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As a guide if you are paddling whitewater you will want a PFD with a minimum of 60N Buoyancy. For class 3 and above we recommend a minimum of 70N Buoyancy.
Note: Do not use your PFD as a pillow, mattress or a seat, doing so will compress the foam and reduce the buoyancy of your PFD.
The Green Jacket is Astral's time tested Rescue PFD, and is the choice of Whitewater professionals and guides the world over. It weighs 1315grams and provides 70N Buoyancy.
The Blue Jacket is in essence a lighter weight version of the Green Jacket, it has the same whitewater feature set as its big brother but with an option to attach a Quick Release Rescue Belt if needed. It weighs only 907 grams and provides 70N Buoyancy.
The Willis 515 is a great lightweight PFD for those who dont need or want a Rescue PFD. It is comfortable, lightweight and provides great freedom of movement while paddling. It weighs 660grams and provides 60N Buoyancy.
The V-Eight is about as light as it gets for a PFD. It weighs only 555 grams and provides 50N Buoyancy. It is an ideal choice for flat water paddlers.