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Designed with ambitious kayakers in mind, the Astral Buoyancy Rassler Water Shoe is built to handle the roughest trails and bushwhacks in pursuit of the best creeks and drops out there. The NaturalBalance midsole cradles your foot and takes the sting out of unforgiving terrain while the sticky Stealth rubber sole provides traction that is truly second to none.

  • Burly Cordura uppers with reinforced high wear zones stand up to the most rugged trails
  • NaturalBalance midsole absorbs the shock of rough terrain while providing generous foot support
  • Drain holes quickly evacuate water after a creek crossing
  • Stealth rubber outsoles provide unrivaled traction on rocky terrain

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3 5

Rubbing Blister after 2 hours of wear

  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

As a female, I often find men's shoes to be too wide. This shoe isn't too wide. In fact, I've had to adjust the laces to alleviate a binding/pinching sensation over the metatarsals. I still have a numb feeling. The inside has protruding seams & the interior is rough. After wearing indoors with minimal activity for about 2 hours I've developed a blister on my ankle. I can't imagine portaging any distance in these.

Received shoes within 2 days of ordering. If you don't like the bright green laces, a second pair of black shoelaces is included.

I rated the Rasslers "adequate" rather than "not recommended" because they might work for someone with less "delicate" skin & with proper fit.

5 5

A shoe for adventure!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

The shoe offer great support, are incredibly sticky, even on the slipperiest of surfaces, and a stylish! Astral killed it again! Do your self a favor and order yourself a pair!!

4 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Saw these and decided to give them a try as my DH mt. bike shoe and love them. Sticky sole, ankle protection, super light weight and seem durable! I'm not a boater but these shoes are great for the dirty also!!

5 5

They're not just for boys...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

Yes, they're functional. But let's get honest... put these on with a tutu and you're rockin' those green laces all the way to the roller derby.

5 5

These shoes rock!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Sticky soles, quick to drain and dry, and awesome style. What more can I say? What more could you ask for?

5 5

I'll take 5 please!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

These things are the real deal for sure! Sticking, drying, fittin', funkin' - there is no doubt that when you're dropping into something sketchy in the middle of nowhere this is what you want on your feet! The rubber is insane, they fit great (on and inside my boat) and they're super light! Loving 'em!

5 5

Rasslers? yes!
Rasslers? Yes!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I am a raft guide and always enjoyed Astral products and thought these looked like a good working shoe. and These boots are really cool! They have magic sticking powers and they look cool. They are burly but light somehow.

5 5

Rasslers make my bigfoot happy!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

I got my Rasslers back in August and they have been a total game changer. After 16 years of kayaking I've tried LOT of different shoes but hands down, the ASTRAL Rasslers perform like no is why:

1. Fit: Not only does this shoe provide me with the ankle support that I need, but they are the first real "hi-top" that I've ever been able to fit in my creek boat with size 13 dogs. In the past Ive always had to settle for wearing some type of low profile shoe or bootie, but that is not what you need when carrying a kayak for miles over a scree field or through the overgrown jungle! You NEED a burly shoe, one that provides ankle support, lateral stability, and can slide in/out of your boat with no resistance.

2. Quick Drain/Dry: These things will dry out in less that two hours in direct sun...its crazy. This can mean the difference between nasty ass, busted up feet in a multi-day situation. Plus they are just as solid for your local day run, where you can go from takeout to home without your feet swimming in a puddle on the ride back.

3. Grip: This is one of the biggest advantages that you can have when out of your boat. Good grip means that you can get a better look from a scout, or react to a rescue with sure-footed grace. The Rassler gives me the confidence I need when scouting or moving quickly over burly terrain.

While I'm a little biased towards ASTRAL, and have owned many of their fine products over the years, I can say straight up. BEST EXPEDITION KAYAK SHOE EVER!

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Great review JB - thanks!

5 5

Astral killed it with this shoe!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I have used every type of a shoe for kayaking over the years and Astral hit this one out of the park!
The first thing you will notice is how light they are. Astral is using a minimal approach with this shoe only using supper durable materials when and where it is needed. They are supper comfortable feels like your favorite slippers on steroids. They have GRIP! Finally I can trust my next step. They drain very well, and dry in a matter of fifteen minutes. I have had problems with a high top's and my feet in the boat in the past, and that is no longer a issue. They fit in the boat really well and super comfortable while paddling. When walking they offer a good amount of support and protect my drysuit witch is really important for me. The best thing about this "water shoe" is I use them everywhere! They are now my go to for a hike, I have wear them around town, and I even use them for my downhill mtn bike shoe. Cant go wrong with this bad boy!