Astral V-Eight
Astral Layla
NRS Ninja
NRS Siren
NRS Vapor
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Pros Tapered front, comfortable, breathable, good strap management, large pocketsVery adjustable, great fit, secure and comfortable, good sizing options, moves well, flatteringExcellent paddling mobility, breathable and open design, comfortable fabric, works for short torsosComfortable fabric, moves with you, durable, secure fitComfortable fit, good mobility, easy to use, stays put, durable
Cons Back panel high for swimming, runs large, pockets may be in the way while paddlingFull coverage can be hot, runs a bit largeBulky, unbending and flat, rough strapsNo ventilation, sizing a bit generic for a really good fit, pushes breasts into armpitsNo pockets, a bit long, full coverage is less breathable
Bottom Line A versatile paddling jacket with good ventilation and big pocketsA highly adaptable, super comfortable women's PFD with great sizing optionsProviding out of the way, low profile protection that won't impede mobilityA comfortable, full-coverage option for female paddlersA simple, comfortable paddle vest that's a great value
Rating Categories Astral V-Eight Astral Layla NRS Ninja NRS Siren NRS Vapor
Comfort (35%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Mobility (30%)
7.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Versatility (25%)
9.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
Durability (10%)
8.0
8.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
Specs Astral V-Eight Astral Layla NRS Ninja NRS Siren NRS Vapor
Gender Unisex Women's Unisex Women's Unisex
Intended Use Recreational, fishing, touring Whitewater, sea paddling, touring, SUP Paddling (low profile) Paddling, flat water Paddling
Entry Style Front, center zip and bottom clip Pull over; side entry, off-center 3/4 zip and bottom clip Pull over; side entry, 2 side clips Pull over; side entry,1 side clip Side entry, side clip
Wear Type Vest Vest Vest Vest Vest
Sizes Available S/M (31-37")
M/L (38-44")
L/XL (45-51")
XS/S (27-31")
S/M (31-37")
M/L (38-44")
L/XL (45-51")
S/M (33-40")
L/XL (38-46")
XXL (42-50")
XS/M (30-42")
L/XL (42-52")
XL/XXL (50-56")
XS/M (30-42")
L/XL (42-52")
XL/XXL (50-56")
Size We Tested S/M (31-37") S/M (31-37") S/M (33-40") XS/M XS/M (30-42")
Measured Weight 20 oz 26 oz 34 oz 32 oz 28 oz
Foam Type PE foam & EVA foam Kapok fiber front, PVC-free PE foam back PVC-free, PE foam PVC-free, ultrasoft foam Soft foam
Main Material 200 x 400D ripstop nylon 200 x 400D ripstop nylon shell, 200D nylon liner 400D urethane-coated ripstop nylon exterior, 200D nylon interior 400D urethane-coated ripstop nylon shell, 200D nylon liner 400D urethane-coated ripstop nylon shell, 200D nylon liner
Rated Buoyancy 16 lb 16.3 lb 16.5 lb 16.5 lb 16.5 lb
USCG classification Type III Type III Type III Type III Type III
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