Can anyone compare these PFD? I have the Mildwater and it is a good one, just a little hot on the chest. Today I tried on the Astral and it is very comfortable but the real test is to wear them on a hot day.Hot days are in short supply at the moment and I don’t think my outfitter allows sweat tests anyway.
It’s nice to feel that breeze on the chest hair.
The is softer and conforms much better, having less of that brick-ish cut quality that afflicts the Mildwater. I wish it had a second pocket though.
Don’t have those
but my Astral LDB is good up into the mid 90s before I start wanting to take the thing off. I think last summer I only did one trip without it.
Mesh back helps and not having to zip the front is a real bonus.