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Old    Dbdan (dbdan)      Join Date: Jun 2009       04-16-2010, 7:10 PM Reply   
I saw this on Foilforums and thought I'd throw it on here, looks like some great deals on Helium vests and handles.

http://www.stearnsflotation.com/Mens...Vests-C34.aspx

I'm not affiliated in any way, just passing on a good deal...
Old    Derek (camassanger)      Join Date: Oct 2009       04-16-2010, 8:00 PM Reply   
Thanks, just bought one for my wife :-)
Old    Ray M (wakeborder5)      Join Date: Jun 2002       04-16-2010, 8:49 PM Reply   
Awesome, I've been thinking about getting a CGA vest for cable. 2 Questions:

1. I'm looking at the Division CGA or SWAT CGA...How do they compare? From my search the SWAT is highly suggested but haven't read anything about the Division.

2. Sizing: How do these run, I have a medium Oneil Gooru that fits pretty well, but the helium appears to have slightly smaller sizing dimension. I'm 6'0, 165 and 32-33 waist, not sure my chest.
Old    Ed (elc)      Join Date: Jan 2008       04-16-2010, 8:51 PM Reply   
thanks... picked one up.
Old    Dbdan (dbdan)      Join Date: Jun 2009       04-16-2010, 8:58 PM Reply   
I've personally never used one, but for the prices they're selling them for, I thought what the hell...

The Cascade Wake Vest looks to be the only one with sizing info.
Sm 32-35
Med 36-38
Lg 38-40
XL 40-44

So I'm assuming they'll all be the same.
Old    Ben Wilcox (benjaminp)      Join Date: Nov 2008       04-17-2010, 6:38 AM Reply   
Ray, I'm 6'1", 155 lbs, and have a 31" waist, and I wear a medium SWAT. It fits me well, but I wouldnt want to be any bigger when I wear it, as it starts to feel tight if I wear a wetsuit under it. If you are a relatively lean guy you might be ok with a medium, but if you have a bit of a chest on ya, probably go with a large.
Old    Reid (ryoder)      Join Date: Feb 2009       04-17-2010, 9:03 AM Reply   
thanks just picked up 2!
Old    Bawshogg (bawshogg)      Join Date: Dec 2005       04-17-2010, 1:25 PM Reply   
Great deals. just got three for the price of 1 regularly.
Old    Tallredrider (talltigeguy)      Join Date: Sep 2003       04-18-2010, 5:38 PM Reply   
I got one for me and 2 for my daughters. It has always been painful that I have a compartment full of black life vests and it makes it hard to find mine. Not anymore with the bright green Voodoo I just ordered. Thanks for the great deal!
Old    CONSIGLIEREG8R (consigliereg8r)      Join Date: Aug 2009       04-18-2010, 7:20 PM Reply   
I bought three--smokin deals
Old    Rich (dohboy)      Join Date: Aug 2007       04-18-2010, 7:26 PM Reply   
Picked up two
Old    Hayes (hayes)      Join Date: Aug 2007       04-18-2010, 7:37 PM Reply   
Got a handle and vest!
Old    David (David126)      Join Date: Mar 2010       04-18-2010, 7:46 PM Reply   
can anyone tell me whats so good about the side entry vests? Im iffy about getting one
Old    Robert A (cocheese)      Join Date: Jul 2004       04-19-2010, 6:18 AM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by David126 View Post
can anyone tell me whats so good about the side entry vests? Im iffy about getting one
For me it is as simple as the zipper not being under you chin. I have both and zipper in the front aggravates the s@#t out of me. Just my personal preference.
Old    A-dub (behindtheboat)      Join Date: Aug 2006       04-19-2010, 6:23 AM Reply   
to me, it smooths out the front, and gets the buckles on the side. Also allows to position the foam in more comfortable and larger spacing areas
Old    BELEZA (beleza)      Join Date: Mar 2010       04-19-2010, 7:09 AM Reply   
Just picked up the silver cascade
Old     (ShutItDown)      Join Date: Apr 2010       04-19-2010, 7:24 AM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by beleza View Post
Just picked up the silver cascade
I ordered that one last night in a medium. Hopefully we didn't get the same size and last one!
Old    D C (dirwoody)      Join Date: Apr 2003       04-19-2010, 7:44 AM Reply   
Just ordered 11!
4 for our boat, 7 for the rest of my crew and their boats, and a neo top!
Smokin deals
Old    CORY MITCHELL (stang_killa_ss)      Join Date: Jan 2010       04-19-2010, 8:48 AM Reply   
sweet just ordered me a new CGA! thanks! (Van Helium Medium)
Old    K Money (blowhole)      Join Date: Nov 2009       04-19-2010, 9:02 AM Reply   
thanks for the link ordered 2. trying a CGA paisley. only bad thing about this site is they charge tax and dont have free shipping over $100 or i woulda ordered more
Old    Hate2party (slipknot)      Join Date: Aug 2001       04-19-2010, 10:17 AM Reply   
just picked up next years christmas gifts for the kiddos thanks for sharing that!
Old    Pete (petrey10)      Join Date: Apr 2010       04-19-2010, 10:54 AM Reply   
man i was goign to wait a day or two but you guys are buying the crap out of them!!!!!!!!
Old    Charles S (Chuch)      Join Date: Mar 2010       04-19-2010, 11:14 AM Reply   
no doubt. Grabbed three including a mom's day present for the wife!
Old    Shawn (helinut)      Join Date: Apr 2007       04-19-2010, 11:42 AM Reply   
Well damn. Ya'll guilted me in to it. Had to pick up 2 new ones. Got a Paisley and a Van Helium coming. Hope they fit.
Old    Ronnie Johnson (slidin_out)      Join Date: Apr 2010       04-19-2010, 11:58 AM Reply   
picked up the Risky Business one to match my bright yellow SANTE I just bought, passed this on to other friends as well, great deals on vests and other stuff too
Old    MCC (craig_xti_88)      Join Date: Apr 2009       04-19-2010, 12:07 PM Reply   
Picked up a jacket and a handle...good deals!!
Old    MCC (craig_xti_88)      Join Date: Apr 2009       04-19-2010, 12:41 PM Reply   
The only problem I saw with these is you can't return them if they don't fit!!!! O'well I hope it fits!!
Old     (DJ)      Join Date: Apr 2010       04-19-2010, 1:30 PM Reply   
What size vest should I order? I am 6'0" and 215lbs athletic type build and a pretty good looking face (napoleon dynamite). I have an el cheapo neoprene vest right now that is an XL but it is a little loose. Should I go with an XL or L? Thanks for the help
Old    A-dub (behindtheboat)      Join Date: Aug 2006       04-19-2010, 1:33 PM Reply   
I'm 5'7" 165 and am in between a med and large. Have a large, just bought a med since they were so cheap to see the difference. These are longer than some others, so with your height you should be okay.
I am referring to the Paisley CGA.

I would say XL
Old    A.J. West (you_da_man)      Join Date: Sep 2009       04-19-2010, 2:09 PM Reply   
Dang it, they are out of stock on the large Helium Chrome vest. Oh well, got a couple closeouts on ladies vests.
Old     (wtrgrl)      Join Date: Mar 2009       04-19-2010, 2:52 PM Reply   
Is the sizing info given for a life vest the waist or chest measurement
Old    A.J. West (you_da_man)      Join Date: Sep 2009       04-19-2010, 4:05 PM Reply   
Chest
Old    Tommy G (tommyg)      Join Date: Apr 2002       04-19-2010, 4:23 PM Reply   
DBDan, thanks for the hook-up. Ordered one for me, one for the wife, and one for my daughter. My son will be disappointed, but he's already got so many, I couldn't think of buying him another, even at these prices.

Also, side entry is nice, just a bit more comfortable than having the zipper right in front.
Old    Dbdan (dbdan)      Join Date: Jun 2009       04-19-2010, 8:41 PM Reply   
My pleasure! Now I only wish I was affiliated and getting a kickback...damn!

I bought two for me, one for my wife and one for each kid, plus a rope and some dock lines. What else are tax returns for?

The good thing is there are so many people buying vests on here, that if you bought one that doesn't fit, there's a good chance you can trade with someone else for the right size!
Old    Rob Flaherty (mc_x15)      Join Date: Jul 2008       04-20-2010, 6:23 AM Reply   
where are the size charts?? And anyone have experience with the Van Helium Wake Vest. Looking to pick one up.
Old     (wtrgrl)      Join Date: Mar 2009       04-20-2010, 6:25 AM Reply   
There are no size charts on there website. I just typed it in to google to find a size chart for the vest i wanted
Old    K Money (blowhole)      Join Date: Nov 2009       04-20-2010, 6:42 AM Reply   
dang didnt see the dock lines coulda picked up a few of those
Old    Jim (wisc4fun)      Join Date: Apr 2010       04-20-2010, 6:59 AM Reply   
Does the type of vest make a difference
Old    Jim (wisc4fun)      Join Date: Apr 2010       04-20-2010, 7:30 AM Reply   
Just found out the division series(van Helium) the sizes are xs32-34,s34-36,m36-40,L40-44,XL44-48,XXL48-52.
Old    Shawn (helinut)      Join Date: Apr 2007       04-20-2010, 7:42 AM Reply   
Damn. Now I need to change the size. This should be fun. Looks like it's coming from Coleman.
Old    Shawn (helinut)      Join Date: Apr 2007       04-20-2010, 7:47 AM Reply   
Dang it. They already started processing it in shipping. Guess I need to put all that weight back on to fit in to the van Helium I have coming. Wish they had posted the sizes directly on the site.

Actually now that I think about it, if it doesn't fit I'm sure I could sell it to one of the many people that I ride with. Ahh... now I feel better.
Old    Ronnie Johnson (slidin_out)      Join Date: Apr 2010       04-21-2010, 1:29 PM Reply   
have any of you actually received shipping confirmations yet? i have tried to call them three times to get an update and was left sitting on the phone for 30 minutes each time and have not talked to a person there yet. i ordered mine Monday and have already been charged for it. just wondering if they were going to ship them soon. would not have bought one if i had to wait a couple of weeks for it. i need mine for the weekend.
Old    jkw (lakesurfer)      Join Date: Jul 2009       04-21-2010, 1:38 PM Reply   
^^^^ I received a shipping confirm
Old    MCC (craig_xti_88)      Join Date: Apr 2009       04-21-2010, 1:40 PM Reply   
Ronnie-They sent me an email with all the conformation info in it the same day. Evidentally mine is on its way. I also emailed the customer service center and they sent me an email back within the day. I'll agree...the phone situation sucks!
Old    Charles S (Chuch)      Join Date: Mar 2010       04-21-2010, 1:40 PM Reply   
Man, dont start this. You got me scared. I got an order confirmation, clicked the link, registered and its telling me my email address doesnt have any orders attached to it. I'll have to check and see if they charged me already. Hopefully we all don't end up screwed on this deal.
Old    Ronnie Johnson (slidin_out)      Join Date: Apr 2010       04-21-2010, 1:43 PM Reply   
i got a confirmation and on their site it just simply says payment received, no shipping confirmation, no email reply from them, not chit!!!!
Old    MCC (craig_xti_88)      Join Date: Apr 2009       04-21-2010, 1:46 PM Reply   
Charles-Did you do the "Quick Check-Out" without registering? I did so and nothing showed up when i tried to log in. However, about an hour after I ordered they sent me a separate conformation email. As of this morning it had tracking numbers on it.
Old    Dbdan (dbdan)      Join Date: Jun 2009       04-21-2010, 2:01 PM Reply   
I got order confirmations on all three orders I placed. (I originally bought two for me. Then I found the womens and kids vest so placed another order. Then after reading on here the sizes weren't the same for the different style vests, I ordered one more in the correct size...) They all have a link where you can check the status of your order. So far about half of the things I've ordered have been shipped. If they were shipped via UPS, they even have a tracking number.

I also found another forum where people were buying these vest like crazy and a bunch of people had received them already. So I don't think there will be an issue with getting the vests, it's just going to be a toss up whether they're the right size or not...I

'm guessing there's going to be a lot of Helium vests on different Craigslist sites all over the country...
Old    Dbdan (dbdan)      Join Date: Jun 2009       04-21-2010, 2:02 PM Reply   
Oh, and I believe Craig is right, if you ordered using without setting up an account the first time, orders won't show up after the fact.
Old    Ronnie Johnson (slidin_out)      Join Date: Apr 2010       04-21-2010, 2:05 PM Reply   
mine simply says "In Process" right now, just get kind of worried when I buy something and it doesn't ship that day or the next
Old    Ray M (wakeborder5)      Join Date: Jun 2002       04-21-2010, 2:09 PM Reply   
Yeah, I called to try and add a few of those docking lines to my order but after 15 minutes or so of waiting, the lady informed the status of "in distribution" meant that it was in line to be filed, but too late to be changed or cancelled or something of that nature. You get what you pay for haha
Old    Ronnie Johnson (slidin_out)      Join Date: Apr 2010       04-21-2010, 2:21 PM Reply   
i'm cool with it as long as it will likely come in next week, when i can't reach anyone for help it perturbs the chit out of me, hopefully it will ship tomorrow then, on a side note and not to detract from the subject at hand but buywake.com is awesome, called and left a message and they called back within 5 minutes, took care of an RMA, shipped out a larger size vest the same day for me so i could have it by the weekend, first class place, just saying, now i hope i get my pimpin' yellow preppy vest by next week sometime from Stearn's
Old    Pete (petrey10)      Join Date: Apr 2010       04-21-2010, 2:26 PM Reply   
just bought 4!!! great vests for about 40 bucks TYD
Old    CQ (quick)      Join Date: Jul 2008       04-21-2010, 3:05 PM Reply   
I ordered mine last Monday (L paisley SWAT CGA) and got it this Monday. Fits perfect!!! I am in AZ. Not sure how long they will take to get out to everyone, but hopefully this takes some of the fear out of their lack of communication.
Old    Shawn (helinut)      Join Date: Apr 2007       04-21-2010, 3:41 PM Reply   
I ordered two vests at the same time. One shipped the next day, the other is still sitting there waiting to ship after 3 days. No biggie, just hope it ships soon. I'm worried about the sizes though. I think the XL's I bought will be too big. Should be able to unload them though and buy the right size pretty easily.
Old    K Money (blowhole)      Join Date: Nov 2009       04-21-2010, 3:54 PM Reply   
buywake is way more expensive bro. i like this site!
Old    Ronnie Johnson (slidin_out)      Join Date: Apr 2010       04-21-2010, 6:51 PM Reply   
wasn't commenting on price just saying i had a great experience ordering from them, believe this stearn's place will be fine too once they get it shipped, glad folks are receiving their vests, makes me feel all warm and fuzzy
Old    K Money (blowhole)      Join Date: Nov 2009       04-22-2010, 8:32 AM Reply   
i just ordered 3 more vests and some dock lines.... so im up to 5 vests now and spent much more than i shoulda oh whell
Old    Adam R (wakecumberland)      Join Date: Oct 2007       04-22-2010, 10:58 AM Reply   
Van Helium (L) and two dock lines will be here tomorrow! I will let you know how they fit.
Old    Charles S (Chuch)      Join Date: Mar 2010       04-22-2010, 11:05 AM Reply   
I still get into my account through the links on the confirmation email that they sent me and it says "No orders under this account." Its a bit puzzling, but I am not too worried about it. Where is this stuff shipping from guys? (State)
Old    Tampa Wake (tampawake)      Join Date: Mar 2008       04-22-2010, 11:26 AM Reply   
is the paisley wake vest the exact same as the celtic just with a different pattern??? If so I am buying now
Old    Ray M (wakeborder5)      Join Date: Jun 2002       04-22-2010, 12:21 PM Reply   
I believe they are both SWAT series so they should be the same thing
Old    Charles S (Chuch)      Join Date: Mar 2010       04-22-2010, 12:33 PM Reply   
Thats exactly what I was looking at man. They sure are damn close....and thats a HUGE price difference. LOL
Old    Shawn (helinut)      Join Date: Apr 2007       04-22-2010, 12:37 PM Reply   
Mine showed shipping from Minnesota. That was one of the vests. I called on the other and it sounds like it's coming out of a different warehouse, 4 days after the first one shipped.
Old    Tampa Wake (tampawake)      Join Date: Mar 2008       04-22-2010, 1:38 PM Reply   
From what i have been able to find it is. Now just trying to decide I am a 39 inch chest so right between large and XL damn it.
Old    CORY MITCHELL (stang_killa_ss)      Join Date: Jan 2010       04-22-2010, 2:04 PM Reply   
i ordered a van helium medium. it came in today. nice and thin and contoures great. but fits much too loose in the chest. i have a 37" chest. online it said med. was for 36-38. when i got the vest today its printed on there as 36-40. chest area is very loose. im pretty bummed. maybe i can suck down the ab straps and keep it from riding up. but that will make deep breathing more difficult while riding.
im coming from a front zip/buckle Slippery vest. medium as well.
Old    Hate N Pain (hatepain)      Join Date: Aug 2006       04-22-2010, 2:11 PM Reply   
Just do a bunch of push ups and pull ups to fill it out ; )
Old    Hayes (hayes)      Join Date: Aug 2007       04-22-2010, 2:37 PM Reply   
Just got my Helium Division Diamond Tuck. I must say; I am impressed. I got a large and it fits perfectly (it says 38-40" inch chest, I have a ~42" chest.). Also, it is super thin and comfy!
Old    Jason Murray (jasonmurray12)      Join Date: Oct 2009       04-22-2010, 2:58 PM Reply   
How thin are some of these jackets? I hate Bulky jackets! Good motion and everything? Never had a helium jacket.
Old    MCC (craig_xti_88)      Join Date: Apr 2009       04-22-2010, 3:24 PM Reply   
I got the Van Helium in today...not impressed at all! Fits terribly and doesn't conform to the body. Maybe its me but it seems extremely bulky.
I guess $30 isn't to bad for an extra boat jacket. Ordered a handle as well...hopefully it turns out a little better.

Cory- I have the exact same problem
Old    CONSIGLIEREG8R (consigliereg8r)      Join Date: Aug 2009       04-22-2010, 7:17 PM Reply   
soon to get here I hope
Old    Ronnie Johnson (slidin_out)      Join Date: Apr 2010       04-23-2010, 5:37 AM Reply   
mine shipped yesterday via usps
Old    Adam R (wakecumberland)      Join Date: Oct 2007       04-23-2010, 8:12 AM Reply   
got my ropes but no jacket yet. Was hoping to get to use it this weekend. Oh well...
Old    Jman (jmanolinsky)      Join Date: Dec 2005       04-23-2010, 8:26 AM Reply   
Wow, I hope someone has something good to say about the Van Helium or Voodoo vests. I ordered some for me and my son and had my sister order some for her family as well. Any good news guys?
Old    Rob Flaherty (mc_x15)      Join Date: Jul 2008       04-23-2010, 8:40 AM Reply   
So the Van Helium MEDIUM is printed 36-40 chest. goddam, i wonder what the XL will be? figure 40-44 for L and 44-48 XL. Can anyone confirm this? I have a 44 inch chest. I ordered an XL. Prob need a L. Anyone wanna trade if mine is too large?
Old    Rob Flaherty (mc_x15)      Join Date: Jul 2008       04-23-2010, 8:42 AM Reply   
Quote:
Originally Posted by wisc4fun View Post
Just found out the division series(van Helium) the sizes are xs32-34,s34-36,m36-40,L40-44,XL44-48,XXL48-52.
Should have looked more closely at the thread. Few posts up plain as day. *****
Old    Mike (luke22885)      Join Date: Jul 2006       04-23-2010, 8:47 AM Reply   
Just got my Voodoo vest yesterday. It fits perfect and even though its a CGA vest its not very bulky. I love it so far cant wait to try it out
Old    Jman (jmanolinsky)      Join Date: Dec 2005       04-23-2010, 9:14 AM Reply   
Great to hear Mike! What size chest do you have and what size did you get? I ordered the large Van Helium and I have a 42-43 chest so I'm hoping it fits right. Anyone get the youth vests? I ordered the Voodoo Youth for my son. I hope it matches his new LF Nemesis wakeboard.
Old    ScottRobinson            04-23-2010, 11:02 AM Reply   
Got a Medium Josh Sanders and its too small. Anyone want to trade for a Large? its 36-38" chest...I didn't measure and guessed...it fits just really snug and don't want to use it prior to seeing if someone will trade...hit me up
Old    Chris (jaxfoiler)      Join Date: Sep 2008       04-23-2010, 11:07 AM Reply   
I ordered one that says coast guard approved and 44-46 chest "large"....Those A&* H*&#* They sent it..Its not cg approved and its a 36'' chest! What a waste of $45, Now I am on the phone with them and have been on hold for over 10 min now just trying to get a person to pick up the phone!!

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