Too good not to share! Recent Vaikobi Gear Reviews

June 13, 2016

At Vaikobi, we pride ourselves on the performance and functionality of our gear. We work hard to ensure that every item feels great and keeps your body at the right temperature for maximum performance on the water.

The Vaikobi team never get tired of receiving awesome feedback from paddlers around the world. Here are a few bits of recent feedback & reviews that are too good not to share:

"Just wanted you to know that I went straight out for a paddle wearing the VCOLD Storm pants, top (always cool on the NorCal coast) and the PFD. So stoked! And I’m here to tell you that I’ve never been more comfortable on the water. It’s just the best stuff for ski paddling bar none!"

Kenny Howell- Epic Kayaks USA & Surfski Coach

Image of Kenny before he received his Vaikobi gear hooking into a nice run near Mavericks, CA!

" Just back from a paddle, The VCold Paddle Pants were awesome and I will be recommending them to all my friends. I have loved wearing the gear, It's light-weight, doesn't take on too much water when wet, easy to paddle in and also has very nice stretchy fabrication."

-Jimmy Walker- Surf Life Saving & Kayak Coach /  Ex World Champion Sprint Kayaker & Australian Olympian

"Marie and I are really impressed, great work. We raced in near gale force conditions at the weekend and the VCold gear was amazing"

-Paul Simmons & Marie Buchanan- UKSUP Team, Cornwall, UK

"The VCOLD Paddle Pant are an absolute must in every paddlers kit. I've been using them from day 1 since Vaikobi brought them out and have never looked back.

Not only do they keep me warm in the very cold training months in the NZ winter whilst also allowing breathability during a hard workout which is the essential feature needed, but also right up into summer when its getting warmer but not quite enough to go in shorts I know i'll be warm but never over heat.

The seat pad of the pants are designed by paddlers for paddlers, and you will find the comfort of this unbeatable"

- Sam Mayhew- Auckland, NZL- World Surfski Series Contender


"Australian paddle sports apparel manufacturer Vaikobi has thoughtfully engineered a lightweight, vest style PFD to meet the growing market for performance oriented safety equipment in the stand up paddling community. Their Ocean Racing PFD was designed by paddlers for paddlers. It is intended to provide a high degree of comfort and performance while meeting Australia’s safety standards"

The Vaikobi Ocean racing PFD is truly a lightweight, comfortable, vest style PFD that affords paddlers a complete range of motion – something not commonly associated with stand up paddling in a vest style PFD. While this is unmistakably a vest style PFD, based on SUP Examiner’s experience testing the product, paddlers will quickly forget they are wearing it. In fact, if you are accustomed to wearing a backpack style hydration pack, the Ocean Racing PFD with its integrated compartment for a hydration bladder will be an unmistakable upgrade to your gear."

-Matt Chebatoris- SUPExaminer- California, USA 

"The first thing I noticed when taking the Vaikobi out for assessment was---nothing.  I noticed absolutely nothing that grabbed my attention---I consider this a good indication that the jacket hit the mark in the low-profile arena.  I did not feel any tightness or pinching in any areas requiring high mobility or anywhere else for that matter.  In full disclosure, I forgot that my intention was to test and simply carried on with my session. Since this first outing, I have used the Vaikobi exclusively"

- Joseph DiChiacchio- Surfski News- GA, USA 

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XXS   161 167  54 58 76 81 62 66 78 82
XS   165 172  56 63 82 87 66 70 82 89
S   169  176  61 68 88 96 71 76 90 96
M   174 181  66 73 97 104 77 85 97 102
L   178  185  76 85 106 114 86 95 103 108
XL   183  190  86 95 116 122 96 105 109 115
XXL   187  194  96 105 124 132 106 114 116 122


Size HEIGHT (Feet + Inches) WEIGHT (Pounds) CHEST (Inches) WAIST (Inches) HIPS (Inches)
XXS   5'3"  5'6"  119 128 30 32 24.5 26 30.5 32.5
XS   5'5"  5'8"  123 139 32 34.5 26 27.5 32.5 35
S   5'7"  5'9"  135 150 34.5 38 28 30 35.5 38
M   5'9"  5'11"  146 161 38 41 30 33.5 38 40
L 5'10"  6'8"  168 187 41.5 45 34 37.5 40.5 42.5
XL 6'  6'3"  190 209 45.5 48 38 41.5 43 45.5
XXL 6'2"  6'4"  121 232 49 52 41.5 55 45.5 48




Y-M 140 148  33 39 65 71 61 68 72 78
Y-L 147 155  40 47 70 76 67 73 77 84
Y-XL 152 162 47 54 75 82 72 79 83 89







    HIPS     (IN)


4'8"  73 86 26 28 26 28 28 31


5'  88 104 28 30 28 30 30 33
Y-XL 5'3" 64 104 119 30 32 30 32 33 35

Fit Tips

If one of your body measurements is in between two sizes, order the smaller size for a tighter fit or the larger size for a looser fit. If your body measurements for hips and waist correspond to two different suggested sizes, order the one indicated by your hip measurement.

How To Measure

WAIST: Measure around the narrowest part (typically where your body bends side to side), keeping the tape horizontal.
HIPS: Measure around the widest part of your hips, keeping the tape horizontal.
CHEST: Measure the fullest area of your chest. Stand up straight and breath normally.



Vaikobi size guide