The Wingman is the not only the world's thinnest life jacket but also the most versatile with unlimited optional features. We've added our Modular Pack System to allow you to bring a chestpack or waistpack. We have also added a hydration sleeve so that you will never have to carry your hydration pack and a life jacket again. The zippered pocket has an audio channel up your back so that your headphone cord will stay out of your way. Of course all these features are optional so you can go with them one day and without the next. The possibilities are endless and allow you to outfit the Wingman to meet your specific needs.
The Wingman is powered by a 23 Gram CO2 cartridge triggered by a manual ripcord on your chest; if you find yourself in an emergency, simply pull down on the ripcord to deploy the bladder. The vest inflates instantly and the air pressure pushes open the zipper. It will immediately get your head above water and float you face up. Once you are to safety you can rearm the vest as described below and be back in the action within minutes.
Rearming your Wingman is a Simple 3 Step Process:
Each CO2 cartridge is good for one ripcord inflation, the vest can be inflated as many times as you'd like and has an oral tube for manual inflation/deflation.
The Wingman is currently unisex and one-size-fits-all with a defined chest size range of 30-52 inches; adjustable straps run under the user's arms and provide each user with a custom and comfortable fit. It is currently available in three colors: Black, Red, and Tangerine. We will be offering a line of Wingman specific accessories such as waistpacks, chestpacks, and hydration bladders once the Wingman is publicly available. It will be United States Coast Guard approved as a Type V Inflatable with Type III performance once certified.
Inflation vests are now a staple item in any professional surfer's quiver; pros understand the water's dangers and have adopted inflation vests to keep them safe, the only problem is that they haven't made this technology available to the general public, we have! The Wingman makes a great surf vest when paired with our Wingman Cover Shirt; it's sleek for in water speed and discreet so that others won't know you have it on. This combination is great for many other applications as well such as triathlons, free diving, and kiteboarding. The Wingman is an affordable option for anyone looking for additional security when on or in the water!
We are watermen; we paddle, fish, swim, surf, sail and spend as much time on the water as possible. Some days we are competitive; racing paddleboards, kayaks, and triathlons, while other days we enjoy relaxing on the water tied up with friends and cold beers. No matter what activity the day holds, there is always one item hampering our fun, life jackets. We are required to buy them and carry them, but none of them actually suit our needs or our style. When it's race day we need a high performance product designed for speed that will help us perform our best and if it’s a booze cruise kind of day we need a comfortable vest that doesn’t interfere with our fun or cramp our style. The Wingman is the first life jacket designed for all of these activities and so much more; it’s designed for us, the watermen who live on the water. It's minimal and comfortable when you don’t need it and becomes the highest performance life jacket instantly when you do need it.
We created the Wingman because we had to, millions of people use life jackets but everyone hates them and thinks of them as a nuisance rather than an asset. Existing life jacket manufacturers have their priorities backwards, putting cost savings and ease of manufacturing ahead of performance and customer needs. The Hyde team was sick of buying low quality, poorly designed life jackets from companies who don’t participate in the sports their product are used in. Surfers design the best surfboards, paddlers design the best paddles, and finally, the watermen at Hyde have stepped in to design the best life jackets. Hyde is proud to introduce the Wingman, your Wingman, never hit the water alone again and never settle for less than the best when it comes to your safety.