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Women's Comp Vest Choices

Hello I am new to the forum! I love doing anything on water and need a new vest. I am looking at the O'neill Slasher, Stokes Nitro 2, and the Eagle One Flex does anyone have opinions/preferences on these? I would like to know!


  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,633 Mega Baller
    Stokes! I've been around a while, have worn a lot of gear. My stokes short suit and vest are top notch--best I've owned. No knock on the other brands, but the stokes stuff is exceptional.
    In my experience if you go stokes size up one they run a little small.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • mike_mapplemike_mapple Posts: 176 Water Ski Industry Professional
    Hey @mnskiers We sell a lot of the Women's slasher vests , and the Stokes vest here in the shop, however all three that you mentioned are great, for the stokes I would recommend the size up as well if you go Eagle, as they run the smallest of all of them.
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  • mnskiersmnskiers Posts: 3
    Thanks! Is there any difference between 'floatability' between these? I have a Dolphin show vest and it really doesn't do much.
  • dave2balldave2ball Posts: 806 Crazy Baller
    @mnskiers look at the eagle vests. It is cut for a women and has a great fit.
    Talk [email protected] at performance ski and he can get you into the right vest. I have had eagle for years and no problems at all. A well made athletic cut fit for women.
  • Rpc29Rpc29 Posts: 224 Crazy Baller
    I have the men's version of this vest:

    Significantly cheaper than the Eagle/Stokes/Oneil versions but still very stylish and functional.
  • keithh2oskierkeithh2oskier Posts: 684 Crazy Baller
    My wife has the slasher and loves the comfort. I have a men's slasher and love it as well.
  • 75Tique75Tique Posts: 167 Crazy Baller
    edited March 10
    Sunny, You dont state your experience or level of skier. I only ask because I am a big advocate of USCG approved vests for most skiers. I know 2 people that suffered significant chest/rib injuries wearing non USCG vests. Could it happen with approved vests? I suppose so, but why increase the chances. I looked at some of the vests identified above and was surprised that they dont all specify whether they are all USCG or not. I would think that would be needed. I think the average joe, like myself, should stick with the USCG vests for floatation and protection, but that's just me. The super high end folks that think a bulkier vest is restrictive and can affect performance, they know the risks.
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  • ShellShell Posts: 248 Crazy Baller
    I use Syndicate, Camaro and Hyperlite, my personal favorite is the women's Syndicate, fits like a glove.
  • bikesrusbikesrus Posts: 57 Baller
    Just bought an O’Neill Slasher at Perf Ski last week. Great flotation, super comfortable to ski in. Love it and love Perf Ski.
  • ScottScottScottScott Posts: 1,078 Mega Baller
    If it doesn't say USCG isn't.

    I don't think there is any real research into what type of vest has the most rib protection....its mostly theory. While more padding would seemingly be more protection, floatation pads are pretty dense and can press into the ribs in a fall causing damage, where a tighter vest with thin pads with broader/even coverage would distribute the impact more.
  • mike_mapplemike_mapple Posts: 176 Water Ski Industry Professional
    The three vests that are mentioned in the Original post ARE NOT cga vest.
    That being said, I have seen injuries with both types of vest, my dad almost drowned at an event years ago, but that didnt stop him from wearing one all the time, however the CGA vests have come a long way over the years. Also if you are looking for minimum float from those, I would say the slasher has the most float of them all.
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  • pugspugs Posts: 20 Baller
    One name not mentioned yet. My wife likes the GlideSoul vests. I have seen a few others in the Clermont area.
    Frank Smith - Champions Lake - Clermont, FL
  • mnskiersmnskiers Posts: 3
    Thanks again for all the responses, I very much do understand those vests are not CGA and the risks involved. I ski on a show team so am looking for more float than the Dolphin but still a comp vest for flexibility (ei think pyramids, doubles...). With that said, I never have floated well but I do feel better wearing a CGA vest so with my personal boat I wear that.
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