Astral PFDs in 2022: Full Model Line and Life Jacket Reviews

What PFDs does Astral have to offer this year? Here’s our overview of Astral’s life jacket model line for 2022.

Comparison table: Astral PFDs in 2022

Model Specs Where To Buy

Astral Linda
Weight: 1.02 lbs.
Floatation: 16 lbs.
USCG Rating: Type III
Entry system: Front zip
Moosejaw

Astral Ronny
Weight: 1.02 lbs.
Floatation: 16 lbs.
USCG Rating: Type III
Entry system: Front zip
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Astral Airbelt
Weight: 0.78 lbs (without cartridge)
Floatation: 22 lbs.
USCG Rating: Type V
Entry system: Waist mounted
Amazon

Astral V-Eight
Weight: 1.22 lbs.
Floatation: 16 lbs.
USCG Rating: Type III
Entry system: Front zip
REI

Astral YTV
Weight: 1.76 lbs.
Floatation: 16.5 lbs.
USCG Rating: Type V
Entry system: Pullover
Backcountry

Astral Otter 2.0
Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Floatation: 11.5 lbs.
USCG Rating: Type III
Entry system: Front buckle
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Astral Sturgeon
Weight: 1.63 lbs.
Floatation: 16 lbs.
USCG Rating: Type III
Entry system: Side zip
Outdoorplay

Astral V-Eight Fisher
Weight: 1.37 lbs.
Floatation: 16 lbs.
USCG Rating: Type III
Entry system: Front zip
Outdoorplay

Astral Layla
Weight: 1.76 lbs.
Floatation: 16.3 lbs.
USCG Rating: Type III
Entry system: Side zip
Amazon

Astral Ringo
Weight: 2 lbs.
Floatation: 16.3 lbs.
USCG Rating: Type III
Entry system: Side zip
Backcountry

Astral BlueJacket
Weight: 2 lbs.
Floatation: 16.4 lbs.
USCG Rating: Type III
Entry system: Side release buckles
Backcountry

Astral GreenJacket
Weight: 2.9 lbs.
Floatation: 16 lbs.
USCG Rating: Type V
Entry system: Pullover
Amazon

Astral BirdDog
Backcountry

Astral Linda

Astral Linda

Weight: 1.02 lbs.
Floatation: 16 lbs.
USCG Rating: Type III
Entry system: Front zip

As you get warmer, the temptation is always there to take off your PFD and cool down, remove the bulk and the discomfort. The Astral Linda is so lightweight and ventilated that you’ll barely even notice you’re wearing it. A ventilated strip in the centre of the back panel and the breathable mesh panelling throughout the whole vest allows loads of airflow to keep you cool.


Astral Ronny

Astral Ronny

Weight: 1.02 lbs.
Floatation: 16 lbs.
USCG Rating: Type III
Entry system: Front zip

When you’re paddling hard, you want a PFD which lets your body breathe. The Ronny uses Astral’s Thin Vent back system, which keeps air flowing freely down your back and wicks away sweat as you paddle. The thin back also means you don’t get shunted off your seat if you’re using the high backed seats which are increasingly popular with recreational and fishing kayaks. You can enjoy maximum comfort thanks to minimal design while staying cool on the water.


Astral Airbelt

Astral Airbelt

Weight: 0.78 lbs (without cartridge)
Floatation: 22 lbs.
USCG Rating: Type V
Entry system: Waist mounted

There are times where vest style PFDs are either too warm or cumbersome, or perhaps you just want to wear something smaller. The Air Belt is designed for use in warm weather, on calm water, usually by paddleboarders or kayak anglers who like to stand in their boats.


Astral V-Eight

Astral V-Eight

Weight: 1.22 lbs.
Floatation: 16 lbs.
USCG Rating: Type III
Entry system: Front zip

Recreational, fishing and touring trips can quickly become uncomfortable with the wrong PFD. If you’re paddling in a hot area, or working really hard on the water, you need equipment which can keep you cool and allow you to keep cruising all day long.


Astral YTV

Astral YTV

Weight: 1.76 lbs.
Floatation: 16.5 lbs.
USCG Rating: Type V
Entry system: Pullover

The YTV is Astral’s freestyle inspired PFD. This minimal, simplistic vest gives you true freedom of movement and maximum rotation. With Astral’s Torso Lock system and the low cut of the YTV, you keep the bulk as low as possible, keeping your shoulders free.


Astral Otter 2.0

Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Floatation: 11.5 lbs.
USCG Rating: Type III
Entry system: Front buckle

Your young paddler needs a life vest that they feel comfortable and stylish in, and more importantly, one they will want to wear all day. The Otter 2.0 is a youth kayaking life jacket designed to fit paddlers weighing between 50 and 90 pounds.


Astral Sturgeon

Astral Sturgeon

Weight: 1.63 lbs.
Floatation: 16 lbs.
USCG Rating: Type III
Entry system: Side zip

Ever been fishing and forgotten which pocket you’ve put your pliers in? Or where your phone is this time? With the Sturgeon, Astral have solved your problems by consolidating five pockets into one enormous clamshell style pocket. This might sound confusing, but when the pocket itself can be used as a shelf, and with the level of internal organisation that Astral have included, it’s easy to find anything you need.


Astral V-Eight Fisher

Astral V-Eight Fisher

Weight: 1.37 lbs.
Floatation: 16 lbs.
USCG Rating: Type III
Entry system: Front zip

Based on the enormously popular Astral V-Eight, the V-Eight Fisher PFD might just be the most breathable kayak fishing life vest on the market. With a high back, mesh design on the rear and Astral’s Airescape on the front, overheating is a thing of the past.


Astral Layla

Astral Layla

Weight: 1.76 lbs.
Floatation: 16.3 lbs.
USCG Rating: Type III
Entry system: Side zip

Based on a style introduced by the Astral founder back in the 90s and refined over the years, the Layla is arguably the world’s best fitting female-specific whitewater PFD on the market.


Astral Ringo

Astral Ringo

Weight: 2 lbs.
Floatation: 16.3 lbs.
USCG Rating: Type III
Entry system: Side zip

The Ringo is one of Astral’s many high quality do-it-all PFDs. Unlike some other brands, when Astral say they do-it-all, they do everything to a really, really high standard.


Astral BlueJacket

Astral BlueJacket

Weight: 2 lbs.
Floatation: 16.4 lbs.
USCG Rating: Type III
Entry system: Side release buckles

The Blue Jacket is inspired by sea kayaking but is equally at home on any type of water. Any PFD which started life in sea kayaking is going to prioritise paddling form and comfort, and the Blue Jacket is no exception.


Astral GreenJacket

Astral GreenJacket

Weight: 2.9 lbs.
Floatation: 16 lbs.
USCG Rating: Type V
Entry system: Pullover

Is the Green Jacket the best whitewater kayaking PFD on the market? There are whole rivers of paddlers who would agree that it is. With how secure, comfortable and bombproof it feels, it’s hard to argue with them.


Astral BirdDog

Astral BirdDog

Keep your furry friend safe on the water with the comfortable, adjustable Astral BirdDog PFD. Whether your pet pal is new to water and you want something to make them feel more secure, or they’re an experienced swimmer who is looking to take on white water, you want to know they’re safe on the water.

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Moose started his paddling life on the ponds and rivers in the South-East of England. He has slowly worked his way north and has spent the last few years paddling in Scotland, both with friends and as a canoe guide. A very experienced and knowledgeable coach and guide across Scotland and the rest of the UK, he spent a summer in Norway and a month in Nepal. He is also a cofounder of PaddleMore.co.uk.

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