YTV by Astral is a PFD made for life on the water. With a comfortable, lightweight construction, it’s great for dinghy sailors or buoy racers who like to wear a PFD.
Made with just what you need and nothing you don’t, it has two easy to use side straps, two small shoulder straps for an easy over the head design and two small pockets on either side.
YTV is integrated into the floatation with a mesh/fleecy material covering it. This doesn’t add any additional length to the vest and makes it more comfortable.
After trying on just about every Coast Guard Approved vest we have in the store, I found it was noticeably lighter than all other options. If you are looking for a lot of storage the YTV might not be for you.
The two side pockets aren’t going to fit much more than a whistle, chapstick and a small granola bar. If you’re not into putting everything you possibly can into a life jacket pocket this shouldn’t be an issue.
Overall it’s a great PFD for anyone looking for Coast Guard Approved floatation without the bulk.
Editor Note: Although Coast Guard approved, it is approved as a Type V because of its pullover design.