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Astral YTV PFD – First Look

Firstly the Astral YTV PFD is not available in Europe but thanks to the Internet it is super easy to get hold of one.

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I have had mine for a number of weeks and was able to put it through its paces on whitewater for the first time this week. A full review will be published in a couple of months, so in the meantime here is a little detail on the YTV


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Aside from being super light the YTV fits well and allows for a superb range of movement. The foam is incredibly light and molds to the body really well.

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The lack of bulk and little weight does feel odd for a short while and I forgot it was actually there, which I believe is a testament to its design.

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The YTV features two zipped pockets which seem to be a great size and are easily accessible, that as yet I haven’t tried and a strap point for a knife etc. This is something I would never use anyway.

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The YTV is put on “over the head” and is kept in place by a number of broad straps that are adjusted at either side (2 each side). The shoulder straps are thinner and are again adjustable.

1 Comment

  1. Pejibaye

    I’m a 5’0″ female whitewater kayaker, and have looked for years for a PFD to replace my beloved Lotus Lola. FINALLY, the size small/medium YTV fits well, doesn’t ride up and provide enough floatation for big water.

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