SKINFOX vests: flexible protection for water sports
Anyone who is traveling 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 keeps you afloat, provides warmth or prevents injuries in the event of an impact. As a swimming aid for children, the vests also give the little ones a hold and ensure undisturbed fun during their first water sports experience. The Skinfox water sports vest as flexible protective equipment can be put on and taken off easily and should not be missing on any excursion on the water. An inflatable vest is particularly space-saving and can also be stored in the smallest pocket or on the narrowest board. Below you will find out what to look for when buying a life jacket. We also introduce you to the different models of the 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, in many countries it is mandatory to wear a life jacket. Protective vests are provided for every passenger. If you take 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 when you go overboard and fall into the water, turn you face up when you are unconscious and facilitate recovery by first aiders. Impact protection vests also protect your spine and prevent injuries. In order for a water sports protective vest to do this, it must meet certain criteria. Comfort and fit In addition to a high level of comfort so that you can optimally carry out your movements during sport, the vest should also fit perfectly and be adapted to your body type. Use the manufacturer's size chart to find the right protective vest. Also pay attention to adjustable straps so that the vest can be worn over thicker clothes and adjusted on colder days. Some vests also have a crotch strap that prevents the vest from slipping up in the water. Fast, uncomplicated putting on and taking off and easy operability are mandatory. Buoyancy Buoyancy and protective vests are particularly important for water sports. Depending on the 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. For normal body weight and a stay on waters with strong waves, vests with 150 N buoyancy are recommended. 100 N and 50 N vests should only be worn on calm inland waters. Signal effect So that a rescue can be carried out 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 also with water skiing, special impact protection vests protect you in the event of an impact on the water or an obstacle. Such vests have additional protectors and blow foam inserts that protect the chest and spine from injury. In the case of an impact protection vest for water skis and the like, the impact protection is in the foreground. These vests usually have only a slight buoyancy and do not have a sufficient rescue function in rough water or when the child is fainting 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 test institute monitors the production and ensures compliance with national and European standards. A good safety vest should also have customization options. These can be attached to the vest in the form of straps or cords. For example, many vests have several sewn-on waist belts that can be closed with plastic buckles and can be adjusted to different widths. The wider the straps, the more secure the vest sits. If you choose the inflatable version of the safety vest, you should pay attention to the time it takes for the vest to be fully inflated. The faster this happens, the faster your head is above water again. The crucial point is the pressure of the integrated CO2 cartridge. Depending on the vest, the times vary between one and twenty seconds. The distance between the surface of the water and the mouth is another criterion for water sports life jackets, which can be important if you are often out on the ocean. If help is not in sight and it takes hours for a lifeboat to reach you, the vest should ensure that your mouth is kept at least 12 to 14 cm above the water surface. In the 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 child's life jacket is a rescue aid at the same time. When swimming in the water, many children's swimming aids do not offer sufficient safety. 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 provide a comfortable fit. A good fit and adjustment options are important. The crotch strap should not be omitted to prevent the vest from slipping up in the water. If the vest is to be worn mainly in warm temperatures on the beach or pool, choose a material that has little insulation so that the children do not overheat under the vest. Automatic vests that activate themselves when in contact with water are a good solution for staying on a boat. They do not disturb the children in their movements and they offer sufficient security in an emergency. Such vests also have enough buoyancy (100 N or more) to offer protection even when you faint in the water. With a child's vest, be sure to pay attention to the manufacturers' height and body weight recommendations. Clearly visible colors are also required for children's life jackets so that they can be quickly rescued in an emergency. Many vests also have a salvage loop that you can use to grab and pull the child out of the water.
The Skinfox water sports vests: nylon vest, neoprene vest or inflatable vest
At Skinfox you will find, in addition to the nylon vest (universal vest for water sports), inflatable versions, neoprene vests and impact protection vests. All vests have enough adjustment options to ensure a tight fit on the body. Thanks to large and comfortable arm openings, they still offer you enough leeway to carry out your movements unhindered. 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 staying on the water. It is made of high quality nylon and has three belly and two leg straps. You can find them in striking colors such as organs-white, red-white or blue-white. Reflective seams and reflective strips on the shoulders ensure good visibility at dusk or at night. It is available in sizes from S to 3XL. The selection is based on your height and weight. With the Skinfox size chart, 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 worn comfortably when boating, kayaking or standup paddling. The vest in the smallest size S can also serve as a swimming aid for children. The vests comply with 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 bag (18 cm x 8 cm x 6 cm) on your belt. So it does not interfere with your movements and you can even carry it with you while swimming without loss. In an emergency, it can be activated with one hand using a drawstring. The integrated CO2 cartridge inflates the vest in less than a second, keeps you afloat and ensures that you float face up in the water. The vest meets the CE norm and has enough 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 small change.
The Skinfox impact protection vest: the neoprene vest with additional function
The neoprene vest by Skinfox is suitable for everyone who is on the go with wakeboard & jet ski. It can also be used as an impact protection vest for water skiing enthusiasts. The neoprene material keeps the upper body warm during long stays in the water. Wide arm openings ensure a comfortable fit. The vest has additional padding, which can absorb a slight impact and protect against injuries. You can buy the Skinfox impact protection vest in sizes from S to XXL. You choose the right size based on your chest size. You can find them in black-gray or black-blue. The vest can be closed with a zipper on the chest. Two additional waist belts ensure the correct adjustment and the perfect fit. You can find further equipment for water sports at https://skinfox.com/de/. In addition to equipment for boating and kayaking as well as for standup paddling or surfing, Skinfox supplies high-quality water sports clothing in a sporty design.