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The YTV is Astral's answer to a pure and simple life jacket showcasing the freestyle-inspired Torso Lock(TM) Foam Platform. The low-profile offers the ultimate mobility for a range of paddlers. Astral's Torso Lock(TM) Foam Platform keeps the jacket snug around your torso, as the rest of your body thrashes around. The YTV uses a combination of PE and GaiaA(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, side pockets, as well as a knife slip pocket provide plenty of handy storage. The quick access lash tab keeps your knife close and ready to disengage at a second's notice. This jacket carries the US Coast Guard Certification, through testing by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). 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 Lifejacket by Astral was created to be the essential whitewater vest of the next generation. The YTV introduces Astral's freestyle inspired Torso Lock 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 knife slip pocket. If you are as serious about the environment as you are about safety, check out the YTV Lifejacket by Astral.

- Outdoorplay

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

Simple by DesignFeatherlight constructionTorso Lock fit platform keeps the jacket in place as you moveQuick Access Knife TabTwo Zippered Pockets Sizing Small/Medium: 31-37Medium/Large: 38-44Large/Extra Large: 45-51 IngredientsFoam Insert: Gaia & 100% PE FoamShell Fabric: 200d x 400d Ripstop NylonLiner Fabric: 200 Denier High Tenacity NylonHardware: Heavy Duty Acetal plasticWebbing: Polypro Design Buoyancy: 16.0 lbs

- River Sports Outfitters

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