SKINFOX vests: flexible protection for water sports
Anyone who is out and about on rivers, lakes or seas needs the right protection. Life jackets and protective vests from Skinfox are available in many versions. No matter what water sport you do, a life jacket will keep you afloat, provide warmth or protect you from injuries in the event of an impact. As a swimming aid for children, the vests also give the little ones support and ensure untroubled fun during the first water sports experience. The Skinfox water sports vest as flexible protective equipment can be easily put on and taken off and should not be missing on any trip on the water. An inflatable vest is particularly space-saving and can also be found in the smallest bag or on the narrowest board. In the following, you will find out what to look for when buying a life jacket. We will also introduce you to the different models of Skinfox vests so that you can quickly find the right protective vest for your sport.
Life jackets - optimal combination of fit, buoyancy and signal effect
If you are on board a ship or boat, it is mandatory in many countries to wear a life jacket. Protective vests are provided for each passenger. If you go on a trip alone on the water in your free time, it is your own responsibility to equip yourself accordingly. Protective vests for water sports keep you afloat if you go overboard and fall into the water, turn face up if you are unconscious and make it easier for first aiders to rescue you. Impact protection vests also protect your spine and prevent injuries. In order for a water sports protective vest to be able to do this, it must meet certain criteria. Wearing comfort and fit In addition to being very comfortable to wear, so that you can perform your movements optimally during sports, the vest should also fit perfectly and be adapted to your physique. Use the manufacturer's size chart to find the right protective vest. Pay attention to the adjustable straps so that the vest can be worn and adjusted over thick clothing even on colder days. Some vests also have a crotch strap that prevents the vest from sliding up in the water. Fast, uncomplicated donning and doffing and ease of use are mandatory. Buoyancy Buoyancy is particularly important in life jackets and protective vests for water sports. Depending on the body of water in which the vest is used and the body weight of the wearer, four different classes are distinguished. The buoyancy is given in Newtons (N). Vests with a buoyancy of over 200 Newtons are suitable for rough waters with extreme weather conditions and for heavy people. Vests with 150 N buoyancy are recommended for people of normal body weight and staying in waters with strong waves. 100 N- and 50 N-West should only be carried on calm inland waters. Signal effect So that a rescue can take place quickly, it helps if the protective vest has applications that increase visibility. Many vests contain signal colors such as neon orange or neon yellow. Sewn-on reflective strips make it easier to find at dusk or in the dark. A sewn-on whistle allows you to send additional acoustic signals. Impact protection If you are active with wakeboarding & jet skiing, or even water skiing, special impact protection vests protect you in the event of an impact on water or an obstacle. Such vests have additional protectors and whipped foam inserts that protect the chest and spine from injuries. In the case of an impact protection vest for water skis and the like, impact protection is in the foreground. These vests usually only have a slight buoyancy and do not have a sufficient rescue function in rough waters or if you faint in the water.
Water sports life jackets: what to look for when buying
If you buy a vest for water sports, you should make sure that it complies with the EU standard and has a corresponding label. The European conformity mark (CE) means that an independent testing institute monitors the production and ensures compliance with national and European standards. A good safety vest should also have adjustment options. These can be attached to the vest in the form of straps or cords. Many vests, for example, have several waist straps sewn on, which can be closed with plastic buckles and adjusted to different widths. The wider the straps, the more secure the vest fits. If you decide on the inflatable version of the safety vest, you should pay attention in the description to the time it takes for the vest to be fully inflated. The faster this happens, the faster your head will be above water again. The decisive point is the pressure of the integrated CO2 cartridge. The times vary between one and twenty seconds depending on the vest. The distance between the surface of the water and the mouth is another criterion of water sports life jackets, which can be important if you are often out and about on offshore areas. If help is out of sight and it takes hours for a lifeboat to get to you, the vest should ensure that your mouth is held at least 12 to 14 cm above the surface of the water. In the case of west for inland waterways, the freeboard height is often significantly lower.
Water sports vests for children
Water sports vests for children increase safety in the water and when swimming. However, not every children's life jacket is also a rescue aid at the same time. If you lose consciousness in the water, many children's swimming aids are not sufficiently safe. Children should therefore always be kept in mind, even if they are wearing a vest. Water sports vests for children should lie softly on the skin and be comfortable to wear. A good fit and adjustment options are important. The crotch strap should not be omitted to prevent the vest from sliding up in the water. If the vest is to be worn mainly in warm temperatures on the beach or pool, a material should be selected that has little insulating effect so that the children do not overheat under the vest. Automatic vests that activate themselves upon contact with water are a good solution for while on a boat. They do not disturb the children in their movements and in an emergency they offer sufficient security. Such vests also have enough buoyancy (100 N or more) to offer protection even if you faint in the water. When choosing a children's vest, be sure to follow the manufacturer's size and body weight recommendations. Clearly visible colors are also desired for children's life jackets so that they can be rescued quickly in an emergency. Many vests also have a recovery loop with which you can grab the child and pull them out of the water.
The Skinfox water sports vests: nylon vest, neoprene vest or inflatable vest
At Skinfox you will find the nylon vest (universal vest for water sports), inflatable variants, neoprene vests and impact protection vests. All vests have sufficient adjustment options to ensure a firm fit on the body. Thanks to their large and comfortable arm openings, they still offer you enough leeway to carry out your movements unhindered during sports. In order to optimize comfort, the volume and weight of the vests are kept low. The high-quality workmanship makes the vests robust and durable.
The nylon life jackets from Skinfox
As a universal vest for water sports and the like, the nylon vest from Skinfox offers everything you would expect from a protective vest for being on the water. It is made of high quality nylon and has three waist and two leg straps. You can find them in flashy colors like organs-white, red-white, or blue-white. Reflective seams and reflective strips on the shoulders ensure good visibility during twilight or at night. It is available in sizes from S to 3XL. The selection is based on your height and weight. With the size chart from Skinfox you can quickly find the vest with the right buoyancy. The vest is cut wide on the arms and offers you enough freedom of movement for all your water sports activities. Due to its light weight, it can be comfortably carried when boating, kayaking or stand-up paddling. The vest in the smallest size S can also serve as a swimming aid for children. The vests meet the CE standard for rescue and swimming aids and are supplied with a signal whistle.
The inflatable vest: the Skinfox Rescuer
The Skinfox Rescuer is a space-saving lifesaver for everyone who moves in deeper waters. You carry it in a small pocket (18 cm x 8 cm x 6 cm) on your belt. So it doesn't interfere with your movements and you can even carry it with you while swimming without any loss. In an emergency, it can be activated with one hand using a drawstring. Thanks to the integrated CO2 cartridge, the vest inflates in less than a second, keeps you afloat and makes you float face up in the water. The vest meets the CE standard and has sufficient buoyancy for adults with normal body weight. The color of the vest is a clearly visible yellow. The Rescuer is available in one size for adults. The black bag has enough space for a replacement cartridge and personal items such as keys or change.
The Skinfox impact protection vest: the neoprene vest with an additional function
The neoprene vest from Skinfox is suitable for everyone who is out and about with wakeboarding and jet skis. It can also be used as an impact protection vest for water ski enthusiasts. The neoprene material keeps the upper body warm during longer stays in the water. Wide arm openings ensure a comfortable fit. The vest has additional padding, which means it can absorb a light impact and protect against injuries. You can buy the Skinfox impact protection vest in sizes from S to XXL. You determine the right size based on your chest circumference. You can find them in black and gray or black and blue. The vest can be closed with a zipper on the chest. Two additional waist straps ensure the right adjustment and the perfect fit. You can find more equipment for water sports at https://skinfox.com/de/. In addition to equipment for boating and kayaking, as well as stand-up paddling or surfing, Skinfox supplies high-quality water sports clothing in a sporty design.