Greg Nelson tells the life jacket story of Corey Kraut from his own personal experience. Remember, the decision to wear a life jacket is much more about safety than it is a fashion statement. I have taken some extremely hard back edges while riding recently. One in particular was so abrupt that I was left momentarily paralyzed — I could not move at all, though I was fully aware. Luckily I was wearing a life jacket and it saved my life. Had I not been wearing one, I may not be here to tell you this. Whatever your reasons for not wearing a vest, it's not worth dying over.