Impact vests are an absolute essential in park wakeboarding, with many cable parks requiring you to wear them in order to ride. Unlike life-jackets, the purpose of an impact vest is not buoyancy, but protection from impact on obstacles or the water. Wakepark obstacles are made out of hard plastic, which is not fun to fall onto at speed. Wearing the right protection can prevent injury and keep you having fun on the water. Equally, behind the boat, an impact vest can protect your chest and back from falls, whether you're boosting tricks off the wake or just cruising along.