Life jackets are the foamy vests that protect us from drowning and from feeling the full impact of the freezing water. It’s an essential water accessory. But can we always find the right-sized life jackets?
Can you relate that when you go to buy a life jacket, you try on some jackets of different sizes and realize that none of the life jackets fit your bust?
Women with large bust often find that if they size up, then the life jacket is loose. If they size down, then they have difficulty in breathing. What then can be done to find the right-sized life jackets for women with a large bust?
This article will tell you about the importance of life jackets, how to pick the right size for women with a large bust, and how to select the best life jacket that suits your needs. Read on to find out!
Why do you need to invest in a life jacket?
Life jackets are not only used on commercial seafaring vessels for protection but also for recreational purposes like swimming and water sports.
Different levels of life jackets are worn depending on the activity undertaken. The levels of life jacket mean the level of buoyancy the particular jacket has.
For example, a swimmer will be given a life jacket of only 50 levels, whereas people who wear heavy, waterproof clothes will be given a 250 level life jacket. When it comes to choosing a life jacket, it is not as easy as shopping for regular clothes.
The women who have a bigger bust are either stuck with a loose life jacket or with a very tight one. The loose life jacket can float away in the time of the need, and tight jackets make breathing difficult, and they are, in general, very uncomfortable.
3. Astral Women’s Layla
With high visibility colors, low-profile design, and a large chest room, it has everything you need. Its buoyant material keeps you afloat in the water, which ensures your safety even if you are a novice.
It’s made from 200X400 Denier Ripstop Nylon with stretch polyester lycra shell with 200 Denier high tenacity nylon liner and a PolyPro webbing.
Phew! That may have confused you, but in simple words, it means that you are in a very sturdy material that will not rip-off easily. Even though it’s sturdy from outside, it’s soft and comfy inside.
The PVC-free Gaia and Polyethylene foam(PE) inside not only makes it comfortable but also ensures that you remain afloat in the water. Also, there is a sculpted bust cup inside in a soft Kapok foam that provides extra support and comfort to your bust.
From PVC-free, I recalled that this vest is free of toxic PVC material, which means its nature-friendly, so your purchase will not affect mother nature like other vests.
Multiple adjustable straps let you customize the vest for your perfect fit, so fit is not an issue. On the front is a secure pocket enclosed by a quick release buckle where you can store your gear.
The pocket is internally divided into two parts where the front part is big enough to hold your phone, whereas the back one can hold your keys and a whistle. Remember, the pocket is not waterproof, so put your phone or other electronics in a good waterproof pouch to keep them safe alongside you.
Unlike other life jackets, it has a heavy-duty zipper at quarter(side) that keeps you enclosed, and resists slip-off on huge impact.
Personally, I noticed that when I am moving too much, the stretchy loop that held the zipper sometimes comes slightly unzipped, that however, is not a big issue, but I thought of informing you beforehand.
Due to low profile design and open space(aside from pocket), it has enough airflow to maintain a cool temperature inside on a sunny day. You also get a lash tab to fill a rescue knife for extra safety.
Weighing only 1.76 lbs, it provides a buoyancy of 16.3 lbs, which is more than enough to keep you afloat. And yes, it’s USCG Approved Type III vest so you can use it anywhere without any problem.
Currently, its available in three colors and four size options.
- Highly visible
- Sturdy and comfortable
- Extra support and comfort for bust
- PVC Free and a lot of Buoyancy
- Adjustable and has pocket for small gear
- Lash tab for Rescue Knife and low profile to maintain a cool temperature
- Little bulky, of course, with so many things you can’t expect a super light vest
2. MTI Adventurewear Women’s Moxie PFD
Tired of wearing old school plain vests? Not anymore, as this life jacket from MTI has sublimated print accent panels that offer a unique feminine styling.
Made from 300D polyester shell, its sturdy exterior withstands huge pressure and doesn’t rip-off easily even on a huge impact. It has a lower mesh back that allows ventilation and makes it perfect for high seat-backs.
It has a unique adjust-a-bust system that supports and reduces the pressure on the bust, thus making them comfortable. Basically, there are removable pads inside made of soft open-cell foam that is placed under the bust where they can cradle. These pads then support them and provide comfort to your body.
If you have a large bust and this vest feels a little tight, then you can consider removing the pads, and most probably, it will fit right. Some women prefer removing the pads, so I would recommend you to wear it with and without the pads (even if you have small/ medium bust) to check which one is best for you.
On-front is two large bellow expandable pockets that are big enough to store gears like your camera, phone, etc., and since they are quick-drain, they don’t hold water like other vests. A whistle is tethered inside the pocket that can be helpful in case of an emergency.
Remember, the pockets aren’t waterproof, so put your electronics in a waterproof case.
You may ask – Is there any option to store other big gears?
Well, Yes! On the back, we have what’s called a Daisy-chain-attachment system that is mounted over the shoulder where you can conveniently attach other important gears like your Fishing net, strobe, hydration pack, etc. (you got the idea).
Not only that, but the elastic loops on the front provides space to hang your Sunglasses and other small objects. This vest has a reflective trim to increase your visibility during low light, which is great for dawn/dusk/night lovers.
Unlike other vests, it has a three buckle front closure that keeps you secure inside even on a huge impact. You may not have noticed(from the picture), but the third buckle is at the very low for proper support.
Did I mention that this vest is adjustable? No? Well, it has two adjustable shoulder straps and two side cinch straps that let you customize the fit according to your body. It means no matter the size; you will get a good fit.
Being a USCG Approved Type III life jacket, this vest is available in one color and an M-L size. Now, the only complaint you may have is that it’s a little bulky, which is obvious! What else can you expect from a high-quality vest?
- Sturdy and feminine style
- Sturdy and Comfortable
- Lower mesh for high-back seats
- Expandable pockets, daisy chain and elastic loops for storage
- Visibile in low light and Adjustable
- USCG Approved
- Little Bulky
1.Kokatat Women’s UL MsFit
Before I talk about the amazing features this vest has, I want to talk about why this life jacket ranks at the top. The reason for that is not only its features but the recommendations from big bust women who personally said that this life jacket is “the best” for them. Now, let’s talk about what it got.
Available in four highly visible colors, it has reflective tape on the front and back that increases visibility even in low light, which means spotting you quickly is not an issue.
The deep-cut neck design and large armholes provide mobility and do not hinder your movement while you are paddling. There is a lash tab on-front where you can keep a rescue knife while the strobe lash tab on the back can accompany a strobe or another knife if you want.
Made from 500D Cordura outer and 200D nylon oxford inner shell, it has a sturdy exterior to withstand heavy wear and tear while the Gaia PVC-free foam inside provides comfort and keeps you afloat in the water.
For the unknown, PVC-free means it free of CFC harmful chemicals and can be recycled. Unlike other vests, the foam flex with your movement and doesn’t ride upon the face, which makes it very comfortable.
Additionally, the shoulders are made of Hypalon material that provides extra comfort. To ensure a perfect fit, there are 8 adjustment points (3 on each side and two shoulders) that let you customize the fit according to your body.
So, women with a large bust or tummy will easily get a good fit. Also, don’t be fooled by the name, even though it says “women’s” it can be worn by men as well, and they may love it (due to its features).
Unlike other vests, it has a front zipper closure along with a belly strap that keeps you securely fit inside and gives a sense of relief as even if one of them fails, the other one is there for protection.
Want to take some gear along you? Well, plenty of pockets gives you plenty of storage space to take you essential gears like a whistle, keys, mobile, etc. Remember, the pockets aren’t waterproof, so put your electronics in a waterproof case.
Approved by USCG and CE, it’s available in four colors and size options.
- Sturdy, Comfortable and Adjustable
- USCG and CE Approved
- PVC-Free so nature-friendly
- Lash tab and strobe lash tab for additional gear
- Provides mobility
- Plenty of size and colors
- Nothing I could find
Things to consider before buying a life jacket
Here are some factors mentioned that will help in the decision making for buying a life jacket for women with a large bust. Read on to find your perfect fit!
Your ideal fit
Life jackets aren’t like general clothes that come in different sizes. Life jackets are usually categorized into three categories of a child, an adult woman, and an adult man. But even though it comes for all age-specific genders, it’s challenging to find a jacket that fits you snug and keeps you comfortable.
When you go to buy a life jacket, try on a size that you think is right for you. It is even better to try a size that is a bit larger and smaller than the jacket you have chosen. This is because you can be assured which size is best for you. A life jacket should be unstrapped and then worn.
After that, secure the straps and check its comfort and fitting. If the fit is comfortable and snug, then voila, here’s your ideal fitted life jacket.
Stick with the neon
For many of us, black and neutral colors are our go-to colors. Yet, don’t make the mistake of buying a life jacket that isn’t neon in color. It could hurt the eyes, but it’s the color’s brightness that will make it easier to spot you if you get stuck while swimming.
Especially at night, the neon color will shine bright and will give the rescuer a sign to spot you! The neon color is also right because the straps are dark in color. The brightness of this color makes it easy to see the straps, and you can secure yourself without any camouflage confusion.
Your activity decides the type of jacket
The buoyancy of a life jacket is its ability to make a person float on the water. Depending on the levels of buoyancy, there are four types of life jackets:
- The level 50 life jacket has the buoyancy that will keep you afloat only if you try to swim. It will aid you, but it doesn’t do the job for you.
- Level 100 is excellent for non-swimmers and swimmers both in inshore waters. They protect you from drowning in calm waters, but they might not be helpful for an unconscious user.
- A life jacket that is of level 150 will keep you afloat even if you’re unconscious. This jacket is worn by people when wearing a life jacket is essential for a water sport or also while opting for some higher level of water sport. This life jacket, however, will not keep you afloat if you are wearing heavy or waterproof clothes.
- The last but not the least is the 275 level life jacket. Professionals wear this life jacket. This jacket is made for those who wear waterproof uniforms and carry heavy things with them. The life jacket will keep them afloat despite the material of the clothing.
Measure your chest
The formula for buying the perfect life jacket for you is the measurement of the chest. For women with a large bust, you can measure your chest. When you go shopping online or offline, you can check the size chart and then find your perfect match.
The ideal method to check the size is to wear the life jacket and secure it with straps. Then lift the jacket upwards from your shoulder, if it goes up, then it is big for you, and you need to size down.
Customized life jackets
Many prefer to customize a life jacket for themselves to contour their body parts while swimming. This is ideal for women who are gifted with beautiful curves.
They can customize the life jackets to be bigger on the chest and smaller on the waist. For adding more contours to your body and highlighting your best features, you can also have adjustable straps as they are essential for your safety.
The main thing to take care of while customizing the life jacket is the foam. This foam is the one that will save your life and provide you security. Don’t compromise on the material and quantity of the foam used.
With everyone being pro-environment these days, many people insist on buying sustainable products. The life jackets too are available in a material that is skin-friendly as well as environment-friendly.
Don’t buy a jacket with low-quality fabric as you can get any number of rashes and redness on the skin. Eco-friendly jackets are recycled to make a new jacket, and therefore they won’t harm the Earth also.
A life jacket that is from a brand will be expensive but will last with you for ages. The life jacket isn’t just a safety tool, rather a style statement.
Fancy life jackets are the ones that come with extra pockets, reflective tapes as straps, bright neon colors, hoops and chains, and even pockets. Yes, you heard correct; finally, women’s clothing has pockets!
But the downside of customizing a life jacket is that it will weigh you down. Every life jacket has a limit of weight to help you stay afloat in water. As the accessories add on more weight, at times of crisis and calamity, the accessory will weigh you down, quite literally!
Be careful with what you choose. Looking good is fantastic, but safety comes first. You can have the neon life jacket and reflective tape as straps but cut down on the chains.
How to maintain a life jacket?
For maintaining a life jacket, the company will give you specific instructions. They will also give you an instruction manual for the same. But, you can also follow these tips to store and maintain your life jacket for your future water adventures.
- Store it away from sunlight.
- Choose a place in your closet that is dark and cool. This will protect the life jacket from direct sun as well as it won’t hamper in the process of you picking your daily outfits.
- The method of washing used before storing it away is ‘drip-drying.’
- Any sharp item should be kept away because the material of a life jacket is very delicate and soft. If it tears, your closet will be filled with foam.
- For removing salted particles, give it a thorough rinse in clean water.
If you don’t wish to maintain it, then you can always borrow it from someone or buy the ones available for the public at the site of water sports. You can also buy an eco-friendly life jacket and then simply give it for recycling.
Benefits of wearing a life jacket
A life jacket is worn at all times when you take a trip to the waters. The life jacket’s prime goals are to protect you from drowning. It keeps you afloat and gives you the added advantage against water till your rescuer comes.
The life jacket always absorbs the shock of the initial fall in the cold water. You won’t sink to the lower depths of the water; if you jump, you will simply stay afloat. Life jackets add as an extra layer of clothing.
They prevent you to some extent from hyperthermia. The life jacket is becoming more of a fashion statement these days, and hence you can be safe and flaunt your beauty while wearing it!
1. With a woman of the large bust, is it easy to find my size?
As most life jackets are measured by chest, you are sure to find a life jacket that fits you. If you are still unsure about the fitting, then you can always customize the life jacket to fit you snug.
Buying a life jacket is an important decision. It’s the matter of you staying afloat in dangerous situations. Buy a jacket that is your right size. The life jacket can also be made stylish to fit your personality.
But also remember, too many features will only add on the extra weight and you’ll have to try harder to stay afloat. Whether you’re a woman with a large bust or women with a small bust, comfort comes first. Buy a life jacket in which you can breathe freely and one that doesn’t come off easily.
2. Why can’t I find the right-sized life jacket?
Its because most of the life jackets on the market are made for average-size people. And to ensure a proper fit, these vests have little to no extra chest space, which ultimately becomes a problem for you. But don’t worry, there are several women vests that fit like a charm, and you will find them in this list.
3. Should I clean the life jacket after using it?
Just like any other clothes, life jackets need to get washed as well. If you’ve worn the life jacket in salty water or if it has mud and sand on it, then clean it thoroughly with water.
Later, let it dry naturally in the sun. Any kind of steam used to dry the jacket like a hairdryer or leaf blower can ruin the quality of the jacket.
Then, store it in a dark and cool place, preferably at the end of your closet so that it can be protected from direct sunlight, and you don’t have to maneuver around the life jacket every day to find an outfit.
4. When should one replace their old life jacket?
When the foam of your jacket wears down, and you see some frays coming out of the materials and cloth of the life jacket, it is time to discard it. The life of a life jacket once over shouldn’t be used because it won’t be buoyant, and you can drown.
The biggest indication is the flatness of the foam. If your life jacket is eco-friendly, then rather than throwing it away, you can give it for recycling.
5. Should I replace my life jacket if it has mold on it?
Well, it depends, but my suggestion is – It’s not necessary. If you have an old life jacket that can rip-off after few uses, then most probably you must change it, but if the quality is fine, then clean the mold, and you are good to go.
So, finally, we reached the end. In this article, I talked about the best life jackets for large bust women’s that you can get for a safe and comfortable fit. Getting the right size for the large bust is harder then it seems, and I gave you three of the best vests that will fit like a charm. So, what are you thinking of? Get your jacket and jump in the water!