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Watersports Clothing Canoe-Cags Topdecks Racer ST Long Peak UK
Racer ST Long

The Peak ST Racer is the latest competitive racing Top Deck, providing the lightest and most streamline fit for top performance slalom athletes. It is lightweight with a neoprene deck, buoyancy aid and latex wr...

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Watersports Clothing Canoe-Cags Topdecks Racer ST Short Peak UK
Racer ST Short

The Peak ST Racer is the latest competitive racing Top Deck, providing the lightest and most streamline fit for top performance slalom athletes. It is lightweight with a neoprene deck, neoprene arms and a buoya...

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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids White-Water Extrem Palm
Extrem

The Palm Extrem is a top end PFD that is ideal for white water kayaking. The design of the Extrem is based around a 3D cut and it is easily accessed through the front opening system. Palm have packed the extram...

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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids White-Water Extrem Womens Palm
Extrem Womens

The Palm Extrem Womens is a high specification womens white water PFD from the Palm Equipment 'Gear for Women' Range. It features a velcro front opening that's held together by four 25mm buckles, making it easy...

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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids White-Water River Wrap Women's Peak UK
River Wrap Women's

The Peak UK River Wrap, a whitewater kayaking PFD with an added twist. This PFD has all the styling of an overhead design but in fact it’s a front opening. This offers the best of both!

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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids White-Water River Wrap Peak UK
River Wrap

The Peak UK River Wrap is a whitewater kayaking PFD with an added twist. This PFD has all the styling of an overhead design but in fact it’s a front opening PFD. This offers the best of both! The River Wrap has...

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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids Sea-and-Touring Kaikoura Palm
Kaikoura

A high specification buoyancy aid that is ideal for expedition touring and sea kayaking. Access to this is through a zip front and it is then fully loaded with lots of features such as multiple zip pockets anch...

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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids White-Water Amp Palm
Amp

The Palm Amp is a top specification PFD that is ideal for white water kayaking. It is based around an over the head design. The main design feature of the amp is the 3 dimensional cut for an enhanced fit. The o...

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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids Sea-and-Touring Ocean Wrap Peak UK
Ocean Wrap

The Peak UK Ocean Wrap is ideal for touring and sea kayaking as it provides a comfortbale fit with a variety of compartments and pockets for storing a range of kayaking safety equipment.

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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids Sea-and-Touring Ocean Wrap Women's Peak UK
Ocean Wrap Women's

The Peak UK Ocean Wrap is ideal for touring and sea kayaking as it provides a comfortbale fit with a variety of compartments and pockets for storing a range of kayaking safety equipment.

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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids White-Water River Guide Peak UK
River Guide

The Peak UK River Guide is a great PFD for white water kayaking. With a design heritage that goes back to the London 2012 Olympic games, this has a great performance cut. This PFD is easily put on over the head...

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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids White-Water FXr Palm
FXr

The Palm FXr is a PFD for white water kayaking. This kayaking PFD is particularly well suited towards white water and also water rescue. The Palm FXr features an over the head design. When on the paddlers torso...

Buoyancy Aid or Life Jacket?

What's the difference between a life jacket and a buoyancy aid? Both are PFD's (Personal Flotation Devices), but a life jacket will turn an unconscious swimmer on their back to keep their mouth and nose out of the water. The downside is that a life jacket makes it much harder for a  conscious swimmer to swim on their front. A buoyancy aid will not turn the wearer face up, but its primary purpose is to support a conscious swimmer and make it easy for the wearer to swim in a normal and powerful fashion when required (like when you've really got to make that eddy!). They also provide some welcome body armour on certain trips!

We do stock a range of life jackets, which we recommend for use by people who may have trouble swimming. They are also suitable for sailing, and we have models for children and babies.

For those of you who would like to take your four legged friends out on the water, check out our range of Pet Buoyancy Aids.

Which Buoyancy Aid?

This is answered by the type of paddling that you are doing, features you are looking for, and budget.

Some buoyancy aids come with a zip down the front, while others are pulled on over the head. Features to look for include pockets, knife/lash tabs, and adjustment straps for a perfect fit. More advanced paddlers will also want to consider chest harnesses.

For newcomers to the sport, who want a basic entry level buoyancy aid with a zip front for easy entry and release, we suggest looking at the Recreation category.

Whitewater paddlers tend to be split between competition and whitewater BA's, with the competition vests being streamlined and having a high degree of freedom of movement, but with little in the way of frills such as pockets and harnesses, freestyle kayakers will appreciate this unrestricted freedom, but there's no space for chocolate; while whitewater PFDs tend to be thicker to protect the user, and pockets to store rescue paraphernalia such as slings and carabiners. All these tend to be Vest style over the head entry, meaning less can go wrong in an emergency. Having said that, you can find front opening river BA's, generally designed with no Zips, and which can be easier to put on with rear entry drysuits.

There are several styles of buoyancy aid on offer that are suitable for sea and touring use. They all tend to be front opening, jacket style, and as you pay more you get more pockets, pockets within pockets, hand warming areas, reflective detailing; and hydration pouch capabilities.

Check out our range of buoyancy aid-compatible hydration systems, although some of the more traditional reservoir systems can fit too.

For polo players we have the Peak UK Polo Vest, which we can get made to order in your team colours.

If you are looking for buoyancy aids for outdoor centre or group work we have a range of Centre Buoyancy Aids. Centre Spec buoyancy aids need to be durable and easy to adjust. They all have clean simple lines, do not offer options of pockets and also come in bright colours for easy recognition and safety.

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