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LakePirate
05-09-2005, 06:27 PM
Here is the situation

My brother is a big fella, (54 inch chest)

What I am looking for is a birthday gift (way late)

Tried to look at some of these side entry vests that have a lot less padding than that of the traditional neoprene, the XL/XXL is not going to really fit (46-48) inch chest but the side entry looks like a bouns.

Does anyone on here have that larger build and a comfortable vest suggestion?

Or just a comfortable Vest Suggestion.

BTW..Don't care if it is USCG Approved I don't see him skiing behind one of those king crab boats in the bearing sea.

east tx skier
05-11-2005, 12:41 PM
I've been using the HO Phantom vest for two seasons. Very comfortable. Not USCG approved. The last place I saw them was Trinity Board Shop. They don't make them anymore.

Cary K.
05-11-2005, 01:22 PM
The Straightline Ultra vest is a good one. Had mine for 5-6 yrs and it shows no signs of wear. They come pretty large too.

VTJC
05-11-2005, 02:48 PM
I have always had good luck with Bart's Men's Neo Life Jacket $69. Looks like they make a XXXl(52-56). They have a two year warranty and are USCG approved! http://www.bartswatersports.com/catalog.asp?P=9430&C=102&product=Men%27s+Neo+Life+Jacket&category=Mens+Life+Jackets&

LakePirate
05-11-2005, 03:18 PM
We have tried the large neo vest from Overtons and it wasn't all that great. With the foam being that large it has a tendancy to wad up.

sizzler
05-11-2005, 04:29 PM
could always try the "sumo tube" :purplaugh

LakePirate
05-11-2005, 05:53 PM
That thing is sweet......or not

east tx skier
05-11-2005, 07:48 PM
This one is most similar to the old phantom vest I have.

http://trinityboardshop.com/ProShop/product_details.cfm?item_id=904