The Astral Buoyancy Company has made a splash with a great line of personal floatation devices or PFD’s. One of its best selling models is the V-8, available in three colors and size ranges that fit from petite to XXL.
Lifejackets are all about comfort and fit, and although some jackets are one size fits all, PFD’s should be snug but not tight, allow easy movement, and in warm weather, allow good breathability. A PFD that is so comfortable you forget its on is the best measure of a good fit.
One of the outstanding features of the Astral V-8 is the mesh back that allows for excellent ventilation as well as comfort when leaning back against a high seat. There is ample freedom of movement for arms and the Gaia floatation material makes for a comfy fit. Additional features such as mesh pocket, lash point, and reflective piping make this lifejacket not only functional, but lightweight and enjoyable to wear. The Astral V-8 retails for $98.95.
— Brad Ryder, Epic Sports