Palm Kaikoura Buoyancy Aid


Men's PFDs

Chest 68 – 80 cm27 – 31" 78 – 94 cm31 – 37" 94 – 110 cm37 – 43" 110 – 126 cm43 – 50"
Weight 30 – 50 kg66 –110 lb 40 – 70 kg88 – 154 lb 60 – 90 kg132 – 198 lb 80 – >110 kg176 – >242 lb


Women's PFDs

Bust 82 – 90 cm32 – 35" 90 – 98 cm35 – 39" 98 – 106 cm39 – 44"
Weight 40 – 60 kg88 – 132 lb 50 – 70 kg110 – 154 lb 60 – >80 kg132 – >176 lb


Kid's PFDs

Chest 56 – 68 cm23 – 27" 68 – 80 cm27 – 31"
Weight 20 – 40 kg44 – 88 lb 30 – 50 kg66 – 110 lb


Measure yourself:

  • Chest –Horizontally under the armpits and around the fullest part of your chest and shoulder blades
  • Bust –Horizontally around the fullest part of your bust
  • Weight – include all the gear you’ll be wearing too. PFD buoyancy label: A correct fit is more important than choosing the buoyancy category according to your weight. All Palm PFDs have buoyancy above the minimum floatation required for CE/ISO certification.

Getting the right fit –all measurements refer to body size, not garment dimensions. These charts are only a guide – few people will be the exact sizes shown. Pop in and try the gear on to be sure of a good fit.

From £180.00


Wind, waves and exposure, open water can remind you how small we are. The Kaikoura is perfect for tackling big adventures, whether you're using one blade or two. Flex Fit buoyancy foam is the final word on comfort and safety.

With carefully placed pockets and stowage, the Kaikoura will carry everything you need, close to hand, even when conditions get rough.



  • CORDURA® 500D
  • Vent Mesh liner


  • YKK front zip entry


  • Flex Fit

Safety features

  • Adjustable shoulder straps
  • Reflective details


  • 3D anti ride-up waistbelt
  • Easy Glide straps


  • Large front pockets with internal compartments‚
  • clip-in points and two-way zippers for VHF radio aerial
  • Fleece lined handwarmer pockets
  • Large rear pocket


  • 1242 g (M/L)


  • EN ISO 12402-5 / 12402-6

Other Features

  • Neoprene lined underarm for comfort
  • Clip-in points and lash tabs
  • Hydration Bladder compatible

I am certified

  • These PFDs pass ISO 12402-5 (water sports) and ISO 12402-6 (paddlesport) standards. The majority of our PFDs have up to 20% more buoyancy than the ISO/CE standard and our whitewater models have up to 40% more buoyancy than the 50 N required. Palm were the first to make PFDs to these ISO standards.

CORDURA® fabric

  • Fabric with an exceptional strength-to-weight ratio, and high resistance to tears and abrasion. We use CORDURA® for the seat and knee areas of technical outerwear and for other high wear gear such as PFDs and throwlines.

Flex Fit

  • A major innovation in PFD development: bonded into pre-formed shapes, the buoyancy foam curves around your body for unparalleled comfort and freedom of movement. This also allows us to tailor foam panels for a women's specific cut without compromising buoyancy. Maximum floatation with minimum bulk. Try a Flex Fit PFD on and the benefits will be immediately apparent.

3D anti ride-up waistbelt

  • A grippy rubber finish prevents your PFD from riding up when in use, and the adjustable waistbelt is positioned on the inside of the buoyancy foam panel for full contact around your waist.

Hydration Bladder compatible

  • Drink on the move without dropping your paddle or opening compartments, from a pocket to accommodate a drinks bladder.