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Just about as sexy as a PFD can get.

Just one look at the sleek, minimalist Astral Bouyancy Willis Personal Flotation Device will probably convince you it's going to be the most comfortable PFD you've ever worn. It's not until you put it on that you discover the other not-so-obvious comfort features Astral included in the body.

  • Freestyle Tectonics design includes separate foam panels for the upper and lower body to give you unsurpassed freedom of movement
  • Flotection coverage wraps the foam around your torso and your spine for extra protection
  • Side buckles give you the option of pulling the Willis on from the side instead of over your head
  • Front adjustment straps let you customize the torso length for the ideal fit
  • Seven-inch elastic panel in the back adds comfort
  • Front lash tab provides an attachment point for your knife or a VHF radio

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5 5

Love it

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've taken my Willis through it all. Great buoyancy to keep you afloat those overhead waves, easy to put on and take off, a nice comfortable pocket on the inside for flip lines or knick knacks to carry. Probably one of the more comfortable PFD's I've owned. Give you plenty of room for shoulder rotation; doesn't get in the way of your oars. I love this guy.

Love it
Responded on

Ms. Melissa, this is a Potential Christmas present for my wife ( she hates all typical woman's colors) How does it fit on a woman (BTW, I am jumping to a conclusion based on your name). What size did you get if you don't mind me asking? Was it accommodating for your ladies? Any tips on sizing, she is 130 LB's (dangerous online comment) and her ladies are 37-38 B-C (Yep, perved through her closet)? Astral says s/m is 31-37 in chest. Thoughts ? Thanks, happy paddling!

Responded on

Hey brip,

It fits great. I got a size s/m and I am about the same size as her in bust. I really like it, feels secure and breathable when I am guiding (which is important when you are moving around either paddling or rowing.) I've heard feedback about the women's Willis built in bra is not as good and not as secure, so I would go for this one. I love it.

3 5

Not for me

Nice cut and look....but just wasn't for me. I am a pretty "round" guy. And the fit just wasn't right. If I was skinner/more athletic build it might work . I know it's similar to the Green jacket but just didn't feel the same. Was looking for PFD to wear when I didn't need a rescue...but I will just stick with the Green jacket for now.

5 5

Great PFD!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Willis is very comfy, durable and does not impede movement. My willis has been through three summers of commercial guiding on the colorado and recreational kayaking and though faded a little, it is in good shape. It offers better mobility than most other LJ's I've used whether rowing or kayaking. Astral stopped making this one and I've considered buying another one but can't justify it given the condition of this one.

5 5

Best PFD Evah! (On the left)

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My Willis PFD has seen 180+ river days in the last two seasons, and she's still going strong! I cannot say enough good things about this PFD. The design is perfect-- side entry buckles are sturdy, unobtrusive, and far superior to a center zip, which can get snagged and pulled down just when you need the jacket the most. The rib padding does take a minute to get used to if you're accustomed to a lower-profile jacket like the NRS Ninja... but I could never go back! That extra protection is AMAZING for whitewater-- nothing worse than bruised and banged up ribs in a Class V swim!

Best PFD Evah! (On the left)
5 5

Think it is a Great Jacket

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Fits really well, used it last weekend and really like it. Received it as a Christmas gift and it is a great price for a jacket that fits me right.