The fun lasts longer for kids in the water with a Stearns® Puddle Jumper® Life Jacket. The premium construction is made from Hydroprene™ material, a softer fabric for less chafing. The comfortable design also allows children 30-50 lbs. (13.6 kg.-22.7 kg.) to move and swim freely in pools and lakes and at the beach, without the life jacket riding up around their necks. The US Coast Guard-approved life jacket can also be used as a learn-to-swim aid.
- US Coast Guard-approved life jacket
- Fun yellow and orange striped design for more fun in the water
- Hydroprene™ for softer fabric with less chafing
- Learn-to-swim aid for beginners in the water
- Comfortable design, more freedom to swim and play
- Weight: 30 - 50 lbs. (13.6 kg - 22.7 kg)
- Adjustable buckle snaps in back
- Antimicrobial properties built in to the vest resist odor-causing bacteria on the vest
William P. Hilger started what would become Stearns, Inc. among the lakes and plains of central Minnesota. His first successful product was an electrically powered windshield heater that was a big hit in the colder climates of central Minnesota in the late 1920's, and eventually was a must-have product for cars from California to Maine. The company changed hands after World War II and became Stearns Manufacturing Company. The heating systems in cars had matured to the point where, anymore, the idea of needing a frost shield was old-fashioned. The business then turned towards the future: Plastics.
In the ensuing decades, Stearns would manufacture high quality outdoor products such as life jackets, water ski belts, and plastic boat interiors. Federal law changes in 1971 allowed companies to actually design a better looking Type III PFD that didn't have to be a bulky orange block. This was the starter's gun in a race towards ownership of the designed PFD market; a race that Stearns would easily win.
In 2008, Coleman added to its family of brands the distinct quality of Stearns products, the most recognized player in the life jacket business. It’s a natural fit. Investing In America Many of your favorite Stearns® products are designed, made and assembled in the US. Stearns®, a subsidiary of The Coleman Company, Inc., is investing millions of dollars into the Sauk Rapids, MN facility where these world-class products are designed, tested and made to higher standards. It's just one more way we bring quality, safety and innovation to the water.
Puddle Jumpers are Type III coast Guard Approved when worn, Type V when not worn:
TYPE III PFDS / FLOTATION AIDS: For general boating or the specialized activity that is marked on the device such as water skiing, hunting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and others. Good for calm, inland waters, or where there is a good chance for fast rescue. Designed so that wearing it will complement your boating activities.