OBrien 3 Buckle PRO Women's Deluxe Ski Vest


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COLOUR Black Pink, Black Purple
GENDER Women's
MPN 21523/02/03/05/12

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O'Brien 3 Belt Pro Deluxe Ski Vest

CE Approved Womens Buoyancy Aid Vest - CE Approved super comfy Buoyancy Vest.

O'Brien Deluxe 3 Belt CE Womens Buoyancy Vest has a classic design that works so well.

This Watersports Buoyancy Vest and is ideal for loads of different water and boating activities. This nice and simple design is great for Waterski, Wakeboard, as well as Towables, Inflatables, SUP, Boating use and all recreational watersports.

A great size range means this can be used by lots of different people and will be comfortable all day.

This vest is fully approved to CE ISO 12402-5 and EN ISO 12402-6 rating the general standard for Buoyancy vests.

O'Brien Womens Deluxe Ski Vest Product Details

  • CE-approved floatation device.
  • Pro level Construction from super-soft PVC Flexible foam for outstanding comfort
  • Durable rip-stop Nylon
  • Fully adjustable with 3 webbing belts with Quick Release Buckles - 3 buckles for security and excellent fit
  • Oversized arm holes for better freedom of movement

O'Brien 3 Buckle Pro Buoyancy Aid Vest Description

Ideal for year-round use from Spring and Summer right through to Autumn and Winter. The special lightweight design provides optimal levels of relaxed all-day comfort to the point where you might forget you are even wearing it. Makes use of construction techniques and materials that are specifically chosen for their high strength and excellent durability. . 3 x quick and easy snap-lock buckle closures with strong webbing straps to keep the vest snug against your body and prevent it from riding up.

Great for general boating use on either powered craft or sailing vessels. Designed with features that optimise the protection from impacts and abrasion which not only keeps you safe and protected but also builds confidence. This is a great quality product that is constructed from high end materials and designed to provide many seasons of reliable service. A perfect choice for every type and standard of Stand-Up-Paddleboarding on either rivers and lakes or open water sea SUP paddle-boarding.

Features a built in safety Jet-ski PWC Kill-cord Ring so that you can attach your lanyard kill cord to it when out on the water. Designed specifically to fit perfectly and provide the ultimate in all day comfort. The thermal properties of this vest will add insulation and warmth in all conditions. Great design and fit for general Canoe or Kayak use from recreational paddling up to full white water conditions.

The hard wearing and fast drying nylon outer skin provides excellent all day long protection and convenience. Features larger arm holes for extra comfort and freedom of movement making this vest ideal for all types of water sports. Fully adjustable to fit a wide variety of body shapes and sizes and enable you to optimise your comfort and safety. A great choice for Towable Tube riding thanks to the high levels of comfortable and buoyancy plus excellent protection from even the fastest of tumbles.

The materials used in this vest are designed specifically to minimise water absorption and to dry as quickly as possible during and after use.

Size Guide
  • XS - 28-32"  / 71-81cm Chest
  • S - Bust 32-36" / 81-91cm Chest
  • M - Bust 36-40" / 91-102cm Chest
  • L - Bust 40-44" / 102-112cm Chest

How to fit your O'Brien Life Jacket (click here)


Buying a Buoyancy Aid / Impact Vest or Life Jacket - Advice Guide

Buoyancy Aids, or Personal Flotation Devices (PFD's) as they are often referred to, have come a long way in recent years and they are now light and comfortable to wear, attractive to look at, and do not restrict your movement in the way that many older models used to. The first thing to understand about a Buoyancy Aid is that it is fundamentally different in design and in purpose to a Life Jacket and to an Impact Vest.

Buoyancy Aids

A Buoyancy Aid is simply designed to make life easier if you are taking part in a water sport that involves you actually (or potentially) being in the water at some point. Buoyancy Aids will assist your flotation greatly, but generally speaking you still need to be able to swim in order to stay fully afloat with your head above the water. A Good Buoyancy Aid will provide a certain amount of insulation on cold days and most will provide varying amounts of impact protection depending on their design and the materials used.

The accepted standard for a Buoyancy Aid is that is provides 50N of floatation and that it is ISO-approved. Buoyancy Aids are worn like a jacket and fasten at the front or side with either snap buckles or zips (or both). As with most things, you get what you pay for and we recommend that you should always spend as much as you can comfortably afford as the more expensive models are generally made from higher quality and harder wearing materials, are more comfortable, and have more adjustments / features for the perfect fit.

Impact Vests

An Impact Vest differs from a Buoyancy Aid in that it is designed primarily for protection and freedom of movement rather than buoyancy. They may, however, offer up to 50N of buoyancy in some cases but they rarely meet the necessary ISO standards required of a buoyancy aid as their main purpose is different.

Impact Vests are intended for use during high-speed watersports where potential injury could occur from coming into contact with the water (or obstacles / equipment) at high speed. Impact vests are intentionally made to be tight fitting so that they stay put during a hard fall and as a result they can take a bit of getting used to at first.

Many designs offer a front zip, which makes entry and exit much easier, but some are literally pull-over style and are pulled over the head rather than zipped or buckled up. Although a little more awkward, pull-over vests offer the ultimate in mobility, especially when tucking forward, as there is no rigid zip to get in the way.

Impact vests tend to be thinner than buoyancy aids as this improves mobility. They often have segmented panels, which are separate sections (often visible) that allow the vest to flex more at the joints. Some also have added protection in critical areas of the torso and spine such as around the ribs (handy when riding at the cable park).

Life Jackets

A Life Jacket differs from a Buoyancy Aid in that it is designed primarily to keep you afloat, even if you can't swim, and to rotate you onto your back if you are unconscious so that your head is held above water and you can breathe. For this reason, Life Jackets tend to be bulky and have a pronounced head / neck support plus straps to ensure that the jacket does not come off if the user is thrown into the water at speed. Wearing a Life Jacket for most recreational water sports is impractical and uncomfortable, but using them for boating or perhaps kayaking would be perfect, and if you want to tow younger kids in towable inflatables then we also recommend Life Jackets for this purpose too.

Which is Right For Me?

For most recreational water sports activities a well fitting buoyancy aid will be exactly the right thing to wear. However, if you are a competent wakeboarder or skier and you like to shred hard then we recommend that you wear an impact vest.

The interior of a buoyancy aid will be soft foam and the exterior cover will be either nylon or neoprene. Nylon is generally cheaper and harder wearing than neoprene and it dries quicker, but neoprene is much softer and more comfortable against the skin, especially when you are not wearing a wetsuit. It also provides better thermal insulation. If you can justify the extra cost then always go for neoprene, but having said that nylon is perfectly good for most applications. 


Correct fit is everything when it comes to buoyancy aids and spending time in the wrong one will not only spoil your day but it could also be dangerous. To check that you are wearing the correct buoyancy aid for your height and weight just perform these simple tests (always perform these checks with the vest fully fastened).

1 - Is it comfortable? If it is rubbing or is too tight somewhere then it could be a simple matter of relaxing one or more of the adjustment straps. If after doing this you still feel uncomfortable then go for the next size up.

2 - Try taking a few nice deep breaths. If the jacket restricts your breathing at the top of each breath then relax the adjustment straps. If after doing this you still feel uncomfortable then go for the next size up. Remember that some watersports can make you quite out of breath and being able to breathe properly is obviously important.

3. Lift your arms up above your head. If the Buoyancy Aid does not move above the level of your ears then it is the correct size. If the jacket ends up over your head then it could be a simple matter of tightening one or more of the adjustment straps. Start tightening the straps at the waist and work your way up. If the vest has shoulder straps, tighten them last. Repeat the test and if the jacket still ends up over your head then it is too big so go for the next size down.

4. Ask someone pull up on the shoulders. If it moves up past the level of your ears then try tightening the straps. Repeat the test and if it still moves up above your ears then it is too large so go for the next size down.

Good Practises

  • Don't use your Buoyancy Aid as a cushion. It will damage the foam and it will lose buoyancy.
  • Don't leave your Buoyancy Aid lying in direct sunlight for long periods.
  • Always rinse your Buoyancy Aid in fresh water after use, especially after being in salt water.
  • Drip-dry your Buoyancy Aid before storing. Store in a cool, dry, dark place where there is good ventilation.


Buoyancy is measured in Newtons (N). 

  • Level 50 Buoyancy Aid: Not recommended for weak or non-swimmers. No self-turning ability.
  • Level 70 Buoyancy Aid: Equivalent to the old system’s Type III PFDs. They are the most common PFDs worn by recreational boaters. No self-turning ability.
  • Level 100 Life Jacket: High flotation PFD. Some self-turning ability.
  • Level 150: High flotation PFD. Offshore waters, self-turning ability.

Combined British and European Standards (BS ENs) exist for buoyancy equipment. Each Standard is intended to be suitable for different activities in various risk situations.

BS EN 393:1994 Buoyancy aids: 50 N. These have a buoyancy of no less than 50 Newtons for the average adult and are intended for use in sheltered waters when help is close at hand and the user is a swimmer, and in circumstances where more bulky or buoyant devices would impair the user’s activity or actually endanger them.

BS EN 395:1994  Lifejackets: 100 N. These have a buoyancy of no less than 100 Newtons for the average adult and are intended for relatively sheltered waters when normal clothing is being worn and the wearers remain capable of helping themselves.

BS EN 396:1994  Lifejackets: 150 N. These have a buoyancy of no less than 150 Newtons for the average adult and are intended for use in tidal waters or when foul weather clothing is being used; and where the wearers may not be capable of helping themselves due to injury or exhaustion (or where there may be a delay in rescue).