Life jackets are something you do not want to cut corners on. If spending a few extra bucks means a safer, more comfortable vest, then it is a no-brainer. In wakeboarding, there are two major types of jackets. The first type is the U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket (USCGA...or just CGA). These life jackets will keep you afloat and if knocked out in the water, and are guaranteed to roll you over on your back and keep your head out of the water. The second type of life jacket would be the comp vest or non-U.S. Coast Guard approved jacket. These jackets are designed to provide their users with a greater range of motion while wakeboarding. They also offer impact protection and some degree of flotation. The downside of comp vests is that they will not keep you afloat as well as the more substantial U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets will. BuyWake.com specializes in both types of life jackets and comp vests for men, women, and kids from brands like Hyperlite, Liquid Force, Billabong, O'Neill, Mystic, Follow, Body Glove, Ronix, and beyond. Always wear a life jacket!