Originally Posted by jballen1
the loose shoulder strap problem can easily be fixed by tying in the drawstring on the back.
I asked Toepper about this and he said not to tie the pull chords because the vest won't function properly. I believe the straps are designed that way so when they are pulled, the waist tightens...for instance, if someone pulls you out of the water by your straps, the vest will tighten around your body so it won't pull over your head. He would have a better explanation, but that's generally the idea. That's why it is sometimes hard to take it off at the end of the day, when you pull it over your head with the straps.
I do like my Astral rescue vest as well, but it's a little chunky for someone my size. They didn't make a lot of the women's style rescue vests so I just got a men's XS-M, and although it fits, I feel like I carry a lot with it on. I decided not to get the rope for that reason...with my knife and all my other stuff in the front pocket, it already feels like a lot of bulk. I originally thought the only difference with the women's vest was that it had the boob shelf, but I wonder if it is also has a bit lower-profile fit. That would be nicer.