The Essential Gear for Water Enthusiasts

Are you a water enthusiast looking for the perfect gear to enhance your experience? Look no further! At UpStreamPaddle, we offer a wide selection of high-quality, US Coast Guard approved life jackets, buoyancy aids, inflatable PFDs, and pinnies for both adults and junior sailors. With our comfortable and stylish gear, you can stay safe while enjoying your time on the water.

Sailing Life Jackets & Buoyancy Aids: Stay Safe and Stylish

When it comes to water activities, safety should always be a top priority. That’s why we offer a range of sailing life jackets that are essential for your apparel kit. These life jackets can truly save your life in case of an emergency. For young sailors, wearing a life vest is especially important. Our collection includes US Coast Guard approved life jackets, as well as CE approved buoyancy aids and inflatable PFDs. We have options available for men, women, and kids in various styles, colors, and price points, ensuring there’s something for every budget.

Types of Life Jackets: Choose the Right Gear

At UpStreamPaddle, we understand that different water activities require different types of life jackets. Let’s explore your options:

  • US Coast Guard Approved Life Jackets: These life jackets meet all the requirements for US sailing and are designed to keep you facing upwards in the water, even when unconscious. They provide ample foam buoyancy and are highly recommended for most sailors, especially youth sailors and those who are poor swimmers.

  • Buoyancy Aids: Popular in Europe, buoyancy aids are lighter and more slim-fitting than USCG-approved PFDs. While they offer less foam buoyancy, they are suitable for experienced swimmers and sailing in sheltered water. It’s important to note that buoyancy aids will not keep a person upright in the water if they are unconscious.

  • Inflatable PFDs: Ideal for larger boat sailing, inflatable PFDs automatically inflate upon contact with water. They are favored by keelboat and offshore sailors. However, they are not recommended for dinghy sailors who may regularly enter the water due to the risk of triggering the inflation. In terms of flotation properties, inflatable PFDs are similar to standard Type III life jackets.

  • Pinnies & Spandex Vests: These stretchy spandex tops are often worn over a life jacket or buoyancy aid. Although not essential, they have become popular among dinghy sailors, serving as a representation of clubs and sailing teams. Pinnies and spandex vests are designed to prevent snags and enhance your sailing experience.

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Expert Advice & Sailing Apparel Resources

If you’re unsure about the gear you need or have questions about sizing, don’t worry! We have expert advice and sailing apparel resources to assist you. Our “What to Wear Guides” provide recommendations for different water activities, ensuring you have the right gear for your adventures. If you still have questions, our team is just a call or text away. Contact us at 503-285-5536 or email [email protected]. We’re here to help!

Fast, Free Shipping & Hassle-Free Returns

At UpStreamPaddle, we understand the importance of a seamless shopping experience. That’s why we offer fast, free standard shipping on qualifying orders. You can shop with confidence knowing that we also provide hassle-free returns and easy return labels. We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase, and our 366-day return policy ensures just that.

So why wait? Visit us at UpStreamPaddle and explore our wide range of gear. Get ready to make a splash with gear that keeps you safe and stylish on the water!