Water adventures can be thrilling and offer a much-needed escape from the daily grind. However, prioritizing safety should always be your top concern. And when it comes to water activities, nothing is more essential than a reliable life jacket. At UpStreamPaddle, we offer a carefully curated selection of comfortable, durable, and US Coast Guard approved life jackets, buoyancy aids, inflatable PFDs, and pinnies for sailors of all ages.
Your Ultimate Lifeline: Sailing Life Jackets & Buoyancy Aids
A life jacket is more than just a piece of equipment for water sports—it’s a potential lifesaver. This is particularly true for young sailors and those who venture out on small sailboats. At UpStreamPaddle, we understand the importance of safety, which is why we provide a range of comfortable and stylish life jackets. Our collection includes US Coast Guard approved life jackets, CE approved buoyancy aids, and inflatable PFDs. With options available for men, women, and kids in various styles, colors, and price points, we cater to every budget.
Discover the Right Life Jacket for You
US Coast Guard Approved Life Jackets
Our US Coast Guard approved life jackets are Type III life jackets, also known as personal flotation devices (PFDs). These life jackets meet the essential requirements for US Sailing, ensuring that you stay afloat even when unconscious. With their superior foam buoyancy and design, they keep you facing upward in the water and provide the utmost safety on small boats. Whether you’re a youth sailor or not a confident swimmer, a proper USCG approved life jacket is highly recommended.
Popular in Europe, buoyancy aids are lighter and more streamlined compared to USCG approved PFDs. While they offer less foam buoyancy than life jackets, they are suitable for experienced swimmers who sail in sheltered waters or have quick rescue options. It’s important to note that buoyancy aids won’t keep a person upright in the water if they become unconscious.
Designed for larger boat sailing, our inflatable PFDs automatically inflate when in the water. These vests are widely favored by keelboat and offshore sailors. However, they are not recommended for dinghy sailors who regularly enter the water in the event of a capsize, as this might trigger the vest’s inflation. In terms of flotation properties, they offer similar benefits to standard Type III life jackets.
Pinnies & Spandex Vests
Pinnies and spandex vests are stretchy tops typically worn over a life jacket or buoyancy aid. While not mandatory, they have gained popularity among dinghy sailors as they help prevent snags and often feature club or team decorations. These comfortable and versatile tops allow sailors to represent their sailing teams with pride.
Expert Advice & Sailing Apparel Resources
We understand that choosing the right gear can sometimes be overwhelming. That’s why, at UpStreamPaddle, we provide expert advice and sailing apparel resources to assist you. Our “What to Wear Guides” offer recommendations for different activities on the water. If you have any questions about sizing or need personalized guidance, our dedicated team is just a call, text, or email away. Reach out to us at 503-285-5536 or [email protected].
Fast, Free Shipping & 366 Day Returns
When you shop at UpStreamPaddle, we want your experience to be hassle-free. That’s why we offer fast, free standard shipping on qualifying orders. We also understand that sometimes returns are necessary. With our 366-day returns and easy return labels, you can shop with confidence, knowing that we’ve got you covered.
Don’t compromise on safety when you embark on your water adventures. Visit UpStreamPaddle today and explore our exceptional collection of life jackets and sailing gear. Stay safe, comfortable, and stylish on the water!