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Switlik X-Back Basic Life Vest Blue

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Part# 13-18416
MFR Model# S-7200-521


We have expanded our successful X-Back life vest line to include the new X-Back Basic. The X-Back Basic incorporates the same fit, adjustment and overall comfort users have come to expect from the Switlik X-Back, with the addition of two permanently attached all-in-one pockets in lieu place of the MOLLE vest attachment loops. This new vest is intended to be a modern version of SWITLIK’s previous HV-35 Helicopter Vest. This vest is for users who do not need the MOLLE system and all its accessories. The pockets attached to the vest are intended to fit your essentials “keys, phone, sunglasses & wallet” (and yes, the newest smart phones will fit!)
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In The Box

  • FR Nomex®/Kevlar® cover (cobalt blue)
  • Dual-opening zipper closure
  • Beaded inflation handle
  • X-Back adjustment system
  • Two 18g CO2 cylinder inflation
  • Over 35lbs of Buoyancy


Really like it, hoping I never have to use it. Wore it on a flight over NYC Hudson corridor yesterday. So comfortable that I didn’t even know I had it on.

Sidhartha V Verified Purchase


May 19, 2022

The vest fits my survival needs with basic pockets and I can hold my Garmin gps beacon on the straps.

Chris M
May 25, 2020

High quality and very comfortable, even on a 4-hour flight... Having pockets is a great resource. In one pocket goes the PLB or Garmin iReach and in the other pocket, I stash my phone. This way in the event of ditching you are certainly at least going to have those two things with you.

William R
March 16, 2020


October 10, 2019

Bottomline: very well built and comfortable PDF. Why 4 stars? I am using the pockets to store survival gear like a radio and PLB, however there is no loop or attachment point inside the pocket to tie off the gear. I had to run a cord out the pocket and tie it off to the buckle. This would be a 5 star review if it wasnt for that oversight by Switlik.

Roland A Verified Purchase


June 30, 2022


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Q: Is the Switlik X-Back Basic Life Vest TSO approved? Does it come with a green card?

Yes, this is TSO'd under TSO-C13D & TSO-C13F. Also, this will come with a FAA-8130-3 certificate. This does not come with any green cards.

Q: Is this vest available in the high visibility orange color?

No, we only carry this vest in blue. We do offer other vests in orange, just not this model.

Q: Are the pockets waterproof?

These pockets are not waterproof. They are made from a 1,00 denier nylon Cordura with a water resistant zipper. Both are water-resistant, but not waterproof.

Q: Can leg straps be fitted to the x back basic or do you need a full molle?

Leg straps cannot be fitted to the basic model.

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