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Category: PFDs (page 1 of 7)

Astral YTV PFD

We had an original YTV PFD a few years ago and were really impressed with both the weight and fit of it. Astral have made some changes to the design. At present the YTV is still not approved for watersports use in the UK or EU but is US Coast Guard Approved.

Astral YTV PFD
Astral YTV PFD
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Nookie Rockhopper PFD – First Look

Although being a UK based and Nookie being a UK based company you wouldn’t have seen a great deal of Nookie gear on the site. This is something that is set to change with some new Nookie gear landing at Unsponsored HQ for review.

Nookie Rockhopper PFD - First Look
Nookie Rockhopper PFD – First Look

First up is the Nookie Rockhopper. It is designed to be at home on the sea, lake, river or play wave. It is an over the head slab style PFD with QR buckles on the right hand side to make it nice and easy to get on.

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High Viz Camo Blue Jacket From Astral

Astral have created a one-of-a-kind BlueJacket PFD by using leftover scraps of their Realtree MAX-5® Camo material.

High Viz Camo Blue Jacket From Astral
Buck Fever Colour Scheme
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Yak Taurus PFD

The Yak Taurus PFD will be available spring 2019.

Yak Taurus PFD
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YKK Zips At Palm Equipment

YKK Zips At Palm Equipment

These new YKK Aquaseal zips look awesome. 

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What Has Chris Got In His PFD?

What has Chris got in his PFD?

What Has Chris Got In His PFD?
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New Palm Equipment PFD

This probably the best shot we’ve seen of the new Palm Equipment PFD as worn by Bren Orton in a number of videos.

This shot is from Dewerstone. The production version could be dropping soon.

Peak UK River Wrap PFD

There have been a number of new PFDs on show at Paddle Expo 2018 and Peak UK have the new River Wrap PFD. This really stands out as a pretty innovative design.

Peak UK River Wrap PFD

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Clean PFD?

What are your thoughts on adding gear onto the outside of your PFD?

Clean PFD

Do you keep it clean?

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Astral’s Limted Edition Greenjackets

Astral’s Limted Edition Greenjackets have been around for 10 years marked by the release of the latest LE10 for 2018/2019.

Here they are in one place. With the exception of a couple.

Which one is your favourite?

Can you fill in the gaps?

LE10 – River Roots

Astral Greenjacket Limted Edition 10 (LE10)

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Astral Greenjacket Limted Edition 10 (LE10)

For the last nine years Astral have released a special (limited) edition of their Greenjacket PFD. 2018/19 is no exception.

Astral Greenjacket Limted Edition 10

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Palm Equipment Meander Highback PFD

Designed for use with kayak/canoes with high backrests the Palm Equipment Meander Highback PFD looks very different to the PFDs we normally see.

Palm Equipment Meander Highback PFD

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