The 10 Best Boating Life Vests

This review has been updated 16 times since it was first published in June of 2016. Whenever and wherever you decide to go boating, remember that a life jacket is a safety essential. But which specific model you decide to choose depends a lot on how you’re spending your time out on the water. This list brings together a wide variety of styles, from more fitted vests ideal for extreme sports, like tubing and wake boarding, to ones with lots of pockets designed for fishing. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the review.

Editor's Choices
Top 10 2 Person Kayaks

10. Imax Auto-Vox Inflatable

  • Horse collar style
  • Adjustable waist and crotch straps
  • Not for long periods in the water

9. Stohlquist Women’s Flo

  • Has beverage and bellow pockets
  • High back clears most kayak seats
  • A little expensive

8. Onyx General Purpose

  • Doesn't impede swimming
  • Soft foam contours to the body
  • Rather bland appearance

7. Body Glove Women’s Phantom

  • High-quality air foam
  • Drain panels keep water out
  • Some users may find it too long

6. Mustang Survival Lil’ Legends

  • Also comes in infant size
  • Heavy-duty grab strap
  • No crotch strap

5. Onyx MoveVent

  • Reflective bands provide visibility
  • Lots of mesh venting
  • Not for general applications

4. Flowt AK-1

  • Universal adult size
  • Also come in camo
  • Clear storage bag included

3. NRS Chinook PFD

  • D-ring on back for attaching net
  • Knife lash tab on front
  • Soft and flexible material

2. O’Neill Wetsuits Superlite

  • Fits wide variety of body types
  • Coated polyester shell
  • Great value for price

1. Stearns Adult Classic Series

  • Three buckles make for easy fitting
  • Durable webbed straps
  • Open-sided design

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