Rated 5 out of 5 by aGram2 Astral V-8 PFD
Husband & I each replaced older PFDs with the Astral V-8. Have used them on calm water for Loon Census, Adirondack Invasive Aquatic Plant survey and Adirondack Lake Assessment Program surveys. We like the four step adjust-to-our-specific-body-shape which our old PFDs didn't have. The secure fit is comfortable yet allows freedom of movement for peering over the sides of our Wee Lassies.
We don't do any rough water paddling so cannot comment re that use.
August 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by DeliveranceMan New PFD for an Old Dog
Hey, this V-8 pfd is the cat's pajamas for this aging AARP canoeist.
Easily adjustable; breathes like a second skin, absolutely no binding.
Rx: if you don't have one, buy one!
June 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by MM44120 Happy paddler
The first thing I did after taking the standup paddleboard off the van and rinsing out the neoprene pants was to write this review. I bought this PFD for SUPing and I had specific qualities in mind. I have a PFD which I purchased for canoeing many years ago that need to be replaced because it kept me too warm when I was SUP paddling. It also restricted the movement of my arms when SUPing. I needed a PFD to be light-weight, ride low across my torso, airy, and permit a full range of motion of my arms. Keeping me afloat was also a requirement. I wore this vest today and it filled all of my SUP PFD needs. I was never too warm, I could move my arms, and frankly, I forgot I had it on for most of my outing. I would definitely recommend this item to other women. I wear a size 8-10 dress and bought the small/medium. It adjusts to my body shape and, given there is plenty of strap length left over, this PFD could easily be worn by someone thicker than me.
October 12, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by RegisteredMaineGuide light weight vest
Not a heavy weighted vest, with a higher back and mesh bottom. This would be a great vest if it was made for a full figured woman. Maybe not the best choice for a petite in height woman. I am a fuller figured woman and 5'9", a little tight for the girls. I have been wearing this about 4 hours at a time while teaching kayaking to 4th - 8th graders. Not a lot of pockets, perfect for what I am using it for. A man would most likely like this a lot.
June 26, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Kimberish Good
I ordered this pfd and the Discovery to compare. This pfd fit far better. I am large on top, so this vest was very adjustable to make a snug, comfortable fit.
April 2, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Triman2 Good Fitting Vest
True to size, not as bulky as other vest, haven't been in the water yet to test it's floating ability.
May 24, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by PacificKayaker PFD
I bought two of these because they are a unisex fit. Fits a woman very well. Great breathability unlike any other pfd I have owned. Fits nicely and does not ride up like some do. Well worth it - to be comfortable on the water!
May 4, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by redbackedvole Runs wide?
This jacket is great. The pockets are perfect for my camera, whistle, and chapstick. It's definitely cooler than my old PFD.
As noted in a review below, it rubbed the inside of my arms unless I pulled it incredibly tight. I am 5'3, 160 pounds, and according to the size chart, I should wear the M/L. On a hunch, I tried the S/M, and even though I am supposedly a couple of inches "wider" than it is made for, it fit perfectly with even a little room to spare. This is something to keep in mind if you are a woman whose front-to-back dimension may be larger than the side-to-side. The shorter torso was a plus too. Kudos go out to LLBean for working with me on this problem!
December 19, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by THSJRLAKE Life Jacket
Comfortable. Netting affords
air flow....very breathable. Would
April 22, 2011
Rated 2 out of 5 by Yellowkayak Back too Low
The claim that the mesh back accommodates kayak seats is way off. The flotation in the back extends at least 2-3 inches below the top of the seat, causing the PFD to ride way up while seated. This will likely be true for anyone whose kayak seat extends higher than the gunwales, unless they are very tall. This one goes back.
April 22, 2011