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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
 
4.6

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Adjustable (20)
  • Comfortable (20)
  • Durable (12)
  • Lightweight (11)
  • Good ventilation (7)

Cons

  • Rides up in water (3)

Best Uses

  • Paddling (13)
  • Boating / sailing (12)
  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (5)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      94% 

      (16 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (11), Intermediate (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)

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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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

            (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 Jackets:

            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 Jackets:

              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 Jackets:

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

                • Chest Size:
                • Feels true to size

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