Vest Recommendations for Tall Guy

PeterAKPeterAK Posts: 4 Baller
Hi Ballers--I've been reading the site for a year or so and have learned a ton. I grew up waterskiing the backwaters of the Mississippi in Wisconsin behind a tri hull, and spent some time wakeboarding in my early 30's. In my early 40's now and have the ski bug and am excited to teach my kids to ski. I just picked up a '92 ProStar 190 to replace a Bayliner runabout that we shared with my brother in law for the last few years.

I'm 6'4" and 180 lbs, and am looking for a good USCG approved ski vest. Also looking for gloves, and I have big hands, usually an XL work glove works, but just barely. I've always just skied in whatever jackets were on the boat, but would like to upgrade to something more comfortable without spending too much money. Any advice would be helpful!


  • UWSkierUWSkier Posts: 676 Crazy Baller
    I'd lob in a call to the guys and gals @perfski and talk to them about what you're looking for. My personal experience with USCG vests is limited to HO and O'Neill, the former of which worked better for me as it's not so thick. That said, I've switched to a non-USCG, but still floaty neoprene vest from Dolphin. They're hand-made in Wisconsin and can be ordered with extra length.
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 1,499 Crazy Baller
    Welcome. Nice boat! My fav' hull of all. Imo O'Neill Impact vest. I'm 6'2" 170 and wear a large. I'm on my second one. First one lasted 15 seasons. I've been using HO World Cup gloves for about 10 seasons. Great fit and grip, and a little extra warmth on chilly days. I squeeze into smalls.
  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 212 Baller
    I'm 6'4" and 176 lbs. I ordered 5 jackets to try them on since I wanted something snug and long enough. The O'Brien Tech Neoprene Jacket fits perfect on me. I really like the fit, especially for a USCG vest.
  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 212 Baller
    edited June 6
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  • PeterAKPeterAK Posts: 4 Baller
    @vtmecheng That's awesome feedback. What size do you wear in that jacket?
  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 212 Baller
    Mine is a medium. Hope it works for you too.
  • PeterAKPeterAK Posts: 4 Baller
    Perfect. On sale for $50 at Overton’s, 15% off on top of that and free shipping! Thanks for the recommendation.
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