Is this vest light weight and good for the...
Is this vest light weight and good for the beginner. also is this good for men or women or both?
It depends on what activity you're doing with it. This jacket is relatively lightweight and is a simple, no frills jacket. It would work well for rafting, whitewater kayaking, sea kayaking, sailing, or just about any other boating you might be interested. This jacket is a unisex jacket so it will fit both men and women well, however women may be more comfortable in a jacket with a little more sculpting like the Kokatat MsFit.
Technically it is unisex but a few larger-breasted friends of mine say it is a little restrictive and prefer the woman specific PFDs. The jacket is light weight (actually lighter wet than the one I use now when wet) and is a great beginner jacket.