Originally Posted by ACC
I've owned the stohlquist, lotus designs, and astral rescue pfds. The green jacket by astral is by far the best one out there. super comfortable, easy on & off, nice pocket spaces, and great coverage/protection. The stolquist x-tract is comfortable to wear, but has almost no storage space, which is annoying for a rescue vest. The astral is more expensive, but totally worth it in my opinion.
I have found the exact opposite on the Astral Green Vest. I find it to be a total pain in the ass to get on and off, I have to completely loosen all the straps and then it is still pretty tight to pull over my head. I wish they had put in a side zipper or something like the old Lotus Sherman/P Vest.
Also, the side pockets are completely unreachable. How the hell do they expect me to be able to reach around and open a pocket that is basically right over where my kidneys are. The zippers tend to open by themselves.
Once I have the vest on, it is the most comfortable I have ever worn. I am in a Small/medium, but think that the next size up would be too big. I am kinda tall and skinny, so not sure if I am in the right size.