How to choose the right life vest for kayaking?

It is strongly recommended to wear a 50 newton life vest when kayaking. Find our tips for choosing the right one.

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If you fall in the water, it will allow you to float effortlessly, so that you can get back to your kayak and climb back aboard easily. Itiwit recommends you different kinds of buoyancy aids.

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#1 Based on what you will be doing

Choose a buoyancy aid for kayaking up to 2 miles from land (3.22 km).

For recreational use, a foam vest will be easier to use and will provide buoyancy immediately if you fall in the water.

If you want one that takes up less space, choose a manual inflatable PFD with a gas cartridge, which will leave your shoulders free to move. Please note, you must pull on the handle to inflate the buoyancy aid as needed. Some buoyancy aids also feature a hydration bladder pocket at the back so you can easily stay hydrated as you paddle.

#2 Based on your weight

Your weight will determine the choice of your buoyancy aid.

Refer directly to the instructions on the vest.

This does not apply to the WAIRGO vest, which is chosen according to your size: S, M, L, XL.

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#3 Based on your activity and its intensity

Depending on your activity and its intensity, you may need more freedom of movement.

A foam vest will be more restrictive for example over long distances than the WAIRGO vest, which is very close to the body and which moves with your body.

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