RS-16 Side-Entry Black Life Vest | Impact Chest Protection | Comp Race Vest

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JTG 11428B

RS-16 Race Vest 

The RS-16 Impact Race Vest features a built-in chest impact protection.  The rescue harness on left and right shoulder allows for easy retrieval of a downed rider during a race.

This vest was Chosen and Used by the US Military for Training Purposes. 

  • Single-piece compression molded foam in the front chest for added impact dissipation 
  • Dual 38mm quick release buckles on the right side 
  • Removable "IJSBA" Racing Velcro Patch (other flag patches sold separately)
  • Improved outer shell material, CFM exclusive material developed by Jettribe
  • Seamless integration with the Jettribe Back Protector 
  • Built in Lanyard attachment
  • Designed for private closed-course racing or riding

While designed and built like a USCG Vest, this competition vest does not carry USCG Certification.  Check with local water safety officials for compliance.


SIZE CHART: Youth - Adult Sizes for Men & Women




28"- 32" (71 cm  - 80 cm )


32"- 40" ( 80 cm -102 cm)


42" - 50"  ( 107 cm - 127 cm)


50" - 60" ( 127 cm - 152 cm)





Only had a chance to wear it twice but man does it look and feel excellent!!
Its an excellent and awesome vest. Now i can ride easily without any restrition and its light weight,its like using an amour made out of plastic. I highly recommend it for youths who race alot. The safety feature of this vest is magnificent i wish it would be install with the back deflector, if your thinking bout getting a safety vest well the rs-16 is a good option.wicked well deserved and worthed thanks to jettribe
Great set up!
Great vest and really comfortable. Kept me upright in the water and doesn't restrict movement at all. Best vest I've ever worn... and I love the integrated back protection!
A must for all Riders!
Jettribe RS-16 race Vest
I had the world wide exclusivity in the past to test the first ever vest made with a built-in back protector which was made by an Italian company. Now, after six years Jettribe made its move by presenting in the personal watercraft market a unique vest with a detachable back protector. In other words the vest can be used for recreational and race applications. It incorporates a built-in rescue harness on the left shoulder which allows easy retrieval of downed rider during race. It is a unique features which no other vest in the personal watercraft is equipped with and it has been appreciate it by the IJSBA, APBA and TJSBA rescue course marshals. It is made by single piece compression molded foam in the front chest of additional impact dissipation. It is equipped with dual 38mm quick release buckles on the right and features an interchangeable flag patch on the right shoulder. Seamless integration with Jettribe back protector design to work with the Jettribe race collar harness. Additionally it has a built-in lanyard attachment. It weights only One pound while detachable back protector adds another 5 pounds. Since I have been wearing the Italian vest for over 5 years I was already familiar with the built-in back protector system. The particular Jettribe race vest is easy to wear it and since you put it on, you actually do not feel it. It is shorter on the front so you do not get any kind of discomfort when you ride a Runabout. The fact that you can remove the back protector makes life easier when you go for a recreation. It is a one of a kind Race Vest and a good investment for every racer. Bear in mind that Jettribe Race Vest costs almost half the price of the Italian made vest which is an important fact too. 

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  • 5
    RS 16

    Posted by Michael Santos on 27th Apr 2021

    Best vest I've ever had. Full protection and is lightweight.

  • 5
    Jet Tribe Side Entry Vest

    Posted by Joey C on 14th Aug 2018

    Outstanding product. Fits really well with no binding allowing very free movement.

  • 5
    One of the best I have tried

    Posted by Paul on 29th May 2018

    So, A friend bought this vest a while ago and always raved on about how good it was. When it was time for me to get a new one, this vest was not available. I bought a cheap replacement whilst I waited for this vest to become available. Finally it was in stock and I placed my order. It arrived a few days later. Very simple and smooth transaction. As for the vest, I have not had a chance to use mine yet but having borrowed my friends I can is by far the best vest I have ever warn. Its certainly very comfortable. It does not rub under the arms like some other vests do. It is a SIDE entry vest which I have always preferred over the front entry ones. I also like the fact that this is a 2 buckle vest and not a three. As for the quality, my friend has had his for about 3 years now and is still using it so it must be good.

  • 5
    nice vest

    Posted by adam on 22nd Dec 2015

    fits well . comfortable. seems durable and it looks cool as hell .. buy one. you'll be glad you did !

  • 5
    Race Vest!

    Posted by Back in Black 263 on 14th Dec 2015

    Quality product, excellent option at an affordable price.

  • 5
    Jettribe -race vest

    Posted by Ron on 20th Jun 2014

    Very well made, quick service. Just purchased my second one.

  • 5
    Excellent Product

    Posted by Verified Customer on 6th Jun 2014

    Excellent Product

  • 5
    Great Feel!

    Posted by RickyD on 16th Jul 2013

    Just got the vest before our trip to the Colorado. Love the side entry and very comfortable. Does have a tendency when you first put it on, to slide a bit to one side. But when you get it on and adjust it, fits and feels great. Especially for us athletic builds, ample room around the shoulder area if you ride stand up for freedom. Sitting on my wifes GTX, very comfy in the seated position as well. For those that worry it's not certified by the USCG, (I was told it's going through the certification process) I float tested it a few times, and float like any other PFD of this kind. Everyone noticed the great looks, at an even better price. jettribe performs with unmatched Style and Gusto. Get one....

  • 5
    Fantastic Vests!!

    Posted by RYAN DONER on 29th May 2013

    Just received two of these vests in the mail. The fit and finish if the materials used are top notch. I had a hard time finding jackets in Canada that were PWC specific and these definitely fit the bill. Nice fit and should feel even better with a little break in. Highly recommended vests for anyone looking for a jacket that looks/performs better than the vest your buddy is wearing in his canoe!!!