O'Neill Slasher Wakeboard Comp Vest
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New for 2014, O'Neill has released the front zip Slasher Comp Vest featuring Nytrolite Foam. The innovative new design provides more buoyant, is lighter weight and dries quicker than any other vest in the line.
The newest foam in the line, nytrolite, is constructed from a highly specialized cross-linked polyethylene. By expanding the cells using Nitrogen the result is a foam that is up to three times lighter than traditional PVC foam, absorbs 15-20% less water, and is measurably more buoyant. All of these highlights allow O'Neill to use way less foam in each vest without having to worry about losing overall flotation.
Key features include a front zipper, segmented foam core, anatomical flex points and strategic armhole fit.
O'Neill Nytrolite Foam Technology
Low Density Polyethylene which is expanded using Nitrogen in an exclusive process. The Nytrolite foam is 3 times lighter than regular PVC foam and absorbs 15 to 20% less water due to the closed cell foam structure. The foam is 10% more buoyant than PVC meaning O'Neill can use less in each vest and achieve the same flotation.
O'Neill Men's Wakeboard Vest Sizing
Both Men's O'Neill USCG Approved and Competition vests share the same sizing table for an easier wakeboard vest shopping experience. All men's vests are sized by chest. Obtain the chest size measurement by determining the circumference of the widest part of your upper torso, below the arms. Remember that neoprene does stretch so 100% accuracy is not totally necessary.
Finally O'Neil comes out with a vest for the larger riders that actually fits. At 6'1" and 200 pounds finding a good Outlaw vest that fits can be challenging these days, especially with most of these products coming from China. While I realize I'm no small boy sizing on a lot of these "off shore" vests range from the ridiculously small x-larges to what I consider normal pre 2000 size standards. Determining what sizing model the manufacture has decided to go with is always a roll of the dice and can be even more so when purchasing on line. In general I've found O'Neil products run on the small side and are typically designed for the 15 year old teens. As such I decided to go with the XXL and am very happy with my choice.
The vest is extremely lite and the material is very flexible. At first fitting I was concerned that I had once again ordered a vest that was using China sizing standards however the vest stretches very easily and conforms to your body with just the right amount of pressure to stay in place while riding. My previous and favorite vest was a pull over Hyperlite that had the same fit and feel. The advantage of the Slasher is it's easy access front zipper design. Material quality, stitching and graphics are typical O'Neil high end and you get what you pay for with this vest.
So as you can see so far I'm very happy with my purchase. I rated the price as a 4 as everyone would like to get things cheaper but to be honest WakeMakers had this for the best price I could find and their customer service is next to none. Had to wait close to 5 months for delivery but WakeMakers came through as promised and it still made it here for the spring season.
So the next test will be that of time. I don't expect any issues as the construction seems top notch but only time will tell.