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Awards  Editors' Choice Award Top Pick Award  Best Buy Award 
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Pros Good pocket organization, reflective strips, comes with a whistleTapered 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 A bit bulky, half back a little low, not the most durableBack 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 Not the best performer, but chalked full of featuresA 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 Solaris Astral V-Eight Astral Layla NRS Siren NRS Vapor
Comfort (35%)
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9
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Mobility (30%)
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7
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Versatility (25%)
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Durability (10%)
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Specs MTI Solaris Astral V-Eight Astral Layla NRS Siren NRS Vapor
Gender Unisex Unisex Women's Women's Unisex
Intended Use Kayaking Recreational, fishing, touring Whitewater, sea paddling, touring, SUP Paddling, flat water Paddling
Entry Style Front, 2 center clips 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 Vest Vest Vest Vest Vest
Sizes Available XS/S (30-36")
M/L (36-46"
XL/XXL (45-56")
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 M/L (36-46") 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 EPE/PE foam PE foam & EVA foam Kapok fiber front, PVC-free PE foam back PVC-free, ultrasoft foam Soft foam
Main Material 300D polyester shell, 200D polyester liner 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 16.6 - 19 lb 16 lb 16.3 lb 16.5 lb 16.5 lb
USCG classification Type III Type III Type III Type III Type III
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