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Re: recomendations impact vest (with a bit of a rant)

Postby juandesooka » Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:07 pm

I have the dakine surface, quite happy with it. They make both black and orange. The link on page 2 shows an L size, pretty sure they make them bigger too, may have to shop around to find sizes.

I have worn it for a little extra flotation should a swim be required, and for protection from the foil sword that wants to kill you. It also helps for when you are surf/sup foiling, as falling that extra 2-3' height on your back can be a pretty good slapper, takes your breath away.

I sewed in a line cutter sleeve on the inside chest, as that's where you need it should there be an emergency. As for bright colours, reflective tape, etc...all good ideas for safety. If you ever need to be sighted at dusk from a helicopter, that could be a lifesaver.

But in surfing we have this black on black mentality, it is kooky to wear anything colour. And on days where someone actually takes any photos we all struggle to figure out who's who. So the kiters wear a tshirt/rashie over top, or the age-old shorts over the wetsuit, and are labelled accordingly. :-) Ah, the struggles of fashion vs function, helps to be middle aged, spawned out, and really not give much of a crap.
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Re: recomendations impact vest (with a bit of a rant)

Postby Grizwald » Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:25 pm

Juandesooka- While the link on page 2 indicates that large are made when you click on it the unavailable tab pops up.
The search continues.

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Re: recomendations impact vest (with a bit of a rant)

Postby jms » Tue Sep 22, 2020 3:21 am

juandesooka wrote:
Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:07 pm
I sewed in a line cutter sleeve on the inside chest, as that's where you need it should there be an emergency. As for bright colours, reflective tape, etc...all good ideas for safety. If you ever need to be sighted at dusk from a helicopter, that could be a lifesaver.
Could you tell me how you did this? I've been thinking of something similar, but I'm not sure how to sew onto the neoprene. Did you use a curved needle to sew into the foam, plus glue, with old wetsuit material? I'd love to see a photo if you're able to!

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Re: recomendations impact vest (with a bit of a rant)

Postby fluidity » Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:00 am

I've got a jetpilot X1 series. About 4 years old now and Looking like that, I kite through winter too when I get the chance. Now learning wing foiling and I put my key on a fishing clip/swivel around the shoulder strap, it guarantees I put the vest on! Also, I can bend sideways and operate the key in the door.
Be careful, a lot of the vests will give you that six-pack look but not give you protection where you need it. For waist harnesses, that protection is mostly at the bottom of your ribs. Kite specific harnesses have thin section to go under the harness and thick above. Side impact protection is good too if you land hard from high.

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Re: recomendations impact vest (with a bit of a rant)

Postby juandesooka » Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:41 pm

jms wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 3:21 am
juandesooka wrote:
Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:07 pm
I sewed in a line cutter sleeve on the inside chest, as that's where you need it should there be an emergency. As for bright colours, reflective tape, etc...all good ideas for safety. If you ever need to be sighted at dusk from a helicopter, that could be a lifesaver.
Could you tell me how you did this? I've been thinking of something similar, but I'm not sure how to sew onto the neoprene. Did you use a curved needle to sew into the foam, plus glue, with old wetsuit material? I'd love to see a photo if you're able to!
It is one of these, with the pocket. I just hand sewed it shallow with needle and dental floss -- the surface vest has a thin stretchy nylon layer on top, just pierce that not the padding below it. Looks terrible but it has held in there for years, vest is rotting and falling apart around it. :thumb:

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Re: recomendations impact vest (with a bit of a rant)

Postby jms » Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:02 am

juandesooka wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:41 pm
It is one of these, with the pocket. I just hand sewed it shallow with needle and dental floss -- the surface vest has a thin stretchy nylon layer on top, just pierce that not the padding below it. Looks terrible but it has held in there for years, vest is rotting and falling apart around it. :thumb:
Too easy! I was definitely overthinking it!

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Re: recomendations impact vest (with a bit of a rant)

Postby Flyboy » Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:20 am

I use the Liquid Force vest:

https://www.kitepaddlesurf.com/products ... mpact-vest

It works great for me. I got it primarily for "protection" while foiling, but wear it all the time now. Pluses: flotation obviously, some protective padding, extra insulation when it's cold. But honestly, the biggest plus is that it keeps my waist harness down so that it doesn't ride up. It has a built in line cutter & is reversible with a choice of mostly black or mostly yellow. I recommend it.
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Re: recomendations impact vest (with a bit of a rant)

Postby Matteo V » Wed Sep 23, 2020 4:20 am

juandesooka wrote:
Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:07 pm
Ah, the struggles of fashion vs function, helps to be middle aged, spawned out, and really not give much of a crap.
Love it! But I was spawned out before you made it cool.....heck, I was spawned out before I was born! I'm even gonna get a shirt saying that.


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