Review: Astral GreenJacket PFD

The Astral GreenJacket PFD is a top-tier choice for whitewater paddlers. Here are my thoughts after using it on several trips.

Comfort & Fit
There’s a reason why the GreenJacket has been the gold-standard PFD for so many years running. Its ergonomic design, combined with ample adjustable side straps, allows for a snug, contoured fit. The foam is soft but unquestionably robust, providing excellent buoyancy without compromising on comfort.

One of the standout features of this PFD is the range of motion it offers. Whether paddling, performing a rescue, or playboating, the GreenJacket allows for full arm mobility. The multi-piece design minimizes obstruction, so I hardly feel restricted, which is crucial for active paddling and quick maneuvers.

Safety & Features
Safety is paramount, and the GreenJacket doesn’t disappoint. It features a familiar rescue-harness system, including a quick-release belt, which is essential for inspiring confidence in other boaters that I’m at least equipped for—if not completely capable of—swift-water rescues. The front clamshell pocket is not only spacious, but also strategically designed for easy access to essential gear (or beer).

Built with high-quality materials, this PFD is designed to withstand the rigors of frequent use. The outer fabric is tough and resistant to abrasions, and the overall construction has proven solid. After multiple outings, it still looks and performs like new.

Design and Aesthetics
Beyond functionality, the GreenJacket scores high on aesthetics. Its classic sleek design is sure gives me the famous paddler tan-line. Vibrant color options make it visually appealing. Astral put thought into creating a PFD that looks as good as it performs.

The Astral GreenJacket PFD is a worthy investment for anyone looking to be serious about paddling—or serious about looking like they paddle. Its blend of comfort, mobility, safety features, and durability makes it stand out in the crowded market of personal flotation devices. Whether you’re navigating calm lakes or challenging whitewater, this PFD has got you covered.

Available at; $365.