the fit and function of the Astral Otter the best for rafting and kayaking. My youngest still wears the Otter. My brother on the other hand really likes the NRS Vista youth PFD for his kids.
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Old 03-30-2015   #3
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4yr old and 8yr old wear Astral Otters. They love the fit and happily wear them all day. The kids just wore them all week on spring break while we went SUP in the ocean. The 8 yr old wore his over his wet suit at the beach playing and getting comfortable in the surf and learning to body surf.
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2nd the Astral Otter. Seems to be the only item I have bought for my son that has fit for over 3 yrs. and counting.
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