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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
Ships when available.

$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

Specs

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West MarineMedalist Life Vest
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Adjustable (12)
  • Comfortable (12)
  • Lightweight (8)
  • Durable (6)
  • Good ventilation (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Paddling (8)
  • Boating / sailing (6)
  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (3)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      91% 

      (10 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (7), Intermediate (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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1.0

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

    (2 of 2 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
       
      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 West Marine Medalist Vest, Youth, 50-90lb.:

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

        • Chest Size:
        • Feels true to size

        (1 of 1 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

          (2 of 2 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 West Marine Medalist Vest, Xl-xxl (44"-56"):

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

            • Chest Size:
            • Feels true to size

            (3 of 5 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 West Marine Medalist Vest, Xl-xxl (44"-56"):

              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 West Marine Medalist Vest, Xs-s (30"-36"):

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

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great product and awesome service!

                  By AirbornSCPO

                  from Newport RI

                  About Me Intermediate

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Paddling

                    Comments about West Marine Medalist Vest, Youth, 50-90lb.:

                    I purchased this to replace a Coleman PFD that was bulky and restrictive while paddling. This product is wayyyyy better for paddling. Additionally the staff at WM Middleton were extremely helpful and patient with me as I asked them to scour the store for one of these in my size! Very satisfied all around.

                    (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Excellent for Dinghy Sailing

                    By Laser Skipper

                    from Mt Airy, MD

                    About Me Advanced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Adjustable
                    • Comfortable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Boating
                      • Canoeing
                      • Paddling
                      • Sailing Dinghy

                      Comments about Medalist Life Vest:

                      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.

                      • Chest Size:
                      • Feels true to size

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great for Dragon Boat racing!

                      By DJW

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Advanced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Adjustable
                      • Comfortable
                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Too Hot

                      Best Uses

                      • Canoeing
                      • Paddling

                      Comments about West Marine Medalist Vest, Xs-s (30"-36"):

                      A well priced and well made product. Purchased by several members of the Dragon Boat Team.

                      • Chest Size:
                      • Feels true to size

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