So we've put together our top 5 buoyancy aids suited to taking on whitewater rivers.
Yak has a top class range of PFD's and the Hallertau is right up there. This buoyancy aid certainly offers good value for your money. The Hallertau is both comfortable and practical with all the features you would need while tackling the whitewater environment.
Our Price: £127.50
Peak UK River Guide Vest
Peak UK are well known in the industry for producing top quality products. The River Guide vest has been around for a while, but the 2018 colours are drawing plenty of attention.
The River Guide vest offers enough storage space for your snacks and safety gear, making this a great whitewater option.
Our Price: £117.99
NRS Zen Rescue
My favourite feature of these buoyancy aids, hands down (excuse the pun), are the fleece lined hand warmers. On cold days, stick your hands in them and it's heaven!
The Zen has a comfortable low profile design, to allow the ease of core rotation. The positioning of pockets are well thought out and are a good size. The overall look is fantastic, with choices of red and black this is definitely a good option to consider when choosing a new PFD.
Our Price: £149.99
The Extrem has everything you would need within the whitewater environment. Palm has been making great buoyancy aids for many years and this one is no exception.
Its front entry fit gives you the ability to throw it on and off with ease. The Cordura 500D fabric is hard wearing, and the pockets are more than enough to carry important safety equipment, plus you even get a place to put a hydration bladder for those long days.
Our Price: £148.99
Astral Green Jacket
Ask a lot of people in the industry, and they'll say this is the best buoyancy aid you can get if you are a guide, whether you are kayaking, canoeing or rafting.
It is the most expensive out of our top, but for a valid reason. This is not just a life jacket, but a jacket for life, with 500D Cordura nylon and a YKK zip means that makes it tough. The wrap around fit with the front freestyle tectonic panel and added rear protection makes it a super comfortable PFD that you can trust to protect you from an impact.
The front pocket is massive and easy to access and comes with extra pockets on the sides perfect for karabiners or a pulley. The Green Jacket is a firm favourite and has been tried and tested by many of the worlds best expedition kayakers.
Our Price: £205.99