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MTI Fluid 2.0
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Price $134.95 at Amazon$119.90 at Amazon$140 List$99.95 at REI
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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, flatteringComfortable fabric, moves with you, durable, secure fitComfortable fit, good mobility, easy to use, stays put, durable
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 largeNo 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 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 full-coverage women's jacket with a soft linerA comfortable, easy to wear paddle jacket with a high value
Rating Categories MTI Fluid 2.0 Astral V-Eight Astral Layla NRS Siren NRS Vapor
Comfort (35%)
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Mobility (30%)
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Durability (10%)
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Specs MTI Fluid 2.0 Astral V-Eight Astral Layla NRS Siren NRS Vapor
Gender Unisex Unisex Women's Women's Unisex
Intended Use Paddling (low profile), for expert swimmers only Recreational, fishing, touring Whitewater, sea paddling, touring, SUP Paddling, flat water Paddling
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,1 side clip Side entry, side clip
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")
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 Universal (up to 50") S/M (31-37") S/M (31-37") XS/M XS/M (30-42")
Measured Weight (ounces) 20 oz 20 oz 26 oz 32 oz 28 oz
Foam Type 24g CO2 cylinder, high-efficiency welded bladder PE foam & EVA foam Kapok fiber front, PVC-free PE foam back PVC-free, ultrasoft foam Soft foam
Main Material 300D polyester, 3D polyester mesh 200 x 400D ripstop nylon 200 x 400D ripstop nylon shell, 200D nylon liner 400D urethane-coated ripstop nylon shell, 200D nylon liner 400D urethane-coated ripstop nylon shell, 200D 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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