Astral Blue Jacket (sea kayak PFD w/belt loops for tow systems)

Astral Blue Jacket (sea kayak PFD w/belt loops for tow systems)

$ 225.00 USD

Description

Blue Jacket is Astral's top of the line sea kayak towing life-vest. It's styled to look like Astral's popular river kayaking PFD, the "Green Jacket", but with the features serious expedition touring kayakers want. USCG Type III PFD with 15.5lbs of buoyancy. It's side entry with buckles is not for everyone, but once it's on you'll love the freedom of movement and lack of chafing while paddling. Eliminating a front entry zipper makes it possible to design a more comfortable PFD. May also be donned as a pull-over vest without releasing the side buckles.

Features include: torso height adjustment straps located low in front where they are easy to use, fleece lined hand-warmer pouch below the center pocket, left and right rear lash tabs for strobe and fixed lights, L & R lash tabs on shoulder straps for knife, belt loops for adding a quick release belt and tow system (sold separately), large central pocket with dividers to hold VHF radio and GPS and an internal zippered mesh pocket, and a hydration sleeve incorporated into the rear panel with routing loops for hose and bite valve (hydration system not included). There are two other small zippered pockets on both sides of the bottom part of the rear panel but these are too awkward to reach to use while wearing the PFD (for car keys maybe?).

Note the belt loops are not designed for Swiftwater Rescue harness use. See the "Green Jacket" for whitewater applications.

Sizing

Match your chest circumference (measured at the widest point, usually around nipple area) to detemrine what size will fit best.

  • S/M = 31"-37”
  • M/L = 38"-44”
  • L/XL = 45"-51"