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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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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 Jackets
 
4.5

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Adjustable (22)
  • Comfortable (22)
  • Durable (13)
  • Lightweight (12)
  • Good ventilation (9)

Cons

  • Rides up in water (4)

Best Uses

  • Boating / sailing (14)
  • Paddling (14)
  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (5)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      95% 

      (18 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (11), Intermediate (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (9)

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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(0 of 2 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

          (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 Jackets:

            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 Jackets:

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

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

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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 Jackets:

              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

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