$ 325


Our most innovative and comfortable rescue vest gets a pocket update with a new EVA Molded Central Pocket. Tested in the most extreme environments and situations, this jacket continues to be the only choice for the world’s best river guides and expedition paddlers alike.

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Color: Blue Black Red


Intended Use: Whitewater Rescue / Sea / SUP
Entry: Pullover
Foam Insert: PVC Free Gaia®& PE Foam
Shell Fabric: 500 Denier Cordura Nylon
Liner Fabric: 200 Denier High Tenacity Nylon
Webbing: Nylon
Zipper: YKK Self Locking Vislon® Teeth
Hardware: Heavy Duty Acetal and Stainless Steel
Weight: 2.9 lbs / 46 oz / 1315.42 gr
Sizing: S/M = 31-37” M/L = 38-44” L/XL = 45-51”
Design Buoyancy: 16.5lbs
Approval Type: USCG Type V


A two-panel fit system designed to eliminate ride-up and allow for maximum mobility. Adjustable torso height provides a custom fit.

PVC Free

Every product in our line is completely free of toxic PVC. We reuse as many scraps as possible, recycle everything, and compost our coffee beans.


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  • Very good

    October 06, 2021

    submitted by: Eric Tsang, Hong Kong

  • Very good

    October 06, 2021

    submitted by: Eric Tsang, Hong Kong

  • Great Product & Equal Customer Service!

    February 01, 2021

    Thank you so much to Emily, from Astral, for assisting me with a warranty claim on my Greenjacket. I had a small issue with the buckle and their solution was remarkable! Excellent service on warranties. I primarily use this jacket for whitewater SUP and I love it. I find the fit much better than other rescue PFD's. It wraps the body nicely.

    submitted by: Madison Nesom, Calgary, AB

  • Too good

    August 08, 2019

    Guys! This thing is just too good! I have the red one and use it every day for half a year for 5 years now and it's still in new-like condition. Pnly the colour faded cuz of the sun.
    I want to buy a new one now, but I can't justify it cuz this one is still in great shape!

    submitted by: Matej Hosner, Soa river, Slovenia

  • Wow !

    July 29, 2019

    Just graduated to the Astral Green, everything about it is quality A+. Use it for river surfing and kayaking in CO Height 5'11 weight 175 L/XL fits correct over a full wet suit.

    submitted by: Frank, Denver CO

  • Best PFD Ever

    March 13, 2019

    I've used Astral products for almost a decade and I continue to be impressed by the durability, effectiveness, and great design features incorporated into the products. The Green Jacket is no exception. It's saved my life more times than anything else I own. It's comfortable, easy to adjust, and secure. I've swam nearly every big rapid in the Grand Canyon wearing this life jacket and never thought twice about being safe. I'll never purchase a different PFD. Thanks Astral!

    submitted by: Nick, SLC, UT

  • I use it everyday

    August 29, 2018

    As a pro sea kayak guide and instructor I need to know my gear is in order without second guessing. I use this jacket everyday and have zero issues. It's always comfortable, I never run out of storage and it's amazingly comfortable. All that and I swear it makes me look extra badass. I will ALWAYS have one. Waiting for the river roots LE!! If I miss it I'm gonna cry.

    submitted by: Nic Gadouas, Humboldt County, North California

  • Will never buy a different jacket

    June 19, 2018

    Form. Function. And comfort. What else could you want? As a female river guide, I couldn't ask for a better fitting (read:boobs and arms arent in pain) PFD. I adore the clamshell pocket. Its not something you think you would need until you need a surface to work on. Every adjustable strap helps this jacket fit you personally and safely. I highly recommend this to everyone I know. I wouldn't be writing this review if I didn't trust my life to this PFD.

    submitted by: Kassandra, PENNSYLVANIA

  • Green Jacket

    June 01, 2018

    Love this jacket. Recently purchased it for an extended expedition I am going on and it is fantastic. So comfortable to use while kayaking, has all of the rescue capabilities I need, and the look is amazing! Highly recommend this jacket to any whitewater paddlers or kayakers alike!

    submitted by: Green Jacket, Miami Florida

  • Snowgecko

    March 28, 2018

    Love this product! Comfortable, well made and well thought out! Excellent!

    submitted by: Patricia, Brechin, Ontario

  • One of a kind!!!!!

    March 02, 2018

    Im a off shore sailboat racer and dread wearing my inflatable pfd AND a harness. I searched all over for a technical non inflatable ( fear of failure) vest WITH a safety harness. I took a chance and ordered 2 green jackets before the famous Transpac race from la to Hawaii and then the delivery return trip home. The front storage section was awesome for my gloves, knife, leatherman and flashlights and snacks. The jacket proved to double up as chest armor and saved me during a number of slips and falls. Most off shore pfd,s have a lot of weight riding on your neck and are very uncomfortable for me. I was able to bring winches, climb, run and do anything with our restrictions. The jacket has many customs securing straps for a custom snug comforting fit. It has a front hook to attach my teather to the boat. My buddies fought over using the spare green jacket on their watches so I guess they liked it too! Im trying to spread the word that this jacket is killer for offshore sailing/racing!!!!!

    submitted by: Bryce doon, Los Angeles

  • Best PFD out there

    January 24, 2018

    It has all the standard rescue features and more. It has all the bells and whistles you need OIT of a pfd in a super streamlined way. The greenjacket is both comfortable and solid and good looks. This pfd is perfect for paddlers of all kinds. The greatest advantage is the giant lunch tray pocket on the front with dreamlike storage. I use my GJ primarily for whitewater kayaking and when adjusted correctly won't ride up on you or be bulky. The GJ has saved me a multitude of times because of its impact protection and flotation. It's perfect for anyone looking to go huge or just get on the water

    submitted by: Axel Hovorka, Bend Oregon

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  • Super Stoked For My GreenJacket!

    July 08, 2017

    My GreenJacket just arrived and I am so happy with it!
    The LE9 has such vibrant colors and the fit is amazing!
    I have used a top quality Stohlquist vest for years and this was just as comfortable right out of the box. Not only that but this feels like the design was truly paddler driven in every tiny detail.
    Thanks for the best PFD ever Astral!

    submitted by: Barry Walstead, Gig Harbor WA

  • Great jacket!

    June 20, 2017

    I am a rafting guide in Maupin Oregon on the Deschutes river. i use this jacket everyday and absolutely love it! it's very comfortable and yet very tight. It doesn't ride up and it stays in place while in the water. the pocket is the perfect size, it holds everything i need while i'm out on the water. it also isn't too bulky, i can still pull myself back into the boat with ease. Also i love the lotus design! It looks stellar out on the water!

    submitted by: Jeremiah Wicks, Maupin, OR

  • Astral - Top Notch - Stand Behind Their Product

    March 23, 2017

    I have used the Astral Green Jacket for over 1 1/2 years and own other Astral jackets as well. They are 100% top notch in every way. A few months ago a corner of the Quick Release latch on the Quick Release Belt of my Astral Green Jacket just unexpectedly broke off while closing it. Seemed to be a single weakness in that particular jacket as I have never had this happen before. Recently (since it is about to get into boating season again) I emailed Astral about the issue along with photos. They promptly replied and asked me to fill out their warranty form, which I did with another close up photo of the issue. Soon after I was contacted by Rob Lilley, their Direct Sales Manager.
    You have to understand with the Green Jacket the QR belt is sewn into the pfd, so the belt, and that plastic latch, are not really replaceable. The response from Rob at Astral was they stood behind their product and asked me to pick out a new color for a replacement Green Jacket as they no longer made it in the color that I had originally. There was no way to just replace the belt or the release and they considered this a safety issue, especially with a rescue pfd. Within a few days I received the brand new Green Jacket all ready for this year's boating season.
    That, ladies and gentlemen, is 100% top notch service. You cannot ask for anything better than a company to stand that much behind their product.
    The Green Jacket I had was in excellent shape, after much use, except for that one defect. I would highly recommend this jacket and this company to anyone looking for a quality pfd, especially a rescue pfd, where the company backs up their product where safety is concerned! Great job Astral...and thank you Rob Lilley for your service. You have a loyal customer for life! (PS...I was not paid or even asked to place this review. Astral had no idea whether I would or would not take the time to write this but this type of customer service is rare and deserves to be recognized!! I would give six stars if possible******)

    submitted by: Charlton S. Benson, Saginaw, MI

  • Perfect for racing sailboats

    December 05, 2016

    As a racing sailor who also is a racing coach, I'm always on the look out for the best quality gear that fits the demands of racing. I've been a fan of Astral designs for some time and had needed a life jacket that bridged the gap between my dinghy racing vest and my inflatable offshore racing vest with harness. Racing on the Chesapeake Bay there are plenty of opportunities to sail at night and/or in conditions where wearing a life vest is smart and where tethering into safety lines is advisable. The Green Jacket is one of, or perhaps the only non-inflatable life jacket that makes that possible. I can tether in for safe night sailing or in stormy weather without having to worry about replacing an expensive CO2 cartridge. It also serves as a great dinghy racing life vest when I'm on the little boats, and as perfect vest when I'm instructing. Love this vest!

    submitted by: PK, Maryland

  • The one and only!

    October 01, 2016

    I've used the Green Jacket since a began creek boating years ago, and I wouldn't consider using anything else. From raft guiding to teaching at World Class Kayak Academy, it has all of the essentials for personal class V expeditions and adventures as well as keeping my guests and students safe on the water. I regularly use the built in quick release and Web Tow combo to pull swamped boats to shore, and always have the astral Throw Rope readily available in the front pocket. I barely notice it here and use it more than anything to get swimmers back to my raft or to shore. I recommend the jacket to all of my students, and commonly use the built in webbing in the front to safely help lower students to tricky put ins. Incredibly well built too, these PFDs will last well over a decade of loving use!

    submitted by: Brendan Wells, White Salmon, WA

  • took time

    September 30, 2016

    I was never convinced about the GJ, spent years with the aqua vest and avoided updating to the GJ - went to other brands. This last 12 months I reluctantly purchased a GJ. Its life changing, dont know why I never did it sooner - THE BEST MASS PRODUCED JACKET FACT

    submitted by: Darren Clarkson-King, Nepal

  • Everything you need, nothing you don't!

    August 17, 2016

    This thing has been amazing so far. I really love how adjustable the fit is and, of course, the massive front pocket (perfect for keys, beers, sunscreen...). I haven't put the rescue functionality to the test yet (thankfully), but it gives me peace of mind knowing it is there. Overall, very stoked and satisfied customer here!

    submitted by: Danny, Fort Collins

  • Best jacket for technical whitewater!

    July 19, 2016

    I know this jacket has my back, and it's what I choose to wear on the gnarlier whitewater and runs I have never done before. It's a serious jacket for serious paddlers having serious fun!

    submitted by: Heather Jackson, Boulder, CO

  • 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 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

  • Best One So Far!!!

    May 02, 2016

    I got the Green Jacket a while back and didn't get the chance to give it a full test. But a couple weeks ago, I got to run the Green River Narrows for my first time. The PFD was awesome on the hike in, not to heavy or bulky and didn't get in your way plus the skirt clip made it easier to walk, and was even better on the river. Though I didn't have to swim, or save anybody, it did a great job protecting me for the one time I flipped. The leash works great too and the vest has enough flotation to keep you up, but not get in your way. Overall, I highly recommend this product, to beginner or advanced, you never know when you might need it!

    submitted by: Bryce Aaron, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Green Jacket the best for the price

    March 28, 2016

    On my third or fourth edition of the jacket. Comfortable with usable and practical features. They have worn well through many hours of four season paddling on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. I have a reputation of being hard on my gear, simply because I paddle 2-3 times weekly year round. Although certainly not inexpensive, I guess this is an example of 'getting what you pay for'. I bought it at the best canoe and kayak shop on the East Coast. ACK, Annapolis, MD

    submitted by: Dr. Ray Mosko, Annapolis, MD...

  • Great Rescue PFD

    March 25, 2016

    I finally bought the new Greenjacket and in true beater fashion I swam on Big Creek the first time I wore it. What can I say, new PFD's float so much better than old ones! This is a great PFD for swiftwater rescue with the quick release and the clip in webbing up front. Comfortable to wear all day long and easy to move around in when paddling, does not restrict mobility. Front pocket opens downward now and is really easy to access while in the boat. Can't think of anything it's missing?

    submitted by: Dave, South Carolina

  • Great product so far

    March 04, 2016

    Have had the new red version for a month or so and really pleased with it. Fits great, easy to put on and loads of storage for all those items you need about your person while on the water. Build quality is great and time will tell how well it lasts. Know a few people who have been using the green jacket for a while and theirs still look like new. Highly recommended.

    submitted by: Nick, U.K.

  • Great Jacket

    March 18, 2019

    I love everything about this jacket, except the buoyancy. Now that being said, I use it for river guiding and do have my clamshell packed with some neccesities (prusiks, knife, allan key, carabiners, etc) that for sure add some weight to the mix. Durring some training runs last season we swam a few rapids to get the new crew used to being out of the boat. I would consistently be held under longer than people of comparable size when encountering rapid features. It was never more than 2 seconds longer, but 2 seconds longer when underwater feels like eternity. I'd love to see this same jacket with maybe 2 extra pounds of bouyancy, like a mid-hi float. I'm sure it'd be tough to find room for it and keep the insanely comfortable ergonomics, but I'd probably opt for a little more float and a little less comfort if I had the option. Still a killer product.

    submitted by: Chase, Kernville

  • Pretty darn good

    April 18, 2018

    Nice design low pro on the sides which gives extra range of motion, maybe a bit too much foam or a bit too bulky in the front as it is tough to get forward for a roll, or I could be just a fat bastard!
    Great guide jacket the front pocket is genius
    Not a super fan of the knife placement and the snap release for the beaner (pigtail) can just pop- this is my third astral jacket
    All in all a good product - thanks

    submitted by: Keith Morrison, Calgary, Alberta

  • No boobs allowed

    May 07, 2018

    I am so sad and disappointed, it says it will fit both men and women but that is just a lie. I am not particularly well "gifted" but even I can swing it. Setting up for a roll is damn near impossible.

    submitted by: Helaina, Albany, New York

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