Best in Class PFDs

We’ve been making best-in-class men’s life jackets for over 20 years. Every PFD is completely free of toxic PVC and we reuse our scraps in other products we make (see our AstroPad). We offer men’s PFDs (personal flotation device) for a variety of water sports - from whitewater kayaking to the sea, SUP to surf, fish to rec float - we have a design that will fit your needs.

 

New Style

Ringo

$ 150

The tri-panel front provides conforming, full coverage with a slim fit while the burly materials, QR harness compatibility, and easy access pocket make Ringo excellent choice for all conditions.

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Color: Basalt Black

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Astral’s warranty policy?

All of our products are guaranteed against any manufacturing defects and are covered under warranty for the lifetime of the product. Please complete our Warranty form to get the process started.

How should I care for my life jacket between uses?

Proper care and storage your jacket will help your jacket to maintain its structural integrity and buoyancy. It’s easy, here are a few tips:

  1. If you used your vest in salt water or water that seems especially dirty, rinse your jacket thoroughly with fresh water. (If you just used it in relatively clean fresh water, you can skip this step.)
  2. Thoroughly dry your jacket after each use.
  3. Store your jacket in a cool and dry place.
  4. Do not keep your jacket in direct sun for prolonged periods of time.
  5. Avoid unnecessary compression of the jacket, especially during storage,
  6. Do not store your jacket in extreme heat.

 

My life jacket is ____ years old, is it still safe to use?

Maybe. Our jackets are made of nylon fabric, buoyancy inserts (either plastic foam or Kapok) and some hardware. Over time these components may degrade or lose their structural integrity. As a general rule of thumb, we recommend that jackets should be replaced every 5 years or after 300 days of use (whichever comes first). Also, we recommend an annual inspection of the jacket at the beginning of every season:

  1. A visual inspection: make sure there are no holes or obvious tears in the fabric or seams.
  2. Check the hardware, make sure the zippers buckle and webbing are in good condition.
  3. Test swim your life jacket in some calm and protected water.

If your jacket seems to float less than you remember from previous year, or if you’ve discovered any other damage, it may be time for a new one.

Reviews

Green Jacket Love

July 04, 2016

I have been rocking this vest since it first came out through all the updates it has had. I loved it when I first got it and every addition it has had is amazing. It's sleek fit and rescue capabilities are no match to any other vest. Holding nothing back Read More this vest packs everything you need into 1. I am looking forward to the new addition- like the iPhone I've gotta have it!

submitted by: Brenna Kelly, BC, Canada

A year in the Ronny Fisher

September 06, 2016

As the President and Founder of the North Carolina kayak fishing association I am very fortunate that I get to try a lot of different products out. Some are really good and some are not but there are some that really stand out and the Ronny Fisher one of the Read More best. I love the large pockets, flat back and comfortable feel you get while wearing it. The hood is also great for those cold or rainy days and since I often am in the Ocean I love the fact that should I ever needed to be found in the darkness the reflective strip on the hood as well as other parts of the Ronny Fisher make that my easier. If you are an angler you owe it to yourself to try out the Ronny Fisher.

submitted by: mark patterson, greensboro

Best Freestyle PFD I've ever used!

July 18, 2017

Astral's PFD's are the best I've ever used. The YTV was a game changer for me. I've been using it since 2013. The YTV is incredibly lightweight and comfortable. Even once it is wet, it remains super lightweight. I hardly notice I'm wearing it when I'm paddling. It stays securely Read More in position around the torso and offers completely unrestricted range of motion in the arms. I use the YTV all the time for freestyle and river running. And if I am creeking or teaching I have the Green Jacket which is a bomber safety vest.

submitted by: Seth Chapelle, Frederick, MD

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