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The Astral Greenjacket rescue PFD sets the standard for whitewater pros. It combines full rescue capabilities with the comfort, protection and style of today's best low-profile life jackets.
  • This Type V rescue vest features a 1200 lb. tensile strength rescue harness with a quick release buckle and a Spectra® safety loop for emergency extractions.
  • Freestyle Tectonics allow the outer front panel to move freely with your upper body as the inner panel stays anchored in place.
  • "Flotection" armor plating along the sides of the vest protect your ribs and vitals from impact.
  • 500-denier Cordura® nylon with Gaia™ and PE foam flotation makes this a tough, environmentally friendly life jacket.
  • The large zippered clamshell front pocket has five compartments for stowing and organizing all your rescue gear.
  • Two zippered side cargo pockets give you room to keep those essentials close at hand.
  • Handy carabiner park for anchoring your tow tether biner.
  • Eight adjustment points ensure a custom fit.
  • A storage space behind the front panel gives you room to carry a small throw bag.
  • The front lash tab is a convenient place to hook your rescue knife.
  • Fleece-lined hand warmers are oh so welcome on frosty days.

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US Coast Guard Type: V
Profile: Low
Design Flotation: 16.4 lbs.
Outer Fabric: 500-denier Cordura®
Lining: 200-denier nylon
Entry System: Pullover
Pockets:
  • 1 - Front
  • 2 - Side
Lash Tabs:
  • 1 - Front
Adjustment System:
  • 2 - Front
  • 4 - Side
  • 2 - Waist
Features:
  • Quick-release rescue belt
  • Spectra® extraction loop
  • Rope-ready storage pocket
  • Carabiner park
  • Fleece-lined hand warmer pouches
Size Chest Size
S/M 31"-37"
M/L 38"-44"
L/XL 45"-51"

video: Astral Greenjacket PFD

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The Astral Greenjacket rescue PFD sets the standard for whitewater pros. It combines full rescue capabilities with the comfort, protection and style of today's best low-profile life jackets.

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 Greenjacket PFD

    Q:

    Does this PFD come with a toe strap or do I need to buy that separate?
    Asked on 9/13/2014 by Neil from Lancaster, PA

    4 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No it doesn't come with a tow strap, but I liked that I could make my own.

      Answered on 9/14/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No. It doesn't. You'll have to buy that separate. 

      Answered on 9/13/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Neil, that is a separate purchase.

      Answered on 9/13/2014 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      You have to buy it separate. They threw mine in for free as I was buying a
      dey suit at the same time.
      Kirk

      Answered on 9/13/2014 by Anonymous
  • Astral Greenjacket PFD

    Q:

    I'm new to kayaking and this PFD was given as a gift. I have worn it twice in river. When at a local outfitter store I spotted PFD on display and commented it was like mine,. Sales person warned me not to wear this particular PFD because it was rescue rated and folks would think I was professional there to help. Commented on the green color and medical cross were signs to support this claim. True or blowing smoke?
    Asked on 7/28/2014 by Wet Dog from N.GA Hooch.

    8 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Blowing smoke.
      The Astral Greenjacket is one of the most comfortable PFDs available. It would be a crime not to wear it.
      The safety features of the PFD are not all about rescuing others an can be used to help you too. There are plenty of paddlers such as scout leaders, who aren't rescue experts but wear this type of PFD just so they can attach a tow tether.
      Not everyone who works at an outfitter is an expert paddler, so you have narrowed down who you can rely on for advice.
      Now that you have this PFD you have what you need to start getting involved in learning river rescue skills, see what your local club, the AWA or Rescue 3 offer in your area.
      Cuttlefish
      Australia
      Sent from my iPad

      Answered on 7/29/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      While he is right that it isn't a rescue vest, that does not mean you have to be a medical professional to wear it. Though learning rescue techniques would be a great idea if you keep kayaking.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 7/30/2014 by Wyze from Eugene, OR
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      A PFD doesn't make you fit or un-fit to help in a rescue situation. I
      would caution though that the rescue strap/ring could snag on something and
      if you haven't trained with the quick-release, it could get you snagged on
      something.

      Answered on 7/28/2014 by bripsu from State College, PA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It is indeed a rescue vest.If you are going to wear it, I suggest taking a swiftwater rescue class and learn the features and how to use them appropriately.That being said, it is one of the best and most popular rescue PFDs on the market.Yes to the blowing smoke as no one is going to think you are a pro just because of a PFD.

      Answered on 7/28/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I bought this jacket for my husband last year. Although he has
      subsequently taken a rescue course, he had not at the time he received this
      jacket, and no one every criticized him for wearing it. He asked for this
      specific jacket because it allowed him greater range of movement compared
      to his previous one. When he goes out kayaking, there are typically
      designated people (I think they call them "safeties") to help with rescues,
      and everyone knows who those people are in advance. I think the
      salesperson was just being overly literal. Until you mentioned it, I'd
      never actually noticed the medical cross on it.

      Answered on 7/28/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      More than likely a true comment. The Astral Rescue PFD is usually worn by
      someone who has completed a Swift Water Rescue Course and knows how to use
      the many features of the vest. However, many of the paddlers in my swift
      water course owned an older version of this jacket and had never taken the
      course before. If at some point in the future you are wearing the jacket
      and someone needs a contact rescue (rescuer is tied into a line with a
      belayer) and you’re spotted as a potential rescuer and wearing the jacket,
      standby. I recommend the course if you want to be comfortable in whitewater.

      Answered on 7/28/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      That is true. I took a long time before wearing one because of that same
      fact. What they are refereing to is live bait rescues. Look it up, but
      don't try it unless you are with someone who has done it before. It is a
      really risky rescue. Also, using the tow line (I know its not included)
      off of the ring on the back can be risky as well. I know when I got mine
      it came with a pamphlet on a few of the different uses. Look them up. Try
      to take a swift water rescue course where you will practice these things.
      That said, this PFD also has a lot of good body coverage. I paddle a very
      rocky river, and after a friend got thrown onto a rock on her back and
      broke her back, I was convinced to get this PFD for that very reason. It
      is also very good for holding onto stuff like pin kits etc. So, what that
      person was saying is true. I adhered to it for years. However, I do see A
      LOT of people wearing them as their first PFDs around me. My biggest
      recommendation to you would be to take off the ring on the back before you
      learn how to use it, and put it in your clamshell's zipper pocket. That
      way if someone calls on you to use it and you tell them you don't know how
      to, you can tell them that you do have the ring and they can put it on and
      use it if they know how to. ALso, try to communicate to your
      friends/people you paddle with that you are not ready to exercise what is
      required of that PFD, but it is the only one you have. Tell them that is
      why the ring has been taken off the back and is only available for
      emergencies (for use by experienced users) in your clamshell.
      Hope that helps, and welcome to paddling :-)!!!
      -Will

      Answered on 7/28/2014 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Yes, the Greenjacket is designed as a swiftwater rescue life jacket. The sales person expressed a legitimate concern and it's one we also recommend to customers. Your on-water safety will be increased if you take swiftwater training and there your Greenjacket will be excellent. Check with local paddlers or paddling shops for instruction in your area. Or, you can find sources in this article - http://www.nrs.com/learn/finding-swiftwater-rescue-classes.asp

      Answered on 7/28/2014 by Clyde from NRS
  • Astral Greenjacket PFD

    Q:

    Will my throw rope fit in the chest? I have a two year old model with a new Astral throw rope. If so where does it fit in? In the clam shell or behind it?
    Asked on 3/19/2014 by Chris 10-E-C from NSW, Australia

    5 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      There should be room behind the clam shell for a small throw bag. I believe this space is designed for such a purpose. There will not be room for a throw bag in the clam shell.
      David

      Answered on 3/20/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Depends on how big your throw rope bag is. The throw rope should fit in
      the chest cavity of the vest. I have the 2013 Astral Greenjacket and my
      rope fit just fine in the chest cavity of this jacket. The older model
      jacket has a bigger cavity, so I know a personal throw bag should work.

      Answered on 3/20/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Are you talking about a rescue throw bag or a tow system? A small wedge
      style bag like the Nrs wedge will fit in the clam shell pocket. I wouldn't
      recommend that as placement. I'd use the quick release snap on the front,
      for faster access. Now if you are talking about a tow system or short
      teather, the side pockets will work great, look at some reviews on YouTube.
      It's a great vest highly I highly recommend it.
      Nick Tier
      Firefighter-EMT-CCT- SWRT
      Ithaca fire rescue 211
      Dryden fire resuce
      Bangs Ambulace

      Answered on 3/19/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      There is a stretchy mesh type thing behind the chest piece so you wouldn’t have to put it in in the clam shell. It holds a throw bag quite securely; if you want a zipper to hold it in there is not one back there. I own the PFD but have not seen or used an astral throwback. I bought a small NRS throw bag and it fit behind the panel but it made my PFD stick out way too much and wasn’t comfortable. If the astral throw bag is around 2 and 2.5 inches thick I think it may fit comfortably. My nrs one is 3-4 inches thick. Width and length don’t matter so much. The mesh behind there is fairly sizable. It’s just if there is a ton of thickness between you and the vest where I would see it becoming a problem.

      Answered on 3/19/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The rope doesn't go in the clam shell. There is a specific pocket with
      expandable mesh behond that area, closer to your chest.

      Answered on 3/19/2014 by Stinkyp from Atlanta, GA
  • Astral Greenjacket PFD

    Q:

    I Was Told The New Greenjacket Was Side Buckling. The Pic Of The Green One Looks Like It Buckles On The Side, But The Blue Pic Doesn't Have Buckles. Does The New Jacket Buckle, Or Is It Still Pullover?
    Asked on 7/8/2013 by Craig

    16 answers

    • A:

      US version is pullover because of US coastguard cert's. European versions of the Green Jacket have sidebuckles

      Answered on 8/14/2013 by Josh from Denver, Colorado
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Pullover

      Answered on 7/10/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi,
      It is a pull over. To makes it a side entry you would have to undo side adjustment straps which appear not to be set up for that.
      Hope that helps.
      Kirk
      Kirk Ney
      Lieutenant
      Maryland State MICRB Instructor
      Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service

      Answered on 7/10/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Still pull over.

      Answered on 7/9/2013 by Stinkyp from Atlanta, GA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It is still pullover, the only difference I notice is the front.

      Answered on 7/9/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have the Green one and it does not buckle on the side (still pullover).
      I heard somewhere that the pictures with buckles were either an early
      prototype or only available out side of the USA. It the latter, I'm
      guessing the buckles didn't pass the certification tests for a US Rescue
      PFD.
      Brian

      Answered on 7/9/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have the greenjacket rescue and it has no side buckles. It is pullover. Not terrible at all to get on and off though. Comfort and fit are exceptional! So far have been very impressed with this jacket well worth the money.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 7/9/2013 by Megatron from coeur d alene, id
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Still pull over, that photo is probably from an old prototype or something
      Sent from Andrew's iPhone

      Answered on 7/9/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It's a pull over, the buckle your noticing is the quick release belt.

      Answered on 7/9/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The new greenjacket is a pullover. I for one love it.

      Answered on 7/9/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It is a pullover with several adjustment points.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 7/8/2013 by Greg from Issaquah, WA
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Craig, the Greenjacket is still pullover entry. Perhaps the person telling you that was confusing with the NRS Zen, which does have side buckle entry.

      Answered on 7/8/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      It's a pullover. I really like the light weight.
      paw

      Answered on 7/8/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The new Green-Jacket is strictly a pull-over. I don’t find it hard to get on and off however.
      David

      Answered on 7/8/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      This model is pull over. There are no buckles only tightening straps on the sides.
      Sent from my iPhone

      Answered on 7/8/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The buckle on the side is just the release for the ring in the back for rescue swimming. The jacket is still the pullover design.
      Sent from my iPad mini

      Answered on 7/8/2013 by Anonymous
  • Astral Greenjacket PFD

    Q:

    Would you say a woman with a larger chest fell comfortable in this jacket?
    Asked on 6/9/2013 by evo from thermop wyoming

    2 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Evo, the Greenjacket's inner panel fits below the breast area and the outer panel is adjustable, so you should be able to get a good fit. With life jackets it's always best to try them on first. Check our Dealer Locator - http://www.nrsweb.com/services/dealerlocator.asp?tn=281 - to see if a store near you has the jacket. If that's not possible, we have a great returns policy.

      Answered on 6/10/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I can't speak from experience, but by loosening the two pocket flap straps
      all the way, the straps that go around the body should be able to fit under
      the chest and snugged first. Then pull the pocket straps until the chest
      is snug but not painful.

      Answered on 6/10/2013 by Anonymous
  • Astral Greenjacket PFD

    Q:

    Hi I'm interested to see a photo of the "five inner compartments for organizing rescue gear."
    Not really sure how thats going to look/work.
    Currently wearing the 1st ed green jacket, which i've loved the main big pocket for fitting pretty much everything.
    Asked on 5/27/2013 by Jdizzle from Melbourne OZ

    2 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Its still a big pocket, but the "compartments" are stitched in sleeves as
      well as a zipped mesh compartment much like what you'd find in a backpack.
      See attached pic.
      SYOTR,
      Brian

      Answered on 5/30/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      There's a photo of the inner pocket on Astral's site - http://www.astraldesigns.com/products/GreenJacket.php

      Answered on 5/28/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • Astral Greenjacket PFD

    Q:

    I am between sizes (about a 37-38 inch chest). Which size do you recommend? I am 5'7", female, and 160lbs.
    Asked on 4/15/2013 by Sonz from Nashville, TN

    3 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The vest is definitely true to size and has ample adjustments to since down
      and extra looseness.

      Answered on 4/16/2013 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Sonz, if we don't have one of our dealers (http://www.nrsweb.com/services/dealerlocator.asp?tn=281) in your area, go with the M/L. The larger size will allow you to add layers and bulkier paddling tops.

      Answered on 4/15/2013 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Best thing to do would be to try on both sizes and see what fits you more comfortably. If that's not an option, I'd go for the bigger one.
      HTH, Kuba

      Answered on 4/15/2013 by Anonymous
  • Astral Greenjacket PFD

    Q:

    Are these available yet? And how quickly will the site be updated when they are available?
    Asked on 2/25/2013 by T-Money from Oregon

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Both colors, in all three sizes are in stock. When we receive new stock of any item, it's usually online within 24 hours.

      Here's a tip: When a product has a "*Not In Stock, Backorderable" link in the Add To Cart space, click on it and there's a link where you can be notified when it's back in stock.

      Answered on 2/25/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • Astral Greenjacket PFD

    Q:

    Is this a limited edition greenjacket?
    I ask because it obviously does not look like the normal greenjacket, but I also looked at all of the limited edition greenjackets and none of them look like this one. So my question is, where is this coming from? I do not see astral selling it, or any history of them making it or anything.
    Asked on 2/24/2013 by Burke from Atlanta

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      Astral works hard to keep improving and innovating with their life jackets. This is the latest version of the popular Greenjacket. The main improvement is the large "clamshell" pocket (which first appeared in the Sea Wolf jacket), with its five inner compartments for organizing rescue gear.

      Answered on 2/25/2013 by Clyde from NRS
  • Astral Greenjacket PFD

    Q:

    When do u get the new green jackets?? And can I preorder??
    Asked on 2/17/2013 by Josh from Chester sc

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The jackets should be in stock by the end of the month. And you can certainly preorder. We'll ship your order out the same day they come in stock.

      Answered on 2/18/2013 by Clyde from NRS
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Pros

  • Adjustable (5)
  • Comfortable (5)
  • Durable (5)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

        • Chest Size:
        • Feels too small

           

          Feels true to size

           

          86% 

          (6 reviews)

          Feels too big

           
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      3.0

      Nice PFD buttt...

      By Alex

      from Bozeman, MT

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Convenient Pocket
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Claustrophobic
      • Hard to Adjust

      Best Uses

      • Boating

      Comments about Astral Greenjacket PFD:

      I really wanted to like this PFD - but after wearing it for a month down the Grand Canyon and a few weeks at the beginning of the season... I ended up eating $100 on it and selling it to a friend.

      I just couldn't get over how claustrophobic I felt getting this thing on and off. I had to completely loosen up the straps to get it over my head with a drysuit on, then tighten it up to the stops once it was on. The fit for women wasn't awesome - it gave me some pretty epic sideboob. I did take a few swims in it and it felt good/performed well in the water. The clamshell pocket design was awesome. I would recommend this PFD - just not for the ladies. Ended up buying a Stohlquist Descent and am much happier.

      • Chest Size:
      • Feels true to size
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      3.0

      Hard to get on and off

      By Mattyo

      from Denver

      Pros

      • Adjustable
      • Comfortable
      • Durable

      Cons

      • Hard to Adjust

      Best Uses

        Comments about Astral Greenjacket PFD:

        You can really tell this is a great PFD. Loads of straps to custom your fit. One major deal for me was that you have to pull the jacket on and off over your head. Not having a zipper to put the jacket on and off easily is a major pain. I had to loosen all the straps just to get it off and then back on again. Everything else is bomber but can't have a jacket that is so hard to get on and off. Had to return it. At that price is has to be perfect.

        • Chest Size:
        • Feels too small
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Quality through and through

        By Scotty to hotty

        from New Zealand

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Knife Placement

        Best Uses

        • Paddling

        Comments about Astral Greenjacket PFD:

        True to sizing with well located tightening straps but the river knife placement is not in an ideal place as it would be better if it was located on the shoulder

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

        Great product

        By Josh

        from San Jose, CA

        About Me Intermediate

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Comfortable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Boating

          Comments about Astral Greenjacket PFD:

          Great product Astral has done an exelent job on this once again!

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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Solid PFD

          By dooble

          from Colorado

          About Me Intermediate

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Zipper Is Flimsy

          Best Uses

            Comments about Astral Greenjacket PFD:

            I've tried the old generation Greenjacket and I prefer this one because of the giant new zipper pocket.

            Only gripe is the awesome zipper is a bit weak. I find myself being careful opening and closing the zipper because it doesn't flow smoothly when opening and closing. It seems like it can break if you are rough with it.

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

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