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An amphibious shoe for ambitious 'yakers.

Designed with whitewater enthusiasts 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. With a high friction rubber sole, the Rassler will wrestle with the slickest surfaces to keep you on your feet and will still bite in when you're carrying your boat up dry granite boulders alongside the creek. Drainage ports in the midsole drain water quickly, while TPU reinforcements at the toe and heel keep the shoes intact when dealing with rough terrain. 

  • 1000D Cordura nylon upper
  • Welded TPU reinforcements at heel and toe
  • Air Mesh tongue
  • Closed cell EVA foam midsole with drainage ports
  • G.ss high friction rubber sole

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3 5

Good shoes-durability?

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been wearing these shoes for about 1 year. I like the fit and the comfort, even w/o socks. My issue is that the soles are separating from the insoles, especially at the front. I had the same problem with a pair of Brewers that I had. I mostly use them in a beach or marsh environment, and about 10 times a summer running whitewater (rocky) rivers. I would characterize the use as regular (weekly) , but not heavy duty. I'm disappointed, because I like the design and the comfort. Be warned, though, they get a lot of sand in them during beach use (launching the outrigger canoe and SUP).

2 5

Runs small & interior is crude

Does not run true to size. About 1/2 size small. Interior is crude & will tear up your feet without water sock..

5 5

Takes a licking and keeps on sticking

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This shoe is BOMBER! I paddle around 180 days a year, so my creek shoes get punished. The Rasslers takes that punishment and asks for more. The fit of the new Rassler is true to size. My normal shoe size is 11, and I wear that size in this shoe as well. I also have room for socks and a dry suit with this size. The grip on these shoes is amazing. Whether its hikes through sloppy muddy slick trails, or portages over steep slime covered rocks the GSS (super sticky) compound on the sole is incredibly sticky. The sole stays amazingly gluelike on slick sufaces even when worn down. I really like the way the shoe cups your foot when you put it on. Even before I tightened the strings my foot felt well supported in the shoe. Another cool factor about this shoe is the Rocker profile at the toe. This kind of reminds me of a running shoe in that it not only gives you a spring in your step, but also helps to be trip free when your hiking. In the end, the Rassler does what it says and says what it does. Simply a great product.

Takes a licking and keeps on sticking
5 5

Rugged water shoes

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Rasslers

My background: I am a class v kayaker that regularly ventures into steep, rocky, muddy, slippery, sandy, rugged, river gorges. For me, having shoes I can depend on is a necessity, not a luxury.

Pros:
The number one thing that sticks out to me about these shoes is the grip. I've been using them on steep California granite a lot lately and these babies stick like flypaper.

Another thing I like about these shoes is how rugged they are. The heel cup is reinforced and the ankle is raised making these shoes almost like a good pair of boots. I've used these shoes on many long, 10+ mile hikes with my kayak and the provided plenty of support to my feet.

The last thing that really sells me on these shoes is how light they are. I've had many pairs of rugged shoes that feel like the weigh a ton. With these, they feel light on my feet even after a long day of hiking.

Cons:
The first thing is that they don't do well without socks. After a relatively short hike one day wearing nothing but the shoes themselves I had several raw spots on my ankles.

Sand.
If you are walking through a river or stream with a sandy bottom you are guaranteed to get a shoe full of sand. While there are drain holes at the heel of the shoe, it is near impossible to clean out the sand without taking the shoes off and rinsing them off. All that being said, the only shoes I've owned that handle sand well are full on sandals.

Bottom line:
All in all these are some of the best shoes I've owned. If I'm headed to the river and have any suspicion of having to deal with rugged terrain or slippery rocks, these are the shoes I grab.

5 5

Perfect Shoe for Creeking

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As a big dude I dig ankle support especially for hiking into and out of any kind of steep run. Personally I went a size up to 13's as I normally wear 12's so I would have the extra room for socks and my drysuit. I use a few of Astral's other models as well but when it comes time to hike into anywhere or I know that a river has some portages to it I take my Rasslers. Not only is the new G rubber super sticky for any situation I could encounter but when coupled with the sturdy body of the Rassler it just makes for a shoe that stands up to any task. So if you're looking for a shoe that can cover any mission you might undertake be it land or water its an easy choice for me with my Rasslers.

Perfect Shoe for Creeking
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5 5

Not just a water shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had a pair of the Astral Brewers for a few years and recently switched over to the Rassler for the added ankle protection. These shoes are sweet! The new soles on the Rassler are amazing, super sticky on wet rocks and extremely abrasion resistant for around the town as well!
They do run small so if you can't try a pair on before you buy get them one size larger than what you usually wear.

5 5

Astral Rassler, will rassle the terrain!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Upon getting the Rassler, I thought it wasn't going to be much different than the Brewer. Boy, was I wrong. This shoes durability is superb with the Cordura material covering almost all of the shoe. The shoe is stiff, but not too stiff. In other words, it flexes enough to make movement easy, but stiff enough to support your foot, which is very important when hiking on rugged terrain with 60 lbs of gear! The fit is true to size, and is pretty snug, which is nice on those wet muddy hike ins and outs. Long story short, this shoe is going to stand the test of time and you are going to dig it!

Astral Rassler, will rassle the terrain!
5 5

Best Kayak Shoe!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As a long time Astral footwear user, I was curious to see how the new rubber performed on slick rocks. The dots had done wonders and the new G.ss seems to be the same or even stickier on slick rocks.

My concern with any river shoe is always the reliability. I have been traveling around California Sierras and have put an estimated 150 miles on my Rasslers so far. This is in the mud, along steep granite domes, and bushwhacking through thick Manzanita. I am generally very careful walking down steep surfaces- especially with carrying a heavy kayak. The shoe gives me confidence in making technical moves even when I am tired from a long day on the river.

On overnight trips I can take them off for a few minutes and let them completely dry by the fire. Others often bring a second set of shoes for camping, but because the Rasslers are so light weight often times I can dry my shoes in 5-10 minutes.

The comfort combined with the weigh and reliability make this my favorite shoe for kayak river expeditions.

5 5

Why doesn't ever fisherman have these!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After trying the astral brewers and being blown away by how comfortable and high performance the shoes are on the water, I wanted to get something with a little more ankle support for long days hiking up the creek with my fly rod. I have previously used Orvis wading boots for fly fishing, which I did like in the winter time, but always found them a bit heavy and bulky, especially in the summer months when I would just wear neoprene socks instead of full waders. I have been using the rasslers for about 2 months now for all my fishing excursions and I could not be happier! These are the perfect fishing shoes! They are SO much lighter than my old wading boots, and even lighter than my keen sandals I used to wear. Not to mention they have better grip on wet rocks than any shoe Ive owner. I am so happy with these I plan on buying another pair 1 size larger to fit around my winter waders. Rock on Astral!