How to Choose a Wakeboarding Vest

We provide you with everything you'll need to know about making your next wakeboarding life jacket purchase.

Pull Over Life Jacket
Pullover Style Life JacketBrian Boesch

A life jacket is designed to literally save your life, so naturally it’s the most important piece of equipment you wear during any towed watersport. Not only will it keep you on the surface of the water, but it can protect your torso from heavy crashes that could otherwise break ribs or damage vital organs. With modern vest designs, there’s really no excuse for not wearing one at all times. It’s not like we’re asking you to wear the neck-choking keyhole-design orange life preservers that you wore back in the ’70s and ’80s; today’s vest options are comfortable and snug-fitting, yet still allow for maximum body movement and are even stylish. Don’t be stupid; wear your vest. Here are a few things to consider when choosing the next piece of equipment that could save your life.

Zip Up Life Jacket wakeboarding
Front Zip Style Life JacketBrian Boesch

While wearing an improperly fitted vest is marginally better than wearing nothing at all, it’s best to take the time to find a vest that fits well and that you actually enjoy wearing. Vests are like wakeboard boots or water-ski shoes: While one model may be a perfect fit for you, it might not work for your friend or family member. Head down to your local pro shop and try on a few models from different manufacturers. A vest should be as snug as possible while remaining comfortable; remember, it will stretch out when it gets wet. If you opt for comfort over fit while trying on vests in the shop, you might find that the same vest you forked out your hard-earned cash for is floating around your ears on the first wipeout you encounter.

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Collin Harrington Life Jacket
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