All the buoyancy aids in this section are aimed towards white water river paddling, whether in Kayaks or Canoes.
Whitewater PFDs 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, which can be easier to put on with rear entry drysuits.
Those designed mainly for river running will have a lot more buoyancy than the minimum required - aerated white water is less dense and you sink further. The foam will can also wrap around the torso more to give protection against hitting rocks. The BA generally have the ability to use a chest harness, either fitted or as an optional extra (you should attend a WWSR course before using one), as well as pockets to hold slings and karabiners.
The BA's designed for playing at the local playspot, or for slalom, will have some of these features removed, meaning these vests are less bulky and restricted - thats not to say the river running BA's are cramped - they are all designed and cut with high degrees of freedom of movement and flexibility.
The Palm Extrem is a high performance PFD for whitewater kayaking, designed to offer the highest levels of safety and performance. The Extrem PFD features a front opening design that's easy to get on and off. This is secured by four main buckles and also the chest harness system. The Extrem has 4 main points of adjustment, plenty of storage and a chest harness that's ideal for extreme rescue situations.
The Palm Extrem Women's PFD is possibly the number one choice for the female whitewater kayakers out there. There has been no compromise in the design of this PFD, it has been built to the highest possible standards for safety and performance. It benefits from having a front-opening design, multiple points of adjustment and a selection of different sized pockets to store your safety kit and essentials.
The Palm FXr P is a great PFD to consider if you're looking to step up your kayaking game, it has a wide range of features that ensure optimum safety and comfort on the water. The FXr has a clean exterior and the shoulder straps have been made with aircraft grade aluminium hardware. It also benefits from a utility-draw front pocket and a UCLan adjustable safety harness.
The Palm Nevis is one of the best kayaking PFD's out there. This PFD features a new style design from Palm called delta fit, this is combined with an over-the-head design which provides the best levels of performance and safety. It also has plenty of adjustment straps so you can achieve the perfect, most secure fit. The Nevis has the addition of a chest harness and plenty of storage pockets for all your safety kit and essentials.
The Peak PS River Guide (men's) PFD is a strong competitor for the best whitewater PFD out there and it's packed full of unique features. The River Guide benefits from having a range of storage options, including a huge front pocket and various other specific easy-access pockets for all your kayaking essentials. The cut of this PFD is the same as the cut used in the Slalom Kayak PFDs worn by Team GB in the London 2012 Olympics.
The Peak PS River Guide (Women's) PFD is the benchmark of PFD's for the female whitewater kayakers out there. The River Guide is packed full of all the same great features as the gents version, the only difference is that this version benefits from stepped chest foam, making it specific to the female shape. The leftover foam is spread around the rest of the buoyancy aid, so you still get the same great levels of comfort throughout.
The Peak PS River Vest PFD is a tough and versatile kayaking buoyancy aid that offers plenty of storage and adjustment options. The design of this PFD has been kept simple but it still offers excellent levels of performance and is a great choice for whitewater, flat water and kayak surfing. The base platform design for the River Vest is the same as the Slalom PFD that was used by Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic games.
The Peak PS River Vest (Women's) PFD is a great choice if you're getting into whitewater kayaking and other areas of the sport. Peak PS have designed this Women's PFD to feature a very similar design to the regular Peak River Vest. However on this ladies version, the front foam panel is slightly thinner at the top, the rest of the foam from this area has then been spread out around the rest of the PFD.
The Peak PS River Wrap (Women's) PFD is a front opening PFD for whitewater kayaking that has a unique, wrap-around construction. It's designed specifically for female kayakers and has been loaded with great features. The River Wrap has a fantastic range of movement and flexibility, giving you optimum freedom whilst on the water. Overall, this PFD offers unparalleled comfort and fit and was the winner of Product of the Year at Paddle Expo.
The Peak UK River Guide is a strong competitor for the best PFD for white water kayaking. It has a very proud design heritage that goes right back to the London 2012 Olympic Games. This River Guide Vest has the same Gold Medal winning Olympic cut that was also featured in the Slalom Kayak PFDs that were used by the GB Canoe Slalom Team.
The Peak UK River Guide Women's PFD is one of the number one options for the female whitewater kayakers out there. This women's kayaking PFD is packed with all the same great features as you would expect from a gents. The main difference is a slightly different fit that suits the female form.
The Peak UK River Vest is a great kayaking buoyancy aid, with a four front storage pockets and lots of adjustment this is great for whitewater, flat water and also kayak surfing. Peak UK has designed the River Vest to be simple and effective while offering great performance. The base platform design for this kayaking PFD is the same as the Slalom kayak PFD that was used by Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic games.
The Peak UK River Vest Women's PFD is a great choice for getting into whitewater kayaking and other areas of the sport such as kayak surfing. Peak UK have designed this Women's PFD to feature a very similar design to the regular Peak UK River Vest. However, on this ladies version the front foam panel is slightly thinner at the top. The rest of the foam from this area has then been spread out around the rest of the PFD.
The Peak UK River Wrap is a front opening whitewater kayaking PFD that is packed with lots of great features. It also offers a great range of movement and flexibility for the optimum freedom when out on the water. This is designed for the male torso, however there is also a River Wrap Women's.
The Peak UK River Wrap Women's PFD is a front opening PFD for whitewater kayaking. It's designed for the female kayakers out there and has been loaded with loads of great features. The River Wrap has a fantastic range of movement and flexibility, this gives the optimum level of freedom whilst out on the water.