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Old     (snowman89)      Join Date: Mar 2007       10-12-2008, 6:50 PM Reply   
I don't have any experience wearing comp vest and I've been wanting to get one but I'm not sure if any would be floaty enough for my standards. I just want it to be able to float me at the surface if my lungs were expelled of air, not having to float me face up or anything like that.

Oh and I'm sure body build is an important factor, I'm about 155 lbs, and would wear an adult medium size.
Old     (homedawg678)      Join Date: Jan 2007       10-12-2008, 6:57 PM Reply   
Jetpilot A-10 is okay.
Old     (perfski)      Join Date: Sep 2004       10-12-2008, 7:27 PM Reply   
A tried and true vest that seems to always remain popular just for the reasons state is the Oneill Outlaw Vest. It seems to fit the bill for alot of customers...especially with your build....but know that there is never a guarantee on keeping you floating....but get one..try it out...jump in a pool, off the diving board...see how it works.
Just my 2 cents.

Bill @ Performance
Old     (srh00z)      Join Date: Jun 2003       10-12-2008, 7:55 PM Reply   
The Jet Pilot Baller is a floaty comp vest.
Old     (azwakekid)      Join Date: Apr 2005       10-12-2008, 7:59 PM Reply   
i agree with the ballers vest. it works great for me
Old     (ponder86)      Join Date: Mar 2008       10-12-2008, 7:59 PM Reply   
Any of Helium's new Balance Series vest have 12 out of the 15 lbs of flotation, they're the closest to being CGA of comp. vests
Old    dperizzolo            10-12-2008, 8:16 PM Reply   
xcel mack vest is pretty buoyant
Old     (tsteeb)      Join Date: Aug 2006       10-12-2008, 8:26 PM Reply   
make sure you blow all the air out of your lungs then see if it floats you still. you will be surprised by how much you sink.
Old     (iamnathanhudson)      Join Date: Dec 2002       10-13-2008, 4:35 AM Reply   
Jet Pilot Falcon Floats me really well.
Old     (troylaw)      Join Date: Mar 2008       10-13-2008, 7:20 AM Reply   
Old     (verruckt32)      Join Date: Apr 2006       10-15-2008, 10:48 AM Reply   
I have an O'Neil Vapor Comp and it floats me pretty well... and it's nice and comfy!
Old     (denverd1)      Join Date: May 2004       10-15-2008, 11:11 AM Reply   

Old     (snowman89)      Join Date: Mar 2007       10-15-2008, 11:45 AM Reply   
Is the baller the same as the og comp? And for those of you who said the baller does it float you well enough to keep you at the surface with no air in your lungs?
Old     (brianmiller)      Join Date: Aug 2003       10-15-2008, 12:20 PM Reply   
I use the jetpilot A10. It has side slots that are open and I added more foam from a cheep orange vest. That made just enough difference for me. (have to give credit to UncleJessie for the idea)
Old     (scooby212)      Join Date: Oct 2008       10-16-2008, 2:30 PM Reply   
I used the O'Neill Vapor Comp vest for a while and it is an awesome vest, but they discontinued it for '08 and came out with the Checkmate..comfy but not as bouyant..I went with a Cascade Helium and luv it..
my $.02
Old     (brettw)      Join Date: Jul 2007       11-06-2008, 9:46 AM Reply   
I'm looking to put a new vest on my X-mas list and didn't want to start a new thread. My boat is black and red, so matching colors would be nice but not necessary. However I happened to come across and heard good reviews about the Oneil Revenge. Any comments on that or others? I ride in CA and want a USCG approved vest.
Old     (jarrod)      Join Date: May 2003       11-06-2008, 9:48 AM Reply   
CWB Faction vest.....very similar to the Oneill Outlaw
Old            11-06-2008, 10:37 AM Reply   
I have been real happy with the Liquid Force Henshaw. It totally keeps you floating unlike most of the other vest listed above. It is not CG Approved, but definitely more float than most non CGA vests.
Not sure if they make it anymore, as I don't see it on their site. Mine was from 08' I believe... Maybe 07'.
Old     (soonerwake85)      Join Date: Jun 2007       11-06-2008, 10:55 AM Reply   
I second the Oneill Vapor, its a great comfy vest that floats better than any other comp vest ive tried. Since it was discontinued you could probably find one cheap online.
Old     (onthewatermo)      Join Date: Jan 2008       11-06-2008, 11:06 AM Reply   
Third the Oneill Vapor and I tested it head-2-head (result top of pool vs. bottom of pool) with the A-10...I don't hit rails, but I've heard the Vapor is takes a beating as well whilst keeping your innards protected.
Old     (ndh2o)      Join Date: Oct 2001       11-06-2008, 11:12 AM Reply   
Brett, check your PM's.
Old     (silvermustang35)      Join Date: Jul 2008       11-06-2008, 11:21 AM Reply   
I just bought a Liquid Force Impact vest for 30....Hopefully it will float me decently...anybody ever used the Impact vest?
Old     (brettw)      Join Date: Jul 2007       11-06-2008, 12:49 PM Reply   
Too bad I'm not Xl or XXL, cuz they have the o'neill vapor on ebay for $33.95 in those sizes.

I didn't get a PM, Cary - at least not in an email. I don't know how to check a 'PM box' on this board if that's even possible.
Old     (joshugan)      Join Date: Apr 2005       11-06-2008, 7:24 PM Reply   
A-10 does not have enough flotation for a hamster. Don't waste your money on it.

A rider died wearing one after being knocked out.
Old     (silvermustang35)      Join Date: Jul 2008       11-07-2008, 6:56 AM Reply   
Bump for the LF Impact question?
Anybody used one of them?
Didnt mean to Hijack...just in the same situation as Darren
Old     (alanp)      Join Date: Apr 2001       11-07-2008, 7:23 AM Reply   
the outlaw is a great vest
Old     (lovin_the_wake)      Join Date: Jul 2007       11-07-2008, 7:39 AM Reply   
My jetpilot core is a cga vest and it's as thin as my comp vest and floats hella good and it's CGA
Old     (dyost)      Join Date: Jan 2007       11-07-2008, 8:12 AM Reply   
Second Diggs on the LF Henshaw Comp. Way better than most comp vests I've tried. I picked up an 07 for $29 from


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