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Tech Tuesday #11 | Buying A Men's Wakeboard Vest Online

Buying a wakeboard vest online can seem like a daunting task. With all the different styles and sizes out there it's important to figure out what type of vest you need and what size is the best fit. Our wakeboard vest buying guide is designed to help you find the best fitting vest possible without leaving the comforts of your home.

How to measure your chest: You want to measure around the widest part of your upper torso with a measuring tape or string. Once you've found out the width of your upper torso you can check out the sizing guides for specific vests. Each wakeboard vest has a built in size chart underneath the product description that will look similar to the image below. Make sure to look at the size chart that correlates with the vest you are interested in purchasing. If you are in between sizes we recommend that you size up.

*Remember that neoprene vests stretch when it gets wet, so 100% accuracy is not necessary.


USCG is short for United States Coast Guard Approved. Most states now require USCG vests for watersports activities like wakeboarding, wakesurfing, and water skiing. USCG style vests are available in neoprene and nylon. Neoprene vests are the most popular style because they are more comfortable to wear and they usually offer a better fit.

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Comp Style

Competition or Comp Style Vests are lightweight and flexible, but they don't offer you as much float or support as a USCG approved vest. Most states require that you wear a USCG approved vest while you're riding, so you will want to check with your local marine board to see if a Comp style vest is a legal option for wakeboarding or wakesurfing.

Pullover Style- Pullover vests like the O'Neill Techno and O'Neill Gooru eliminate the need for zippers and buckles. These vests are lightweight and they should fit like a glove.

Front Zip Style- Front Zip style vests like the O'Neill Women's Gem and Ronix Parks Wakeboard Comp Vest make putting your vest on and taking it off a breeze.

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Still have questions regarding wake vest sizing? Feel free to give us a call at (888) 338-6085 or send us an email

Click here for a list of PDF Requirements by State.

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