Patagonia Develops Big-Wave Inflation Vest

A while back, Patagonia’s Research and Development division began work on an inflatable vest to improve safety when surfing giant waves. We turned to Kohl Christensen for ideas.

“We sent Kohl early versions last winter and gathered feedback,” says Walker Ferguson, Patagonia field testing manager. “What we got back was fairly consistent – we needed a vest that could be incorporated in a variety of suits, support multiple inflations, and be deflated easily.”

On November 30th, Patagonia presented a prototype of the Portable Self-Inflation vest to big-wave surfers at the Big Wave Risk Assessment Summit in Hawaii. The response from surfers was resoundingly positive and optimistic.

The product is still in its test phase, and not available for sale at the consumer level yet. Patent is pending.

Read the full press release

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