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Postby HWS » Tue Jul 15, 2003 1:03 pm

I started kiteboarding this year. As a beginner it is important to have a good ipact vest. I mean I had some big ipacts so far... I have a Maiu Magic vest tha is thick enough and doesn't slide over my neck (if you know what I mean) although I spend a lot of time in water.

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Postby mede » Wed Jul 16, 2003 4:27 pm

hi toby

i use the bump & jump impact vest, together with the prolimit waist harness.

additionaly to some nice features like the rehydration pack that is integrated and the line cutter, it is cut in a way that it does really not interfere with the waist harness.. and its rather thick :wink:

of all impact wests i tried, it works best for me



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Postby taabsr » Wed Jul 16, 2003 7:52 pm

i use the thermoform from reflex
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very comfortable and i will use it now that i'm also going to try the kite loop.

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Postby robertovillate » Thu Jul 17, 2003 5:40 am

I have the Cabrinha vest w/out harness. (I use a Dakine Fusion Harness.) The Cabrinha vest is OK except that the zipper tends to unzip. I need to retrofit some sort of closure to prevent this problem.

A friend has the Bump&Jump w/hydration. I wish I had that one instead of the Cabrinha to be honest.

The fit is important. So, if you have the luxury to try them on that might be a factor in making your decision.


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Postby Wolfgang » Thu Jul 17, 2003 12:07 pm

I have used a GUL "Jump Thermoformed Vest" since last autumn. Excellent fit, no slipping upwards, rigid material...

By the way: Thickness of the vest doesn't mean good protection per se. Many vests (as DaKine, e.g.) are quite soft, more for float than for impact. For better impact protection, the vest material has to be more rigid.

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Postby sq225917 » Thu Jul 17, 2003 9:56 pm

not that you can get your hands on them yet, but i've just seen next years dakine impact vests. very nice.

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Postby Vangelis » Thu Jul 17, 2003 10:13 pm

I am using a Hyperlite vest for pro-wakeboarding.
It isn't uscoastguard approved as a floatation device, but it has plenty of both protection and boyancy.
I've been hearing really good things about the Cabrinha vest though. The trickiest part is the protection on the rib areas. The pro-wakeboarding vests don't have a lot of padding on the sides so they don't reduce movements, but I have found (the hard way) that this is one of the most sensitive areas when you eat it kiting.

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Postby Phil » Fri Jul 18, 2003 9:49 am

You're right, most of the wakeboard/waterskiing impact vests have almost no protection on the sides, which make them irrelevant for our sport. Neil Pryde and Cabrinha impact vests sound better fitted for kiting IMHO

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Postby dcole5 » Fri Jul 18, 2003 3:35 pm

How is the floatation of the Bump and Jump vest ? I am thinking about getting this vest, but I really like good flotation in those cases when I am stuck swimming in for a long time.

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Postby Toby » Fri Jul 18, 2003 3:39 pm

I found a Neil Pryde impact vest for me, which has this surface detension stuff on it which makes the impact softer.
tested it 2 days ago and I don't feel a thing, which is great!!!

Thx for the infos.


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