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The sizes on a wakeboard vest are based on chest circumference but the height of the rider can factor into the decision to purchase a particular vest. It is important to ensure wakeboarding vests fit snugly and will not slip off during a fall. The length of the vest is not considered to be a safety concern but it can be a comfort issue for the rider. In general a vest falling to hip level will be more comfortable and provide greater mobility. Vests designed specifically for women are generally shorter in length to accommodate smaller stature.