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Old    Bob (Reez)      Join Date: Mar 2010       02-15-2012, 11:49 AM Reply   
I have heard the A10 barely floats you which I am not really to fearful of but I dont have much experience with the checkmate. Any insight on either of these vests?
Old    Ben Wilcox (benjaminp)      Join Date: Nov 2008       02-15-2012, 12:07 PM Reply   
Have you searched for the other vest threads? Those are two very popular vests and I'm sure they have been thoroughly discussed before, shouldnt take too long to find.
Old    Robbie Culp (Righteousrider94)      Join Date: Oct 2011       02-15-2012, 12:18 PM Reply   
I have the A-10 its sick and its ridiculously light but i never used the checkmate so i am going to recommend the the A-10.
Old    Tampa Wake (tampawake)      Join Date: Mar 2008       02-15-2012, 12:39 PM Reply   
It does float you ok. However, my biggest issue is I am tall and its not really made for tall guys. Price was right. Oh I am 6'1"
Old    Bevan (stxr_racer)      Join Date: Jun 2006       02-15-2012, 12:45 PM Reply   
Check out the new O'Shea vest!
Old    Bob (Reez)      Join Date: Mar 2010       02-15-2012, 12:56 PM Reply   
Im 6'1 also. Bevan how is the o'shea?
Old    Logan Downer (logan)      Join Date: Dec 2011       02-15-2012, 1:41 PM Reply   
I have had 2 A10's both awesome. I use a skyhawk now it floats better but I miss the A10.
Old    David (Luker)      Join Date: Feb 2010       02-15-2012, 6:19 PM Reply   
A-10 sux and is uncomfortable. Checkmate is amazing and longer so perfect for tall dudes. This is no contest... the Checkmate wins hands down.
Old     (Ttime41)      Join Date: Nov 2011       02-15-2012, 7:11 PM Reply   
As far as vests with zippers go, the O'shea is certainly one of the best. Light, comfortable, and mobile. huge step up from the A-10
Old    Jordan Maxymek (Jmaxymek)      Join Date: Feb 2012       02-15-2012, 8:49 PM Reply   
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Originally Posted by Luker View Post
A-10 sux and is uncomfortable. Checkmate is amazing and longer so perfect for tall dudes. This is no contest... the Checkmate wins hands down.
I can't comment on the Checkmate, as I have no experience with it, but personally I love my A-10, I am 6'0/6'1 and plan on getting another one this season. It is real light, It doesn't limit my range of motion whatsoever, I have never had it fall off during a crash, but when I want it to it comes off easy even when wet, and it dries super fast. I do recommend sizing down, because it does like to slide up a little while I ride. A little tightening of the buckle will do you good.
Old    Bevan (stxr_racer)      Join Date: Jun 2006       02-16-2012, 3:17 AM Reply   
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Im 6'1 also. Bevan how is the o'shea?
My favorite so far. Super comfortable, light and best of all CGA approved...floats me REAL good!! Fits small though so you will need to size up. Am a large A10 and 2XL O'Shea.
Old    Tampa Wake (tampawake)      Join Date: Mar 2008       02-16-2012, 7:29 AM Reply   
I am in a xxl in the A10 at 6'1" 190lbs
Old     (Ttime41)      Join Date: Nov 2011       02-16-2012, 8:07 AM Reply   
Bevan, the O'shea does have a front zipper but is not CGA
Old    Bob (Reez)      Join Date: Mar 2010       02-16-2012, 8:19 AM Reply   
Hows the checkmate fit? i am about 6 ft 194
Old    Bevan (stxr_racer)      Join Date: Jun 2006       02-16-2012, 7:10 PM Reply   
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Originally Posted by Ttime41 View Post
Bevan, the O'shea does have a front zipper but is not CGA
My bad!
Old    Brett Mock (bmock50)      Join Date: Feb 2011       02-16-2012, 8:01 PM Reply   
I have a checkmate and love it! Its very very comfortable and moves really well. It floats me pretty well too.

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