How to choose the right life vest for stand-up paddle?

Find out how to choose a stand-up paddleboard buoyancy aid to get on the water safely in all conditions.

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#1 Based on what you will be doing

Choose a buoyancy aid for SUP up to 2 miles from land (3.22 km).

For recreational use, a foam vest will be easier to use and will provide buoyancy immediately if you fall in the water.

If you want one that takes up less space, choose a manual inflatable PFD with a gas cartridge, which will leave your shoulders free to move. Please note, you must pull on the handle to inflate the buoyancy aid as needed. Some buoyancy aids also feature a hydration bladder pocket at the back so you can easily stay hydrated as you paddle.

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wairgo buoyancy aid SUP

#2 Based on your weight

Your weight will determine the choice of your buoyancy aid.

Refer directly to the instructions on the vest.

This does not apply to the WAIRGO vest, which is chosen according to your size: S, M, L, XL.

#3 Based on your activity and its intensity

Depending on your activity and its intensity, you may need more freedom of movement.

A foam vest will be more restrictive for example over long distances than the WAIRGO vest, which is very close to the body and which moves with your body, with a 1-litre water pouch to rehydrate when practising your sport.

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