More information on Buoyancy Aids:
Buoyancy Aids are great options for highly mobile sailors who need a minimum restriction of movement. Close fitting vests have limited buckles or zips an easy in and out. These are prefered by many skiff sailboat sailors becuase of their sleek design. Although not U.S. Coast Guard approved, typically they are CE approved.
Gill Buoyancy Aids:
Gill has designed buoyancy aids with both comfort and fuction in mind. The Compressor Vest, made of stretchy neoprene allows for a full range of motion, important to competitve sailors. The foam filled neoprene also adds one more layer of warmth when sailing in cooler temperatures. Gill didn't overlook any details when creating their buoyancy aids.
Musto Buoyancy Aids:
For a more conventional buoyancy aid, check out Musto's Championship option. Elasticated shoulder straps and hem with the added bonus of a waist belt, allow for adjusment options to give the wearer maximum comfort and mobility.
Neil Pryde Buoyancy Aids:
As with all Neil Pryde gear, the Elite buoyancy aid is made with functionality for the sailor in mind. The slim design comes with a front pocket with drainage, adjustable side straps, and a trapeze harness cut out.
SLAM Buoyancy Aids:
SLAM is constantly innovating to better outifit champion sailors. Their buoyancy aids are no exception. With the Skiff Buoyancy Vest you'll get a product to last. The 2mm Armotex fabric in the high wear areas guarantees a product to last.
Zhik Buoyancy Aids:
There is a reason Zhik is a leader in wetwear for sailors. They know the best way to make a great form fitting garment designed with the sailor in mind. Their Racing Buoyancy Aid is a great choice because of its sleek no frills design. Availble in a wide range of colors, this vest has a discreet side entry zipper and buckle closure. The front pocket is flat to the form and out of the way.
Spinlock Buoyancy Aids:
Spinlock has really changed the game with their line of buoyancy aids. Here at APS, we are big fans of the Zero aid. This highly breathable, front zip vest is perfect for high performance racing. Hand warmer pockets add another high value feature making this a top of the line buoyancy aid.
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