Choosing a Life Jacket or LifeVest
When choosing a life jacket or lifevest, finding
the right fit is essential. Most modern designs allow more space around the arms so that water-skiing movement is not limited. Nevertheless, the life jacket should still fit snugly if you want it to remain
effective. Made of either neoprene or nylon, we offer numerous models from top manufacturers including Quiksilver, Roxy, Connelly, Kidder, Body Glove, Nevin
Life jackets are cut specifically for either women or men, and sizing is typically based on a chest
measurement. Most life jackets have a similar generic design aside from their color patterns. On the other hand, Nevin life jackets are styled with a molded SWAT look that is growing in popularity. Although we maintain an extensive inventory of all our life jacket models, it is sometimes useful to call ahead to ensure that we have certain specific styles.
First hand experience and a dedication to quality customer service is what distinguishes us from our
competition. At Water Ski World, we have been in business for over 30 years and are run by individuals who actually practice and love the sport of water skiing and its numerous off-shoots. To that end, we are
capable of answering questions about all of the life jackets we carry based on our own personal experiences--thus providing you with the most useful and accurate information prior to your purchase. Why take a chance
purchasing an item from a big box company whose staff has no knowledge of the sport? Our experts know every detail of the equipment we sell and are capable of answering questions such as: the differences in fit
between life jacket manufacturers or the advantages and disadvantages of choosing neoprene versus nylon.
We have life vest for every sport including kayak life vests, river rafting life vests, wakeboard vests,
waterski vests, and others. For wakeboarding, waterskiing, white water rafting, kayaking, and other watersports requiring a lot of movement, a popular combination is a high mobility USCGA approved neoprene life vest
combined with a high mobility neoprene wet suit. The wetsuit itself provides a little flotation and protection from cold water, and when combined with a neo vest, provides warmth
and safety. For more extreme sports like kayaking in cold whitewater, a USCGA approved vest can be combined with a dry-lite suit.
Standards are different between each country regarding Cost Guard approval of vests. The USA has the highest
standards compared to other countries, therefore a USCGA vest will protect you better than a vest with an approval label from another country. Laws vary. For example, in Canada, the kayaking rental agencies cannot
rent you a vest with a USCGA label. By law, they can only rent vests with a Canadian Coast Guard approved label. The law only affect rental agencies, so it is acceptable to buy your own vest in the USA to make sure
it fits, and bring it with you when you travel. This saves you money and provides you with the best fit and protection. Most people buy their own equipment for skiing; why not prepare your water sports vacations
the same way?
Our extensive expertise is not the only thing that sets us apart from the competition,
we also offer unparalleled customer service. Our specialists can be reached by phone or email. Unlike the competition that tries to hide the contact phone number so you will be forced to use email or a web contact
form, we publish our toll free phone number on every page or our web site.