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WEST MARINE Medalist Life Vest

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
Customer Reviews
Product Models
Description WM Model # MFG Part # Availability Price Quantity  
Medalist Vest, M-L (36"-44") 9397019 WM409-MAN-M/L
In stock online.

$69.99

Medalist Vest, XL-XXL (44"-56") 9397027 WM409-MAN-XL2X
In stock online.

$69.99

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

$69.99

Medalist 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

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West MarineMedalist Life Vest
 
4.4

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Adjustable (15)
  • Comfortable (15)
  • Lightweight (10)
  • Durable (8)
  • Good ventilation (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Paddling (11)
  • Boating / sailing (7)
  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (5)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      92% 

      (12 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (8), 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)

 
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 Vest:

    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 Vest:

    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 Vest:

    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 Vest:

      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 Vest:

        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 Vest:

          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 Vest:

            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 Vest:

              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 Vest:

                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

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Received exactly what I was expecting!

                By Kristin

                from Barbados

                About Me Intermediate

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adjustable
                • Comfortable
                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Medalist Life Vest:

                    Purchased for my 9 year old daughter who is an avid young sailor. This life jacket was appropriate for her needs.

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