The Wingman is the most versatile life jacket on the market with unlimited optional features that allow you to make it your own. We have added connection points for our Modular Pack System to allow you to bring a chest pack or waist pack along for the day. We have also added a sleeve to store your hyde-ration bladder 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 use them one day and go back to the basic Wingman the next. The possibilities are endless and allow you to outfit the Wingman to meet your specific needs.
The Wingman is powered by a 24 Gram CO2 cartridge triggered by a rip cord on your chest; if you find yourself in an emergency, you simply pull down on the ripcord to deploy the bladder. The vest then inflates instantly and the air pressure pushes open the zipper allowing the bladder to escape the vest. It will immediately get your head above water and float an unconscious user face up. The vest will stay firmly inflated for at least 12 hours and has an oral inflation tube through which you can add air or deflate the vest. 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 1 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 range of 30-52 inch chest; adjustable straps run under the user's arms and allow each person to get a secure 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 waist packs, chest packs, 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.
AN INFLATION VEST FOR THE REST OF US! Inflation vests are now a staple item in any professional surfer's quiver; pros understand that the water is an unpredictable place where anything can happen 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 Neoprene OverVest and gives you an added line of defense against trouble when out it the line up. This combination is sleek so that you don't even know you have it on and discreet so that your friends don't even know you have it on. This combination is great for many other in water 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 a team of outdoor enthusiasts who love to paddle, fish, swim and surf; we spend our days on the water and needed a life vest that could go where we go and do what we do without getting in our way. The life vests that were out there just didn’t cut it for us, foam vests were too bulky and buoyant while inflatables were awkward or looked like the ridiculous fanny packs our dad’s wore in the 90’s. We realized it was time for a life vest renaissance, we all know life vests are useful, so why were all the designs so useless? We set out to make the sleekest life vest ever made, sleek enough to race in a triathlon or wear under a wetsuit while surfing and we’ve accomplished that. But then we asked the question, what if a life jacket could do more than simply stay out of the way? What if it could carry our water for us so we could leave our hydration pack at home? What if it had a pack system to carry our cameras or phones or snacks? Could we add these features and still keep to our minimalist mission? The Wingman is where minimalism meets maximalism™, the product that allows you to use whatever features you want and skip the ones you don’t. It can be the most accessorized expedition pack vest on Saturday and the sleekest big wave surf vest on Sunday. It is the future of water safety and we are just getting started.