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A Guide To Wakeboard Vests

With so many options out there, buying a wakeboard vest can be a confusing process. To help, here is the ultimate guide to wakeboard vests.

There’s nothing better than a warm summer afternoon on the lake, soaking up the rays with friends and taking turns wakeboarding behind the boat. The last thing you want to be worrying about on those carefree, sunny days, is whether or not you’re safe.

Wakeboard vests are an imperative when it comes to wakeboarding and boating – and if you make the right choice once when purchasing your vests, you will never have to worry about it again.

However, with so many options out there, buying a buoyancy vest can be a confusing process. That’s why we’re here to help with the ultimate guide to wakeboard vests.

When purchasing a wake vest or life jacket, there are a few key features that you should look out for:

Flex performance

In order for you to perform at high levels, your vest has to perform at high levels too. If you’re riding in a vest that isn’t designed with flexibility in mind, your freedom of movement will be restricted, and you won’t be able to reach your full potential in the water.

Same goes for on the boat – if you’re wearing your life vest as you jet across the lake, you want to be able to have total flexibility in your arms and chest.

Drainage system

If you’re investing in a good wake vest, you need to be looking out for what kind of drainage system the vest has been built with. The faster water drains out of the vest panels, the faster it will dry and the lighter the vest will be.

You don’t want to be wearing a wet, heavy vest when you pop up behind the boat and lean in for that first big carve!

Kidney belt

A kidney belt is an internal belt within the vest that locks down the jacket to your body and simultaneously provides lower back support. If you’re an avid wakeboarder, a kidney belt is a must.

Seamless underarms

Seamless underarms ensure that you won’t get underarm chafe while riding in the wake vest or boating in the life jacket. If you’re wearing your vest for longer periods of time, or you’re wearing it frequently, this is an important thing to look out for.

Easy on-off buckles

Single or dual buckles help safely secure the wake vest while you’re riding or boating. However, be sure that these buckles are easy to use and don’t require hassling or fussing to clip and unclip.

Quality neoprene

When buying a wake vest, you’re investing in a big hunk of neoprene and you want to make sure that neoprene will stand the test of time. Quality neoprene will ensure you’re buying a high stretch, lightweight wake vest that won’t easily rip and tear.

Rip Curl Wakeboard Vests

At Rip Curl, we offer four different categories of wakeboard vests, the Flashbomb, the Dawn Patrol Pro, the Dawn Patrol and the Omega. This allows you to choose the best wake vest based on your skill level and frequency of use.

Now that you know what you’re looking for in terms of features, check out our range below to find the right buoyancy vest for you.

The Flashbomb Vest

Designed to offer ultimate performance, flexibility and buoyancy, the Flashbomb vest is the best wakeboard vest for men and women. This top-of-the line buoyancy vest is ideal for serious wakeboarders and boaters.

Key features:
• Flash Lining, making it the world’s fastest drying vest
• Ultimate Flex for Ultimate Performance
• Side Flex Gussets for increased user comfort and performance
• Dual Internal Drainage System, removing water from the internal jacket for a quicker drying time
• Kidney Belt providing lower back support
• Ergonomic Design for the ultimate in comfort
• Seamless Underarm for smooth underarm panels and a clean finish
• E5 neoprene, our premium high stretch and lightweight neoprene
• Single buckle for easy on-off

The Dawn Patrol Pro Vest

The Dawn Patrol Pro vest is a high-quality performance wakeboard vest that will suit most wakeboarders and boaters, especially those looking for additional support and comfort in their vest.

Key features:
• Ultimate Flex for Ultimate Performance
• Ergonomic Design for the ultimate in comfort
• Kidney Belt providing lower back support
• Dual Internal Drainage System, removing water from the internal jacket for a quicker drying time
• Single buckle for easy on-off
• Seamless Underarm for smooth underarm panels and a clean finish

The Dawn Patrol Vest

Perfect for frequent but casual wakeboarders and boaters, the Dawn Patrol vest is perfect for men and woman of all shapes and sizes.

Key Features: • Ultimate Flex for Ultimate Performance
• Ergonomic Design for the ultimate in comfort
• Dual Internal Drainage System, removing water from the internal jacket for a quicker drying time
• Single buckle for easy on-off
• Seamless Underarm for smooth underarm panels and a clean finish

The Omega Vest

Designed to suit casual wakeboarders and boaters who are looking for an economic yet high quality vest, the Omega vest puts an emphasis on safety over high performance. It’s suitable for everyone and comes in a huge range of sizes.

Key Features:
• Ergonomic Design for the ultimate in comfort
• Dual Internal Drainage System, removing water from the internal jacket for a quicker drying time
• Double buckle for added security
• Seamless Underarm for smooth underarm panels and a clean finish

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