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  • Padded head support has an additional foam band for increased security; design helps child naturally float face up
  • Large grab handle makes it easy to retrieve a child out of the water
  • Easy-to-use front zipper and nylon crotch and waist straps with side-release buckles secure PFD comfortably, preventing ride-up
  • Durable 200-denier nylon oxford stands up to the rigors of paddling
  • Stohlquist PFD features a weight range of 30 - 50 lbs.


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Best Use Paddling
Flotation 8 lbs. 6 oz.
USCG Classification Type III
Material(s) Nylon oxford/PVC-free foam
Child Weight Range 30 - 50 pounds
Weight 10.5 ounces
Gender Kids'
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very effective My daughter is 3yo, 32lbs (50%), and 36" (20%) and it fits her very well. It fits low in front (away from her face) and is minimal in the back so her movement isn't impaired. (In fact, she wore it for 30min running around our REI store, climbing on the benches and even the rock hill in the shoe section with no trouble.) She still has plenty of room to grow over the next couple years as well. We had her swim teacher test it out in the pool- she dropped her in head first (sounds scary but she's already a very capable swimmer without a PFD, and it's a very possible way to accidentally enter the water)- and the jacket immediately righted her, flipped her over, and kept her face well out of the water. I was very impressed with the performance and feel confident that it could keep her safe in the event of an accidental swim.
Date published: 2012-11-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from hard age to find comfort My daughter is 20 months old & is very tall (95th percentile) but is fairly thin (40th percentile) for her age. It is hard to find comfortable PFDs that work for her size. We are frequently around the water (on the boat dock at our lakehouse, on the ski boat, on the pontoon boat, around/in the pool, etc). I find that she is too young to have a life jacket without the neck support if she really did fall into the water by herself, but that really limits her movements. These life jackets seem to run very small as she is only 23lbs and fits nice & snugly into this 30-50lb life jacket. I think she will only get 1-2 summers out of this life jacket before we move onto a "big girl" life jacket. For swimming in the pool, we have purchased a Puddle Jumper and love it.
Date published: 2012-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Kids Jacket Great life jacket for kids, highly adjustable so they don't outgrow it after one season. Gives great freedom of movement for swimming. We have an old one that has been in the family for 8 years and still looks/works as new...had to buy another one (larger size) because we have two kids.
Date published: 2013-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does its job Our first PFD purchase. Kids wear them without fuss to go kayaking. Head rest on PDF larger than infant is nice for our 40lb 3 year who is still young enough to possibly need it.
Date published: 2016-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It Works Bought this to take my two year old son on a canoe trip in the BWCA. He wore it without complaint. Thankfully, we never had the chance to test it in the water. But its snug, well designed and seemingly comfortable so I'm sure it would have been fine.
Date published: 2013-09-05
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Two questions: is this product approved by the U.S. Coast Guard? Also, would it be appropriate for boating on a lake for a toddler who has no swimming experience but is too big for the smaller size? Will it turn her upright on to her back if she falls in?

Asked by: caitlinoutside
The Nemo PFD has a Type III USCG Classification. The PFD is appropriate for boating on a lake and should only be used by a child weighing 30 to 50 pounds. The Nemo will keep the child upright but not on his/her back.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-18

Would this product be good for use on a large river, even as a Type III?

Asked by: scamos
The Nemo PFD is a good choice for large, slow moving rivers.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-07-01
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