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Old 11-07-2008   #1
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Astral announces USCG approval of the Greenjacket.

For Immediate Release
Date: 11/7/08

Asheville, NC - The Astral Buoyancy Company officially announced that the new Greenjacket has been approved by the US Coast Guard. This highly anticipated whitewater rescue jacket continues Astralís legacy of producing truly innovative and environmentally considerate buoyancy products for the core market. Originally slated for release in Spring 2008, the testing process had been extended until October when the jacket passed as a pullover entry. Today the final paperwork arrived at Astralís Asheville, NC headquarters.

The Greenjacket is the successor to Astralís popular Aquavest 300 and Wonderpro series, and is designed on the platform of Foam Tectonics where the front buoyancy panels are split into two parts. This separation enables the paddler to have unrestricted freedom of movement as well as the ability to customize the height of the front panel. The Greenjacket is offered in three size options, providing an excellent fit to both women and men. The Greenjacket provides increased back protection over previous models and Astralís signature safety features like an integrated throwbag pocket and spectra safety loop.

Philip Curry, owner of Astral ecstatically commented that ďNovember 4, 2008 will be a day we happily remember for a long time, the Coast Guard finally approved our kickass new rescue jacket, and the people of USA chose Barack Obama our next president.Ē

The Greenjacket is constructed without toxic PVC and carcinogenic neoprene. All excess raw materials are recycled.

For additional information on the Astral Buoyancy Company visit www.astralbuoyancy.com

MSRP $209.95

Bryan Owen
Astral Buoyancy Company
895 Broadway St.
Asheville, NC 28804

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Old 11-07-2008   #2
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Finally Yes!

Finally the Jacket I have been waiting for has arrived!

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Old 11-07-2008   #3
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Nice, bout time.

Bowen, some people were discussin this on another forum, somebody said it was built around the Willis. Does it have the same slim, sleek fit to it?
Your opinion doesn't matter when you're already biased.
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Old 11-07-2008   #4
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Nice work Astral!

We have all been highly anticipating this jacket, which looks to be the most progressive, functional and well thought out rescue and creeking PFD ever built.
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Old 11-20-2008   #5
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Does anyone know if/when these ship from Astral? Also, who gets them first...retailers, pre-order, pro-forms? Thanks
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Old 11-20-2008   #6
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You can buy one and have it shipped Wednesday
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Old 11-21-2008   #7
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Already ordered one on pro-form back in May, just wondering when I might expect to see it.
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Old 11-22-2008   #8
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anyone pick one up have impressions yet?
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Old 11-24-2008   #9
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We have lots or orders to fill, but are confident that we can get them all out by mid-december. We are focusing on shipping to our dealers first.
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Old 11-24-2008   #10
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What is the excitement about around this PFD? I am looking for a new rescue vest, but I specifically want higher flotation (>20 lbs). I'm just curious, is it the no-PVC aspect, or something else? So far the only higher buoyancy rescue vest I've found is extrasport.

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