A bouyancy aid is a very important part of your SUP safety equipment. On this page you can check out our reviews and submit your own buoyancy aid review, share your experiences with bouyancy aids and anything else you’d like to contribute
Buoyancy Aid Reviews
Here are some of the products that we have in-depth personal experience with and are prepared to recommend. More reviews coming very soon – the website has only just been launched, and our main goal has been getting the books right. If you would like to submit a review we’d love to hear from you!
In the book
Here are some of the discussion points covered in the chapters about buoyancy aids. Order your copy of the book now!
- Buoyancy aids in in the paddleboarding context
- Why would we want a buoyancy aid
- Why would you not want a buoyancy aid
- Why not just carry my buoyancy aid on the board
- Types of buoyancy aid
- Permanent flotation buoyancy aids
- The flotation vs comfort conundrum
- Fitting your permanent flotation buoyancy aid
- Who is a permanent flotation buoyancy aid for
- Medical considerations when choosing a bouyancy aid
- Inflatable buoyancy aids
- Choosing a beltpack buoyancy aid
- Other considerations with beltpacks
- Hybrid buoyancy aids
- Other flotation options
- How much buoyancy do I actually need?
- Choosing the right buoyancy aid
- In summary
- Golden rules of safety equipment: for Buoyancy aids
- Buoyancy aid knowledge: test yourself
Making the right choice of buoyancy aid for your particular requirements is a very important aspect of your safety strategy, so so you really owe it to yourself to fully understand the issues and complexities of choosing the right style and knowing how to use it properly. Order your copy of the book now!
Brands, Products and Links
There are numerous buoyancy aid brands, and a huge amount of regional variation in what product is on offer, so this is a difficult one to advise on generally. This is particularly so with permanent flotation buoyancy aids, which can be purchased very cheaply from many sports retail chains.
The following products are highly rated, but we have not used them enough ourselves to give a full review on.
A basic beltpack from US brand Onyx. Low profile, light and cheap.
Airhead Paddle Vest
A simple but functional permanent buoyancy vest. Light weight, nice and bright, plenty of adjustment, good neoprene padding on the shoulders, useful front pocket. Be sure to use the sizing chart to get the right size for your requirements.
What are your thoughts on Buoyancy Aids?
If you have anything to add to the discussion in the book about buoyancy aids then please let us know. The discussion here will be moderated, and only relevant comments will be accepted. (Differing viewpoints are extremely welcome, but please do read the chapter in the book first, and base your comments on what has been written there. If your view has already been covered in the book there’s no point repeating it again).
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