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Medalist Life Jackets

Offering performance features at an affordable price, this PFD's kinetic internal neoprene system provides dynamic tension for a comfortable fit in motion. It offers a snug fit that won't ride up, or sacrifice maneuverability or breathing. Short cut, soft PVC foam, slim neoprene-padded shoulders and a wide cut around the arms make it the ideal life jacket for paddlers and day sailors.

  • USCG Type: III
  • Intended Use: Paddling, dinghy sailing
  • Features: Stretch cargo pocket, adjustable, neoprene-lined shoulders with reflective detail, short cut for full mobility
  • Buoyancy: 16lbs.
  • Flotation Materials: PE Foam (rear panel), PVC Foam (front panel)
  • Shell Fabric: 420 denier nylon
  • Straps: Four side, two shoulder
  • Closure: Center YKK zipper
  • Warranty: Three years
Product Models
Description WM Model # MFG Part # Availability Price Quantity  
Medalist Life Jacket, M-L (36"-44") 9397019 WM409-MAN-M/L
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$69.99

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Medalist Life Jacket, XL-XXL (44"-54") 9397027 WM409-MAN-XL2X
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$69.99

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Medalist Life Jacket, XS-S (30"-36") 9397001 WM409-MAN-XS/S
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$69.99

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Medalist Life Jacket, Youth, 50-90lb. 9396995 WM409-MAN-Y
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$69.99

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Offering performance features at an affordable price, this PFD's kinetic internal neoprene system provides dynamic tension for a comfortable fit in motion. It offers a snug fit that won't ride up, or sacrifice maneuverability or breathing. Short cut, soft PVC foam, slim neoprene-padded shoulders and a wide cut around the arms make it the ideal life jacket for paddlers and day sailors.

  • USCG Type: III
  • Intended Use: Paddling, dinghy sailing
  • Features: Stretch cargo pocket, adjustable, neoprene-lined shoulders with reflective detail, short cut for full mobility
  • Buoyancy: 16lbs.
  • Flotation Materials: PE Foam (rear panel), PVC Foam (front panel)
  • Shell Fabric: 420 denier nylon
  • Straps: Four side, two shoulder
  • Closure: Center YKK zipper
  • Warranty: Three years

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West MarineMedalist Life Jackets
 
4.5

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Adjustable (25)
  • Comfortable (25)
  • Durable (14)
  • Lightweight (14)
  • Good ventilation (11)

Cons

  • Rides up in water (4)

Best Uses

  • Boating / sailing (15)
  • Paddling (15)
  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (5)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      95% 

      (21 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (11), Intermediate (9), Beginner (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent for Dinghy Sailing

This vest allows excellent freedom of movement on small sailing dinghys, such as the Laser. The lack of bulky shoulder obstructions enables you to duck under the boom and avoid entangling rigging. You...Read complete review

This vest allows excellent freedom of movement on small sailing dinghys, such as the Laser. The lack of bulky shoulder obstructions enables you to duck under the boom and avoid entangling rigging. You can move around quickly and effortlessly in this jacket.

Very comfortable padded shoulder straps and thankfully the right color (bright yellow) for visibility in the water, where you eventually wind up sooner or later if you sail dinghies or cats.

It has a high quality zipper front with belt clip at the bottom for extra security, and two small zippered vest pockets. It includes a safety whistle.

Could benefit from elastic bands on the straps to capture excess strap material once the vest is properly adjusted.

Very Important - this is not a self-righting PFD. So I do not recommend it for small children or single-handed sailing, where someone might not come to your aid quickly. Great for double-handed sailing and single-handed competition, where help is usually close at hand.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

The vest I received was Not what I ordered.....

What I got was no at all like vest pictured..Mango ORANGE not yellow pockets were sub standard Big Add for WEST MARINE ACROSS Front..on line and store said I should expect it...Read complete review

What I got was no at all like vest pictured..Mango ORANGE not yellow pockets were sub standard Big Add for WEST MARINE ACROSS Front..on line and store said I should expect it to look different..MY LAST PURCHASE on /WM online

Reviewed by 27 customers

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4.0

Excellent value; comfortable with good range of movement

By Jen

from Erie, PA

About Me Intermediate

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Comfortable
  • Good Ventilation
  • Lightweight
  • Mobility

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Boating
    • Day sailing
    • Dinghy sailing

    Comments about Medalist Life Jackets:

    I purchased this item so I'd have a comfortable pdf for dinghy sailing and large boat sailing. The mobility and range of motion was important. Several pockets to store keys and phone were important as well to keep them close in the event of a capsize on a small sailboat. I also am wearing it for crewing on foredeck of a larger sailboat for racing. So far it seems comfortable, not restricting my movements and easy to adjust. I'm a 5'3" 118 pound female and the XS is just right, even when I had a light foul weather jacket on with it.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Product arrived promptly and as expected.

    • Chest Size:
    • Feels true to size
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Great product!

    By Paddleboard girl

    from Salt Lake City

    About Me Beginner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Paddling
      • Wakeboarding

      Comments about Medalist Life Jackets:

      Paddleboarding

      • Chest Size:
      • Feels true to size
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Comfortable and worked well.

      By Big Spender

      from Minnesota

      About Me Intermediate

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Good Ventilation
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Medalist Life Jackets:

          Works great.

          • Chest Size:
          • Feels true to size
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Merchandise arrived as promised, and complete.

          By J P

          from Tulare, CA

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Medalist Life Jackets:

          When needed, have not used it yet

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          excellent pfd

          By Michael

          from CA

          About Me Intermediate

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Comfortable
          • Durable
          • Good Ventilation
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Boating
            • Paddling

            Comments about Medalist Life Jackets:

            My son sails on Opti and uses this a lot. Said this is his best PFD so far.

            • Chest Size:
            • Feels true to size
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Very nice vest with high floatation and arm freedom.

            By Heck

            from Lake Worth Florida

            About Me Intermediate

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable
            • Comfortable
            • Good Ventilation
            • Waterproof

            Cons

            • Rides Up in Water

            Best Uses

            • Boating

            Comments about Medalist Life Jackets:

            happy with it

            • Chest Size:
            • Feels true to size
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Love my new PFD. Fits great.

            By Surfsail

            from Massachusetts

            About Me Advanced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable
            • Comfortable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Boating
              • Paddling

              Comments about Medalist Life Jackets:

              Great PFD . Fits well & works for Sailing team, kayaking & SUPing

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              I would recommend this product. It fits well.

              By Dacre

              from Lottsburg va

              About Me Advanced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adjustable
              • Comfortable
              • Durable
              • Good Ventilation
              • Waterproof

              Cons

              • Rides Up in Water

              Best Uses

              • Boating
              • Paddling

              Comments about Medalist Life Jackets:

              I think this life vest is one of the best life vests in the world

              • Chest Size:
              • Feels true to size
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Sailing School

              By Skipper

              from St Joseph, MI

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adjustable
              • Comfortable
              • Durable
              • Good Ventilation
              • Lightweight
              • Waterproof

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Boating

                Comments about Medalist Life Jackets:

                Use this model in our sailing school from youth to XL adult.

                Service and delivery comments:

                Quick delivery

                • Chest Size:
                • Feels true to size
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Great fit with straps, nice pockets for sailing knife.

                By Coll

                from MI

                About Me Intermediate

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adjustable
                • Comfortable
                • Durable
                • Good Ventilation

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Boating

                  Comments about Medalist Life Jackets:

                  Love the adjustable straps. We use not only for dingy sailing, but kayaking, and open water sailing.

                  • Chest Size:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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