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Astral Green Jacket Vs Kokatat Hustle R

From L to R:
Astral Green Jacket, Palm Nevis, Kokatat Hustle R, and Yak Taurus PFD

When I’m at paddling events or on a river when I meet other paddlers it is pretty much guaranteed that someone will be wearing an Astral Green Jacket. After all it is a stand out design that works really well. However I have recently picked up a Kokatat Hustle R and wanted to take the opportunity of comparing the two in a little more detail.

The Astral Green Jacket and Kokatat Hustle R I have here are EU versions. For the European market the Green Jacket has a side entry feature where as the US version does not. The Kokatat Hustle R has some additional reflective SOLAS tape on the shoulder straps to meet newer ISO requirements in the EU.

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Hiko Guardian 3.D PFD – First Look

The Hiko Guardian 3.D PFD is the latest fully featured PFD from Hiko. It is an anatomically shaped rescue PFD with a tonne of features. This one was supplied by the guys at Good 2 Go Paddlesport.

Hiko Guardian 3.D PFD - First Look
Hiko Guardian 3.D PFD – First Look
Hiko Guardian 3.D PFD - First Look
Hiko Guardian 3.D PFD – First Look
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Kokatat Hustle R PFD – First Look

This lichen green Kokatat Hustle R PFD arrived last week at Unsponsored HQ. It was purchased here in the UK from North East Kayak and Paddles. It also arrived with a free gift. I chose the Peak UK rescue tape.

Kokatat Hustle R PFD - First Look
Kokatat Hustle R PFD – First Look

The Hustle R is Kokatat’s latest whitewater rescue vest.

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A New Vision With Palm’s Nevis PFD

Introducing the new Nevis PFD from Palm Equipment. Featuring the world’s first Piggyback harness and the brand new Delta Fit system, this award-winning PFD raises the bar for whitewater safety.

Palm Equipment - Nevis PFD
A New Vision With Palm’s Nevis PFD

The Nevis is the culmination of over three years of development, based on research by University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Designed by Barney Caulfield and tested worldwide by leading whitewater kayakers including Palm athlete Bren Orton.

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Kokatat Maximus Centurion Rescue PFD Limited Edition

Check out the this latest iteration of the  Kokatat Maximus Centurion Rescue PFD Limited Edition. This design comes from paddler and designer Marcus Cline.

Kokatat Maximus Centurion Rescue PFD Limited Edition
Kokatat Maximus Centurion Rescue PFD Limited Edition
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Astral Greenjacket LE11 Cobra

We shared a few images of the LE11 a couple of weeks ago on Unsponsored. However it has now been officially released.

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Yak Taurus PFD – First Look

A brand new Yak Taurus PFD has just landed at Unsponsored HQ from the Marine Super Store.

Yak Taurus PFD - First Look
Yak Taurus PFD – First Look

I have to say that this is one of the best looking PFDs I have seen in some time.

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Ape Element PFD – Review

So over the last few years I have been lucky enough to be using the APE Element jacket which I believe practical, comfortable and downright amazing. So I thought I would take some time to talk you through my favourite piece of gear which I have been using in that time: The Ape Element jacket!

Ape Element PFD - Review
Ape Element PFD – Review
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123 Fit Your PFD

Chris Brain runs through the three simple steps to properly fit your PFD.

123 Fit Your PFD
123 Fit Your PFD
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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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