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Learn More About Personal Floatation Devices and Life Vests
Types of Life Vests
Tips and Expert Advice
Types of Life Vests
Stay safe on the water with U.S. Coast Guard-approved life vests and personal floatation devices designed for men, women and youth. Choose life vests and floatation devices that are safety-compliant for field and stream water activities, skiing, boating, tubing and more.
Look for life vests constructed for absolute utility on the water with pockets for stowing away small items and quick-release buckles for easy entry and exit. Choose from multiple hues, including subtle tones that let you blend into nature, or bold, vibrant colors. Select from jackets constructed of nylon and neoprene fabrications.
Expect unbeatable quality in your life jacket from top brands MTI®, O'Neill®, O'Brien®, Extrasport® and more. Most life jackets are engineered for individuals of a certain weight range, so consult our sizing information to find a PFD recommended for your size.
Think about the water environment where you plan to adventure. No matter what your pastime has in store, ensure that you choose a life jacket that delivers a snug, secure fit without interfering with movement.
Anglers can opt for field and stream life jackets designed for casting or spending long days near the water. Look for these jackets in nature-inspired hues with extra pockets and compartments for stashing tackle.
Make waves in jackets designed for wakeboarding, water tubing or hanging out beachside. Look for double buckles to adjust fit and a full zipper that allows for easy on and off. Hinged vests and devices with flex points along the front and back provide maximum mobility for comfortable wear.
For children, look for youth-sized life vests that are appropriate for a child's age range, including infant life jackets for little ones weighing up to 30 pounds. Bright vests ensure young swimmers are visible in any water condition.
Consider whether you will be in placid water or fast-moving currents to find a device that delivers the appropriate level of safety. Pull on a life vest that is constructed as a foam device, inflatable device or hybrid.
Foam is considered the most reliable construction for a personal floatation device, according to the Coast Guard.
Inflatable life vests are the most compact and intended for swimmers and paddleboarders.
Hybrid life vests are designed for both swimmers and non-swimmers.