Canoeing.com Definition: Inherently buoyant Personal Flotation Devices with internal foam or other materials provide flotation without inflation. Lightweight, vest-style PFDs with short waists are non-constricting and most comfortable for paddling. US Coast Guard Type III certified PFDs, provide a minimum of 15.6 lbs of flotation and are best for recreational canoeing. For some whitewater paddlers, Type V – or special use – PFDs are appropriate but must be used according to label instructions.
EXPLORE PFDS BY USE:
Recreational These vests feature simple designs for the occasional paddler. Good for a
cottage lake paddle or as a spare.
Tripping/Whitewater Designed for the long haul, these vests feature adjustable straps, are slim-fitting, with open armholes allowing for maximum reach without interference.
Youth These vests offer the same features as their adult-size counterparts, but are tailored to fit a smaller torso.