CG approved vests

KRoundyKRoundy Posts: 196 Baller
Hey all, I ski on a public lake where we need to use a CGA vest. I currently have a vest that really soaks up the water and gets quite heavy. I'm looking for some suggestions for a vest that won't get me in trouble with the local cops that stays lightweight and won't retain water.


  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,146 Mega Baller
    Radar xvest
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • igkyaigkya Posts: 515 Solid Baller
    Since you're on a public lake, you're probably not skiing when the law would be out. Get a non-CGA for these times and have several CGA vests in the boat as well.
  • FSSPCatFSSPCat Posts: 116 Baller
    We have a bunch of Jet Pilot Cause vests in our boat, and then use our ski vests for towing.
  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 347 Solid Baller
    I'm in the same boat (ha!) and am currently running with an Obrian Tech Neoprene jacket. Seems to be working well for me, it's a bit longer which I need being 6'4".
  • shansen345shansen345 Posts: 181 Baller
    Radar/Ronix (same soft goods, basically) make really nice looking CGA vests.
  • pgmoorepgmoore Posts: 193 Solid Baller
    I've been checked for lifejackets (and other required safety equipment) lots of times. But they have never once checked the CGA rating.
    Patrick Moore
  • FSSPCatFSSPCat Posts: 116 Baller
    We have been checked to make sure the appropriate amount of jackets are on board and the kids are wearing CGA’s.
  • KRoundyKRoundy Posts: 196 Baller
    This topic is a favorite with our local patrol for some reason. Multiple members of our club have been "pulled over" for this issue. During a friendly, working-together type meeting with the local police department two summers ago to talk about the lake and our club the police officer in charge of the lake brought this up as one of his "primary concerns" about skiers on the lake. And from what I can tell they continue to pursue it as a hot topic. :(

    I use my competition vest (a two or three year old Syndicate) as often as I can because it is so superior to the CGA vests. I agree that an early-morning set is less likely to attract attention, but I also don't want to stir up trouble for no reason. Thanks for the suggestions here. I'll go check out those options.
  • vernonreevevernonreeve Posts: 50 Baller
    I got the Radar CGA vest for exactly that reason. It is comfortable, and doesn't get heavier with soaked up water. So it works perfectly for me. Plus it provides good rib protection. And here in Montana, the boat police did check the tags to be sure our vests were CGA.
  • 34mph34mph Posts: 176 Baller
    Stokes , not CGA but looks like it and very nice jacket
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,146 Mega Baller
    @34mph unless it has buckles, it doesnt look like a uscg.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • 34mph34mph Posts: 176 Baller
    got ya , try camera I think they have one with buckles
  • sodbuster88sodbuster88 Posts: 99 Baller
    Been pulled over lots, they know the difference and can tell a CGA from a NON-CGA. But in our case, as long as the CGA is in the boat, they haven’t been too picky about skiing in a NON-CGA.
  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 347 Solid Baller
    My body doesn't float and with a non-CGA vest my head is just above water level. Since I'm still learning the course I'd rather have the extra buoyancy.
  • unksskisunksskis Posts: 322 Baller
    Oneill has a couple options to choose from, lightweight and fit great
  • dbutcherdbutcher Posts: 292 Solid Baller
    Bart's Water Sports sells at least two CG approved nylon vests - one labeled O'Brien and one Connelly - for $39.99 ea. I have one of each and use them both for tournament skiing and practice. Very comfortable, great rib protection, and float your head way above water. I'm old school, but I much prefer them over any non CG approved vest I've ever tried. I have seen the Connelly nylon vest at Academy Sports but not recently.
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