View Full Version : Buoyant Wetsuits???

03-03-2008, 12:00 PM
I need help finding a buoyant wetsuit that has short sleeves and cutoff at the knee. Anyone have any good recommendations?

03-03-2008, 12:12 PM
All wetsuits are going to be buoyant. What are you looking to use it for?

03-03-2008, 12:29 PM
I do a lot of waterskiing, and wakeboarding. Maybe i didnt use the right verbage I looking for a wetsuit that you dont need a ski vest or life jacket to ski or wakeboard.

03-03-2008, 12:32 PM
Sounds like your looking for a barefoot suit. They have additional padding in the suit, short sleeves and short legs. We have a couple styles from Barefoot International and from Vortex.

03-03-2008, 12:33 PM
Well then you will probably want to look at a suit that is a 'barefoot' suit with all of the padding. They will not be coast guard approved though so if you are on public water this may not be a good idea. I would much prefer to buy a nice unrestrictive shorty and wear my normal ski vest though.

03-03-2008, 12:34 PM
Where do you ride? Do you have to wear a USCG vest? I don't think you will have much luck if you need a USGC vest.

03-03-2008, 12:42 PM
I ride in northern WI where a vest is required. Thanks for the info!

03-03-2008, 01:27 PM
You gotta bust back into MN. No USCG vest law, you just have to have one in the boat. Note I am not condoning this, just stating thats the law.

I ride with an Oniell Outlaw vest and then I have a full and a shorty suit so that I'm ready for any water temps.

I don't know of any USCG suits, though I'm sure someone makes one.

No Skeez
03-03-2008, 01:56 PM
I ride in northern WI where a vest is required. Thanks for the info!

We have the same law in Wisconsin as does Minnesota. Under STATE law, skiers are not even required to wear a vest, but there must be a USCG approved vest in the boat for all passengers as well as the skier, and the skier is counted towards the overall boat capacity as well. I ski with an old school Nevin S.W.A.T. non USCG vest and I love the added mobility!

Note that this is a STATE law, and your local ordinances may be different...

If you are on a jet ski, a USCG vest is required, just an FYI. But as a MC enthusiast Im sure you are not a jet skier... :D

If you have any other questions, feel free to give me a call.


Hope this helps!

Redline Watersports

03-03-2008, 04:54 PM
Thanks for all the info!

03-03-2008, 05:05 PM
Same deal in IL I think. Not required for the skier. I always wear one, except when barefooting. I want to float if I am knocked unconscious!