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Awards Best Buy Award Editors' Choice Award Top Pick Award Top Pick Award  
Price $80.00 at Backcountry$119.95 at REI$140 List$129.95 at REI
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$99.95 at REI
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Pros Comfortable fit, good mobility, easy to use, stays put, durableTapered 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 No pockets, a bit long, full coverage is less breathableBack 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 comfortable, easy to wear paddle jacket with a high valueA 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 NRS Vapor Astral V-Eight Astral Layla NRS Ninja NRS Siren
Comfort (35%)
7
9
9
8
8
Mobility (30%)
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7
Versatility (25%)
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9
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Durability (10%)
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Specs NRS Vapor Astral V-Eight Astral Layla NRS Ninja NRS Siren
Gender Unisex Unisex Women's Unisex Women's
Intended Use Paddling Recreational, fishing, touring Whitewater, sea paddling, touring, SUP Paddling (low profile) Paddling, flat water
Entry Style Side entry, side 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,1 side clip
Wear Type Vest Vest Vest Vest Vest
Sizes Available XS/M (30-42")
L/XL (42-52")
XL/XXL (50-56")
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")
S/M (33-40")
L/XL (38-46")
XXL (42-50")
XS/M (30-42")
L/XL (42-52")
XL/XXL (50-56")
Size We Tested XS/M (30-42") S/M (31-37") S/M (31-37") S/M (33-40") XS/M
Measured Weight (ounces) 28 oz 20 oz 26 oz 28 oz 32 oz
Foam Type Soft foam PE foam & EVA foam Kapok fiber front, PVC-free PE foam back PVC-free, PE foam PVC-free, ultrasoft foam
Main Material 400D urethane-coated ripstop nylon shell, 200D nylon liner 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
Rated Buoyancy 16.5 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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