Astral Aqua 300

Astral Aqua 300

Matthews, Jason
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When I find gear that is functional and comfortable, I'll use it until it is worn thin, faded, broken, and duct-taped or patched back together. When it's demolished beyond repair, I replace it with the same exact thing. In the past decade I’ve had two HF rescue vests made in Germany. Unfortunately, my latest one is now threadbare, unable to keep me afloat if I swam in the bathtub, much less in a river filled with spring run-off. Sadly, HFs are no longer imported into the US—time to go shopping.

Several of my friends bought the Astral Buoyancy Aqua 300 rescue vest in the past year and said good things about it. After looking one over and trying it on, I decided it would work. Now, I like it more than my beloved HFs. Why? First off, the adjustment system snugs the PFD to you perfectly—no ride-up—which makes it extremely comfortable. Second, it has a pocket that’ll hold a small throw bag, but the vest is still streamlined and trim. Lastly, the carabiner and tether are placed off to the side of the vest, out of the way so they don’t get snagged easily. All in all, the Astral Aqua 300 is the perfect PFD—and it’s made in the USA, so no worries about importers or shopping around when it’s time for a new one.




Jason Matthews grew up paddling in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas and has been kayaking the rivers and creeks of Montana for nearly 15 years. He teaches Kayaking at MSU and owns River Source Outfitters in Livingston, www.riversourcerafting.com.
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