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Astral
Indus Personal Flotation Device

4.555555555555555 out of 5 stars
9 Reviews

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Why We Like The Astral Indus Personal Floatation Device

The Astral Indus Personal Floatation Device combines excellent buoyancy with a comfortable fit and unimpeded mobility, allowing us to confidently paddle into the whitewater. The pullover design with easy-to-use hook-and-loop straps secures a tight, comfortable fit without loose ends poking us in the face. The prioritized storage is thoughtfully placed to ensure easy access while also improving our buoyancy. Plus, this full-featured, high-float rescue vest offers a quick-release harness, a tow-compatible carabiner tether, and a Type V certification with 22.3 pounds of floatation.


Details

  • Freestyle-inspired PFD for big whitewater and quick currents
  • Type V life jacket offering 22.3 pounds of floatation
  • Two-panel architecture improves mobility for easy paddling
  • Integrated shoulder straps and chest harness ensure durability
  • Pullover design keeps loose straps away from your face
  • Zippered front and side pockets keep essentials close by
  • Dedicated knife storage gives you quick access in emergencies
  • Item #ASLT022
Flotation / Buoyancy
22.3lb
Tow Compatibility
yes
Closure
pullover, hook-and-loop
Pockets
1 zippered front, 1 zippered side, 1 knife slip
Claimed Weight
3lb
Material
[face fabric] 500D Cordura nylon, [lining] 200D high-tenacity nylon, [floatation] PVC-free Gaia foam, polyethylene foam
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime
Activity
paddling
USCG Type / Level
Type V

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 9 ratings

Review Summary

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5 out of 5 stars

May 17, 2024

Indus!

The most comfortable jacket I have ever had on! Really appreciate the lower chest profile.

Matt T
astraldesigns.com

Originally reviewed on astraldesigns.com

5 out of 5 stars

May 16, 2024

Put it to the test, did not disappoint

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought:
M/L
Weight:
170

Got worked in a juicy hole on South Yuba and swam out. Though not my finest moment, it did give me a chance to thoroughly test the new life jacket. Performance: Overall, I'm pretty stoked on the Indus. The extra float is noticeable. I definitely felt like I came back up to the surface faster and had an easier time getting my head above the aerated water. I got recirculated a few times and it's possible that the extra buoyancy was neutral or slightly negative in actually flushing out of the hole, but once I flushed, I was very happy for the extra floatation. As I got swept through the next hole and dipped under waves while swimming the rest of the rapid, it was meaningfully easier to catch a few much needed breaths of air. It's not a night and day difference, other life jackets to a good job too, but it does build in just a little extra margin, and I found that little bit to be meaningful when my lungs were screaming for air. This is defintely the only life jacket I'm grabbing for running hard whitewetar. I'm super happy with the upgrade. Fit: As for fit, the life jacket is comfortable and easy to move in. I like the fit better than I thought. It's bulkier than other safety vests, but Astral has done a good job at adding volume where it's least noticable. Storage: I was worried about storage, but I've found that it has plenty of space to stash my things. It might even pack better than my old life jacket.

Michael D
5 out of 5 stars

May 13, 2024

The one that was promised!

I've been wearing the Indus for the past couple of weeks and have nothing but good things to say about it. Even with the Indus's additional flotation (compared to traditional kayaking PFDs), it feels incredibly low-profile while paddling. The Indus doesn't hinder my paddling, it floats me far better than other PFDs, and it holds my phone and wedding ring; there is nothing else I want or need a PFD to provide.

Heffernan
astraldesigns.com

Originally reviewed on astraldesigns.com

5 out of 5 stars

April 29, 2024

Buy this and be safer

A revolution in safety and design. In my opinion this is a must for every river enthusiast. Does not feel any bulkier than a green jacket when kayaking, and the additional float power is just one more step toward safer river days. Built perfectly. Astral for the win.

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Motown
astraldesigns.com

Originally reviewed on astraldesigns.com

1 out of 5 stars

April 16, 2024

HUGE

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Size Bought:
small
Height:
5' 4"
Weight:
130

Im pretty disappointed in this PFD...I thought by now gear would fit for an average sized woman. This PFD slips right off when it is at its tightest, not even close to fitting like the green jacket. If you are 5'2 to 5'6 110-140 you will not fit in this.

Riley H
5 out of 5 stars

April 16, 2024

Awesome PFD. Runs Small.

Been waiting for this release for awhile. Great construction and I can see this becoming my go-to PFD. There's only one negative, and it's that sizing does not seem to directly carry over from the Green Jacket. I'm a 43" Chest and have no problem with my M/L green jacket. The M/L Indus though.. It's a no go. While I can get it on and tighten it, there really isn't much room for adjustment and even fully loosened, it's very difficult to get off. (Tested with T-shirt, would not want to try with winter gear.) If you are on the upper end of a M/L measurement, I would suggest sizing up.

bcpax
astraldesigns.com

Originally reviewed on astraldesigns.com

5 out of 5 stars

April 3, 2024

The One #BackToTheSurface

With a lot of stoke and love I have been wearing a version of this PFD in the testing process for over 3 years. Over 1 year now with the final and I am super happy with fit, function, and style. 33% more float. Comforting. Highly recommend trying one out!

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BennyMarr
astraldesigns.com

Originally reviewed on astraldesigns.com

5 out of 5 stars

March 26, 2024

Finally...A Modern High Float!!

The goal of any life jacket is to minimize the chances of drowning by providing you flotation and thus more air. Most designs got away from this goal and prioritized mobility during the peak of freestyle kayaking in the early '00s. In fact, most were trying to figure out how to use less buoyancy. Finally someone is getting the priorities back in line...more float AND the same amount of mobility. This does it both. After using different prototype iterations of this jacket over a few years, the final design of the Indus has absolutely nailed it. Once in the kayak, it literally doesn't feel any different than the GreenJacket. Same range of motion, protection and secure fit. You can't really comprehend where all the buoyancy went until you look at the life jacket from underneath. Well done Astral. This is another Astral design that will lead the industry and save lives. Do yourself and your loved ones a favor and float higher.

G Canyon Kayaker
astraldesigns.com

Originally reviewed on astraldesigns.com

5 out of 5 stars

March 21, 2024

A Definite Whitewater Essential

This PFD is a great combo of comfort, safety, and practicality. The extra buoyancy is definitely noticeable on a float test and serves as another safety net if things go wrong. The way that the extra foam is put around your body is very conducive to free movement and even feels like an improvement over the Green Jacket. More of the buoyancy is tucked away lower on the PFD so it sits out of my range of motion and is super comfortable. I have no problem fitting my full pin kit and a tow teather in the pockets on the front and sides, so no complaints about the sizing of the pockets. The features of this PFD speak for themselves, it pretty much does everything that the Green Jacket does but better in my opinion.

westburge
astraldesigns.com

Originally reviewed on astraldesigns.com