This paddle float is essential for emergency reentry to my Native Ultimate FX 12' fishing kayak. Tested it recently and it worked like a charm!
After kayaking for years, took my first lesson, which included self-rescue. After going through that, I realized that, even on my small lake, it ain't easy to push a kayak to shore! Bought this float and (may bruised later!) learned how to get back in. Works perfectly, quick to inflate and deflate.
I weigh in at 214 lbs and my kayak weighs 80 lbs. I am 72 years
old and not the man I was at 20. I could not get into my kayak
from deep water because I do not have the upper body strength
that I used to have. I have a rope ladder but at 214 lbs my kayak
would turn over before I could get in. This paddle float made all the
difference. I can now EASILY get into my kayak now without the
boat even trying to turn over. What a great paddle float.
This NRS sea kayak paddle float replaces another brand with a
corroded valve. NRS sells products of the best form, fit, and function
probably due in part to product testing by knowledgeable paddlers
before putting on their shelves. In addition, NRS sells at a competitive
price. Thanks to the NRS Team.
large and bulky. would be nice to be smaller. but seems to do its job.
I like to keep it on the front deck while paddling but it's way too
bulky. It doesn't fold up nicely.
Hi , Firstly I'd like to express that I have purchased many NRS
products through the years and I have always thought that
whatever I bought was of the highest quality . With that said I'm
writing to tell of my experience and concerns with the NRS Sea
Kayak Paddle Float which I purchased through ACK . I took the
paddle float out last week to practice with it in calm waters and
upon performing the evolution I noticed that a substantial
amount of water had gotten into one of the air chambers , So
much water as to weigh the float down considerably when trying
to lift it from the water . This obviously defeats the purpose of a
paddle float . Trying to get this water out was no easy or quick
task in fact standing in my kitchen afterwards trying to get the
last remaining ounces out was quite frustrating , there is a few
ounces still in there that i cannot get out . Fast forward I
contacted ACK about this and they arranged for a new one to be
sent and for me to return the original . New one arrived and first
thing i did was to bring it over to the sink to see if the new one
would take on water , which unfortunately it did . Apparently this
is the present design and to be quite honest not a very good one
, in the instructions there is no mention of that , if one or both of
the valves are in the open position that it is possible if not
imminent that the float will take on water through the valves and
that while stored and deployed valves should be in the closed
position until read y to inflate . I think that at the very least this
important piece of information should be added to the
packaging/instructions . As for myself I will be returning the float
to ACK as I find it a bit dangerous to use like this especially if I
found myself capsized in a rough water scenario . In this day of
our litigious society I would hope they look further into this issue
and perhaps find a type of valve that works in a different
Used it once so far. Works as it
should. Looks well made. Safety
Well made. Easy to work. Stores
Well made and works well.
ideal design and easy to use
High quality product. Tested
it out as soon as we got it
and both the wife and I did an
easy self-rescue with it.
Easy to mount on the paddle
and quick to inflate. Dual
chambers add safety backup;
only one is needed to float
the paddle. This should last
years. Dont leave home