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h2oskifreak
02-16-2013, 06:51 PM
Wife got me a GC to waterskis.com for VD and it's time for a new vest. I ski the course into 32/35 off at 34 mph. My current vest is 10 years old and wearing thin. I see a HO "Point" Comp Vest for $99.00 and it is made of some 4 way stretch they tout to be form fitting. Here is my question; My current vest retains water (weight) and drains as I am in set up and for who know how many balls? Am I correct there are vests that do not retain water? Doesn't seem to be discussed much in the description of the product. Oneil has an "Outlaw" and "Tourque" for a little more $, again no mention if the retain water. I have broken ribs before skiing so I wonder if I am better off with a vest that buckles and is a little thicker than the "comp" vest? I don't compete, but I do get down. Any input for me on the drainage issue , or the models I have mentioned? Thanks, h20

east tx skier
02-16-2013, 09:58 PM
Most of the impact vests do not retain water. Check out the Eagle One. I have one and love it. Eagle vests are fantastic.

saltybalty
02-17-2013, 12:52 AM
Vests also start to retain more water when they get older, which is probably what you are experiencing.

ProStar Slalom
02-17-2013, 09:19 AM
Straight Line used to make a great vest; can only find them used these days. For new I'd second Eagle, or also look at Camaro, which are more popular overseas but gaining some traction here as well.

mramerman@gmail.com
02-17-2013, 12:43 PM
I often say my O'Neil outlaw vest is one of the best ski items I have purchased. Great flotation, comfortable and easy out of the hole. I highly recommend

Holtrodj
02-17-2013, 02:07 PM
I'm another vote for Eagle. I love mine.

Holtrodj
02-17-2013, 02:13 PM
I'm another vote for Eagle. I love mine.

h2oskifreak
02-17-2013, 03:47 PM
Don't see Eagle on waterskis.com, where my GC is from. Did a quick search before I jumped on a garage project and didn't find a good source. Looked quickly at Overtons as well, what am I missing, is Eagle manufactured by a maker I need to get to and Eagle One is in the line? I know, I look stupid.

h2oskifreak
02-17-2013, 07:04 PM
Found Eagle Sports. The Eagle 1 does look nice.

corey
02-17-2013, 10:51 PM
Right now I am running a 1080 vest, one of their 3 series to be exact. I does not hold any water, super light however next to zero buoyancy. Overall the comfort is awesome, flexibility is awesome, but still no buoyancy. So basically safety factor is low, comfort is high. Price is crazy cheap.

My all time favorite vest is the Oniell Outlaw. Similar comfort to my 1080 but with a touch more float. My last one lasted 10 years (actually I sold it so it wasn't really worn out). This will be my next vest. I like my 1080 but it's no outlaw.

T-bone
02-18-2013, 09:45 AM
Take a look at the O'Neill Checkmate comp vest. Not Coast Guard Approved, but it is without a doubt the most comfortable vest I've ever used. It sheds water.

http://www.oneill.com/#/men/europe/collection/men/wetsuits/wake_waterski/comp_vests/checkmate_comp_vest_1/brite_blue/

AZDave
02-18-2013, 10:05 AM
The Straightline NCGA vest retains zero water and you hardly know it's on...until you fall on your ribs. I still use it, but am only a 32 mph 15 off skier.

h2oskifreak
03-20-2013, 11:13 PM
I bought the Oneil Outlaw Comp vest and it was delivered today. Like the style but the fit concerns me. The vest seems small. I am 6'1" and 172lbs and I have had a large vest prior. The new Outlaw seems not only tight in the chest but short in the waist. I like a vest on the "tight side" and sinch the chest straps tight when I ski. Will the vest "relax", or should I order xl? Review (only one) said they run true to size and my chest size is 42. Large is supposed to be 40-44.

east tx skier
03-20-2013, 11:42 PM
It ought to loosen up in the water. The Eagle vests are the same way.

19_Skier
03-21-2013, 10:51 AM
I bought the Oneil Outlaw Comp vest and it was delivered today. Like the style but the fit concerns me. The vest seems small. I am 6'1" and 172lbs and I have had a large vest prior. The new Outlaw seems not only tight in the chest but short in the waist. I like a vest on the "tight side" and sinch the chest straps tight when I ski. Will the vest "relax", or should I order xl? Review (only one) said they run true to size and my chest size is 42. Large is supposed to be 40-44.

it will relax once you get it wet and after a few wears, I have a medium that was similarly tight to begin now it fits just nice!

east tx skier
03-21-2013, 11:01 AM
it will relax once you get it wet and after a few wears, I have a medium that was similarly tight to begin now it fits just nice!

Eagles are sized a bit smaller than other vests I have owned. I have an XL and it is very tight on land, and a bit less so in the water. I have ordered an XXL until I lose this winter weight.

XL is up to a 44" chest. I'm somewhere in between a 44" and 46" chest.

19_Skier
03-21-2013, 02:21 PM
Eagles are sized a bit smaller than other vests I have owned. I have an XL and it is very tight on land, and a bit less so in the water. I have ordered an XXL until I lose this winter weight.

XL is up to a 44" chest. I'm somewhere in between a 44" and 46" chest.

yeah, I had to order an XL in the heater top from eagle because of how small their stuff fits! I'm not an overly big guy so when I asked the salesman about their sizing he said most of what they do is custom because of the smaller sizes.

MC209
03-21-2013, 02:27 PM
How is the flotation on a eagle?

corey
03-21-2013, 02:34 PM
I wouldn't size up the Outlaw vest, give it a couple of skis and it will fit like a glove. If you upsize it will still break in and you'll really have to torque on the straps but the vest will still end up a little loose.

I know what you mean about the length, it is shorter than some of the other vests out on the market but it never gave me an issue on the water (or in the air). I had an older Wet Tech comp vest that was longer but I always ended up liking the outlaw better.

Ironhorse
03-21-2013, 03:42 PM
I have been looking at the Eagle Ghost Rider. With them fitting small, would you recommend I still order the same size as my other vests?

east tx skier
03-21-2013, 04:55 PM
I have been looking at the Eagle Ghost Rider. With them fitting small, would you recommend I still order the same size as my other vests?

I would suggest you measure your chest and waist and go with their sizing chart on their website. Do not go with sizing from other brands of vest. When I wore a L in an O'Neill, I was an XL in Eagle.

Ironhorse
03-21-2013, 06:13 PM
Thanks east tx!

east tx skier
03-21-2013, 11:46 PM
No problem.

h2oskifreak
03-21-2013, 11:57 PM
I got in the attic and checked my former vest, also O'neil. It is indeed large as I thought. The cut is very similar but a good 1 1/2 inches shorter. I'm in the same position as Eastie, a few lost winter pounds will do me good. I think I'll keep it and wear a rash guard to hide my "muffin top".