by  Astral

YTV Description

Pure and simple, the YTV incorporates Astral’s freestyle inspired Torso Lock™ foam platform. A low-profile fit offers plenty of mobility to a wide range of paddlers and sailors.

YTV Reviews

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This lightweight life jacket…

Submitted by: smj924 on 8/19/2015
This lightweight life jacket is perfect for the minimalist. It is low profile and I can't even tell I'm wearing it. It's great for beginners but as one progresses with paddling skills, thought should really go into getting a rescue vest.

My initial review…

Submitted by: Springsmom83 on 7/31/2015
My initial review [06-30-2014] of this pfd was better. Sadly, our relationship did not improve with age. The nylon lining slides and creates quite a bit of friction on me. The side straps chaff to the point that I would only put it on in dire emergency and would pick places to paddle that I felt like I could get by without wearing it. Furthermore, being female, it would ride up just enough to pinch my breasts unbearably. I am going to pass this one over yo my brother and see what he thinks about it.

This life jacket is low…

Submitted by: smj924 on 9/5/2014
This life jacket is low profile and is simple but effective. There are two straps on either side to tighten it and it slips on over the head. There are also two straps that are adjustable at the shoulders. Overall, the slim profile makes it easier to roll without having the added bulk of a larger PFD.

I had a V8 that the foam was…

Submitted by: Springsmom83 on 6/30/2014
I had a V8 that the foam was separating on and needed a new PFD for kayaking. Just about everything makes me break out in hives. My local store had gotten this in and I decided to give it a try after reading other reviews.

It is minimalist, 6 straps. You have to pull it over your head to put it on. It will work for men or women, I am a 56 year old woman. It is light, comfortable, and it did not make me break out. Neither did it ride up so that I had PFD in my chin.

The drawbacks so far! I need to play with the shoulder strap adjustment. The shoulders did rub my neck a little, not badly. After the first use, the front did "pinch" my chest somewhat so I have to figure out how to get it a little lower. That would be the difference between an 8 and a 10.