Astral YTV

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Astral has created the YTV PFD to be the essential next-generation whitewater life jacket. Its lightweight, body-wrapping fit stays securely in place if you go for that unplanned swim.The Zero Lift(TM) foam platform holds the jacket snugly to your upper torso to prevent ride up.The YTV uses a combination of PE and Gaia(R) foams for comfortable and earth-friendly flotation.Six adjustment points ensure a custom fit for a wide range of paddlers. Two generous zippered front pockets provide plenty of handy storage.Includes a shoulder strap stash pocket for excess shoulder strap webbing or light storage and a lash tab for your knife.Since the YTV has a pullover entry, the US Coast Guard classifies it as a Type V jacket. Type V is their "special use" category and pullovers are lumped in there. Here's what it says on the jacket: "This is a Type V PFD because it has restricted approval allowing it to be used as a Type III PFD only when worn. This device must be worn at all times in order to meet the U.S. Coast Guard regulations requiring PFDs to be carried."

- NRS

The YTV Personal Flotation Device is Astral Buoyancy's most minimalist whitewater PFD. Utterly simple and streamlined by design, this PFD strikes a powerful balance of protection and mobility. The foam panels sit low and close to your chest and back, wide arm openings ensure full range of motion, and ripstop materials feel feathery light. As a nod toward truly simplifying this PFD, Astral didn't even consider a front-zip opening, instead opting for a pull-over design that saves the few ounces a zipper would have cost. As with any properly executed whitewater vest, you'll find a couple of pockets and the always-essential lash-tab so you can secure a knife or rescue strobe to the chest. Since its creation in 2002, the Astral Buoyancy brand has widened its gaze from the rocky shores of North Carolina rivers to include coastal water and beyond. With this widening gaze, Astral's line of products has expanded to include a number of whitewater and gender-specific PFDs and a variety of boating accessories. Within this lineup, the YTV is Astral's most streamlined men's flotation piece, capable of providing necessary protection for whitewater kayakers and a fit that some sailors may also appreciate.

- Backcountry.com

Astral YTV Lifevest - The YTV Kayak Lifejacket by Astral was created to be the essential whitewater vest of the next generation. The YTV introduces Astral's Zero Lift foam platform, ergonomically designed to wrap your torso, keeping the vest securely in place as you move. A low-profile fit offers plenty of mobility to a wide range of paddlers, and lightweight construction reduces weight and carbon footprint. The YTV lifejacket is also equipped with two zippered front storage pockets and a shoulder strap stash pocket for excess webbing or light storage. If you are as serious about the environment as you are about safety, check out the YTV Kayak Lifejacket by Astral.

- Outdoorplay

Pure and simple, the YTV introduces Astral's Torso Lock? foam platform. A low-profile fit offers plenty of mobility to a wide range of paddlers and sailors.

- RockCreek

Simple by design. The Astral YTV is a freestyle inspired PDF that maximizes comfort and usability while minimizing materials and extraneous features. Two pockets and a knife tab give you plenty of storage space for core items while the Torso Lock foam platform hold securely to paddlers of all sizes.

- Mountain Gear