If you are new to the Jet-Ski scene then welcome to an elite club of fun times on the water. No matter where you live there are some basic jet skiing apparel and accessories that you need to wear to be comfortable and safe. Now I’m not talking about full-on racing gear but everyday items that will make you safe and comfortable on the water at speed.
The first time I took my Sea-doo GTI out I quickly realized I was not prepared for the extreme speeds, bumps, turns and excitement my personal watercraft could provide. But also I was uncomfortable due to not riding with the correct jet-ski apparel.
What to wear while jet skiing
Now I am a big fan of being safe, so obviously, a life jacket was in order. Check. But what about the rest of my body. Riding a Sea-doo, Yamaha or Kawasaki PWC will really push your body to its limits
After a 2 hour PWC ride which included high-speed turns, cruising and pulling an airhead tube my whole body was hurting. My hands started to hurt, my feet were sore, and my eyes were watering.
So it was off to the Jet-Ski dealer to part with my hard-earned cash, and wow they should call it the steelership. But they were cool about recommending some products. I walked away with some water boots, jet-ski gloves, and some cool floating sunglasses.
Once I was back on the water it was fun times but I had to think about my family as they also needed some personal watercraft riding gear. The full kit of sunglasses, gloves, life jacket, and booties was required. Often I find my passenger jumping off the back of the jet-ski into the shallow river water. The last thing I needed was for them to jump on a sharp stick or rock.
Now I’m not a professional jet-ski racer but I do like to have fun so here are the following apparel that I like to wear while jet skiing.
Jet-ski gloves fingerless
I like to have my fingers free while riding the Sea-Doo. For those of you in colder climates then the full fingered jetski racing gloves may be useful. What I find is that my palms get sore after a while without gloves on. This is because I am holding on so tightly and when the handle grips are wet it gets slippery.
These Neo-Sport gloves solve this problem and provide excellent grip and comfort. I also use them while wakeboarding and waterskiing, it’s my one glove to do all.
- These gloves use a high-quality neoprene spandex outer shell to provide increased warmth, while a soft Amara palm and half fingers allow for easier hand and finger movements.
- Extremely comfortable fit that does wonders for extra grip.
- Multi-Sport use perfect for all water sports such as bike riding, paddle boarding, Jet-Skiing and kayaking as it dries fast.
- The vented padded synthetic palm helps protects palms and lower fingers from abrasion and helps with water drainage.
Best jet ski life jackets – Obrien
Obrien makes some excellent water sports equipment, from life vests to wakeboards, and best of all some quality 2 and 3 person towable tubes. So I was excited to try out their new Neo vest which comes in 4 different colors, black, yellow, red and blue.
It’s important to buy a quality live jacket when riding a jet-ski. There are basically 2 types of life jackets like the cheap and nasty which are made out of plastic foams, such as polyvinyl chloride and polyethylene. Then there are the water sport comfort models which use Neoprene as the flotation device. While more expensive these life vests are 10x more comfortable and will last you a lifetime if cared for properly.
O’Brien Traditional Neo Life Men’s Vest Specs
- Neoprene Outer shell for Comfortable Fit
- Zip Closure and 2 Belts for Security and tighter fitting.
- The vest does not inhibit movement
- USCG Approved
- A range of 4 different colors to suit your style.
NEO VEST SIZE CHART
These life vests do run a little tight or small, so I recommend going for the next size up. Always measure your chest and you will get the perfect jacket. Pluss we all grow or put on weight every season. This way it will last longer.
|Adult Vest Size||Chest Size Between|
|Adult XS||28″ – 32″|
|Adult SM||32″– 36″|
|Adult MD||36″ – 40″|
|Adult LG||40″ – 44″|
|Adult XL||44″ – 48″|
|Adult 2XL||48″ – 52″|
|Adult 3XL||52″ – 56″|
|Teen||28″ – 32″|
|Kids Vest Size||Weight|
|Youth||50 – 90 lbs.|
|Child||30 – 50 lbs.|
|Infant||Up to 30 lbs.|
It’s better to have a tight fitting life vest as they will expand slightly when they get wet. The two chest straps can also do up tighter for those with oddly shaped bodies.
How to store your Lifejackets
Keeping your life jackets hanging up will let them air dry out and stop them from going moldy. We like to hang all of the life vests in the garage on the side of one wall. I ended up making a rack out of some lift over house timber and a few large rubber lined bike hooks.
The timber rail was anchored into the wall and then the bike hooks were screwed into the timber. This way there was less drilling into my garage wall.
I just hang each jacket over one or 2 hooks but you could also use a coat hanger for a nice neat setup. This way you can put them away wet and they will dry out fast. We have tried a few different makes and We always come back to Obrian Neo as one of the best life jackets for jet skis.
Putu Jet ski riding – pwc shoes
I absolutely love these jet-ski riding shoes. They are the next best thing to riding barefoot. There are 7 drainage holes underneath the sole and they are fully breathable so now worries with water getting into your shoe.
They are very lightweight and come in over 20 different colors and styles. But these are not hiking shoes as they lack the proper support. They are only beach and river footwear where walking is at a minimum.
- Spandex Fabri Upper
- Rubber sole
- The upper material is stretchable and breathable. Because the ultra lightweight fabric has holes in it water draining is fast and ventilation keeps your feet cool.
- Excellent flexibility and very comfortable.
- Unique and top-quality anti slip camo rubber sole has several holes on each bottom to ensure proper water flow out of them. This creates a cooler shoe environment.
- The front and rear pull tabs allow for quick and easy foot entry.
- It’s very flexible, lightweight and can be folded for easy storage.
Care and uses
To clean them after a day down the beach or in the boat I just hose them off with fresh water. If you are out camping just rice out the sand and they will dry overnight. Don’t pack these wet for long-term storage as mold will grow and ruin the shoe.
We have a set for each of our children and they love to wear them all day long. They are that comfortable. We live near the beach and I like to know that their feet are protected when they are running around on the sand that has the odd rock or possible broken glass bottle around.
I use the Putu PWC water shoes mainly for jet ski riding and they will stay on my feet all day long as well as the car drive home. This way I don’t need to pack extra shoes.
Best sunglasses for jet skiing
The three reasons I recommend sunglasses to my fellow jet-ski riders and passengers are
- Protects your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun
- Safety first as it saves your eyeball from getting struck from an insect at high speed.
- Wind speed at 62 miles per hour really hurts my eyes.
I actually have a few pairs of these glasses in my Sea-Doo glove compartment for myself and guest passengers. They are cheap and designed to block out 99% of harmful UV rays and as a bonus, they are polarised so the water glare is cut out.
Unbreakable Bendable frames are made of a flexible composite material.
Duduma Tr601 Polarized Sports Sunglasses review
These Duduma are cool and always hug my head nice and tight. I had never even heard of the brand before, but I have started noticing a few Sea-Doo riders using them out on the water. The last thing I want to do is fall off into the water and lose my expensive Oakley sunglasses which look very similar.
These Duduma jetski sunglasses are cheap enough that I bought 3 pairs, one for a friend one for me and a spare. I have yet had them fall off my head even after a few high speed crashes into the water.
As true to their word they are very bendable and don’t break. I tried bending the arms in the middle and they are flexible and sprung right back into shape. They come in a whole range of different colors and styles which you can see here.
Personal watercraft accessories
Don’t forget to be prepared when you go out. Always think of what can go wrong. The 8 simple jetski accessories I always take out with me are:
- Ancor with 50m rope
- Compact Lithium-Ion Jumpstarter wrapped in waterproof plastic.
- Basic hand tools like a screwdriver, wrench, and a socket set.
- Sharp Knife
- Mini Dry powder fire extinguisher
- Spare life jacket
- Sunscreen and Water.
- USCG compliant LED electronic strobe flare.
Don’t forget to wear your bathers and have some fun. I often see people wearing hats while on boats and personal watercraft. Often I notice hats floating in the water a few hours later. So the best advice I can give you is to not wear a hat but apply a lot of waterproof SPF 70 sunscreen.
The best I have found is Aveeno Protect and Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen. This is a broad Spectrum SPF 70 for your whole body. Its made with soothing naturals oats to help moisturize, and hydrate your skin while protecting it from wind and sunburn.
Remember to be safe, look out for other watercraft and swimmers and ride to your ability. Maybe I will see you out in the water one day.