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Astral V-Eight PFD

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Type III Breathing is good. PFDs help us stay afloat so we can breathe...now here's a PFD that can also breathe. Astral's V-Eight™ with Airescape® technology vents naturally for unparalleled comfort.
  • Next to your body a wide, soft, open-weave mesh allows free transport of warm air and sweat away from your torso.
  • The inside of the PFD's foam has a textured surface that reduces body contact by 70%, creating channels for air to move freely.
  • Strategically placed "Vent Port" cutouts in the foam let warm air escape out of the jacket.
  • This tough, breathable life jacket is covered with 200 x 400-denier rip stop nylon, with a polyester mesh liner that is very comfortable.
  • Articulated foam panels adjust to a wide range of body types and are environmentally friendly.
  • Fits both men and women well the foam in the upper front is sculpted to fit a woman's body.
  • The super high mesh back is ideal for warm temperatures keeping you cool and comfortable under the hot summer sun and staying out of the way of your seat back.
  • Two large expanding mesh cargo pockets holds a bunch.
  • The sturdy lash tab secures your knife or other gear.
  • The front entry is easy to get in and out of with the Self-Locking Vislon Teeth YKK® zipper.
  • This jacket carries the US Coast Guard Certification, through testing by Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • Design flotation: 16.2 lbs.
US Coast Guard Type: III
Profile: Medium
Design Flotation: 16.2 lbs.
Outer Fabric: 200 x 400-denier ripstop nylon
Lining: Polyester mesh
Entry System: Front zip
Pockets:
  • 2 - Front
Lash Tabs:
  • 1 - Front
Adjustment System:
  • 2 - Side
  • 2 - Shoulder
  • 3 - Waist
Features:
  • Mesh back
    • US Coast Guard Certification
Size Chest Size
S/M 31"-37"
M/L 38"-44"
L/XL 45"-51"

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Astral V-Eight PFD
 
4.1

(based on 7 reviews)

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    (2)

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    (4)

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    (1)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Adjustable (5)
  • Lightweight (4)
  • Comfortable (3)
  • Good ventilation (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Paddling (6)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      86% 

      (6 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Intermediate (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (6)

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3.0

Great Life Jacket, but Faded

By chris

from Montana

About Me Intermediate

Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Comfortable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Boating
    • Paddling

    Comments about Astral V-Eight PFD:

    I purchased this life jacket as we do extended river trips. First, I have to say that this life jacket is so comfortable. The fit is amazing and I love the color. For me, I am willing to pay more for a high quality, safe and lasting life jacket.
    I do have to write my disappointment in the interior light blue fabric. Within one season(10 float days) the fabric had faded to almost a white color.
    I just wanted people considering this life jacket to know they will get a comfortable, well fitting, but faded life jacket.

    Service and delivery comments:

    I did contact customer service and to their credit, they were quick in response to me. However, I was disappointed that they did not take any responsibility for the material choice put in the life jacket, nor try to keep customers happy.

    • Chest Size:
    • Feels true to size
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This product is awesome. Purchased one for my wife also.

    By David

    from Cleveland Oh

    About Me Intermediate

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Good Ventilation
    • High back what I needed for all day kayak trips.
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Paddling

      Comments about Astral V-Eight PFD:

      It looks great and functions well. The high back make all the difference for extended trips in my recreational kayak. It is well ventilated for the hot days and fully adjustable for a comfort fit

      Service and delivery comments:

      On time no hassles.

      • Chest Size:
      • Feels true to size
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Satisfied with this purchase

      By Eagle55

      from Winter Park, FL

      About Me Intermediate

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Rides Up in Water

      Best Uses

      • Paddling

      Comments about Astral V-Eight PFD:

      Use PFD when kayaking on flat water.

      Service and delivery comments:

      Delivery was prompt

      • Chest Size:
      • Feels too small
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Comfortable Jacket

      By GSue

      from Stuart, Fl

      About Me Intermediate

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Paddling

        Comments about Astral V-Eight PFD:

        Good fit for a woman. I have not used it yet, but used and friend's and liked it very much so ordered my own.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Good delivery time

        • Chest Size:
        • Feels true to size
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
         
        4.0

        I woulld probably buy this again

        By Doreen

        from Topeka, IN

        About Me Intermediate

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Good Ventilation
        • Lightweight
        • Waterproof

        Cons

        • Zipper hard to start

        Best Uses

        • Paddling

        Comments about Astral V-Eight PFD:

        I use this kayaking. It's great as far as design. I ordered it because of the design of the back - so it would not interfere with my seat back and ride up. Only issue I have is getting the zipper started. I'm not sure if it is just a problem with this one particular vest or a design flaw. the front is so thick that it interferes with starting the zipper. I'm hoping it will get better with age.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Great prompt service as always!

        • Chest Size:
        • Feels true to size
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5 Questions | 15 Answers
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        • Astral V-Eight PFD

          Q:

          length from shoulder strap to bottom of vest.
          Asked on 7/30/2016 by Bob

          2 answers

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            Bob, from the point where the shoulder strap attaches, to the bottom of the jacket, is 11". There's 12" of adjustment in the shoulder straps.

            Answered on 8/1/2016 by Clyde from NRS
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            The shoulder strap is adjustable

            Answered on 8/1/2016 by Anonymous
        • Astral V-Eight PFD

          Q:

          My chest is 42inch. (L is recommended on the size chart) But my waist is 37inch.
          Do I need to consider my waist before deciding on the size ?
          Asked on 7/11/2016 by Ck Newbie

          2 answers

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            I'd say you're good. You want the bottom adjustment strap to cinch down below the rib cage to prevent ride-up. Be aware that the only difference in the sizes is the length of the adjustment straps. See this article for more info - http://www.nrs.com/learn/life-jacket-fiction-fact.asp - Give us a call with any questions you have about gear, 800.635.5202.

            Answered on 7/11/2016 by Clyde from NRS
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            there is plenty of adjustment better to be a little tight than loose

            Answered on 7/11/2016 by Anonymous
        • Astral V-Eight PFD

          Q:

          My chest size is 38.5, should i go with the med/lrg or sm/med?
          Asked on 3/29/2016 by Johnny from United States

          5 answers

          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            To Johnny,
            Out of the box, I had to way loosen all the straps before it fit. At
            first, I thought I needed a larger size, but it will arrive all cinched up,
            but after adjusting, feels pretty good! I wear a 40 suit coat, so I think
            you'll do fine with the Med/Lrg.
            MIKE
            Sacramento CA

            Answered on 3/30/2016 by Anonymous
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            Go with the med/large..I have 38DD...fits snug but perfect!
            Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

            Answered on 3/29/2016 by Anonymous
          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            Johnny, the M/L will work, unless you wear really bulky layers. The only difference in the three sizes is the length of the adjustment straps. Check out this article for some life jacket facts - http://www.nrs.com/learn/life-jacket-fiction-fact.asp

            Answered on 3/29/2016 by Clyde from NRS
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            I'm a 36 (woman) and I ordered S/M. Hope that helps.

            Answered on 3/29/2016 by Doreen from NE Indiana
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            Med large
            Madeleine B Dugan
            1090 Oak Grove Lane
            Lake Forest, IL 60045

            Answered on 3/29/2016 by Anonymous
        • Astral V-Eight PFD

          Q:

          Does it have security pockets.come in med/lrg?
          Asked on 10/5/2015 by N/A from Pilot hill CA.

          3 answers

          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            It has two zippered-mesh pockets, one on each side. It does come in med/lrg.

            Answered on 10/6/2015 by Anonymous
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            Yes!! Loved this vest for white water rafting...jumped in had great buoyancy. ..I'm a 38D and first well!!
            Pamela
            Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

            Answered on 10/5/2015 by Anonymous
          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            The V-Eight has two zippered pockets and comes in three sizes. Click on the Sizing tab to see the chest dimension ranges for the sizes.

            Answered on 10/5/2015 by Clyde from NRS
        • Astral V-Eight PFD

          Q:

          Would this jacket be good for white water rafting? If not, which jacket(S) would you recommend as there is abosolutely no indication on any of the womens jackets if they are good for white water.
          Thank You
          Asked on 5/23/2015 by Debra from Coloroado

          3 answers

          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            Yes, as long as it fits you properly.
            Julie

            Answered on 5/27/2015 by Anonymous
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            I just took this jacket down the Yampa and had our raft flip. It was very
            sufficient keeping me afloat in the white water. I'd def recommend.
            Sent from my iPhone

            Answered on 5/23/2015 by Anonymous
          • VERIFIED BUYER

            A:

            Just came off 2 different rivers using a cataraft...couldn't even feel I had it one!! I'm 38D...very easy to fit..highly recommend it!! Get the gloves and the water shoes too!!
            Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

            Answered on 5/23/2015 by Anonymous
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