Astral has made a tradition of blowing the kayaking world away each year with a new Limited Edition Greenjacket PFD. This year is no exception with the LE7 Greenjacket being a dead sexy piece of artwork. Apparently the “Hawk Eye” design was inspired by Astral athlete Pat Keller as a “tribute to art and craft of Class V+ exploratory kayaking, where map interpretation and solid navigation skills are the foundations of a successful mission.” Here’s what it looks like:
I think that the embroidery on the LE7 is magnificent with the mountain/river scape on the back, corresponding topo map on the front clam shell pocket, and even a small hawk on the shoulder. The cool blue, grey, and black color tones create a sense of tranquility and mystery that juxtaposes nicely with the hot orange accents which I associate with daring adventure. It’s so cool looking that it makes me wish that I had held out to buy my new greenjacket until the LE7 had been released!
FYI to our readers…you can expect a full review of the 2013 greenjacket in the very near future