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    Impact vests recommendations needed.

    Hi, We have some 15 years old O'Brien CGA vests and looking to upgrade for me and my wife to something that gives better impact protection. I can't find any information on impact protection for CGA vests. At the same time, there is no information about flotation on impact vests. I don't mind if it will be a bit bulky, but I prefer to have both flotation and impact protection, not necessary CGA approved. Any suggestions?

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    I've found impact vests that aren't much on flotation. If you find one that meets both criteria, please post.

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    Usually the high impact is related to the collar for neck protection. Mustang Survival makes all of the professional rescue stuff. I have one and wear it when I ride PWC for the USCG Auxiliary. I can't imagine a need for one in a tow sport like behind our boats.
    https://www.mustangsurvival.com/prof...600?country=25
    Mike Allen, Tigé owner since 1997

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    Mike, I think he is thinking something along these lines:

    http://www.mackiteboarding.com/2017-...d-impact-vest/

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    Quote Originally Posted by boonecragun View Post
    Mike, I think he is thinking something along these lines:

    http://www.mackiteboarding.com/2017-...d-impact-vest/
    Sorry, You are right. We are doing kiteboarding and windsurfing as well and there impact west is more common term. With Wakeboarding it is usually called competition west which I assume is the same thing. That SAR vest that Mike is referring is too extreme for us Definitely we are looking for a comp west with a good flotation. Here is the article I found, but it does not give any comparison of actual products:
    http://www.wakeboardingmag.com/how-t...&dom=fb#page-3

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    Haha. Thanks for the clarification. I have never heard of them called that before. I was wondering why anyone would want a big old bulky SAR vest?
    I'll read Vlad's link.
    Mike Allen, Tigé owner since 1997

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    Without the vest being CGA you won't have the flotation you're looking for. Go to any reputable dealer and try some stuff on. I'd definitely recommend a CGA vest if you're looking for flotation. The wakeboard vest I use is not CGA but has decent impact protection while still providing more mobility than a bulkier vest which is what I wanted.
    Consequently, the reason a CGA vest floats better is the same reason it'll soften any impact more.

  8. If you want a vest for added floatation, an impact vest is not the solution since it has a thin layer of foam and will not keep your head out of the water.

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    Not sure if you made a decision but I just ordered a LF Watson CGA. Supposedly runs long (I'm 6'2" and hate how most life jackets feel like a belly shirt)....

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