Does anyone have use a molded vest that they can actually float in?
I have a pullover attack something. I actually sewed a couple of extra pieces into it but I still float at upper lip/nose level. And the top button unpops and then the zipper unzips. If I was good I would sew some velcro instead of the button, but I doubt the duct tape would last very long.
So anyone just love their vest?
Competition (aka not coast-guard approved vests) are not really known for their floating prowess. Some do better than others, but I can't think of many that couldn't sink if you tried. The ones that do float well missed CG certification by a inches not miles. Where you are floating sounds about like what I see from other skiers and myself. Do pay attention that you are not exhaling on your downward bob, that's like pumping your legs on a swing.
A buddy of mine is using an Eagle brand vest. He is around 205 and says that it floats him well! They look cool too!
check the posts on the Eagle vests. They can make you a vest with all the flotation you need. They offer different mil thicknesses of foam. Costs and extra $50 to have something custom.
Check out my vest, check Tadd's add-on this week.
They're made out of wet suit material, so they're flexible. They pull around you real tight like a wet-suit, so see if you can try on one before ordering a custom.