Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Wingman US Coast Guard Approved?
Yes, the Wingman is US Coast Guard Approved as a Type V with Type III performance. View our Listing on the USCG website HERE
and on the UL website HERE
Does the Wingman use special CO2 cylinders? Can I use the CO2 cylinders used with bike tires?
The Wingman uses 23 Gram 1/2 inch threaded CO2 cylinders which are approved for a Marine environment, these are coated differently than typical CO2 cylinders to prevent corrosion in a marine environment.
Does the Wingman come in sizes?
The Wingman is currently offered in a one-size-fits-all adult size, it has been tested and approved by the USCG for adults weighing more than 90 lbs with chest sizes from 30 to 50 inches. This is a very wide spectrum and the Wingman has been proven to fit men and women of all shapes and sizes very comfortably.
I am a large person, how do I know if the Wingman has enough buoyancy to float me?
The Wingman is USCG certified for user's greater than 90 lbs though there is no defined upper weight limit. Average sized adults need approximately 7 – 12 pounds of buoyancy to keep their head above water. The minimum requirement for an adult PFD is 15 ½ lbs of buoyancy, our general rule of thumb is, if it fits you, it will float you.
I want the Wingman accessories like the chest pack, surf shirt, and hydration bladder, where do I get these?
We are currently designing and prototyping these Wingman accessories and plan to have them available soon. Sign up for our email list to ensure you are the first to know when these products are available.
Can I take the Wingman and spare CO2 cylinders on a flight?
Generally yes, TSA policy allows travelers to take an inflatable life jacket with 2 spare cylinders on flights as a carry on or checked baggage (see formal policy HERE
, section "SMALL COMPRESSED GAS CARTRIDGES") however TSA leaves it
up to the discretion of the airline as to whether CO2 cylinders are allowed on board their company aircraft, either as checked luggage or carry-on. Therefore, we recommend contacting the airline prior to your flight to request information on their policy.