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Astral Wondervest

rated 5.0 of 5 stars
photo: Astral Wondervest life jacket/pfd

A great compact vest for paddlesports.

Pros

  • 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.

Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $35

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Price Historic Range: $97.95
Reviewers Paid: $35.00
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