Whitewater PFDs

All buoyancy vests meet the CE Standard and are approved by Maritime NZ.

For PFD sizing, download the Palm apparel – Size chart as a PDF document.

Palm_BA185_Fx_lime_450Palm FX river PFD


Retail price $270 + freight

A freestyle PFD should be there when you need it, but so comfy you forget you’re wearing it. The FX is the ultimate lightweight PFD, for big volume, big wave adventures or laps of your local playrun.  This is the comfiest, coolest-looking buoyancy aid you’ll find. Underneath the smooth lines, fail-safe shoulder straps and ample foam help keep you safe in your whitewater playground.


• Low profile foam panels
• Slimline front pocket with inner compartment + key ring clip
• 3-D anti ride-up waistbelt
• Easy Glide adjustment straps
• Continuous loop fail-safe shoulder strapsPalm_BA185_FX_Red_940px
• Stretch mesh side panels
• Reflective detail on shoulders, front and rear panels

(NOTE: The FX does NOT have a chest harness or towline)

Buoyancy: 5.0 kg – 6.5 kg . . . . .Fabric: Nylon 420D ripstop/Ballistic Nylon
Sizes: XS/S; M/L; XL/XXL . . . . . . Colours: Red,  Aqua  or  Lime

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Palm_BA191_FXr_SherbetPalm FXr river rescue PFD


Retail price $340 + freight

One PFD to do it all
For freestyle, for rivers, for racing – do it all with one PFD for everything. We’ve taken the comfort and simplicity of the FX freestyle PFD, fitted it out with a rescue harness and pumped up the floatation, to create the most versatile whitewater PFD ever.

• Low profile foam panels
• Fail-safe shoulder straps load tested to 3.2 kN
• 3-D anti ride-up waist beltPalm_BA191_FXr_AquaPAlm_ba_FXr_PFD_Red
• Easy Glide adjustment straps
• Slimline zipped front pocket with D-ring and earplug compartment
• Chest pocket for folding knife
• Reflective details
• Removable quick-release chest harness with O-ring
• Cowtail park

(NOTE: Cowtail and paddle krab are extra)

Buoyancy: 5.0 kg – 6.8 kg . . . . .Fabric: Cordura 500D
Sizes: XS/S; M/L; XL/XXL . . . . . . Colours: Sherbet,  Red  or  Aqua

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Hydraulics-River_pro_frontHydraulics River Pro whitewater rescue PFD


Retail price $435 + freight

A favourite with river paddlers everywhere – the River Pro is a top-of-the-line river rescue PFD.
Incredibly comfortable. Snug, secure fit. Designed by creek boaters, so it has loads of well-tested features.


  • Padded shoulders
  • Offset front zip
  • Kevlar-covered front pocket with key holder + internal dividers
  • Integrated harness system sewn to PFD’s skeleton
  • Attachment point (to link PFD to a climbing harness)
  • Knife pocket
  • Quick-release chest harness
  • Cowtail park

NOTE: Supplied with a bungee cowtail (paddle krab is extra), plus a nylon/mesh storage bag.

Buoyancy: 6.2 kg – 9.9 kg . . . . .Fabric: Cordura 500D outer/200D Nylon inner
Sizes: S; M; L . . . . . . Colours: Mango  or  Lime

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palm_BA_EVextreme-red-675pxPalm EV Extreme whitewater rescue PFD

Retail price $495 + freight

The Extrem Vest evolution continues as Palm’s flagship front-opening PFD, setting new standards in safety and useability. Masses of storage.
For more information, download the Palm PFD – EV Extreme info sheet.
(NOTE: Cowtail and paddle krab are extra)
Buoyancy: > 7.6 kg . . . . . Materials: Cordura 550D/Ballistic nylon/Vent mesh liner; Gaia PVC-free foam
Sizes: XS-S; M-L; XL-XXL . . . . . . Colour: Red

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Palm PFD Extrem_womensPFD_AquaPalm Extrem Womens whitewater rescue PFD

Retail price $460 + freight

Buoyancy and fit are the most important features of any PFD. That’s why we designed the Women’s Extrem with our Flex Fit foam; it’s exceptionally comfortable‚ and exceeds the industry standard for floatation. A quick release harness‚ fail-safe construction‚ and accessible storage ensure that the Extrem sets the highest standards for whitewater safety and function.
Palm PFD Extrem_womensPFD_Sherbet_front


  • Side-release buckle front entry
  • Female-specific Flex Fit
  • Removable chest harness with O-ring
  • Fail-safe shoulder straps (load tested to 3.2 kN)
  • Dual cowtail parks
  • Reflective details
  • 3-D anti ride-up waistbelt
  • Easy Glide straps
  • Large front pocket with divider
  • Double chest pockets
  • Internal rear pocket (can be fitted with a Hydration Bladder)
  • Nylon panel chest support
  • Tough grip panels at shoulder for boat carrying

(NOTE: Cowtail and paddle krab are extra)
Materials: Cordura® 500D/Vent Mesh liner; Gaia PVC-free foam
Sizes: W.XS/S; W.M/L; W.XL/XXL . . . . . . Colour: Sherbet  or  Aqua

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Palm AMP whitewater rescue PFD


Retail price $425 + freight

An ideal choice for whitewater warriors, guides and instructors – a pullover vest for rugged whitewater use. Lots of pockets and adjustments. Simple, body-hugging form. Choose the Amp for freedom of movement without compromising on safety. Surfing, playboating, or hucking; it’s the perfect PFD for your travels.
• Pullover entry
• Flex-fit formed foam
• Large, zipped padded front cargo pocket with internal divider
• Double chest pockets
• Internal rear padded pocket for documents, safety gear or hydration bladder
• Tough grip panels at shoulder for boat carrying
• 3-D anti ride-up waist belt
• Easy Glide strap adjustment throughout
• Fail-safe shoulder straps load tested to 3.2 kN
• Reflective details
• Removable chest harness with welded O-ring
• Dual cowtail parks

(NOTE: Cowtail and paddle krab are extra)

Buoyancy: > 7.6 kg . . . . . Materials: Cordura 550D/Ballistic Nylon/Vent Mesh liner, Gaia PVC-free foam
Sizes: XS/S, M/L, XL/XXL (flotation from 65 to 75N depending on size) . . . . . . Colours: Sherbet  or   Lime

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Courier to major NZ towns/cities is $11 for a single PFD. Outlying suburbs, small towns and rural delivery areas are $5.50 extra. Freight on bulk orders of PFDs, usually sent direct from the importer/manufacturer, will be charged at cost (e.g. about $30 for a box of 10 recreation PFDs).

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