Gear Review

5 5

Great jacket for small paddlers!

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

I love this jacket! First and foremost, I am a small paddler and most PFDs only tighten down to 30" at the chest, which is not quite small enough for me. I have a 28" chest. This jacket cinches down plenty tight and can cinch down even tighter than I need. The Kapok is way more comfortable than foam that is in most jackets for flotation because it conforms to your shape and it floats just as well and doesn't break down over time. I also love this jacket because it has 3 big pockets (the ones for your hands are fleece lined!) The only down side is, I sometimes hit my arm on the knife because the attachment is in a slightly awkward spot. This jacket also fades fast and to a not so pretty color. All in all, I love this PFD and would definitely buy it again. Astral never disappoints!