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Astral Releases the Layla, the Best-Fitting PFD for Women


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Nearly 20 years ago, Astral’s founder, Philip Curry, created the first lifevest that incorporated princess seams. That design was and still is widely regarded as the best-fitting women’s lifejacket ever. Twenty years later, Astral is excited to introduce the Layla™, a modernized version of that original and beloved design.

The Layla features hinged princess seams, a cupped chest, and ultra-conformable kapok buoyancy for a secure, wrapping fit for curvy bodies. It is a serious multi-tasker featuring a central divided pocket, lashing point, and a rescue harness that can optionally be attached. The Layla is available in three feminine colorways, and includes the very special Astral Flower decal.

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“We are so excited to modernize this legendary design,” stated Astral VP Sales & Marketing Christie Dobson. “The new and growing generation of women paddlers will be psyched to now have a PFD that is truly suited to fit their shape and size.”

 The Layla hits retail shelves early March. MSRP $139.95. For more information on Astral and their collection of performance footwear and best in class PFDs, contact Mandy Giles at mandy@darbycommunications.com or visit www.astraldesigns.com.

About Astral

Established in 2002, Astral has grown to specialize in high performance footwear alongside its industry-leading safety gear for paddlers. Independently owned and operated with a sincere commitment to making products of the highest performance and style for use in Nature. Astral is based in the year-round outdoor wonderland Asheville, NC and has satellite offices near Truckee, Saigon, and Nottingham.