Vests

454SS454SS Posts: 169 Baller
edited March 2010 in Technique & Theory
I'm looking for a new vest for this season I thought I would try the Oneill TNT vest does anyone have this vest? If so how does it compare to other vests out there?
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  • MrJonesMrJones Posts: 1,761 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    I don't know about the O'neill, but you need to look into Eagle. The company has really been getting into supporting the sport, and the vests are made in the U.S. The quality is very good in comparison to other vests I looked at at Nationals.
  • robscholl-OFrobscholl-OF Posts: 285 Baller
    And Eagle has some really cool looking vests as well.  OF
  • auskierauskier Posts: 450 Baller
    tadd from h2oz hooked me up with an eagle in december. i love it.
    Toby
  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,050 Mega Baller
    Wiley's has the cool new Eagle vests in Junior sizes too.
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
  • 454SS454SS Posts: 169 Baller
    Thanks for the input guys the main reason I was looking at the TNT vest is because it looks like it doesn't hold any water or at least very little are the eagle vests the same way?
  • trs1trs1 Posts: 85
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    454SS,
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    The Eagle vests do not hold water.  They are relatively thin vest with probably more flexibility than any other vest out there, almost like a second skin.  They do fit pretty snug, so make sure you get the sizing right.  Eagle says that the first time you get the vest on, it may be a bit tight, but they will stretch out a bit with some use, to fit perfectly. 
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    Oneill makes a quality product as well, but there is something to be said to support a company that supports the sport.  Not sure Oneill is doing much in that area, with the exception of wakeboarding.  Yes, they sponsor a few skiers, but when it comes to supporting the sport (amateur tourneys, pro tourneys, etc) Eagle has them beat on that hands down.
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    As Scot said, Chuck Gleason (owner of Eagle) has been really getting into the water ski side of things.  He comes from a barefooter/show skier backround, but in the last few years, he has definitely been putting a lot into the slalom side of things, as well as now getting into jump too.  Just came out with a new Jumpsuit.  As well, Eagle is made right in the US.  You can customize anything with Eagle too.  Size, graphics, etc.  If Eagle doesn't have the vest you want in stock, it is a two week build time.  If your vest tears, breaks, etc. Eagle will fix your vest for you, or replace it if it is unfixable.  We have been selling Eagle for almost 3 years now and I would highly recommend any of their products.  We carry all Eagle products.  If you want to check them out, give me a call.  We do our best to take care of all the BOS members, etc.  If you place an order online, make sure to put in BOS10 for free shipping, as well, it helps out Hortons ego too!!  And we all know Horton needs help with the EGO!!
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    Let me know if you need anything, I will be happy to help.
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    Tadd
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  • MattPMattP Posts: 5,979 Mega Baller
    I bought an eagle vest this winter and I can't wait for it to get warm so I can use it!
  • 35 in the bag35 in the bag Posts: 76 Baller
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    I will affirm that the Eagle will  "nicely" stretch a bit to result in a perfect  fit (for me) after a week or two of skiing. So buy it just a bit snug. 
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    Though, as the weather warms, I am beginning to worry that the early sets here in Michigan in a few week will be a bit uncomfortable (tight). The holiday pounds just aren't going away by themselves and the vest has probably relaxed a bit toward its origional size.
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    ........ah...an idea......I'll send it to MS  or AB for a few breakin sets.  They seem to have MUCH MORE experience with the Crispy Cream <span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS','sans-serif'; color: #062971; font-size: 10.5pt">phenomenon </span>than I do.
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    John M
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    John M
    I used to think that ski tuning might be more complicated than Rocket Science.........
    Now I know it is..
  • dislanddisland Posts: 1,286 Mega Baller
    I have eagle vest and just got a new jump suit. I have had lots of vest and none of them compare to the Eagle. its like a second skin
    Dave Island- Princeton Lakes
  • Old MS AccoutOld MS Accout Posts: 2,114 Baller
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    I use the Eagle vests. I was using the A-10 and after 1 set with an Eagle I was sold.
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    35,
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    Dont send the vest here, I am 170lbs with a wet vest on. I know that AB would put a nice stretchin it for you. We are looking at ice yet here in South Canada, so you may be a week or 2 ahead of us. Get on the bike and ride.        
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  • thagerthager Posts: 4,424 Mega Baller
    I have an Eagle and love it. Thought I saw Andy Mapple with a Red Eagle vest on in one of the recent videos.
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • MattPMattP Posts: 5,979 Mega Baller
    I have seen both Andy Mapple and Chris Parish have been using them
  • jlittlejlittle Posts: 252 Baller
    I have a questions about Eagle vests.  Do they float you well enought to keep your head above water when you drop to shortend the line or rest?  One thing I hate is having to work to keep my head above water while sitting there resting.
  • dislanddisland Posts: 1,286 Mega Baller
    Works for me, I am 190lbs
    Dave Island- Princeton Lakes
  • HO 410HO 410 Posts: 351 Baller
    I have not had a chance to get into an Eagle vest yet, but I have tried a Gooru (someone that has been in both can help connect the dots). The Gooru definitely floats low, but it is not very different from any other competition vest. You need to pay a little bit of attention to your breathing cadence. If you exhale deeply on the downward bob, you are pumping your legs on the swing and you will probably put your mouth and nose underwater.
    Nikon D80, 50mm f 1.8, Tokina 12-24mm... Sorry, wrong forum. Josh T.
  • lakeaustinskierlakeaustinskier Posts: 347 Solid Baller
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    I've never really liked the really light comp vests because you DO have to work at staying afloat.......and it takes more work to get out the water each time you drop/get up.   If you drop after each pass you'll burn more energy with a lighter vest IMO.  I'll agree that the thin vests are neat......but assuming that you can find a vest that floats <u>and</u> skis well (range of motion etc.) I'd rather save my energy for skiing.
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    I have an O'Neill Revenge vest and really like it (actually bought it from Tadd).  Based on Tadd's comments about Eagle versus O'Neill my next vest will hopefully be an Eagle.  
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    I've seen several of the new Eagle vests are they are cool.
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    Ted Thomson, Austin Texas, Aquaplex
  • trs1trs1 Posts: 85
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    There is a definite tradeoff when looking at the thin vests compared to the thicker vests.
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    The thin vests, Eagle, Oneill Gooru, etc. may not have as much float to it, but you get much more mobility and flexibility of it for sure.
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    Opposite when it comes to the thicker, Revenge, The Law, etc.  Not as much flexibility but better float.
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     I do not think that the thinner vests have such bad floatation that you will sink and drown, but you do have to be aware of where you are when floating in the water.  HO 410 has a point about your breathing, etc.
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    Anyway, in the end, it is personal preference on the vests, and most likely there is one out there that will work for you and what you want out of it.
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    Anyway, just my 2cents.
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    Thanks
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    TS
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  • 454SS454SS Posts: 169 Baller
    I have an Oneill Gooru vest right now and I actually really like it definitely more flexible than any other vest I've worn, it does have its downfalls though I think that it holds to much water and it takes forever for it to dry out which is the reason I'm looking at different options because it has a really bad smell to it from taking so long to dry out even in the sun. Has anyone tried washing theirs does this help at all?
  • davemacdavemac Posts: 450 Baller
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    Hey TS, 
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    Awhile back, there had been some discussion and interest about the possibility of Eagle offering a vest w/ a bit more padding and floatation then their norm.  Any idea as to whether this idea is still alive?  A "natural sinker" like me would certainly have interest.
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  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,050 Mega Baller
    454SS - put that smelly thing in the washer with some soap, you can't hurt it.  Hang it to dry and it'll smell better until the next time you get it wet !
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
  • trs1trs1 Posts: 85
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    Davemac,
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    I know Eagle has made a few vests, custom with extra floatation in them.  Not sure if they are going to do is as a standard.  If you wanted one, I could get you one, but there would be a custom upcharge on it.
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    If you did want one, or anyone want a custom vest with extra padding, email me and if I can get enough, I could get the custom charge reduced or dropped.  It would just depend on quantity.  We could do a group sale, BOS Members.  Think about it.
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    Let me know if anyone is interested and I will speak with Eagle and see what we can do.
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    Thanks
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    TS
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    tadd at h2osmosis dot com.
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    866.213.7993
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  • Ed_ObermeierEd_Obermeier Posts: 1,339 Crazy Baller
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    I'm with Davemac.  If I have to work at floating in it it ain't gonna work for me, don't want it.  Gotta be USCG Approved.  I'd think if Eagle made them there is a market for them.  Guess for the time I'll have to stick with my Oneill Law.
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    Ed
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    Ed Obermeier - owner, EZ-Slalom Course Systems
    www.ez-slalom.com
  • Jean BJean B Posts: 83 New Baller
    edited March 2010
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    a front loader washer works real well cleaning neoprene wet suits and vests that want to float to the top of the top loading machines.  I have always washed my skiing stuff when they get to stinky with soap and water. My oneil vest is 8+yrs old and still floating. And I have always put my neoprene and vest in the dryer right away when I get home from the lake. Gloves too. If you have buckles on your vest, buckle them and turn the vest inside out, so the bluckles don't bang around in the dryer. And make sure any velcro is attached to what ever it is suppose to be attached to, because it will attach to the first thing it comes in contact with.  AND ALWAYS MEDIUM HEAT, NO HIGH HEAT in the dryer.
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  • ski6jonesski6jones Posts: 937 Crazy Baller
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    The Oneill Revenge Comp floats me really well, and I DO NOT float.  There's also a USCG version of the same vest that's a bit less svelte.
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    Both are front zip which I love, don't want to fight my vest after skiing.  They have a single cinch strap behind the zipper so you can adjust the fit some.
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    The comp is trim and very comfortable to ski in.  I've worn the eagle also and it's probably slightly more comfortable, but I like the extra lift when floating.
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    Carl Addington, Lakes of Katy, Texas
  • jipster43jipster43 Posts: 1,418 Crazy Baller
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    I just bought the Eagle Checkmate vest at H20smosis for $75.  For that price if it doesn't float me enough, I'll wear an old flotation belt as well.  Thanks Tadd!  Is it true that the check pattern offers a little more flotation?
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     JP :)
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  • Old MS AccoutOld MS Accout Posts: 2,114 Baller
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    Jipster,
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    I had the checkmate and now use the vertibre. The checkmate was a bit thicker and did float higher but not much. I dont have the sinking issue and I also love to blow air bubbles while I am thinking about the next 6. I breath better.
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    cant beat 75 bucks from TRS  
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  • davemacdavemac Posts: 450 Baller
    Thanks, Tadd.  I dropped you an email.  I would definitely be onboard...especially for a group by if others here show interest. Any other  deep water skiers or those "void of natural bouyancy" have interest in this? 
  • 454SS454SS Posts: 169 Baller
    Thanks for the washing tips guys my vest smells much better now, I guess I always thought the washer would tear it up, maybe I can run this vest another year.
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    I've found a good compromise between the two extremes.  If you can find a USCG approved vest that doesn't have padding on the sides next to where your arms hang down, the bulk doesn't get in the way.  I have a Helium Celtic vest and like it very much - sorta feel like Batman with fake muscles.  <a href="http://www.heliumwake.com/">www.heliumwake.com</a> 
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    I also have a thin (swat wake) one.  I prefer the thicker because of the impact protection.  The thin one feels like sitting in a car without the seatbelt on - just a bit unsafe.
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  • StevenSteven Posts: 307 Baller
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    Gern,
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    I have one of the Swat ones too. Do you have problems with the side zip inching its way open as you ski? I like the vest but its a pain having to re-zip all the time!
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