Choosing the Right Size PFD: A Simple Guide to a Perfect Fit

Choosing the Right Size PFD: A Simple Guide to a Perfect Fit

When it comes to selecting a personal flotation device (PFD) or life jacket, finding the right size is important. Wearing an ill-fitting PFD can not only be uncomfortable but also compromise your safety on the water. At Vaikobi, we understand the challenges faced by sailors and paddlers in their search for the perfect fit. In this guide, we will help you choose the correct size PFD, ensuring that you can enjoy your watersports with confidence.

Understanding the Importance of well-fitting life jacket:

A properly fitting life jacket is essential for your safety. It should neither be too loose nor too tight. The 50N buoyancy PFD rating ensures that you stay afloat in case of an emergency. However, if the PFD does not fit correctly, it may ride up or impede your movement, making it less effective in keeping you safe. Before you ask yourself ‘does my life jacket fit?’, check out our videos below on fitting a Vaikobi lifejacket:

Exploring Vaikobi PFD Features:

Vaikobi offers a range of PFDs designed specifically for different water sports. Whether you are into sailing, kayaking, wing-foiling, stand-up paddle-boarding or any other water activity, we have you covered. Our range of PFDs are designed with comfort, performance, and safety in mind. Each PFD style has unique features to cater to the needs of various sports, providing a customised fit and ease of movement.


How to Choose the right size PFD:

To assist you in finding the perfect fit, we have created a comprehensive life jacket size guide. Our size guide takes into account the different measurements required to ensure a secure and comfortable fit. By following the step-by-step guide and measuring yourself accurately, you can easily determine the correct size for your body. 

How to measure for the perfect life jacket fit:
  • Chest Measurement: Measure around the widest part of your chest, just under your armpits.
  • Waist Measurement: Measure around your natural waistline.
  • Torso Length: Measure from the base of your neck to the top of your hips.

Once you have obtained these measurements, refer to the Vaikobi size guide tables or interactive chart, which provides a visual representation of the measurements and the corresponding PFD sizes.

Ensuring the Right Fit for your PFD:

When trying on a PFD, keep the following things in mind:

    1. Full Range of Motion: Ensure that you can freely move your arms without any restriction.
    2. Position on the body: The PFD should sit securely on your torso without riding up to your chin or face. 
    3. Consider your weight range as specified in the size guide. 

"A life jacket should fit so well that you should not even know it's there when you're doing your sport, which means you are more likely to wear it every time you hit the water." explains Vaikobi CEO Pat Langley. This encapsulates Vaukobi’s commitment to providing PFDs that offer both safety and comfort.

Choosing the right size PFD is crucial for your safety and enjoyment while participating in water sports. Vaikobi understands the importance of a perfect fit, which is why we offer a variety of PFD styles to accommodate different water activities. By following our step-by-step measurement process and considering the checklist for a proper fit, you can confidently select the PFD that suits your needs. Remember, your safety on the water starts with choosing the right size PFD. Stay safe, stay protected, and enjoy your water adventures!

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