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  • ASTRAL BUOYANCY V-Eight Life Vest

    Perfect for hot days on the water, the Astral Buoyancy V Eight with unique Airescape Technology that limits the PFD's contact surface with the body and allows air to flow through ventilating ports in the front and back.

    Features/Benefits:

    • 420/210 ripstop nylon with polyester mesh lining for comfort and durability
    • Hand-shaped PVC-free Gaia foam provides flotation
    • Clever bellow pockets expand and swallow gear like apples and hats
    • Ergonomically shaped foam panels provide unsurpassed fit and freedom of motion
    • Mesh back accommodates high seat backs on recreational kayaks

  • ASTRAL BUOYANCY V-Eight Life Vest

    Buoyancy 17 lb.
    EntryMethod front
    External Pockets 2
    Number of Adjustments 5
    USCG Type Type III- Flotation aid

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ASTRAL BUOYANCY V-Eight Life Vest
 
4.3

(based on 23 reviews)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good ventilation (22)
  • Lightweight (21)
  • Comfortable (18)
  • Highly adjustable (13)
  • Durable (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Paddling (19)
    • Boating / sailing (6)
    • Kayak / canoe / rafting (5)
      • Chest Size:
      • Feels too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        86% 

        (19 reviews)

        Feels too big

         
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Beginner (8), Intermediate (8), Recreational user (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (8)

    Reviewed by 23 customers

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Life Vest!

    By Himmel's Mom

    from Jupiter, FL

    About Me Intermediate

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Good Ventilation
    • Highly Adjustable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Paddling

      Comments about ASTRAL BUOYANCY V-Eight Life Vest:

      Looks great, feels great. I am extremely happy with this PFD. I borrowed a cheap bargain store PFD recently from a friend because I had accidentally arrived at the water without mine. That lasted all of 2 minutes. I don't know how anyone could enjoy a day on the water actually wearing something like that. The Astral was quite a bit more money, obviously, but if you plan to do any boating/paddling that you will be wearing a PDF (and not just have it on board as required) the comfort is well worth the price!

      • Chest Size:
      • Feels true to size

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great PFD!

      By BHShaman

      from Maine, USA

      About Me Recreational User

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Good Ventilation
      • Highly Adjustable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Boating
        • Paddling

        Comments about ASTRAL BUOYANCY V-Eight Life Vest:

        As a guy 'blessed' with his grandfathers genetics, no amount of reasonable exercise or healthy eating (wife is a dietitian) seems to get rid of my spare tire even though I am 'only' in my late 30s.

        So, when kayaking I have issues with both the back (seat) and the front (gut). I've gone through quite a few PFDs (lawn sales, gifts, etc.) for kayaking, but was trying to stay around $100 for my own purchases.

        I ended up trying the V-Eight in the Foxboro store and actually sat in a kayak in the store. It was highly adjustable and the 1/2 back style cleared the seat back easily. The "short" front also cleared my other issue. I suppose it could ride lower, but it does not have to. With the adjustable and padded shoulder straps, you can set the front as low or as high as you want.

        There is not much for way of pockets, but what would one expect with a micro-vest. There is one 4-slit tie-down and one mesh pocket. The pocket is snap with a loop for lashing/clipping stuff in and it could hold a camera or other small goods. I had a 12oz soda (plastic) and it did not get in the way of paddling at all.

        A GREAT buy. Well worth what I paid.

        • Chest Size:
        • Feels true to size

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Far more comfortable than any other vest

        By Sarena

        from Amherst, MA

        About Me Recreational User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Good Ventilation
        • Highly Adjustable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about ASTRAL BUOYANCY V-Eight Life Vest:

            I hate getting hot in my PFD and tend not to wear it at all during the summer. The V-8's ventilation system really works. Plus the cut is great too. It feels very form-fitting, doesn't ride up, the back fits well with the kayak seat, etc. Couldn't be happier.

            • Chest Size:
            • Feels true to size

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Quality

            By kayak lover

            from New Hampshire

            About Me Advanced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Adjustable
            • Comfortable
            • Durable
            • Good Ventilation
            • Lightweight
            • Waterproof

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Canoeing
              • Paddling

              Comments about ASTRAL BUOYANCY V-Eight Life Vest:

              The quality and adjustability are excellent. I haven't used it on the water yet, but having canoed or kayaked for over 55 years, I've had lots of experience with life vests. This one will do the job.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              great pfd!!

              By NativeMarvel12

              from orange, ma

              About Me Beginner

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Adjustable
              • Comfortable
              • Good Ventilation
              • Lightweight
              • Waterproof

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Canoeing
                • Paddling
                • Personal Watercraft

                Comments about ASTRAL BUOYANCY V-Eight Life Vest:

                as someone with less than limited swimming abilities a good pfd was needed, i researched forever before buying my kayak and this seemed like a decent opt. for me because my body produces alot of heat and in warm weather it sucks lol. i have gone on a few 4-6 hr river/lake paddles with absolutely no discomfort or overheating, it breathes SOO well and it stays in place even in water i love it!!

                • Chest Size:
                • Feels true to size
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                NOT RIGHT ME.

                By STEW

                from PORT ST LUCIE, FL.

                About Me Beginner

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • MATERIAL SCRATCHY
                  • SIDE ADJUSTMENTS TOO HARD

                  Best Uses

                  • FOR MY NEEDS NONE
                  • I RETURNED VEST

                  Comments about ASTRAL BUOYANCY V-Eight Life Vest:

                  NOT GOOD FOR MY NEEDS.

                  • Chest Size:
                  • Feels too big
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  product description perfect

                  By midlife paddler

                  from Columbus, Ohio

                  About Me Beginner

                  Pros

                  • Adjustable
                  • Comfortable
                  • Durable
                  • Good Ventilation
                  • Lightweight
                  • Waterproof

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Paddling

                    Comments about ASTRAL BUOYANCY V-Eight Life Vest:

                    as advertised!!! delivery timely will be repeat customer of ems

                    • Chest Size:
                    • Feels true to size
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    2.0

                    good vest if you're not left-handed

                    By Sallypaddler

                    from Annapolis, MD

                    About Me Intermediate

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Adjustable
                    • Good Ventilation
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Boating
                      • Canoeing
                      • Paddling

                      Comments about ASTRAL BUOYANCY V-Eight Life Vest:

                      Comfortable to wear and paddle, but the only 2 pockets--one large-ish one and a smaller inside one--are truly accessible only with the right hand. Left-handed people like me will find this ANNOYING! No idea why they couldn't make it symmetrical with 2 outside pockets and 2 inside pockets. This may seem like a petty complaint but it's not.

                      • Chest Size:
                      • Feels true to size
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      yes i would buy this product again

                      By Jim on the Delaware river

                      from Philadelpia PA

                      About Me Beginner

                      Pros

                      • Adjustable
                      • Comfortable
                      • Durable
                      • Good Ventilation
                      • Lightweight
                      • Waterproof

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Paddling

                        Comments about ASTRAL BUOYANCY V-Eight Life Vest:

                        Light weight - easy to adjust - good ventilation

                        • Chest Size:
                        • Feels true to size
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Quality Product but Bulky

                        By JerseyGuy

                        from New Jersey

                        About Me Beginner

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Adjustable
                        • Good Ventilation
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Hard to Adjust

                        Best Uses

                        • Boating
                        • Canoeing
                        • Paddling

                        Comments about ASTRAL BUOYANCY V-Eight Life Vest:

                        I purchased this PFD because the construction definitely felt like it allowed better air circulation than the other, less expensive model I tried on. Used it in a kayak for about an hour on a calm lake on a humid 75F day and it was not hot at all.
                        What I didn't like was the thickness of the flotation which pressed into my kidney area when leaning against the seatback. In hindsight I should have gone somewhere else and bought one with a thinner flotation material that extended further down towards my tailbone so I had a more uniform surface on the back section. Although it appears to be a high quality product, you really don't need to spend this much for casual paddling.

                        • Chest Size:
                        • Feels too small
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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