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Astral Green Jacket Personal Flotation Device


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    14 Reviews


    For those unwilling to sacrifice safety.

    Astral hit the nail on the head when it created the Astral Green Jacket Personal Flotation Device. This is a PFD for whitewater professionals and professional river rescuers, and it oozes 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 and a tow system on the back, and Astral included Spectra safety loop for emergency extractions.

    Astral's designers even worked in their unique Tectonic foam panel fit system, which uses a static panel at the chest and a dynamic floating panel at the torso to maximize mobility and keep the PFD comfortable as you paddle. Sure, you could find a lighter PFD option for the river, but you won't find another with the laundry list of forward-thinking safety features of the Green Jacket.

    • Gaia PE foam insert
    • 500D Cordura nylon
    • Acetal plastic and stainless steel hardware
    • Techtonics two-panel fit system
    • Adjustable torso height
    • Large front clamshell and side pockets
    • Fleece handwarmer pockets
    • Rope storage area behind front panel
    • Spectra safety haul loop
    • Quick-release rescuer's harness
    • Item #ASL001D

    Tech Specs

    Manufacturer Warranty
    Recommended Use
    kayaking, whitewater
    Claimed Weight
    2 lb 14 oz
    1 front, 2 zippered side
    Tow Compatibility
    Flotation / Buoyancy
    16.4 lb
    USCG Type

    Tech Specs

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    Bought the best!

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

    After a rough float with a sawdust and down vintage PFD, I upgraded and went straight to the top of the line. I bought the LE9 version and I'd love to have pictures but I'm patiently awaiting arrival. Having used the Zen Class V on the Colorado, I was well aware of the safety features on all class V PFDs, but so many of my guide friends rave about the green jackets superior design and layout. I'm looking forward to great support and function, and a YUGE zippered pocket up front since I'm usually better prepared than most.

    Will update when I get the glorious LE9!

    Best of the Best

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I absolutely love this PFD. If you are in need for a solid, reliable and comfortable rescue PFD this is where your search ends! I initially purchased this item before a swift water rescue course where I really had a great opportunity to test all aspects of this PFD, it exceeded my expectations and after many many floats since then I know this PFD is going to last me a very long time. The front storage pocket is extremely useful and easily accessible. No complaints!

    Best Rescue PFD on the market

      I use this vest for work when guiding whitewater rafts. The vest is comfortable, loaded with great features (integrated rescue belt, large front storage pocket with organizers, mini throw rope storage, side pockets, felt lined hand warmer area, etc.), and it looks good too. I recommend learning how to use the rescue features from trained professionals. If you are in need of a full featured rescue PFD then you can't go wrong with this one.

      Very comfortable

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

      I bought this for my daughter and she loves it. She tried multiple PFD's before deciding that this one was the best fit. She says its very comfortable and loves the pockets. She is 5'6" 130 LBS and I purchased the S/M for her.

      BEST PFD out there

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I use this PFD all the time for creeking, instruction, and playboating. It's super comfortable and has all the features necessary for a good rescue PFD. The Green Jacket is very durable & holds up for year under the abuse of sun & being shoved in the back of trucks. It also features a great front pocket for organizing all your snacks, sunscreen, earplugs, river knife, pin kit, and whatever else you might wish you had space for!

      Great Jacket

        Bought this after a close call on a class 5 stretch of river in Colorado. Since then having the peace of mind when it comes to safety included with the jackets features, there is no other way to go. Used this jacket in a pin situation only about a week after receiving it. It performed flawlessly. Would recomend. Super comfortable, good looking, and extremely functional.

        Alternative knife mounting

        I like to wear my river knife on the left side of the rescue belt. The knife is much lower profile here making getting back into a raft much easier. It's a real low drag spot. Surprisingly easy to access with both hands.

        Alternative knife mounting

        Absolute Bomber PFD

          I bought mine at the end of May just gearing up for the season ahead and oh boy, Astral did not disappoint. It's ready to go out of the box, no nonsense there. Comes with a user guide and some stickers as well. The "Pull Over" donning and doffing is much less of a hassle than many (just as myself) expect at first. Once it's on, you completely forget that little bit of extra effort it took putting it on until it's time to take it off again. It fits perfectly thanks to the three adjustment buckles on each side, never too loose - and never too tight. The quick release rescue loop provides a sturdy attachment point for hauling boats or performing a "live bait" rescue, and the peace of mind being able to get out of it in a pinch. Another added safety feature that astral nailed wis the Spectra safety loop


            I purchased this Greenjacket for a female acquaintance. I own three others, all lime green in men's. I have come to trust Astral products. My primary reason for this trust is safety. This Type V pfd provides it. All systems are 'go' with this product. One and only desire is what every woman and paddler cries out for, and that is 'closet space'. Though better than adequate, I wish there was more room for storing gear in and on the vest. Otherwise, great product and no better investment can be made in protecting one's life on the water. Notable, I also own several Astral Dyneema Throw Bags.

            Benchmark for rescue vests

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            I've used this vest in a swift water rescue class and elsewhere on the river - it performs exceeding well. The over-the-head entry does take a bit of getting used to but the multiple straps snug down well and the fit is perfect. I attached a river knife to the shoulder, not on the ill-placed tab on the very front of the jacket. It is much easier to climb back on or in a raft that way. The big pocket in the front can hold a lot of various stuff and behind it you can put a small throw bag. The safety tether was easy to release with either hand too. I'm 5'9" at 175lbs - the M/L was a great fit even over a dry suit and polypropylene underneath.

            What else can you ask for?

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            It's a pull over pfd but you only know that when taking it off or putting in on- not a big deal. It's comfortable, makes you float well (unlike some pfds where you feel like youre barely got some breathing room while swimming). Ive worn it once but went through the wringer pretty good. My chest was not once cold only because I kept this vest on. Hiked through dense downed trees and brush and this deflected anything coming at my torso. Shoulder straps don't dig in. I had to leash myself to a tree to belay my kayak up the mountain side and the vest handled all the pressure a person could. The vest sits just right so it is never in the way of body movement or cockpit. Stylish and comfy, worth the money. Could be easier/more hastily access to the leash tab though.

            The Rescue-Vest Standard

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            There really is not too much to say about this PFD. Astral set the market standard for rescue PFD's with the GreenJacket. I have owned this PFD since it came on the market and am about ready for a second. The GreenJacket took a little bit of getting used to after coming from the previous Astral style which had no bulk above belly. If I did have a complaint it would be that this PFD feels a little bulky up high on the paddler. This added bulk creates room for Astral to add the foam and plastic plates for protection. The fit and finish is typical astral quality and will stand up to years of use. If your in the market for a rescue vest it is pretty hard to find one better than the Astral GreenJacket.

            My Measurements:
            5'7" 155lbs
            Chest - 37 inches
            Size S/M

            Please contact me if you have any questions about whitewater, flatwater or any paddle-sports.

            1.800.409.4502 ext. 4042

            Last years greenjacket

            • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

            Soooo I have last years greenjacket, but nothing really changed dramatically going into this years so I decided to not search out the old one and write a review that you may not read. This jacket is great. Compared to the Kokatat Maximus line, it has slightly less floatation than the Kokatat, but some may not even notice the difference. The pull over is nice and not a huge pain like many point out, and the fit is easily dialed in with the 3 side buckles (on each side) and the chest panel adjustments. The front zippered pocket is a nice feature as well, it can hold a knife, whistle, phone, snack, soda can, what ever you choose to put in it, and the two zippered pockets on the side can hold a tow line or whatever. I felt like the lash tab was put in an awkward position for right or left hand access to a knife, so I put a tab on up on the shoulder strap which works great. The tab on the older model put a knife in a better access point for either had to get to.

            I have a M/L and am 5'8", 170lb

            Last years greenjacket