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Astral V-Eight PFD


    Astral V-Eight PFD

    Stay cool while paddling during the dog days of summer with the Astral V-Eight PFD.

    • $104.95

    Item # 767267

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    • Airescape™ technology minimizes vest contact with your torso and has vent ports allowing body heat to escape
    • Eco-conscious Gaia™ PVC-free foam is soft and flexible, and won't break down in a wet environment
    • Preshaped foam in front panels provides additional comfort for men and women
    • Nylon outer shell provides superior abrasion resistance and durability
    • Mesh back allows maximum airflow and increased comfort while using kayaks with high seatbacks
    • Mesh cargo pocket on the right front panel conveniently stores small essentials
    • Dial in the fit using the 2 adjustable 1 in. webbing side straps and the adjustable shoulder straps
    • 4-way lash tab on front lets you secure accessories like strobes or knives

      Sizing and buoyancy information below:
    • Small/Medium fits chest sizes 31 - 37 in..
    • Medium/Large fits chest sizes 38 - 44 in.
    • Large/XX Large fits chest sizes 45 - 51 in.


      Item 767267

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      Astral V-Eight PFD Specs
      Best use
      17 pounds
      Type III
      Ripstop nylon
      USCG Classification
      Lash tab

      Astral V-Eight PFD

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      Rated 4.1333/5 based on 15 reviews
      Rated 3out of5
      by fromGood seatback clearance in the Kayak & lightweight The wife and I thought we'd be able to use our wake-board PFDs for the our new Kayaks. However, on our first outing we noticed the seat back kept pushing the PFD up into our throats. The new Astral V-8 worked well for me. Its light weight, and the mesh and open sides allowed for better cooling on a 90 degree afternoon. Buying another as a spare for friend who wishes to join me when the Wife can not.
      Date published: 2014-06-26
      Rated 4out of5
      by fromgreat! This is the first PFD I've owned but I think its great. My wife has one too and she also loves it. We use them canoeing and kayaking, and although I've only tested it in March and April, it seems well ventilated, which is why I bought this particular product. I really don't have anything bad to say about it.
      Date published: 2009-05-02
      Rated 4out of5
      by fromnice choice This is the first PFD I've purchased and I feel this is a great value. It is super comfortable(the shaped chest panels are a nice touch), not a bit sweaty even on very hot days and the mesh back fits well with the high seat on my kayak. A vest can't work if you are not willing to wear it. I held off on giving it the five stars only because I haven't taken a dip with it yet.
      Date published: 2009-06-02
      Rated 4out of5
      by fromBest of the Best! I've tried on several PFDs at REI and this is by-far the most comfortable they have! I've done several 4+ hour long paddling trips in this vest and it fits like a dream. So lightweight, 110% free range of motion. Can hardly tell you are wearing it. Convenient pocket on the front shoulder for lip balm. Folds up easily for storage or to toss in a tote bag. Cons: the foam on the back is a little thick for my preference - Feels like I have a humpback! But I prefer to have thicker foam on the back than in the front.
      Date published: 2010-02-11
      Rated 4out of5
      by fromSurprisingly comfortable I bought the jacket this Spring while the water was still cold. The first time, I wore it over a flannel shirt and it was comfortable. Now for the real stuff. When I bought it, I was skeptable about the ride up issue in several of the reviews. This past week the water temperature was 80, so I jumped in with the jacket. It immediately brought me to the surface, legs down and head out. I do not have the ride up issues or swimming issues that I have with other jackets I own. I wear it high on my body and keep the straps snug. It is very comfortable in the kayak (which is what it is for) because of the high back, but in a regular boat seat the back is thick and uncomfortable against the tall back seat of the runabout. I had read that people forgot they were wearing it but I figured that was just bragging. To my surprise I forgot I was wearing it until I jumped in the water and bobbed to the surface. I am 230lb 6'0" and bought a L/XL. It fits great. My wife tried it on (she is much smaller) but it still was a good fit for her and did not have a ride up issue either in the water. She now wants one. I do keep the straps snug but it still has plenty of freedom and is very comfortable. Cons: The Zipper keeps catching when you try to close it and the pocket is hard to open and I would not put something important in it. The Zipper is the only reason I did not rate it 5 stars.
      Date published: 2010-06-07
      Rated 5out of5
      by fromExcellent fit and comfort For a large man, this is the most comfortable vest my husband has ever used.
      Date published: 2009-09-10
      Rated 5out of5
      by fromExcellent Paddling PFD I've used this PFD for two years and it's holding up great. I've paddled many different boats and this vest fits great with any style kayak seat. The back of the vest is high and clears the top of the seat. I've practiced wet exits and re-entries on many occasions and it always keeps me afloat, and I have not had any of the riding up issues. The vents are great and helps a lot in the summer months.
      Date published: 2011-01-17
      Rated 5out of5
      by fromGood racing vest Just finished a 12 hour AR with a 2.5 hour paddle and a 500 yd lake swim using this jacket in the summer heat of the southeast. This jacket did the job and was worth the expense. It feels a bit bulky on dry land but I didn't even notice it was on while paddling. The vents in the front definitely worked and kept me cool. The front mesh pocket was good for stashing food and the lash tab worked as usual for stashing the required knife and whistle. I didn't notice any interference or riding up while swimming in the jacket either.
      Date published: 2011-08-01

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