I love this jacket! First and foremost, I am a small paddler and most PFDs only tighten down to 30" at the chest, which is not quite small enough for me. I have a 28" chest. This jacket cinches down plenty tight and can cinch down even tighter than I need. The Kapok is way more comfortable than foam that is in most jackets for flotation because it conforms to your shape and it floats just as well and doesn't break down over time. I also love this jacket because it has 3 big pockets (the ones for your hands are fleece lined!) The only down side is, I sometimes hit my arm on the knife because the attachment is in a slightly awkward spot. This jacket also fades fast and to a not so pretty color. All in all, I love this PFD and would definitely buy it again. Astral never disappoints!
My Wife loves her PFD. She wears it for all things on water- from fishing to paddling, to just riding around in the boat. It fits her small frame well, with long lasting comfort- great through an 8 day 180 mile paddle. Loves the fleece lined pockets, the knife tab is well placed, and she loves the color. Good work Astral.
I do like the fit but in big water the zippered front tends to open up. There is no inside clips and so that is a real safety issue for me.