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Life Jackets Explained

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Whether you call them life jackets, life vests, or wake vests, when picking one, consider size, the type of vest (U.S Coast Guard approved or competition-style), and the vest's material.


Determine your correct wake vest size by measuring around the thickest part of your chest and checking the specific wake vest sizing chart on each individual wake vest product detail page.  Being that most wakeboard vests are designed to be form-fitting, men and women should have their own wake vests.  Always make sure that wake vests are appropriately sized for the intended user.

U.S. Coast Guard Approved (USCGA) Life Jackets

United States Coast Guard (USCG) approval means that the wake vest has passed rigorous testing and is, therefore, better suited to keep you afloat after taking a hard digger.  We recommend that you look for the USCG approval number on any wake vest that you buy.  Be sure to read the manufacturer's label and the "Think Safe" pamphlet that is attached to the wake vest.  Valuable information is contained within these materials.

Competition-Style Wake Vests (Comp Vests)

These wake vests are lighter-weight and usually more flexible than their U.S. Coast Guard approved counterparts.  Comp Vests will float you, but aren't guaranteed to keep your head completely out of the water in the event that you lose consciousness on a particularly bad fall.  Comp Vests are not U.S. Coast Guard approved.


Nylon vests are cheaper and more adjustable and are commonly used for accommodating different sized people.

Neoprene vests are form-fitting and allow for more mobility.  Neoprene has become the standard in wake vest construction.


Wake Vests are available in a variety of different styles and types including side-entry, molded/sectioned, and pullover designs.

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