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2006 Astral Aquavest 300
Reviewed by: James on 6/7/2007Rating :

This rescue vest is quite an awesome product. I have paddled with quite a few vests and this is truly the most jam packed PFD I have ever seen. The options are all there and it is crammed into a nice little package that seems to hug me in all the right places.

The vest rides alot like a Freestyle PFD, with low coverage around the upper chest and most of the flotation around your waistline front and back. The back flotation extends up the back but not into the shoulder blade areas. The vest does have a tendency to ride a bit but stays well placed during most movements.

Below are a list of features that this vests boasts.

  • The Simplicity and reliability of a streamlined Pull-Over means no zippers to worry about breaking.
  • Quick release rescue belt: Removable 1-1/2” webbing belt and O-Ring designed for towing, anchoring or strong swimming rescues. Read threading details thoroughly!
  • Continuous Suspension is designed to let the shoulder straps move up and down with your shoulders while paddling, but without pulling up on the PFD. Reinforcement webbing is sewn throughout the shoulder straps, across your back, and then back to the front of the jacket. This creates a “harness” of strength that will secure around you in the event you are hoisted from your shoulder straps.
  • Enhanced Flotection™- is provided in side panels via a thin layer of HDPE. Your ribs and organs will appreciate this.
  • Rope ready front pocket with Built in Whistle: Store your rope behind the zippered front pocket.
  • Web-Tow Pocket at right side of vest neatly holds our optional WebTow™. This system is safer than most, because it eliminates the slack loop common to other tow systems.
  • Integrated Spectra® Safety loop is designed for short, emergency belays and extraction anchor point. It is securely integrated with the primary structure of the device.
  • Hydration compatibility-our ½Bladder™ fits in the front pocket and our Full Bladder™ fits between the back foam layers.
  • Quick Access Knife tab.
  • Reflective piping at front and back increases visibility in dark or shaded environments.
  • EZ-Reach side adjustments are placed much more forward than other PFD’s. This makes it much easier to securely adjust an Astral vest.
  • Low riding foam keeps the buoyancy out of your way, providing an amazing range of motion. In fact, remove the rescuer’s harness and you have a great park and play vest.

  • Honestly I wear this vest for play also, and so far it has been just fine. Although a bit cumbersome it is amazingly versatile due to its shape and size. The handwarmers are a bit of a silly thing but it is nice to have a large front pocket. The vest is also capable of packing a full 6 pack of cans. 4 in the front pocket and two on the sides.

    The webbing that tightens down the sides is kinda long on my vest and it is actually a big annoying trimming is needed, and the amount of slack in your rescue belt could also need to be trimmed. Over all I love this vest and hope to have it for years to come.

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