The team at Astral make innovative and comfortable life vests that are quickly becoming staff favorites. Instead of PFD, think, "clothing that floats."
For Astral, and their life jackets, absolute comfort is the goal, resulting in a PFD with no straight lines. Astral life-jackets are curve-laden, just like bodies. Once tried on, you'll understand why Astral's curves are good.
Astral Designs shoes now, too. Astral shoes are built for kayakers, durable and quick drying, providing a secure shoe that is also grippy and stable.
Astral is the brainchild of Phillip Curry, founder of Lotus Designs. Curry sold Lotus to Patagonia a number of years ago and became, among other things, an organic farmer. Now the non-compete clause in his buy-sell agreement is satisfied, and Phillip's back in the game.