Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $35
A great compact vest for paddlesports.
- No zippers!
- Nice big pocket
- Adjustable fit
- Short torso
I bought this used on eBay on a hunch that I would like the design...and I really have taken to it. I never liked fiddling with zippers on a PFD and now I much prefer pulling this on over my head. Plus, there is no zipper to break or go bad!
The straps loosen and tighten very easily for a secure fit. Also, it is very short in the torso. It's made to fit a woman (who tend to have much shorter torsos, like myself) but anyone who paddles using a skirt will appreciate that this PFD doesn't push down on your skirt as much.
I like the simple, big pocket in the front. It also has a space for a water bladder in the back but I have not used this feature. Additionally, the front pocket has a space behind it that is advertised as a hand warmer. It hasn't come in useful in Florida yet but perhaps someday it will.
I was concerned that the fleece would get mildewy or not dry well, but so far this has not been a problem. It's possible to cut out the fleece lining if you don't like it I think.
It's too bad Astral stopped making this PFD since I think it's a really nice design. Perhaps you too can find one on eBay for cheap.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
CLOSEOUTS . The Astral Wondervest PFD life jacket provides the ease and simplicity of a low-profile, pull-on life vest, without zippers or buckles to get hung up or break. It's also cut shorter in front and back to accommodate a woman's torso. Designed for kayaking, canoeing and general boating (Independent Shoulder Suspension) for better freedom of movement Flotection impact-resistant foam in the back and sides protects ribs and upper spine EZ-Reach side adjustments allow you to customize the fit easily Large cargo pocket with hook-and-loop closure Hydration compatible Fleece handwarmers USCG Classification: Type V Buoyancy: 16.5 lb. Weight: 1 lb. 12 oz. Capacity: 90+ lb. Material: Shell: 500 denier Cordura(R) nylon Lining: 200 denier nylon Pocket lining: Polypropylene Hardware: Composite with nylon webbing Flotation: PE foam and Evalite(R) foam Made in USA Visit our Kayaking Gear Guide
- Sierra Trading Post