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For whitewater professionals and rescuers, anything else would be foolish.

Astral hit the nail on the head when it created the Astral GreenJacket Personal Flotation Device. This is a PFD for whitewater professionals and professional river rescuers, and it oozes with toughness and utilitarian purpose down to the tiniest detail. The front panel features a large, clamshell-style opening that can hold a rescue rope, there's a quick-release harness built into the side, a tow system on the back, a Spectra safety loop for emergency extractions, and the list goes on. Astral's designers even worked in their unique Tectonic foam panel system that uses a static panel at the chest and a dynamic, floating panel at the torso where you need mobility to paddle. Sure, you could find a lighter weight PFD option for the river, and maybe even one that's designed for rescuers, but you won't find another with the laundry list of forward-thinking safety features touted by the GreenJacket.

  • Freestyle Tectonics buoyancy system uses a dynamic foam plate that allows for mobility at the torso and a static foam plate that guarantees that the chest will always be above water
  • Foam plates are reinforced with lightweight plastic for protection against rocks and debris in the river
  • Pullover entry ensures ultimate security by eliminating a zipper opening that could bust open or break
  • Front panel is large enough to store a rope and features a clamshell opening with five pockets inside
  • Spectra safety loop provides an attachment point for a rope during emergency river extractions
  • Carabiner Park allows you to utilize a web toe or tow cord for boat or paddler recoveries
  • Two side cargo pockets with zip closures for small gear
  • Front lash tab for attaching a rescue knife or strobe
  • Quick-release rescue harness tack-stitched into vest, rated to 1,200 lb
  • Built-in fleece hand-warmer

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5 5

This jacket can handle it all

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Green Jacket has features to cover everything you need on the water. Big front pocket for storage, built in hand fleece warmers, rescue features, and pull over style entry to remove bulk and inconvenience of zipper technology.

I SUP (mostly swim) bigger water with this jacket and like to attach my leash to the ring in the back so the leash is out of my way when i'm changing stances on my board. Make sure you understand how the rescue features work before you use them, REALLY get to know this jacket so that if you HAVE to use it, you KNOW how to use it.

I love the colors they offer, and the floatation keeps you feeling safe amongst the chaos in the high class rivers. Great Jacket for any River Enthusiast.

I am 5'9 at 150 pounds and wear the Small/Medium with or without a drysuit.

This jacket can handle it all
5 5

My go to jacket for paddling

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

I have an L/XL limited edition Green Jacket with the Clamshell closure and have been stoked on it. The Jacket fits me well at 6'2" and being around 250 lbs. Also during any out of boat scenarios it has floated me well. I really like the new clamshell as i find it easier to store items inside of, such as my mini pin kit (4 prussics and 2 carribeaners with pulleys), snack bars and a knife, plus its easier to access them. I also enjoy the rescue/belay features of the jacket as it makes extraction and insertion into stouts easy featuring the loop on it and safety belt (if you're going to use the safety belt you should take a SWR course!) All in all I have been super pleased with the on river and off river performance of the new Green Jacket! Thanks to Dave Fusilli for the great shot of me at El Horrendo on the Russel Fork River in my Pyranha Kayaks Green Jacket!

My go to jacket for paddling
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Awesome picture Paul!!!

I selected this image to feature on the Community Hub at the bottom of the homepage! Congrats on being amazingly GOATWORTHY !!

two questions: 1) how is the clamshell...

two questions: 1) how is the clamshell zipper holding up? read a review that said they brake easy.... 2) can any bigger guys 220lbs + comment on the fit and floatation of the L/XL? Thanks!!

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Hey Mathias,

Can't comment on the new clamshell zipper, but I've got the same fears. However, I can say that bigger dudes do well in the L/XL. My partner is 6'2'' 215 lbs and has been sporting a special edition version of the Green Jacket (floation rating exactly the same, of course) 100+ days a year for the past 3 years, and it's still going strong. It's definitely a rescue classic for a reason.

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Haven't had a problem with the zipper through a season. Can't say that I put that much into it though. Just knives, sunglasses, sunscreen, dog leash, coffee mug, PBR... the basics

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No problems with the zipper.
I'm about 205 and the L/XL is more than enough floatation.
Had mine for about 6 months with excellent performance!

5 5

Take a great vest and make it better

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had the previous green jacket and loved it. A discount and a gift card pretty much forced me into another one. Plus I'm a sucker for lime green. I'm not sure how such a simple clam shell design isn't on every PFD. It makes getting to stuff so much easier. Had to test the quick release this weekend during a boat rescue. First time I've ever had to use that feature and it worked like a charm. Safety first.

5 5

Best vest on the water

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

used it for the past season and a half, as i was progressing to 4 &5 whitewater and needed a vest that would hold up and keep me (and my paddling partners) safe.

once you get it and learn that the straps need to be loosened to get it on with dignity you don't want to wear anything else. very comfortable and gives you confidence that it will preform.

Pros: full spine coverage, range of motion, durable materials, hand warmers, clam shell pocket, optional throw bag pocket, it looks sweet!

Cons: Can loose some range of motion with throw bag in front pouch, Knife attachment point on front can get in the way (just moved the knife to shoulder and much happier) other people want to try it.

Best vest on the water
5 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great pfd. Thought I wouldn't like the bottom entry but it's pretty easy to get used to.

4 5

Great jacket... but not for women.

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

I've always been a fan of Astral jackets, and was really excited when this one came out! I bought it but the fit just isn't great. The top edge of the bottom wrap around foam hits mid bust and whether I shift the jacket up or down it still is just really uncomfortable. I'm pretty small chested and it still was just not working for me. So I got rid of it. I'm giving it a 4 star because if you're a guy (or maybe a girl who's shaped differently than I am) it's a great jacket, just didn't work out for me.

Not just for paddling

Not just for paddling

I use mine whenever im on the water- paddling, fishing, boating, etc.

5 5

BadA** PFD

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've got an older model of the Green jacket, and it has been nothing but bombproof. I've used it primarily as a sea kayaking guide, where the safety features are usually not needed, but comforting to the guests. The jacket is super comfortable, and well designed. Other than some fading, it has shown little sign of wear after almost 4 years of solid 4-season use. The big pocket at the front is great for a vhf radio and granola bar, a hat or gloves fit nicely behind the front panel, and the sides can hold everything from a bug net to small oranges to a compass and fire starters. The knife tab is bomber and gets its job done. The quick release belt with the ring, i've only used in practice, but works like a charm. Great adjustability and all around awesome piece.

Does any hydration system mount to the new...

Does any hydration system mount to the new Astral GreenJacket?

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Unfortunately no hydration systems mount to the new GreenJacket. The Astral Sea Wolf is the more sea kayak specific version of this PFD and it is compatible with a Camelbak Antidote 50. The issue is that the Sea Wolf is a Type III and this is a Type IV.

5 5

Best PFD Around

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love the GreenJacket. I have the older model and it has worked great for me over the last few years. As far as the improvements go, the new chest pocket is a nice upgrade. It is roomy and the zipper allows for a little bit more functional space instead of the Velcro and snap on the older model. The cut is great for paddling and fits surprisingly well on a female frame. If you don't need the rescue features of a Type IV definitely check out the Astral Sea Wolf for a very comparable model below the $200 price point.

Does any hydration system (NRS, Kokatat...

Does any hydration system (NRS, Kokatat or other) mount to the new Astral GreenJacket?

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Unfortunately no hydration systems mount to the new GreenJacket. The Astral Sea Wolf is the more sea kayak specific version of this PFD and it is compatible with a Camelbak Antidote 50. The issue is that the Sea Wolf is a Type III and this is a Type V.

5 5

2013 Green Jacket PFD

This new design is great. The new front pocket is where its at. A++

5 5


This thing is way nice! It's got all the things you need and stops there. Done. The chest pocket is rather convenient as well.