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I’m stoked about the new product we launched over at Astral. It’s the latest in the series of Limited Edition jackets we make for the kayaking community (or the LE’s as they are called). This one is based on our newly redesigned for 2013 Greenjacket which is hands down the best rescue / Class V / whitewater jacket on the market and now with even more style.

This jacket represents our first, of hopefully many, collaborations with our world class team members. For this jacket we worked with Pat Keller, a known badass in the world of extreme kayaking and helped realized his vision for a custom jacket. The LE7 is 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.I hand traced and redrew the topo several times which represents a special kayaking spot (it’s a secret, can’t tell) – the back represents a more head on view of a nice mountain scene with radiating sun lines. The red tailed hawk is a special bird to Pat (who’s nickname was Hawkeye growing up)  and he has some incredibly intense stories to tell about it that are unfortunately too personal to repeat without his consent.

They are going fast – 3/4 sold out on the first day of release so if you are reading this anytime past June 30th, it’s probably already sold out. Check out the photos below.

Front of the vest featuring topo line art handdrawn by yours truly.

Front of the vest featuring topo line art handdrawn by yours truly.

Side View Showing the rescue release

Side View Showing the rescue release and side pocket

Back showing line art by yours

Back showing line art and hawk by yours truly

Showing the awesome dropdown pocket

Showing the awesome dropdown pocket

Screenprinting the art on the back

Screenprinting the art on the back

 

red-tailed Hawk

red-tailed Hawk

This was the original idea (slated to be on a different model)

This was the original idea (slated to be on a different model)


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