Vaikobi’s exclusive youth collection has just hit the rack, with all the best gear for 9-14 year-old kids participating in sailing, paddling, and other watersports. The collection promises to deliver the ultimate comfort experience; decking juniors out in Vaikobi’s iconic Hydroflex tops, Flexforce pants, UV 50+ rashies, caps, and VX Race PFDs.
Sustaining participation in watersports with extended exposure to the elements can be a huge challenge for kids, parents, and coaches.
Vaikobi Founder and Father-of-two Patrick Langley, knows all about the necessary gear to guarantee the best day out on the water for young watersports lovers. “We’ve been through the sailing journey with our kids, and we know what they need. We’re passionate about covering all the comfortable essentials while providing good value for parents and teams” he said.
The debut of the junior sizes within the Vaikobi range satisfies this apparel gap in an affordable, one-stop package. It offers warm, highly mobile, and durable designs that work with all younger body frames during physical activity - without compromising breathability.
The Vaikobi youth Hydroflex top is made from a thick fleece to retain warmth and regulate body temperature for best performance. Complete with a hydrophobic coating and breathable mesh panels underneath the arms, this base layer will keep kids and teens warm for hours on end. The top has a super lightweight construction made from hollow-yarn fabric and is easy to put on and take off. The collection also includes the 1.5mm youth neoprene pants from the highly successful, best-selling Flexforce range. Unlike traditional wetsuits, our Flexforce technology dictates the right amount of stretch in critical areas for movability and easy exit and entry. They are reinforced with abrasion-resistant knees and seat panels that will endure significant friction without wear and tear.
Sun protection is also a huge factor to consider when purchasing watersports clothing for kids. The high necked UV certified rashie for youths provides maximum coverage. Its long sleeves and super soft, lightweight qualities make it hardly noticeable, even on the hottest summer day. Vaikobi’s new youth flat-brim snap back caps are also red hot out of the design lab, and are available in smaller head sizes (<58cm). In both aqua and black, the cap’s minimalistic design will not only keep the sun off, but will also keep wearers feeling super cool – because we know the best hat, is the one you keep on! Also in the youth hats range are Vaikobi’s much loved performance caps and performance visors; made with lightweight quick-dry material, which means that even if they do end up in the water, it won’t be long before they can go back on the head.
Vaikobi’s VX Race PFD Lifejackets in sizes XS and S are suitable for juniors, certified at ISO 12402-5 buoyancy (50N), with the highest standard of user safety for this level of PFD. With a sleek, elongated profile and side entry, youngsters will have the safest, lightest, and best-fitted life jacket for sailing while matching their older athlete role models.
Brand new Vaikobi wetsuit boots in low and high-cut designs will hit shelves in November 2021, and start from a size 5, with sole grip technology that will have youths moving around the boat with confidence.
What’s in the Vaikobi Youth range?
VX PFD Life Jacket
High necked rashie top
1.5mm neoprene wetsuit pants
Wetsuit Boots - low cut
Wetsuit boots - high cut
Snap Back flat brim hat
Where to purchase the Vaikobi Youth range:
The new Vaikobi youth range is available online NOW through the Vaikobi website and in all good sailing and watersports stores. A full list of global Vaikobi stockists can be found here.