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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 straps, key loop catches in pocket zipperNo 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 great paddler's vest with solid ventilation and large pocketsA super comfy, really adaptable women's vest with lots of sizing choicesA low profile jacket that's out of your way, keeping you free and mobileA full-coverage women's jacket with a soft linerA comfortable, easy to wear paddle jacket with a high value
Rating Categories Astral V-Eight Astral Layla NRS Ninja NRS Siren NRS Vapor
Comfort (35%)
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Mobility (30%)
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Versatility (25%)
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Durability (10%)
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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 (ounces) 20 oz 26 oz 28 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 200D urethane-coated ripstop nylon 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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