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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 PFDs 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 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.
  • The large mesh cargo pocket holds a bunch and there's also a handy small pocket inside the upper left panel.
  • 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.
  • Design flotation: Minimum of 15.5lbs at time of manufacture.

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US Coast Guard Type: III
Profile: Medium
Design Flotation: 16.0 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
Size Chest Size
S/M 31"-37"
M/L 38"-44"
L/XL 45"-51"

video: 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.

video: How To: Choose the Right Life Jacket

How To: Choose the Right Life Jacket (4:31)

Choosing a good-fitting life jacket that's designed for the type of boating you do is important for your safety. Whether you are kayaking, rafting, canoeing, fishing or stand up paddling, there's a US Coast Guard-approved PFD that's just right for you. In this video, we go over the types of life jackets most commonly worn by boaters and offer tips for choosing one you'll be comfortable wearing all the time you're on the water.

video: How To: Fit a Life Jacket

How To: Fit a Life Jacket (2:21)

Choosing a life jacket, or personal flotation device (PFD), that fits well for all-day wearing comfort is one of the most important water safety decisions you make. In this video we show you how to tighten the straps to ensure the jacket won't ride up when you're in the water. When deciding on a life jacket, wear it around the shop for a while to be sure it's all-day comfortable. Then, be sure to always wear it when you're on the water!

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  • Astral V-Eight PFD

    Q:

    Is the foam material stiff or is it pliable for more comfort?
    Asked on 12/1/2013 by Beard from PA

    5 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I would not say that it is stiff. The thickness of the foam varies so that in the thickest area (lower back area), it is less pliable. Thinner areas like below the chest are the most pliable. Hope this helps.

      Answered on 12/2/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi Beard,
      The Foam material is not stiff like Styrofoam; it does bend a little and it has some flexibility, but it is not nearly as flexible as neoprene.
      The features that I like best about this PFD are in its design.  The foam flotation material is contained in the front blue panels and wraps around you in the side gray panels. The front panels zip together in the front, and have two adjustment straps on each side (between the gray panels and the back) that adjust easily through nylon type buckles, but hold firm once you adjust them and pull them against the buckle.
      The back panel has floatation foam in it and reaches from your waist/upper hip area to your upper back below the nap of your neck.
      As I mentioned above, the design feature I like best about this PFD is its comfort.  Neither the front, side, nor back panels rub you during extended, vigorous paddling, and it doesn't ride up like some PFDs.  Your upper arms, during full extension frontwards, flexion backwards, abduction overhead, or adduction with elbows scraping your sides, have free range of motion without rubbing you raw on the PFD.
      Hope that helps.

      Answered on 12/2/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The front panels of the jacket are articulated to curve around the chest. With the fit and the breathable features, I'd say it's a very comfortable life jacket.

      Answered on 12/2/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The foam material is not pliable.
      I never had any discomfort with the V8 PFD.

      Answered on 12/2/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      This is the most comfortable vest I own. The foam in my other vest is 3 large chunks, fairly rigid. With this vest the foam feels like it's in multiple small sections, thus very comfortable and easily moves with you when you paddle. It also doesn't ride up like a lot of vests. I highly recommend it!
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 12/1/2013 by Anonymous
  • Astral V-Eight PFD

    Q:

    foam material? gaia or poly?
    Asked on 7/21/2013 by Rutts from Arizona

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Poly.  I just got back from a very hot trip on the San Juan.   This pfd is the most comfortable I have ever worn, especially in that kind of heat! I highly recommend it!!!
      Sent from my Galaxy S®III

      Answered on 7/21/2013 by Spiny from Colorado
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      This info is straight from the Astral website "G100% PE Foam and EVA Foam". Below is the link.
      http://www.astraldesigns.com/products/vEight.php

      Answered on 7/21/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      It has a combo of polyethylene and EVA foams.

      Answered on 7/21/2013 by Clyde from NRS
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Astral V-Eight PFD
 
4.3

(based on 9 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (8)
  • Good ventilation (7)
  • Lightweight (7)
  • Adjustable (5)
  • Durable (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Kayak / canoe / rafting (5)
    • Paddling (5)
    • Boating / sailing (4)
      • Chest Size:
      • Feels too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        100% 

        (9 reviews)

        Feels too big

         
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (8)

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    4.0

    Only used it once so far...

    By familly'o riverrats

    from Salt Lake City, Utah

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Good Ventilation

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Boating

      Comments about Astral V-Eight PFD:

      Used this PFD for the first time oaring the Gates of Lodore. While it is a little bulky in front, I had no issues with range of motion while oaring. Fits well, is ventilated enough that it was comfortable in the desert in July. I even floated a class II and it had plenty of buoyancy. I am happy with purchase.

      • Chest Size:
      • Feels true to size
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Best PFD for HOT! weather

      By Captain Bob

      from Grand Prairie, TEXAS

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Good Ventilation
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Boating
        • Rescue Swimming

        Comments about Astral V-Eight PFD:

        Today in Grand Prairie Texas it will be 105F and the heat index will take it to 111F. Our Dive/Rescue Team patrols Joe Pool Lake 8 hours per day on weekends. We need a PFD that you can swim with, lightweight, and durable. The Astral V8 is the perfect PFD when the temperature soars. The PFD can be worn lose for normal cruising and can be quickly snugged for high speed rescue response. The design allows complete range of motion for extended swims.

        • Chest Size:
        • Feels true to size
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Would buy again.

        By ls

        from Indiana

        About Me Intermediate

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Lightweight
        • Waterproof

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Boating
          • Canoeing

          Comments about Astral V-Eight PFD:

          Will use it for kayaking.

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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great piece of kit!

          By Kurt & Tammylove B.

          from High Prairie, Alberta.

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Comfortable
          • Good Ventilation
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Webbing not secured

          Best Uses

          • Boating
          • Canoeing
          • Kayaking
          • Paddling

          Comments about Astral V-Eight PFD:

          I purchased two of these PFDs for my Beautiful Bride and me, so we could get out kayaking in Alberta's lakes. The vests are comfortable, easily adjustable and very well ventilated. We both appreciate the shaped foam in the vest at chest level, as it accomodates my pecs and her needs too. The vests have a small pocket for storing a basic survival kit (in a waterproof pouch) though I would prefer a little more pocket space (maybe one on each side).

          The fit of the vest is very good, being easily and quickly adjusted to one's individual physique. About the only thing I don't like is the lack of built-in ability to secure straps once the fit is adjusted. The design of the vests enables them to be used for paddling a kayak, meaning that the rear floatation panels are above the kidneys, keeping the lower back clear so you can use the kayak seat properly.

          Floatation is adequate for our needs. Small strips of reflective material on the vest help with visibility.

          I am very happy with this purchase and would not hesitate to recommend this vest to kayakers.

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

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Excellent Product

          By Paddleboarder

          from Emerald Isle, NC

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable
          • Comfortable
          • Good Ventilation
          • Lightweight
          • Waterproof

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Canoeing
            • Paddling

            Comments about Astral V-Eight PFD:

            I use this on a USP and it's great. Lightweight, cool and does not restrict movement.

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

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