Wakeboard Vest Buyer's Guide and Sizing Chart

Choosing the right wakeboarding vest, life jacket, or PFD (personal floatation device) is an important part of the boating lifestyle. You don't want to sacrifice on comfort and safety which is why we carry only the highest quality vests from O'Neill, Ronix, and Liquid Force. Do you know the saying " Look good, feel good, play good" the same thing applies to wakeboarding vests. You want something that looks good, feels comfortable when you have it on, and performs well when you need it (keeps your head above the water). If you have any questions about sizing, materials, or anything else feel free to get in touch with someone from our expert staff at (888) 338-6085 or sales@wakemakers.com.

What Type Of Wake Vest Should I Buy?

There are two basic types of wakeboarding vests on the market right now.

USCG Approved:

USCG (United States Coast Guard) approved vests are the more popular option of the two because many states require them. These type of vests are typically more bulky than comp vests but they offer riders better float and they can be used in any state. Federal regulations also require that there's a USCG approved vest on board for everyone on your boat. For example, if you have 8 people on your boat you will need 8 USCG approved vests that are in good working order.

O'Neill Reactor 3 USCG Vest O'Neill Women's Reactor 3 USCG Vest

Competition Wakeboard Vest: 

Competition or Comp style wakeboard vests are not USCG approved but they can be used in some states. The Comp vest is lightweight and less restrictive than a USCG vest, but they don't offer as much float. Because the Comp vest isn't considered a approved life vest you can't operate a PWC (personal water craft) with one of these.

O'Neill Slasher Wakeboard Comp Vest Ronix Coral Women's Reversible Wakeboard Comp Vest Ronix Parks Reversible Wakeboard Comp Vest

What Size Do I Need?

One of the most overlooked parts of buying a wakeboard vest is the sizing. I wish I had a dollar for every time I've seen someone trying to start wakeboarding or wakesurfing with a life jacket up around their ears. This is not only uncomfortable, but it can also be dangerous. You can make sure you get the right vest size by measuring around the widest part of your chest. Men's and Women's vest feature different cuts and construction so we don't recommend sharing.

O'Neill Men's Sizing Chart: O'Neill-Mens-Wakeboard-Vest-Size-Chart O'Neill Women's Sizing Chart: O'Neill-Womens-Vest-Size-Chart Wakeboard Vest Materials:

Neoprene: Neoprene vests are lightweight and flexible. The material is softer, more breathable, and form fitting than nylon. *Most of our higher-end vest are made from neoprene.

Nylon: Nylon vests are cheaper and less flexible.