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Astral has created the YTV PFD to be the essential next-generation whitewater life jacket. Its lightweight, body-wrapping fit stays securely in place if you go for that unplanned swim.
  • The Zero Lift™ foam platform holds the jacket snugly to your upper torso to prevent ride up.
  • The YTV uses a combination of PE and Gaia® foams for comfortable and earth-friendly flotation.
  • Six adjustment points ensure a custom fit for a wide range of paddlers.
  • Two generous zippered front pockets provide plenty of handy storage.
  • Includes shoulder strap "garages" for excess shoulder strap webbing and a lash tab for your knife.
  • This jacket carries the US Coast Guard Certification, through testing by Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • Since the YTV has a pullover entry, the US Coast Guard classifies it as a Type V jacket. Type V is their "special use" category and pullovers are lumped in there. Here's what it says on the jacket: "This is a Type V PFD because it has restricted approval allowing it to be used as a Type III PFD only when worn. This device must be worn at all times in order to meet the U.S. Coast Guard regulations requiring PFDs to be carried."

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US Coast Guard Type: V
Profile: Low
Design Flotation: 16.0 lbs.
Outer Fabric: 200 x 400-denier ripstop nylon
Lining: 200-denier high-tenacity nylon
Entry System: Pullover
Pockets:
  • 2 - Side
Lash Tabs:
  • 1 - Front
Adjustment System:
  • 2 - Side
  • 2 - Shoulder
  • 2 - Waist
Features:
    US Coast Guard Certification
Size Chest Size
S/M 31"-37"
M/L 38"-44"
L/XL 45"-51"

video: Astral YTV PFD

Astral YTV PFD (2:15)

Astral has created the YTV PFD to be the essential next-generation whitewater life jacket. Its lightweight, body-wrapping fit stays securely in place if you go for that unplanned swim.

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 YTV PFD
 
4.8

(based on 8 reviews)

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Pros

  • Comfortable (8)
  • Lightweight (8)
  • Adjustable (7)
  • Good ventilation (4)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Paddling (6)
  • Kayak / canoe / rafting (4)
  • Boating / sailing (3)
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels too small

       

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4.0

Makes you float. Does not make you look like a tourist/kook

By TreSnow

from Baring, WA

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adjustable
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Good Ventilation
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Paddling

    Comments about Astral YTV PFD:

    must put this jacket on overhead. but the beauty is no zippers, no buckles, no extra junk to break or get snagged. KISS Keep It Simple Stoopid type PFD.

    • Chest Size:
    • Feels true to size
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    Awesome for Playboating

    By Amongstitall

    from Alberta, CA

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Good Ventilation
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Pull Over

    Best Uses

    • Playboating

    Comments about Astral YTV PFD:

    A low-profile, super-lightweight PFD. I wear this for playboating sessions that sometimes involves more time underwater than above. This PFD does a fantastic job of not absorbing water - staying very light and dry even after multiple window shades. It doesnt' quite provide the float of a rescue vest, but that's not what it is designed for. The Astral YTV stays light, and out of your way for unrestricted movement and fun. My only issue with this vest is that it is a pull-over and not quite as easy to get on and off as a side zip vest; but, I guess this keeps the weight to an absolute minimum and it is quick to pull tight the adjustment straps.

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

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Comfortable pfd

    By Laurie

    from Nashville, Tn.

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Adjustable
    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Easy to get in and out of
    • Good Ventilation
    • Lightweight
    • Waterproof

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Kayaking
      • Paddling

      Comments about Astral YTV PFD:

      Whitewater kayaking, and class 1 rivers.

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

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Buy

      By Will

      from St. Louis MO

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Comfortable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Boating
        • Canoeing
        • Paddling

        Comments about Astral YTV PFD:

        Great paddle vest. Astral makes great products

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

        Great Whitewater PFD

        By PGib

        from Lansing, MI

        About Me Intermediate

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Comfortable
        • Good Ventilation
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Boating
          • Canoeing
          • Paddling
          • Personal Watercraft

          Comments about Astral YTV PFD:

          The black version looks real cool. Two zippers on each side are the only visible features. Super comfortable and easily adjustable.

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

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          • Astral YTV PFD

            Q:

            I tried emailing this but it got returned.

            I recently purchased a Vapor and was really impressed with it until I actually used it. The front panel is so tall that it bottoms out on my spray skirt and jabs me in the neck at the same time. I decided to try it a second trip and decided it just isn't going to work. I found a comparison of the front panel heights of the Vapor and Ninja in the Q&A and think the Ninja would work but don't like the lash tab placement. The Astral YTV looks like it might work but I can't find how tall the front panel is for comparison. Don't want another pfd that I can't use.
            Asked on 7/14/2014 by VB from Cumming GA

            3 answers

            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I measured ~12" from top to bottom of the front panel.

              Answered on 7/15/2014 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Hi again
              I measure the front panel from the top to the bottom and it’s 12 inches
              Hope that helps

              Answered on 7/19/2014 by Paddler from AL
            • CUSTOMER CARE

              A:

              Approximately 12"

              Answered on 7/15/2014 by Kyle from NRS
          • Astral YTV PFD

            Q:

            Hello! I am looking at this PFD for some ducky-action this summer. I am right at the edge of the chest size for the S/M (37) and was wondering if I would do better getting a M/L, or if that would be too loose. I will be exchanging one that seems too loose, it's a female-specific Astral size L/XL and I am not able to tighten it enough to stay put dry. Any wisdom is appreciated!
            Thanks!
            Asked on 2/9/2014 by Tess the Mess from United States

            5 answers

            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Go with the S/M it will fit better!
              Sent from my iPad

              Answered on 2/10/2014 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I can't specify my chest size...But I am 6'4" and 190 lbs...thin and mildly
              toned. I bought the M/L and it fits great in the waist/chest however I'm
              concerned about the shoulder straps as they are maxed out in length to
              accomodate my height.

              Answered on 2/18/2014 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              My wife is 5"1", 105 lbs, and 33" chest. She uses the Astral S/M and needs to tighten the straps practically all the way through. I measured it with loose straps and a 37" chest will fit. Both sizes should fit you, but the difference really is how snug you like this kind of thing. If you like a tight fit, the S/M is it; otherwise, if you like a more relaxed fit,    the M/L is a better choice.   Do consider that this is a pull over entry, and the S/M will be a bit harder to put on.                                            

              Answered on 2/9/2014 by Hugo from Florida
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Mine is L/XL and I'm a 46" chest. This PFD is pretty strappy so it fits a pretty wide variety of people. I would think you would be fine with a M/L.
              Sent from my iPad

              Answered on 2/9/2014 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I’m 36” at the bust and I cinch it up quite a bit....my waist is around 26.
              I loosen it all the way to comfortably take it off....
              Might depend on how thick your torso is...
              A small/med should fit you around the bust, as long as your torso is not real thick.
              I hope that makes sense.

              Answered on 2/9/2014 by Paddler from AL
          • Astral YTV PFD

            Q:

            though some searching i haven't found whether or not the willis or YTV have a shallow back or not, the YTV does and i'm wondering does this affect comfortability in the kayak? And if it does is there a recommendation?
            Asked on 8/14/2013 by paul from richmond , va

            3 answers

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Paul, neither the Willis or YTV have a very thin back. Each is about 1 3/4" thick. The Ronny, Item # 40087.01, has a thin 1/2" back. And several NRS jackets, Clearwater, cVest, Chinook have a mesh lower back. All will be good with high seat backs.

              Answered on 8/14/2013 by Clyde from NRS
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              Not sure what you mean by a shallow back but the back on both PFDs are very comparable in size and shape. The YTV is one of the most light weight, comfortable, and easy to use PFDs I've ever used. I got rid of my Willis jacket and the YTV has become my primary PFD. I also use a Green Jacket but the only time I bring it out is for instructional use. Personally I don't like the extra bulk and weight that comes with the separate pads on the front of either the Willis or Green Jacket or the lack of shoulder strap adjustments that the YTV does offer. The only advantage the Green Jacket offers is the huge pocket and rescue functionality but the Willis has none of that. So between the two the YTV is a hands down winner and it has a better price point to boot.
              Sent from my iPad

              Answered on 8/14/2013 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I can say that I am very pleased with YVT, significantly smaller volume than
              other pfd and this makes it fantastic for use in water, buoyancy His time is
              not compromised ... I recommend!

              Answered on 8/15/2013 by Niksa from Croatia, Europa
          • Astral YTV PFD

            Q:

            Would a ytv or Willis be a better jacket for me? I am 6'0 160lbs. Im training as an aca guide and am stuck between the 2
            Asked on 7/27/2013 by Andy from jax, Fl

            1 answer

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Andy, both jackets are good basic models. The Willis has some more advanced features, like the independent front foam panel. If there's a dealer - http://www.nrs.com/services/dealerlocator.asp - near you, go in and try them on. I think the choice between these two would just be a personal fit preference.

              Answered on 7/29/2013 by Clyde from NRS
          • Astral YTV PFD

            Q:

            I'm looking for a pack-rafting PFD that is light and small...where weight is the bigger concern. The NRS Ninja is small but not necessarily light. The Astral V-Eight is lighter than the Ninja but not exactly a low profile vest. How does the YTV compare in weight to the Ninja and V-Eight? If the YTV is not the lightest Class III PFD, what is the lightest PFD for a 42" chest?
            Asked on 6/4/2013 by Light is right.

            2 answers

            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              There is no doubt: Astral YTV PFD!

              Answered on 6/4/2013 by Anonymous
            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Looks like the YTV wins the prize. At 1.2 pounds it's the same weight as the V-Eight, but it's more low profile.

              Answered on 6/5/2013 by Clyde from NRS
          • Astral YTV PFD

            Q:

            Would this work for rowing? Is it a newer product than the Ninja?
            Asked on 4/5/2013 by Poppy from Potomac, MD

            3 answers

            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I am using it for whitewater, I see no reason why it would not work for rowing!
              It fits great and you have lots of arm room.
              Dave
              Sent from my iPad

              Answered on 4/5/2013 by Anonymous
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I would say this would be a much better PFD than the Ninja for rowing although I've not seen the Ninja first hand it looks like a much heavier PFD.  Short of going to an inflatable PFD, which some waterways don't allow, it's the lightest weight, least restrictive PFD I've ever seen.  I use it for everything from paddling a surf ski to whitewater kayaking.  This PFD reminds me of the old Lotus Low Rider except it's lighter, more comfortable, and has pockets the perfect size for a digital camera.  I like the integrated foam on the front moreso than the Astral Willis which might be another option worth looking at.

              Answered on 4/5/2013 by Anonymous
            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Poppy, the YTV is new this year. It is a low-profile jacket with generous arm holes that give great mobility. It will be excellent for rowing. It is an Astral product. The Ninja is an NRS life jacket.

              Answered on 4/5/2013 by Clyde from NRS
          • Astral YTV PFD

            Q:

            what is the thickness of the foam in the chest panel, i have been looking for a low profile vest for riverboarding for years but it is incredibly difficult to find one that isnt too thick and cumbersome.
            Asked on 3/21/2013 by N/A from Truckee/Coloma, CA

            2 answers

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              The front chest panel is 3" thick. Most life jacket makers, including NRS, describe a jacket as "low profile" when the foam panels are shorter, top to bottom, so they don't occupy a lot of the torso area. Type III jackets have to have a minimum of 15.5 pounds of flotation, the foam has to go somewhere and the panels on low profile models tend to be thicker. A "medium profile" jacket will have the foam spread out more and the panels will likely be thinner.

              Answered on 3/21/2013 by Clyde from NRS
            • VERIFIED BUYER

              A:

              I probably wouldn't recommend this jacket for riverboarding.  While the foam in the front panel is more integrated than a jacket like the Willis it still has a very thick belt section (almost 3") and there is a hard edge in the foam in the top portion of the front panel that is only 1".  I was somewhat disappointed in that the foam in the front panel wasn't more smoothly contoured from top to bottom.  That would have made the jacket far more comfortable and possibly more suitable for your purposes.  All in all it's still an improvement in weight and movement over most jackets on the market.  The the hard edge in the foam in the front panel was really my only complaint. 

              Answered on 3/21/2013 by Anonymous
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