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Get a new level of ventilation and comfort when you paddle in Astral Buyoancy's Nova PFD - a carefully designed vest that doesn't ride up on your kayak seat back. You stay cool and get more mobility with a Thin-Vent design in the back that cuts bulk with thin foam pads in the lower back and shoulders, meanwhile, the front Chimney Venting system gives you more ventilation in the front.

- Mountain Gear

Astral's Nova shines bright in the world of PFD's with its Chimney Vent and thin, full back, that is ideal for high back seats. The Nova is perfect for long days on the water enjoying nature.The Chimney Vent is one of Astral's original temperature relief concepts. Snap the buckle behind the zipper, then you can safely unzip and let heat rise and escape rather than being trapped against your body, keeping you cool and comfortable.The Thin-Vent(TM) back design adds mesh for ventilation while giving protection against straps and high back seats.Lightweight PE foam construction eliminates weight and bulk for all day comfort.Two large mesh pockets can hold anything you want to keep close from drinks and snacks to fishing tackle and waterproof cameras.


The Astral Nova Life Jacket (PFD) is multi-purpose and can be worn for a number of water sports including kayaking, rafting, and canoeing. This paddling life jacket is custom in design with its patented Thin-Vent offering the utmost in protection, comfort and durability. It's great for paddlers with kayaks having high seat backs like most recreational boats. There are also thin foam pads on the lower back and shoulders to provide some protection from webbing strap. This, of course, is designed not interfere with any seat back. This Astral kayaking life jacket is created with a special Chimney Vent feature that allows for breathability in warm weather. It is made of lightweight PE Foam construction and two Tall-Boy Pockets for storage. The Nova PFD is perfect for your extracurricular water adventures.

- Altrec Outdoors

The Nova PFD from Astral is for some the only choice when looking for a PFD that will not interfere with a high seat back on recreational kayaks.


Most recreational kayaks have high seat backs that can make traditional PFDs uncomfortable. The Nova is equipped with Astral's Thin-Vent Back, which allows a comfortable fit with just about any high-back kayak seat. Adjustment straps permit a snug fit that keeps the PFD from riding up your back. Large front pockets accommodate snacks, maps or a GPS unit. Reflective trim enhances your visibility in low light. Shell is made of high-tenacity nylon, flotation from polyethylene foam. Coast Guard approved Type III PFD. Imported.

- L.L.Bean