General Purpose Life Jackets, Vests & PFDs

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Evolution Deluxe 4-Belt Nylon Ski Vest - Red/Black
Designed and manufactured specifically for the active water sports enthusiast. Full body long waisted design. Individually sized for a true fit. Four …
List price: $43.99
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Deluxe 4-Belt Nylon Family Vest
Adult vest is dual-sized, designed and manufactured for the water sports enthusiast who is looking for style, comfort and dependability at an …
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Super Soft® U.s. Coast Guard Approved Vests
U.S. Coast Guard Approved Type III Vest.Soft, durable, comfortable, easy-to-clean, vinyl-coated Ensolite vests for the entire family. It features …
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Mustang universal 0-52" Life Jacket/Vest; red, Type III - Mustang Survival
Universal Fit Adult PFD A one-size-fits-all solution for adult boaters of all shapes and sizes. Features 3-adjustment belts and open sides for a …
List price: $30.74
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$26.13
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Swim Belt
Great for times when you want some buoyancy without wearing a vest. Excellent as a swim assist or to wear while doing water aerobics. This is NOT a …
List price: $39.99
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$28.00
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DELUXE 4-BELT NYLON FAMILY VEST
Adult vest is dual-sized, designed and manufactured for the water sports enthusiast who is looking for style, comfort and dependability at an …
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$18.07
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DELUXE 4-BELT NYLON FAMILY VEST
Adult vest is dual-sized, designed and manufactured for the water sports enthusiast who is looking for style, comfort and dependability at an …
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DELUXE 4-BELT NYLON FAMILY VEST
Adult vest is dual-sized, designed and manufactured for the water sports enthusiast who is looking for style, comfort and dependability at an …
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$21.32
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DELUXE 4-BELT NYLON SKI VEST
Designed and manufactured specifically for the active water sports enthusiast. Full body long waisted design. Individually sized for a true fit. Four …
List price: $44.99
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$34.81
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DELUXE 4-BELT NYLON SKI VEST
Designed and manufactured specifically for the active water sports enthusiast. Full body long waisted design. Individually sized for a true fit. Four …
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Life Vest Handles, Pair
Comfortable grip handles for tandem PWC riding. Easily attaches to PFD with vertical straps. Large swivel hooks keep handles in position. Contoured …
List price: $14.99
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$12.32
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Type Iii Adult General Purpose Vests (Stearns)
Made of durable 200 Denier nylon on the outside and Crosstech™ flotation foam on the inside, this life vest is essential in keeping you …
List price: $30.79
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$25.15
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Mystic Nylon Vests (Body Glove Vests)
Anatomically cut, pre-bent design with oversized arm holes for increased mobility. Heavy duty zip front for easy entry. Strategically placed …
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$36.80
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General Purpose Family Vest Red
Specifically designed for the general boating family who is looking for comfort, style and safety in an affordable vest. Infant & child vest features …
List price: $17.99
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$14.39
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General Purpose Family Vest Yellow Navy
Specifically designed for the general boating family who is looking for comfort, style and safety in an affordable vest. Infant & child vest features …
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$14.39
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Deluxe 4-Belt Nylon Family Vest Green/Blue
Adult vest is dual-sized, designed and manufactured for the water sports enthusiast who is looking for style, comfort and dependability at an …
List price: $23.99
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$18.84
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Deluxe 4-Belt Nylon Family Vest
Are you looking for a fashionable way to stay safe while out boating with your family? Adult vest is dual-sized, designed and manufactured for the …
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Full Throttle Rapid Dry PFD - Adult S/M - Red/Black
Rapid-Dry Vest Features: Dual-sized for a more universal fit 4-way stretch Soft Feel Smooth Span inner for comfort and drainage Three adjustable …
List price: $59.99
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$48.75
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Full Throttle Rapid Dry PFD - Adult S/M - Purple/Grey
Rapid-Dry Vest Features: Dual-sized for a more universal fit 4-way stretch Soft Feel Smooth Span inner for comfort and drainage Three adjustable …
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$48.75
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Full Throttle Rapid Dry PFD - Adult L/XL - Purple/Grey
Rapid-Dry Vest Features: Dual-sized for a more universal fit 4-way stretch Soft Feel Smooth Span inner for comfort and drainage Three adjustable …
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$48.75
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Full Throttle Rapid Dry PFD - Adult L/XL - Red/Black
Rapid-Dry Vest Features: Dual-sized for a more universal fit 4-way stretch Soft Feel Smooth Span inner for comfort and drainage Three adjustable …
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$48.75
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Full Throttle Rapid Dry PFD - Adult 2XL/4XL - Red/Black
Rapid-Dry Vest Features: Dual-sized for a more universal fit 4-way stretch Soft Feel Smooth Span inner for comfort and drainage Three adjustable …
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Full Throttle Rapid Dry PFD - Youth 50-90lbs - Pink/Blue
Rapid-Dry Vest Features: 4-way stretch Soft Feel Lightweight Rapid-Dry material that dries quickly and provides increased stretchability Bright …
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$37.65
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Full Throttle Character Life Vest - Youth 50-90lbs - Orange
Character Life Vest - Youth 50-90lbs - Orange Type III Features: Adjustable belts and chest strap to keep vest from riding up Bright colorful …
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Full Throttle Hinged Water Sports Vest - Youth - Red/Black
Hinged Water Sports Vest Segmented foam allows for greater flexibility and range of motion Features Segmented hinge points for superior flexibility …
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Full Throttle Rapid Dry PFD - Youth 50-90lbs - Red/Black
Rapid-Dry Vest Features: 4-way stretch Soft Feel Lightweight Rapid-Dry material that dries quickly and provides increased stretchability Bright …
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Full Throttle Hinged Rapid-Dry Flex-Back Life Vest - Youth 50-90lbs - Purple
Hinged Rapid-Dry Flex-Back Life Vest - Youth 50-90lbs - Purple Type III Features: Soft, comfortable flotation foam Stretchable Flex-Back insert Five …
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Full Throttle Character Life Vest - Youth 50-90lbs - Pink
Character Life Vest - Youth 50-90lbs - Pink Type III Features: Adjustable belts and chest strap to keep vest from riding up Bright colorful graphics …
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$21.25
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Full Throttle Hinged Rapid-Dry Flex-Back Life Vest - Youth 50-90lbs - Blue
Hinged Rapid-Dry Flex-Back Life Vest - Youth 50-90lbs - Blue Type III Features: Soft, comfortable flotation foam Stretchable Flex-Back insert Five …
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$38.25
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Evolution General Purpose Family Vest - Yellow/Navy
Specifically designed for the general boating family who is looking for comfort, style and safety in an affordable vest. 200 denier nylon oxford …
List price: $17.99
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$8.59
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Evolution General Purpose Family Vest - Red/Black
Specifically designed for the general boating family who is looking for comfort, style and safety in an affordable vest. 200 denier nylon oxford …
List price: $17.99
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$8.59
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Deluxe 4-Belt Nylon Family Vest
Adult vest is dual-sized, designed and manufactured for the water sports enthusiast who is looking for style, comfort and dependability at an …
List price: $22.99
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$11.30
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Boating Know How
Wearing a Life Vest

Wearing Your Life Jacket

Although some boaters might find life jackets inconvenient, they are one of the most necessary items to have on any vessel. Life jackets have proven extremely useful in ... read more life-threatening/emergency situations, and give overall support and reassurance to boaters, whether they are in the boat or the water.

There are several different types of life jackets ranging in materials, sizes, colors, and many other features. Some are better suited for fishing and hunting from your boat, while others are better for personal water crafts or ski boats. Make sure that there are plenty of life jackets for the maximum number of passengers that will regularly be boarding. Here are some important things you should remember about the life jackets you invest in:

  • Most life jackets are designed to keep you above water in a position that will allow you breathe properly.
  • Along with life jackets, there should be at least one throwable flotation device designed to throw out (buoys, life savers, etc.).
  • Children must ALWAYS be wearing life jackets while on board. Wearing a life vest is a requirement by all 50 states.
  • For safety reasons, do not attempt to use adult-sized life jackets on children.
  • The U.S. Coast Guard urges boaters to test their life vests at least once a year to test buoyancy and durability. Any defects in the life jacket should result in the disposal of the life jacket.
  • Some life jackets can help people survive in harsh water environments.
Life jackets are the most effective in the following scenarios:
  • Shipwrecks
  • Sinking in rough sea conditions
  • When thrown from a vessel
  • When tossed into freezing water
  • For those who are not strong swimmers

Life jackets will save a life. Investing in life jackets can only help to prevent harm or accident. We recommend posting a question on the iboats.com Forum page to receive additional opinions on which types of life jackets to purchase depending on individual specifications.

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Maintaining Your Life Vest

Life Jackets, Vests, & Inflatable PFDs can last for years when the right type of care in cleaning and storage is taken. ... read more

Girl with Life Jacket On

To make the most of your purchase, follow these steps:

Cleaning & Drying

  1. When washing, use a sponge and mild detergent (if necessary).
  2. Do NOT use solvent based cleaners.
  3. Let drip-dry in ventilated area. Do not attempt to speed up the drying process by using any type of heat source
  4. Drying in non-direct sunlight will help prevent fading.

Storage

  1. Make sure the life jacket is completely dry before putting in storage; any moisture has a good chance of leading to mold or mildew.
  2. Keep in a DRY place. If storing in your boat, make sure your boat is moisture free
  3. Again, keep it out of direct sunlight to prevent fading.

Safety Check for Inflatable PFDs

  1. If your life jacket is the Automatic Inflatable style, you'll want to remove the CO2 Cartridge.
  2. Check the cartridge for damage and make sure it hasn't previously activated without your awareness -CO2 cartridges can only be used once . If there is any damage or if the cartridge has been activated, replace at once.
  3. Clean all areas using a mild detergent, including the manual inflation valve & CO2 cartridge detonation mechanism. Make sure to check for damage along the way.
With the proper cleaning and storage, your PFDs will stay fresh and look new for many years and best of all, when you pass a vest to a friend to wear, it won't smell like an old gym sock, especially in inside your boat.

Thanks to Wayne at Kent Watersports and the Personal Floatation Device Manufacturers Association for help with this article.

Photo by mikebaird

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wearing a life jacket

USCG - Never is a Long Time - Lifevests (Video)

Learn the importance of wearing a life jacket, "Never is a long time." Presented by Boating Magazine. ... read more



Video Transcript

[Dad] Okay girls let’s go. Shailee, Shailee you forgot to put on your life vest.

[Shailee] Come on dad you know I hate that thing. I’m never wearing it again.

[Dad] Oh Jayla, did you put the drain plug in?

[Jayla] Uhh, oops.

[Narrator] Never is a long time. Coast Guard regulations require that many boats have level rotations should they be fully flooded. In fact Shailee did not know. Another fact Shailee did not understand was the increased risk boaters faced when failing to wear a life jacket.

Roughly half of all boating accident fatalities are victims of drowning and 84% of those did not wear a life jacket.

[Shailee] Cool we can tuck our tunes in right here.

[Narrator] With today’s comfortable designs there is no good reason to avoid that precaution.
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About General Purpose Life Jackets
Our General Purpose Life Jacket category is dedicated to the standard types of life jackets most recreateional boaters use. Most of the life vests in this category are type III, a mix of comfort and safety. This is a good place to find a cheap life jacket for sale.