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The Best Life Jackets for Kiteboarding

Life jackets can be difficult to find for kiteboarding since most normal vests get in the way of the harness and can be uncomfortable. It’s important to pick one up if you want to kite in harsh conditions and want extra safety or if it’s the law. Below are what we have found to be the best life jackets for kiteboarding as well as some good impact vests.

Salus Eclipse Buoyancy Aid

This is a minimal vest with a pull over and side zip design. There is a grip lining as well as a bucket to keep the lifejacket from riding up. It is made from neoprene and nylon. It features a chest zip pocket that is big enough to keep any essential items in. The design offers a full range of motion and does not get in the way of the harness. 

Ion Booster Vest

The Booster Vest by Ion offers extra buoyancy along with features like a chest pocket, and drinking bladder fixture. The vest has a slightly bigger profile but it has a slot for the harness hook.

Dakine Surface Kiteboarding Impact Vest

The surface vest provides less buoyancy than the life jacket options but high impact protection. It is harness compatible and fits underneath. The vest provides compression and will protect you from impact, while providing flexibility and freedom to ride. It has a zippered front that is easy to put on. 

Neil Pryde High Hook Elite

These vests are also minimal and comfortable to wear. It features a small harness hook hole. The jacket has a side zipper with adjustable buckles.

Ion Vector Vest Amp

The vector vest is another good impact vest option. It provides less buoyancy but high impact protection. It is harness compatible and fits underneath. The vest provides compression and will protect you from impacts during wipeouts, while providing flexibility and freedom to ride. It has a zippered front that is easy to put on.