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MTI Fluid 2.0
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Pros Very secure when inflated, extra pocket on belt, comfortable strapTapered 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 fit
Cons Inflatable edges are sharp, bulky, difficult to get on when inflated, more complicated to repackBack 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 armpits
Bottom Line A beefy belt but secure when you need itA 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 liner
Rating Categories MTI Fluid 2.0 Astral V-Eight Astral Layla NRS Ninja NRS Siren
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 MTI Fluid 2.0 Astral V-Eight Astral Layla NRS Ninja NRS Siren
Gender Unisex Unisex Women's Unisex Women's
Intended Use Paddling (low profile), for expert swimmers only Recreational, fishing, touring Whitewater, sea paddling, touring, SUP Paddling (low profile) Paddling, whitewater
Entry Style Waist belt, clip 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, 2 side clips
Wear Type Belt (inflatable) Vest Vest Vest Vest
Sizes Available Universal (up to 50") 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/S (30-42")
L/XL (42-52")
Size We Tested Universal (up to 50") S/M (31-37") S/M (31-37") S/M (33-40") XS/S (30-42")
Measured Weight (ounces) 20 oz 20 oz 26 oz 28 oz 29 oz
Foam Type 24g CO2 cylinder, high-efficiency welded bladder PE foam & EVA foam Kapok fiber front, PVC-free PE foam back PVC-free, PE foam PVC-free, ultrasoft foam
Main Material 300D polyester, 3D polyester mesh 200 x 400D ripstop nylon 200 x 400D ripstop nylon shell, 200D nylon liner 200D urethane-coated ripstop nylon 200D ripstop nylon shell, smooth 210D nylon liner
Rated Buoyancy 29 lb 16 lb 16.3 lb 16.5 lb 16.5 lb
USCG classification Type V with Type III performance Type III Type III Type III Type III
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