Questions about this item:
I bought a snorkel vest and wore it on a trip and really enjoyed just being able to float for hours and not work hard to float. I was wondering though if people had suggestions on how the crotch strap should be adjusted. I changed it a lot during my 5 days of snorkeling. If it was loose at all the vest would rise up and still end up causing a wedgie. If I tightened it to cause this before even getting in the water it then it didn't rise up and the underneath strap didn't move. I was happy with the jacket and fit, but didn't know if others dealt with this and if I was wearing it correctly or it should be tighter or looser? Thanks. Also, I have read on sites people say snug and I guess I don't know how tight that means. Thanks
JASON H Think about a belt you would wear around your waist. it's generally snug but not squeezing you.
Ideally, you want the vest to "fit" you, but obstruct your movement. Best way I've found is to fully inflate the vest on land then adjust the straps to fit comfortably. What this prevents is squeezing yourself when you are in the water and try to inflate. I tend to wear mine deflated in the water and use it for safety if I get tired.
Scott R Thanks. I never know what my definition of snug is compared to others. Thank you for the help. I will find what is comfortable.
G. WILLIAM C Inflate as little as possible to maintain positive buoyancy. At that inflation, the strap should be 'snug' (i.e.; not too tight)
Is the inflation tube on this vest stiff or flexable?
DENISE M The inflation tube is stiff. There is some flexibility at the base.
CHARLES P Its flexible. Its flat until you blow some air into it. As it fills with air it becomes more rigid.
I have a 45 lb girl and a 70 lb boy...what sizes should I get?
What size should I get, husband 5'7 215 lbs and son 6'1 185 lbs?
ENRIQUE Z Extra Large ... You want good fit ... and Extra Large has greater floatation ...
GLENN B Get one large and one XL
You do not full inflate. These help when you are in open water and are not comfortable clearing mask and need some rest. Note that the more air you put in, the less you have dive to the bottom.
DANIEL O Both extra large
I'm trying to decide what to get. Why did you pick this one?
CHRISTOPHER C We chose this one mainly by price, but really just needed something to give our very young boys, who were just becoming confident as swimmers at the time, a little added safety and support (buoyancy) while snorkeling.
what is the best way to determine which size to get?
CHERI S i just looked at the size chart, right beside the "select size and color" button......I think I got the small for my 10 yr. old grand daughter.
DAVID R Generally, just a small amount of additional buoyancy is all that is required to maintain a snorkeler at the surface, so the smallest of bladders would probably work fine - remember, you are not using this as a life jacket, just something to trim your buoyancy. Also, more body fat generally means more positive buoyancy and less needed to artificially supplement.
is this for an adult?
JANNELL S Yes, my mother (80 yrs old) used it and it worked very well for her.
MICHAEL S Yep! Works great! Just don't get to use it enough!!
STEPHEN F Yes. I wear a ladies medium and this vest fits me well.
CHARLES P Certainly - in the larger sizes. This type of vest is for emergency flotation when snorkeing or swimming. Its basicly an orally inflatable life vest. It is not for use with SCUBA as a buoyancy compensator because it does not have an over-inflation release valve.
RUSSELL G Yes this vest is for an adult , I bought it for my wife who isn't a great swimmer for a bit of support while snorkeling .
how do i determine size to order?
JASON H As a guy, I guessed it would be like buying a Tshirt. The XL was perfect for my 5'11" 215lb frame. As for it's use I did utilize it last year during a scallop trip due to rough surface conditions. When properly attached (use the crotch strap) it doesn't get in your way. For my wife who is petite 5ft (i'll leave it there), I guessed medium and it fit nicely.
JOE A Small for children under 100 lbs, Med 100 lbs and XL 150 lbs.
TIM K Go to the size chart and find the one that is most likely to fit comfortably over your head.
I have two boys, 8 and 10 but they are about the same size. They weight about 68 lbs. What size should I get?
CRAIG P Jr. Small or small, ask the customer service desk -- they should have a sizing chart
I want to get 3 of these for me(5'2 110 lb), my husband (5'10 150 lb) and my son (4', 50 lb). Can you please recommend sizes?
GLENN B I would recommend buying 1 small, 1 medium and 1 large.
You do not put a lot of air in them... Too much air and you cannot dive. They make you more comfortable snorkeling for long periods away for the boat and may allow your son to be comfortable swimming around by himself.
DANIEL O Two medium and one small
LESLIE D We ordered these but to date have not used them. Sorry I can't help you out.
What size would I order for #1 - 5'4" 130 lb female; #2 - 5'10" 155 lb male?
DANIEL O i WOULD SAY GET MED FOR THE FEMALE AND THE LARGE FOR THE MALE.
JOHN P Bought vest for both wife & I. Recommend ordering size same as if you were getting a light jacket. They appear well made for the price & inflate easily.
LESLIE D Sorry but I can't help. We never used them.
Hi-- I am a complete idiot. I inflated it to try it on, now cannot figure out how to deflate the darned thing! (Of course there were no instructions, but I cannot help but notice that in the comments people mentioned that their 12 year old had no problem deflating. I am considerably older than that...) So -- how do you deflate it?
"By the looks of the picture my vest is totally different. Mine is made by Blue Reef but I got it in 2006. It has a piece that screws to allow the spring loaded valve to be pushed down for inflation/deflation. If yours has something like this, make sure the valve can be pushed down and hold it down while you squish (that's a technical term by the way) all the air out. My only other thought, not being able to blow the picture up enough to get detail of the valve, is that your valve is spring loaded in a closed positon that allows for inflation. Try pulling up on the valve gently and see if it gives a little and lets the air out. Good luck."
Michael M Thanks. It turns out that there is a little plastic tab on the cap to the air tube that fits into the airtube and depresses the valve, etc. Instructions might have been useful on this one.
BRIAN T By the looks of the picture my vest is totally different. Mine is made by Blue Reef but I got it in 2006. It has a piece that screws to allow the spring loaded valve to be pushed down for inflation/deflation. If yours has something like this, make sure the valve can be pushed down and hold it down while you squish (that's a technical term by the way) all the air out.
My only other thought, not being able to blow the picture up enough to get detail of the valve, is that your valve is spring loaded in a closed positon that allows for inflation. Try pulling up on the valve gently and see if it gives a little and lets the air out. Good luck.
Hi, I have the same vest. It is not intuitive and took awhile to figure out. There is a tab on the cap of the inflator tube. Pinch it between your fingers and insert it in the white plastic 'crosshairs' on the top of the inflator tube. Pushing that in slightly will release the air. Hope that works for you.
Michael M Thanks! I think maybe there should be some directions on this product. I doubt I would have managed to figure this out w/out help.
EDWARD S No worries. Yes, an instruction sheet would be helpful. Enjoy your snorkeling trip.
You simply push down on the end of the inflation mouthpiece, then squeeze the vest to force the air out. You push the end in to inflate and also to deflate the vest. I hope this helps.
Michael M Thanks for replying.
I couldn't make your suggestion work, exactly.
Where am I supposed to push down-- inside or outside the inflation mouthpiece?
If I push on the outside, nothing moves.
If I look INSIDE the mouthpiece, I see an x-shaped plastic bit, but it's set in too deeply to push with fingers, etc.
But there is a plastic tab on the lid to the mouthpiece. I was able to get the thing to deflate only by sticking that tab into the mouthpiece and using it to push down on the x-shaped plastic bit.
But this doesn't seem to be what you are recommending.
Also, the tab on the lid doesn't seem designed to do that.
What am I missing?
And: thanks again so much for replying!
MARC M Michael I am sorry for the confusion I caused. My wife's vest, from Leisure Pro, was one I bought about 3 years ago and it was made by Innovative Scuba Concepts. After looking at the pictures I see that the inflation tube on my vest is more like the one on the "Leisure Pro Black Snorkel Vest." The end of the tube is spring loaded and slides up and down the shaft to open and close the valve. I'm afraid I can't be of much help to you. I hope you have as much fun as my wife continues to have snorkeling with her vest.
CRAIG H I CURRENTLY HAVE 3 DIFFERENT SNORKEL VESTS WITH DIFFERENT INFLATION VALVE SETUPS. NOTE THAT THE INFLATION TUBE TIP IS A VALVE THAT SITS ON AN INTERNAL SPRING (USUALLY), THAT WHEN PUSHED DOWNWARD (TOWARDS THE INFLATION TUBE) WILL ALLOW THE AIR TO ESCAPE. HOLDING THE VALVE OPEN AND SQUEEZING THE VEST WILL CLEAR THE AIR FROM THE VEST. SOME VALVES HAVE SPRINGS AND 'THREADS' (THAT CAN BE SCREWED IN OR OUT TO HOLD THE VALVE OPEN OR CLOSED FOR DEFLATING OR INFLATING.)
HOPE ITS NOT A BAD VALVE. IF IT IS SOME KIND OF MALFUNCTION, LEI PRO WILL MOST CERTAINLY MAKE IT RIGHT.
TIM F Hi Michael,
Too deflate the vest you simply push down on the tip of the nozzle that inflates it. To inflate it, you push it down and blow into it. To deflate it you push it down to allow the air to escape.
There is a safety coupling just below the tip that screws up or down as a safety mechanism. You need to be sure it is screwed all the way down for the tip to operate properly.
Is the oral inflator brass or plastic?
LeisurePro S The inflator on this vest is made from plastic.
My wide is 5'6 and about 155 pounds. What size?
LeisurePro S I would recommend a medium.
I am 5'1" and 130 lbs. Would I wear a small or medium?
LeisurePro S I would recommend the medium.
I bought a medium but now am wondering if I should have bought a large. I wear a medium life jacket. How can you tell a good fit?
LeisurePro S The waist strap and crotch strap should be able to be fastened comfortably around your waist without the vest riding up too high or too low on your torso. Think of it as if you were putting on a smock or an apron.
My husband is 6'4" and around 275 lbs. Would the x-large work for him or should we look at something else?
LeisurePro S No, I think an XL will work out well.
My wife is in the middle of small and medium. She is 5'4'' and 108lbs. What size should she get?
LeisurePro S I would recommend the medium.
I have 2 boys that are not strong swimmers and want to go snorkeling on our vacation. My 10yr old is about 4'9'' and 70lbs, the 7yr old is about 4'6'' and 55lbs. Would they be okay in a small and would this work for beginner swimmers?
LeisurePro S Yes, they should both be a small. This is perfect for weaker swimmers, for giving them extra lift in the water.
What size should I order?
LeisurePro S My best recommendation would be to order the vest in the size you would order a t-shirt in.
What is the difference between this vest and the more expensive Akona vest?
LeisurePro S The Akona vest has a slightly bigger volume and little more "brand name" rep.
I'm looking to purchase four vests for an upcoming trip to Jamaica. Please recommend sizes as follows: #1 female 5'4 & 120 lbs. #2 female 5'11" & 145 lbs. #3 male 5'11" & 140 lbs. #4 male 5'11" & 185 lbs.
LeisurePro S I would recommend: Female #1: Medium Female #2: Medium Male #3: Medium Male #4: Large
I am 5' 2" and weigh about 115#, would a Jr,small be the correctsize for me?
LeisurePro S Yes, I would recommend the small.
Does this vest have a brass or plastic inflator tube?
looking at the blue reef snorkel vest for my husband. 5' 11" 195lbs, what size should i get
LeisurePro S A size large or X-large will work just fine for him, I would lean towards a large.
I am intersted in your snorkel vests....what sizes do you recommend for av size adults? about 5'10 and 175 lbs?
I'm 5"2 and 110 lbs. Should I get the small or medium of this snorkel vest?
LeisurePro S Small is correct
WIth reference to the Blue Reef Snorkeling Vest please let me know the suggested weight ranges for the small, medium, large and X-large vests. Thank you for your assistance. Sincerely, Michael Jaffe
LeisurePro S small, 50- 100lbs
These are approximate weights
Does this have a waist strap?
LeisurePro S This item has a waist strap and crotch strap to keep it in place securely.
Should I order in the same size that I would for a T shirt?
LeisurePro S Yes that would work well.
This product has a limited warranty of 24 months.
Getting ready to go on a tropical vacation to Saint Somewhere or maybe the Florida Keys would be nice, whatever it is if there is warm water you've got to go snorkeling! Enjoying snorkeling includes be comfortable and safe when in the water. Using a snorkeling vest increases safety and comfort. The bright orange or yellow color allows watercraft operators to recognize that people are in the surrounding water and to keep clear, it also allows people to see you easily for pick up by your own watercraft.
More importantly you remain comfortable when enjoying the wonders of the reef. The snorkeler can orally inflate and deflate the volume of air in the vest to their requirements. Add just a little air to use it as a "pillow" under your chest to help hold your head and snorkel above water. Fully inflate in stressful situations to relax and rest. Deflate by yourself to return to surface diving activities. Fits comfortably over the snorkeler's head and secures firmly to the body with two adjustable straps.
- Easy To Use
- Improves Diving Experience
- Solid Construction
- Easy To Use
- Improves Diving Experience
- Solid Construction
- Solid Construction
- Easy To Use