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.