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sexyws6mama 06-04-2008 5:04 PM

I was thinking about getting this one, but don't want it to be bulky. <BR> <BR><a href="http://img367.imageshack.us/img367/225/oneilljacketrw2.jpg" target="_blank">http://img367.imageshack.us/img367/225/oneilljacketrw2.jpg</a> <BR> <BR>Who has a good jacket? I have a hyperlite one, but it's too big because it rides up on my neck while floating in the water.

sexyws6mama 06-04-2008 5:04 PM

and the hyperlite one has too much padding upfront!!!!!!!

criswb 06-04-2008 5:37 PM

I havent tried that one, but i highly recommend Oneill. Very comfy and will last for years. I have the Vapor which is a Comp vest, and i used to have the Outlaw (comp vest also) and they both floated really good. Not bulky at all, yet still offered great protection

squanta 06-04-2008 6:09 PM

i have the ronix coral impact vest which is a comp vest and i am very happy with it. it is not bulky at all, definitely recommend it.

brande 06-04-2008 6:13 PM

I asked this same question a couple of months ago. I got an O'Neil Law, in a killer pink and black and I really, really love it! It looks nice but more importantly, once it is on, I don't notice it at all. I'm not sure if my link will work or not but I got it from skipro.com for a decent price. <BR> <BR><a href="http://www.skipro.com/detail.aspx?ID=540" target="_blank">http://www.skipro.com/detail.aspx?ID=540</a>

sexyws6mama 06-04-2008 7:30 PM

and how exactly should you measure? I'm 32 around rib cage and bust 34, so I thought a medium would work and got a medium in my hyperlite one, but once i got it wet it's way too big. So is it better to buy a size smaller knowing it will expand?

criswb 06-06-2008 9:15 AM

You should get one that is really snug when dry. It will expand a bit once wet. If you can, try other people's vests in the same brand, it doesnt matter if its not the same model, you can get a feel for what their sizes are.

lizrd 06-06-2008 10:31 AM

I second the O'Neil Law - it is a great vest that is also USCGA. They also make the non-USCGA Outlaw but I won't ride without a USCGA. <BR>These are sized in women's sizes - 8, 10, 12, etc. You'll have to go try one. Unlike other companies these run large, so buy one size lower maybe. I am a 36 bust and the 12 fits great.

criswb 06-06-2008 11:28 PM

I am 32 bust and I have the vapor in a size 4, but the Outlaw I had in size 8 and my Oneill wetsuit is a size 6! <BR> <BR>I think you should be ok with an 8-10. My outlaw does seem to fit very well on my friends that are bigger than me.

polhamus 06-07-2008 7:38 PM

I am with Cris on this one. I have the Oneill Siren. It is a great jacket. I cannot find one that is better and USCG approved.

polhamus 06-07-2008 7:41 PM

plus the smaller you are the smaller they Kram all that floaty stuff in.

dani 06-08-2008 9:54 PM

i have a mens jet pilot vest and i love it! It's not USCGA approved, but it's so thin that i dont even feel like i'm wearing a vest! <BR> <BR><a href="http://store.jetpilot.com/jetpilot/product/?catID=46&amp;prodID=134" target="_blank">http://store.jetpilot.com/jetpilot/product/?catID=46&amp;prodID=134</a>

sexyws6mama 06-11-2008 8:31 AM

so has anyone bought this jacket <BR> <BR><a href="http://img367.imageshack.us/img367/225/oneilljacketrw2.jpg" target="_blank">http://img367.imageshack.us/img367/225/oneilljacketrw2.jpg</a> <BR> <BR>I really like the style, but want to know if it's too bulky, because my hyerlite one has too much padding! <BR> <BR>Right now, I just use my b/f lifevest and he has a medium and for the most part it fits. <BR> <BR>I would also like a pin stripe jacket...anyone know of one?

brande 06-11-2008 8:50 AM

that is the jacket I use now and I love it. Not bulky at all, especially compared to what I was wearing.

sexyws6mama 06-11-2008 10:45 AM

Brande, <BR> <BR>What size did you get? Do they run small? <BR> <BR>I had a 34 rib cage, so not sure what size I should get. I just got implants too, so not sure if that makes a difference??

brande 06-11-2008 11:04 AM

I bought a size 8. It was really snug feeling at first but I think that is because I was so used to my old one riding up all the time. I have implants too and I guess it does make a difference, they are harder to smoosh around. I wear a 34DD and I think the 8 was just right. It's a nice jacket, it really seems to come in a bit at the waist.

wakechic82 06-11-2008 12:35 PM

Audrey, <BR> <BR>I have this life jacket as well and I absolutely love it! For a comp vest, it floats really well. I also bought a size 8, but I think it might be too big. I am a 34 bust, but I am not blessed up front at all! I have only used it a couple of times, and it has already seemed to have stretched a little. But it really is a great vest. They also make it in a CGA, but the CGA is much more bulky than this one. It is just such a sleek design as well. <BR> <BR>(Message edited by wakechic82 on June 11, 2008)

sexyws6mama 06-11-2008 2:22 PM

Well, with implants I might be a 34B or 34C (it's still to be determined, since the implants are still swollen, so what size of jacket do you recommend? (I can't wakeboarding for 6 weeks or so too) <BR> <BR>Wakechic82: Are you selling yours since it's too big?

wakechic82 06-11-2008 3:22 PM

No, I am actually going to keep it. It fits good now, but I am worried with time it will stretch out and eventually be too big. I don't think I could have gone with a size 6 though. I don't have a good boardshop anywhere remotely close, so I always have to order online. I never even tried a size 6. I think you will definitely be at least a size 8. On a good day I am 34B.

sexyws6mama 06-11-2008 3:39 PM

Brande, <BR> <BR>how long till you could ride again after implants? The Doc said 6 weeks but it's alot of chest movement and right now, I'm on day 3 and I can't even lift my arms, let alone hold a rope!!

brettw 06-18-2008 9:41 AM

I'm looking for vest for my wife. She's about a 34b I think. She's like 5'8", 130lbs. She's been used to wearing a men's small Jobe vest for awhile. I want a USCG approved vest that's not too expensive (less than $80) and was thinking the Oneill Reactor (just saw the Vapor isn't CGA). From what wakechic82 and Audrey say, it sounds like size 8? Does that sound right? Is this a decent vest at around $70 from what I found or does someone recommend something else? <BR> <BR>I also found a bunch of Outlaw's for only $20, but I just don't want a non USCG approved vest for her. Seems like a hell of a deal, though: <BR><a href="http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?sofocus=bs&amp;sbrftog=1&amp;dfsp=32&am p;from=R40&amp;satitle=oneill+outlaw+vest&amp;saca t=-1%26catref%3DC6&amp;sargn=-1%26saslc%3D2&amp;sadis=200&amp;fpos=92124&amp;sab fmts=1&amp;saobfmts=insif&amp;ftrt=1&amp;ftrv=1&am p;saprclo=&amp;saprchi=&amp;fsop=32&amp;fsoo=2" target="_blank">http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?sofocus=bs&amp;sbrftog=1&amp;dfsp=32&am p;from=R40&amp;satitle=oneill+outlaw+vest&amp;saca t=-1%26catref%3DC6&amp;sargn=-1%26saslc%3D2&amp;sadis=200&amp;fpos=92124&amp;sab fmts=1&amp;saobfmts=insif&amp;ftrt=1&amp;ftrv=1&am p;saprclo=&amp;saprchi=&amp;fsop=32&amp;fsoo=2</a> <BR> <BR>(Message edited by brettw on June 18, 2008)

lizrd 06-18-2008 10:29 AM

Yes, at that price point it looks like a great vest. I would bet the 8 is the right size. What a great gift! I agree that USCGA is the only way to go. For a little more money I really love the O'Neil Law - it has a different outer material. O'Neil makes nice products.

brettw 06-18-2008 11:05 AM

I thought when you guys said Law, that it was short for Outlaw. It's too bad, because there's a size 6 LAW for only $20 on Ebay: <BR><a href="http://cgi.ebay.com/ONeill-THE-LAW-LIFE-VEST-SIZE-6-USCG-APPROVED-NEW_W0QQitemZ370061498412QQihZ024QQcategoryZ15262Q QssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem" target="_blank">http://cgi.ebay.com/ONeill-THE-LAW-LIFE-VEST-SIZE-6-USCG-APPROVED-NEW_W0QQitemZ370061498412QQihZ024QQcategoryZ15262Q QssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem</a> <BR> <BR>That seems almost too good to be true seeing as how they seem to be going for $120 everywhere else.

wakechic82 06-18-2008 1:17 PM

My vest has two versions, the CGA and Non CGA. Mine was pretty expensive though, I think around $125. I have the non CGA but it still floats me really well. I have had a couple of bad falls, and it might take a little longer (very little) to get back to the surface, but not bad. If I ever try new tricks, I will definently put on a CGA vest. I like my vest because it is different, it is a new concept and sleek. To me, I felt like it was worth the money seeing as I haven't bought myself a vest for about 8 years. And I won't let anyone wear it, because I don't want it stretched out and I don't want someone using a non CGA vest unless it is their own, at least on my boat.

lizrd 06-18-2008 5:34 PM

Yeah, O'Neil makes a "Law" USCGA and an "Outlaw" non-USCGA. Good luck with your shopping. She will be thrilled with that gift.

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