"Simple by Design" is the best way to describe the YTV PFD. It introduces Astral's Torso-Lock foam which helps to eliminate ride up, reduce bulk, weight and materials (eco-friendly) and it fits a wide range of sailors.
A primary component of the system is the ergonomic wrapping of the lower panel ins side-wings below the widest part of the rib cage which helps to lock the vest in place. The YTV is easy to don and use, is fast drying, lightweight and gives sailors great range of motion.
- Environmentally friendly foam/flotation
- Fits a wide range of sailors, also works really well for smaller sailors; designed to be worn low on the torso
- Side buckle/pullover entry
- Six adjustment points ensure a custom fit
- Marine grade Acetal buckles
- 2 zippered front storage pockets
- Shoulder strap stash pocket for excess webbing or light storage
- Lash tab for your knife or radio
- Weight: 1.76 lbs
- US Coast Guard Approved Type V Personal Flotation Device
Sizing : measured at greatest torso circumference in inches
Small/Medium: 31 in - 37 in
Medium/Large: 38 in - 44 in
Large/Extra Large: 45 in - 51 in
|Recommended Use||Dinghy Racing|
|Material / Fabric||Nylon fabric with PVC Free Gaia & PE Foam|
Katie takes a look at the lightweight life jacket, the YTV by Astral
“Simple by design” the YTV by Astral Life Jacket is a PFD made for life on the water. With a comfortable, lightweight construction, it’s great for dinghy sailors or buoy racers who like to wear a PFD.
Made with just what you need and nothing you don’t, it has two easy to use side straps, two small shoulder straps for an easy over the head design and two small pockets on either side.
One thing that sets it apart from other life jackets is the integrated waist belt. Typically found underneath the foam, on the YTV is integrated into the flotation with a mesh/fleecy material covering it. This doesn’t add any additional length to the vest and makes it more comfortable.
After trying on just about every Coast Guard Approved vest we have in the store, I found it was noticeably lighter than all other options. If you are looking for a lot of storage the YTV might not be for you.
The two side pockets aren’t going to fit much more than a whistle, chapstick and a small granola bar. If you’re not into putting everything you possibly can into a life jacket pocket this shouldn’t be an issue.
Overall, this Astral life jacket it’s a great PFD for anyone looking for Coast Guard Approved flotation without the bulk.
Editor Note: Although this Astral Life Jacket is Coast Guard approved, it is approved as a Type V because of its pullover design.