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No other design conforms to a curvy woman’s body better. Layla™ features hinged princess seams, sculpted chest cups, and super soft organic kapok that creates a comfortable side-entry fit.

Comfortable enough to be PJs... Okay, maybe not quite that comfortable. After a 35-year hiatus from water sports, I needed a life jacket. I bought the Layla, and I plan to wear it for my Viking funeral when I am sent out to sea and my kayak lit on fire. I love it that much. It is so comfortable, I don't bother taking it off when we come ashore for lunch. Kudos on crafting the perfect woman-specific fit and offering that fit in fabulous colors.

Loved the fit, the first women-specific PFD I've ever purchased, and it was so comfortable. I also took a really "good" swim in a Class IV-V- and had to float the entire rapid in the water. I had one hairy moment stuck in a hole but I didn't doubt the vest for the second. It was also very comfortable for being hauled in.

Super comfy PFD! Almost forget I'm wearing one on the river. It fits in all the right places and doesn't make me feel claustrophobic when I'm sitting down.


Hinged princess seams, sculpted chest cups and super soft organic kapok provide a custom female fit.

“Against some stiff competition, the Astral Layla is our favorite choice for a women's-specific PFD.”

Outdoor Gear Lab | Top Pick


Soft, organic Kapok conforms to the torso like no other buoyant material.


Large front pocket with internal compartments for easy access and organized storage.


Articulated flotation eliminates bulk and maximizes range of motion.


3/4 zip side entry for easy entry and exit.

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Technical Details

Intended Use : Touring, SUP, Whitewater
Entry : Side zip
Foam Insert :Organic Kapok // PVC-free Gaia® foam // Polyethylene foam
Shell Fabric : 420 x 220 denier nylon ripstop
Liner Fabric : 200 denier high tenacity nylon
Webbing : Polypro
Zipper : YKK® auto-locking Vislon®
Hardware : Heavy duty acetal adjustment hardware
Weight : 1.6 lbs, 26 oz, 728 g
Sizing : XS = 27 - 31", S/M = 31 - 37”, M/L = 38 - 44”, L/XL = 45 - 51”
Design Buoyancy : 16.3 lbs
Approval Type : USCG Type III

Returns & Warranty

If you need to make a return, you can do so within 45 days after purchase. To start that process, go here. Returns will be charged a $10 shipping label fee. If you are exchanging an item, there is no shipping fee. For more information, please visit our returns policy page.

All Astral products are guaranteed under warranty to the original purchaser against defects in materials and workmanship for the reasonable lifespan of the product. If you believe that your Astral product has a manufacturing defect, discontinue use immediately and fill out the Warranty Form. For more information, visit the warranty policy page.


Size Guide

PFD sizing:

Measure the widest part of your chest.

XS (Layla only) = 27"-31”
S/M = 31"-37”
M/L = 38"-44”
L/XL = 45"-51”

Otter(youth) sizing: 

fits 50-90 lbs.

Airbelt sizing:

Universal - Chest 31-50 inches / 76cm-132cm

Birddog Sizing: 
Size Weight Girth Length Suggested Breeds
XS 5-15 LBS 13"-19" 9" Chihuahua, Pekingese
S 15-25 LBS 17"-25" 12" Pug, Pomeranian
M 25-45 LBS 21"-31" 14.5" Border Collie
L 45-75 LBS 26"-35" 17" Labrador Retriever
XL 75+ LBS 30"-39" 18.5" Great Dane, Mastiff
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