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Equipment Guides - Vests

If your going to go out wakeboarding it's a wise move to put on a vest. In some countries it is even a legal requirement. If you fall and become unconscious and aren't wearing a vest or other flotation device chances are you might not be seen again, and I don't think any of us want that.

While any type of lifejacket will provide flotation, there are specific vests designed with wakeboarding in mind. They typically provide more freedom of movement and some are lighter to make riding more comfortable.

Nylon or Neoprene?
The two main types of vests available are constructed of either nylon or neoprene, neoprene being the same material wetsuits are made of.

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Nylon vests are extremely durable and will last you a long time, there are usually multi purpose and great for skiing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding you name it. There are many variations such as specific versions for children and toddlers some of which have greater head support. Nylon vests are also the cheapest option.

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Neoprene: If you are looking for extreme comfort with good flotation then you can't go past Neoprene. Neoprene vests usually consist of two buckles and a zip and they mold to your body, they are extremely soft and amazingly comfortable to wear also providing excellent warmth on those colder days. You should expect to pay considerably more for a good neoprene vest than a nylon equivalent but you will be glad you did.