Value Rating: 8
Durability Rating: 9
Overall Rating: 8

Location of Test: All over
Duration: A month or so, so far

Product Name: YTV PFD
Product Brand: Astral
Best Use: Paddling
Sizes Available/ Specs: Many from xs to xl +

The Full Review

The Astral YTV is a light weight type five pull over PFD that utilizes PVC free foam and a minimal design. I try on life jackets literally like its my job and I went with YTV because it is comfortable and light, but not to the point where durability is sacrificed. I have paddled in it quite a bit and it still looks new. So far I am very pleased. Astral's attention to the environment is refreshing... Kokatat is the only other brand *that I'm aware of* using PVC free foam.

The Good:

Light, comfortable, minimal

The Bad:

Not a lot of storage... only 2 small pockets

The Bottom Line:

A great minimal PFD, not for your sea kayaking expedition to the San Juans, (no place for a radio, or easily accessible chart for instance), but a great lightweight, durable and simple option