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Medalist Life Vests

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 Vest, M-L (36"-44") 9397019 WM409-MAN-M/L
In stock online.

$69.99

Medalist Life Vest, XL-XXL (44"-54") 9397027 WM409-MAN-XL2X
In stock online.

$69.99

Medalist Life Vest, XS-S (30"-36") 9397001 WM409-MAN-XS/S
In stock online.

$69.99

Medalist Life Vest, Youth, 50-90lb. 9396995 WM409-MAN-Y
In stock online.

$69.99

Product Description

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

Specs

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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West MarineMedalist Life Vests
 
4.5

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Adjustable (16)
  • Comfortable (16)
  • Lightweight (10)
  • Durable (9)
  • Good ventilation (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Paddling (11)
  • Boating / sailing (8)
  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (5)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      93% 

      (13 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (9), Intermediate (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)

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

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Kids Life Vest

By ExtravaGANSa

from Winter Harbor, ME

About Me Advanced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Comfortable
  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Boating

    Comments about Medalist Life Vests:

    My oldest daughter has used this PFD for two summers of 6 housr a day sailing camp and it has held up very well, we liked it so much we just ordered another for our youngest daughter.

    • Chest Size:
    • Feels true to size

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Comfortable vest

    By Charlie

    from Eastern NC

    About Me Beginner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Canoeing
      • Paddling

      Comments about Medalist Life Vests:

      Nice vest. Doesn't interfere with paddling or sitting in the kayak seat.

      • Chest Size:
      • Feels true to size
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Great LifeJacket but may be a little short for taller person

      By Pete

      from Green Lake

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Comfortable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Rides Up in Water

      Best Uses

      • Paddling

      Comments about Medalist Life Vests:

      All good in terms of adjustable, lightweight, and lots of pockets. But may be a little short for a 6"2" trunk

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great product.

      By Blgreen

      from Florida

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Rides Up in Water

      Best Uses

      • Boating
      • Canoeing
      • Paddling
      • Personal Watercraft
      • Wakeboarding
      • Waterskiing

      Comments about Medalist Life Vests:

      Great vest for kids 5-9 that are able to swim.

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

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

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

      By GARY

      from Oceanside CA

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Hard to Adjust
        • Not Durable
        • Restricts Movement

        Best Uses

        • Paddling

        Comments about Medalist Life Vests:

        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

        • Chest Size:
        • Feels too small
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Works great for paddleboarding

        By Jesse

        from San lui obispo, ca

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Paddling

          Comments about Medalist Life Vests:

          I really like the feel and comfort of this product. The pockets are great as well

          • Chest Size:
          • Feels true to size

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          These are great!

          By red, white, and blew

          from oxford, md

          About Me Intermediate

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Comfortable
          • Durable
          • Good Ventilation
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Boating
            • Paddling

            Comments about Medalist Life Vests:

            Our kids used these for sailing this summer. They are great!

            • Chest Size:
            • Feels true to size

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent for sailboat racing

            By CT sailor

            from Norwalk, CT

            About Me Advanced

            Pros

            • Adjustable
            • Comfortable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Dinghy Keelboat Racing

              Comments about Medalist Life Vests:

              Comfortable, easily adjustable, excellent for sailboat racing

              • Chest Size:
              • Feels true to size

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nice and affordable!

              By Mike S

              from Annapolis, MD

              About Me Advanced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adjustable
              • Comfortable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Boating

                Comments about Medalist Life Vests:

                Nice fit and fully adjustable. Particularly like the cargo pockets.

                • Chest Size:
                • Feels true to size

                (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Must have equipment

                By Skibum

                from Friendswood, TX

                About Me Intermediate

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adjustable
                • Comfortable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Boating

                  Comments about Medalist Life Vests:

                  A must have piece of sailing / boating equipment.This is a great life vest except it needs a crotch strap. I wouldn't recommend it for that reason alone. It should have a removable strap.

                  • Chest Size:
                  • Feels true to size

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