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    Suggestions for larger lifevest

    I'm 5'7" and approx 245lbs. Looking for a life vest to wear for when I wanna go fast or run the river. Who makes something decent looking that will fit. I assume im in the 3x-4x range. I tried on a few zip up 2x locally and they did not fit.
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    Ive heard good things about the lifeline jackets. Dunno about sizes though???

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    Take a look at a stearns 4185 SAR vest in a 3X.Good all around vest can be had for under $100.

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    Some Security Race Products vests are made with zip in side panels to get the size adjusted just right. On the spendy side tho. If you get a Lifeline or SRP they take various measurements to get a good fit. I have 2 Lifelines which I like and next I will try an SRP.
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    The lifelines are a little outside my budget at the moment though very nice. You really cannot put a price on your life but I would need to save a little for that.

    I will take a look at the stearns for sure.

    What say you on something like this?
    http://www.waterskiworld.com/life_ve...life-vest.html
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    Im a lil bigger than you and have had the cheep jacket in the past and got a neoprene jacket like that one in the link and overwhelming like it much better. It wont chafe your neck and it gos on better. But iv seen that almost anything over 1X seems to only get larger in the belly area and not as much in the chest and sholder area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadkill636 View Post
    Im a lil bigger than you and have had the cheep jacket in the past and got a neoprene jacket like that one in the link and overwhelming like it much better. It wont chafe your neck and it gos on better. But iv seen that almost anything over 1X seems to only get larger in the belly area and not as much in the chest and sholder area.
    I need more belly area myself lol.
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    Wow Does this thread make me feel better!!!!! LOL Gary
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    I got one of these in a large for Christmas. Not as good as a Lifeline but it's what I can afford right now. To give you an idea on sizing I'm about the same height as you and a little under 200lbs and the large fits me well.

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    My comments on the ski vest and other vests for men shaped like a keg, or a beanpole for that matter.
    The lack of leg straps can play a fairly big roll in the unfortunate chance you actually use the vest. There is a strong tendency for the vest to ride up around one's arms be you a bean pole or a keg.
    It maybe a personal choice about neck support and other features but if you are going to buy and wear a vest for use in performance boating, It should be a vest designed for such use.
    Many of us may not be able to buy a Lifeline but luckily the Stearns and Mustang SAR and Some of there top fishing vests offer pretty damn good protection in the $80 to 120 price range.
    Unfortunately the vest you buy really needs to be a single purpose vest, it is a safety device. Much the same as needing to buy a proper helmet and Han's device for driving a race car, they are single purpose device that we may wear many times and hopefully never have the misfortune to actually use.
    And I also am days away from packing for the Romp and have not ordered a new vest either.
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    http://www.waterskiworld.com/life_ve...life-vest.html

    Excellent vest (if you fall off the dock)


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    You'll pay $600.00 for a prop, but won't spend $600.00 to save your neck if and when it's needed! Somebody help me here!
    why ask me ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by stokernick View Post
    You'll pay $600.00 for a prop, but won't spend $600.00 to save your neck if and when it's needed! Somebody help me here!
    I never said I wouldn't spend it but I did say its outside my budget "for now". Yes I did buy a $500 prop. Also is a $600 jacket really necessary??? I'm not a racer and honestly will probably rarely ever go above 50mph. Most time will be spent cruising 30-40mph to a spot and hanging out fishing and relaxing. But for now something is better than nothing. I will probably go with one of the mustang jackets for now as posted above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildman78 View Post
    I never said I wouldn't spend it but I did say its outside my budget "for now". Yes I did buy a $500 prop. Also is a $600 jacket really necessary??? I'm not a racer and honestly will probably rarely ever go above 50mph. Most time will be spent cruising 30-40mph to a spot and hanging out fishing and relaxing. But for now something is better than nothing. I will probably go with one of the mustang jackets for now as posted above.
    if you've ever wiped out waterskiing at 40 MPH you know how hard the water is when you're twisting, rocking, and rolling! sounds like the Mustang jacket will serve your needs. I just don't want anyone to get hurt!
    why ask me ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by stokernick View Post

    if you've ever wiped out waterskiing at 40 MPH you know how hard the water is when you're twisting, rocking, and rolling! sounds like the Mustang jacket will serve your needs. I just don't want anyone to get hurt!
    It's all good. Its understandable and I do appreciate it. For the amount of times I may go above 50 (a handful) I think the mustang will do the job.
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