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    Amphibious all-terrain assault.

    When you're tackling trails that cross rivers and wind up mountains, you need a shoe that can dig in the dirt as well as it plays in the water. The Astral Men's Aquanaut Water Shoe is a quick-drying amphibious assault vehicle capable of trekking tough trails and crossing rocky creeks with ease.

    The mesh upper is highly breathable to keep your feet cool and dries quickly after you splash through a stream, and it's reinforced with Cordura and TPU panels for serious abrasion-resistance and durability. Padded ankle support and an internal heel counter provide the support you need to keep going mile after mile, and closed-cell EVA in the midsole cushions your step. It's finished off with an Agro outsole, which features toothy central lugs for traction on loose dirt and high-surface contact lugs on the perimeter for grip on slick river beds.

    • Fine-screen mesh upper
    • Cordura and TPU reinforced panels
    • EVA midsole with drainage ports
    • Padded collar and internal heel counter
    • Agro outsole
    • Item #ASL000O

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    [face fabric] Cordura nylon, [tongue] 3mm airmesh, [side] ripstop mesh
    G15 high-friction rubber (3.5 mm)
    Claimed Weight
    [single] 9.17 oz
    Recommended Use
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    Another 5 star review

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11.5

    I LOVE these things. These come with me on every trip no matter what. These breath amazing and take on water like nobody's business.. I hike a lot with my pup and it makes it nice to cross a river whenever and still be able to rely on killer traction and a comfy shoe even when wet.

    They are super light and easy to throw in a bag.. thats why travel in these is perfect. Any destination they are used in, they perform above and beyond.. Not to mention muddy/foresty stuff with all the toe and upper foot protection. This saved me multiple scrapes and gouges on a recent trip. I wear between an 11 and 11.5, I go to an 11.5 for an active shoe because feet tend to swell under most activities... with that said the 11.5 is great.

    These work great for really any application, but definitely shine on water trips. BUY A PAIR!

    Amazing warm weather gripper

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10.5

    I wore these shoes all spring/summer/fall in a mountain town working at a sporting clays club. Daily routine for this shoe was running up and down mountainside in shale, loose gravel, standing for hours on hot pavement. Even washing down golf carts and closing down the club in a rainstorm. These shoes were built for active life with an emphasis on performance. They look awesome too.
    Thank you Astral for making a shoe that operates like an SUV!

    Surprisingly great running shoes!!!!!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11 1/2

    I am a kayaker and wear astrals often while on the river. Recently while training for a race, I've been attempting to run for some cardio.

    These shoes have been awesome for trail running around WNC. The inserts separate them from the other astral shoes and have just enough support but still light enough. We will sometimes run shuttle for the green river. I can easily do the 8 mile run and then jump right into my boat and paddle 8 miles of class V all in the same shoe. The sticky rubber helps with creek crossings or wet roots.

    Surprisingly great running shoes!!!!!

    Durable, Comfortable, Super Grippy

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 9

    This is my first experience with Astral footwear, and I'm impressed. They bring the same kind of high quality manufacturing and function to their footwear as they have to their flotation devices for years now.

    I've been wearing these shoes as my primary footwear for a couple months now... day to day around town as well as on some big hikes in the mountains. I've used them trail running as well.

    What I like most about them:
    1) They're super breathable, making them extra comfortable in hot weather or on big hikes where my feet would otherwise be sweaty. Plus, as you'd expect, they drain super well... these would be great choice for a canyon hike or trail that requires fording or wading.

    2) The rubber is incredibly grippy. They might lack that vibram logo, but don't be fooled, these shoes provide some serious traction. Any time I've had these on rock surfaces, I can trust that my foot's not going anywhere. I've also had a couple experiences where I was being extra careful on a slippery bridge crossing, only to find that the rubber made slipping a non-issue.

    3) Very lightweight.

    Only downside I can point to - like another reviewer, I have pretty wide feet. When I first put these on they felt a bit narrow for me. But the width broke in after a few days and now they're a perfect fit.

    All-in-all, these are an awesome all-around day hiker which allow you to plow right through the water and keep going.


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

    First off I'd like to thank and Astral for selecting me to review the Aquanaut shoes for the benefit of the Backcountry Community.

    Located in North Carolina, Astral is a group of kayakers with the goal of making gear that allows you to push yourself and the sport of kayaking. However making good gear is not as easy as you think it might be. The amount of thought and consideration that goes into a product to make it functional is one thing, but to make equipment that also looks good and does not impact the places we play is an entirely different level. Astral kicks it up a notch to produce high quality products.

    Sizing: For reference my foot is fairly wide. The majority of the time I require a wide (E) size shoe depending on the manufacturer. For reference Arc'teryx and Salomon shoes are too narrow for me. The first time I stepped into the Astral Aquanaut shoes they were a little snug on the lateral aspect of the midfoot but had plenty of room in the toe box (which is nice because I'm not into wearing ballet shoes). The slight discomfort in the midfoot area went away after an hour. The shell takes a little bit to soften up but maintains durability. For durability, Cordura 1000D is used in the main shoe body. TPU (Thermoplastic polyurethane) is utilized to reinforce high wear area that will keep these shoes in action longer than that fruitcake your Aunt gave you at Christmas a few years back.

    The first thing I noticed about the Astral was the bomber stitching that circumnavigates the entire outsole-upper interface. Tiny drain holes in the forefoot allow water to slip through to the outsole. Micro mesh is present in the forefoot, tongue, and sides of the shoes to allow water to drain through but keep out the smaller particulates that can cause discomfort. While debris, like sand, can still enter the shoe it comes in around your ankle not the mesh sides.

    I've worn these shoes with socks, without socks, with the insole, and without the insole. Depending on what your activity demands you'll be able to fine tune a combination that fits your needs.

    While paddling I hardly noticed them at all because they were comfortable. Most notably my heels were quite comfortable even after extended paddling. I also used them while stand up paddle boarding and again they offered outstanding traction.

    Traction in the water is admirable but you'€™re still going to slip on slimy grime covered rocks. Scaling steep rock faces without a hint of losing grip was my favorite feature of the Aquanaut shoes. Added bonus is the shoes protect your feet when jumping off rocks into the water.

    The Aquanauts transitioned seamlessly from land to water and back again. In the water they were nimble, even while swimming. The shoe proves to be quite versatile as it can easily be worn on the trail, in the water, and cruising around town without soggy sneaker squish. If you're concerned with dirty shoes when hitting the town, the grey color cleaned up easily after getting them muddy.

    Longer duration hiking on the trail surprised me. The tread provided positive traction uphill and downhill on a mixture of surfaces (Mid summer conditions at our local trails are super dusty and rocky right now). When hiking across rock gardens I could feel the sharper rocks through the sole. Remember this shoe is not targeted as a hiking shoe only so I would'€™t go out and toss your current set of hiking boots/shoes if you are looking for a lightweight option for loaded hikes.

    However, if you are looking for a high performance shoe that can get you to that remote water destination you dream of, you should take a serious look at the Astral Aquanaut.

    The Good:

    All day comfort
    Solid Construction
    Traction Galore

    The Bad:

    If you have a very wide foot it may be snug (try wearing the shoe without the insole)


    Excellent Multipurpose Shoe!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 9.5

    I got a pair of Aquanauts about 3 months ago, and instantly put the skate shoes I normally wear in the closet. I began to use them for hikes, dog walks, and other daily use. I found the fit (size 9.5 for me) true to size and instantly comfortable (no break-in period required). On a rocky, steep 4-mile hike in Pisgah National Forest, I found they they gripped well on a variety of terrain, and the soles were solid enough to absorb the trail's impacts. Creek crossings and slick roots were no problem. The Cordura reinforcements on the toe and heel are a nice addition for protection and abrasion resistance. The light weight of the shoe and excellent ventilation (especially when compared to other low-cut hikers) are big bonuses for long days on the trail.

    I have less experience using them in water, but recommend previous reviewers' suggestions to remove the insole so they are lighter and dry faster. Long-term durability remains to be seen, but they are showing no signs of wear after 3 months of daily use.

    The only downside I have found to the Aquanauts is slightly rough stitching near the forefoot requires thin socks at all times for me. I purchased these primarily for off-water use ( I own 2 other pairs of Astrals for kayaking), so it isn't a big deal, but something to consider if your primary use is in the water.

    Overall, I've been very happy with this shoe and think they make an excellent addition to anyone's gear bin!

    Excellent Multipurpose Shoe!

    Killer Fit

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 8.5

    So these shoes are "technically" water shoes, which they are really good at. They are lightweight, fit great, have drains, dry fast, and the rubber is super sticky. What's even cooler about these is they make incredible hiking shoes too. They have deep tread which is great for traction. The footbed is more supportive than you would think you would get out of a "water" shoe...stone bruises are not an issue. The construction of the shoes are super beefy too...I'm not too worried about blowing these out in a season. The Aquanaut is truly a shoe that excels in water as well as the hikes to and from the water. This is a solid addition to the Astral footwear line and has quickly become my shoe of choice.

    Amphibious hiking shoes

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11

    Sticky Soles
    The one thing that stands out with all Astral shoes is how sticky their soles are and the Aquanauts are no exception. Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time hiking around on the polished granite of the High Sierras in California and these shoes stick to the rock like flypaper. No matter how steep the grade, I have absolute trust that my shoes will hold their grip.

    Rugged tread.
    I’ve owned the Astral Brewers and the Astral Rasslers for a few years now. While I love both of those shoes, the flat soles are designed to grip rocks on the banks of the river and weren’t as great dealing with dirt. I would often shy away from them in favor of my trail shoes. Now with the Aqaunauts I have the luxury of both sticky rubber and great tread.

    Light weight.
    The light weight of these shoes is one of the first things I noticed when I first got these. The mesh, is very breathable, dries quickly, and yet has stood up to the beating that I’ve given them over the past few months.

    I haven’t found much that I don’t like about these shoes except for that get wet very quickly if walking around in the rain. I guess that is to be expected from a shoe that is designed for water use.

    All in all these shoes have quickly become my go-to, everyday shoe. They're perfect for hiking dry dusty trails or hopping along the river banks and are evens stylish enough to wear to the bar when getting back to town. I highly recommend getting a pair.

    Surprisingly great running shoe

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

    To my surprise the Aquanauts are great running shoes. A couple of times I had to jog shuttle for a kayaking trip. Often river shoes make this task difficult due to the lack of sole and water weigh that can be held in the shoe after being in the water. The Aquanauts have great tread and are still lightweight enough to keep good traction on broken surfaces while running.

    One tip I have learned is to take out the insoles if you are to use them in water for they tend to shrivel up when they dry.

    Don't fear the creek crossing!

    The Aquanaut is a multisport shoe that loves play on the trail just as much as in the water. This spring I was able to try out Aquanauts in the Raven Fork Gorge. Steep gradient, loose dirt, and wet rocks make a great testing area for the Aquanauts.

    One of the main features of the Aquanaut I wanted to test out was the new Argo Outsole. This new outsole is characterized by teethy central lugs for traction on loose trail dirt, surrounded by a high surface contact perimeter for grip on polished rocks. Hiking on steep hills with loose dirt can be a challenge with the current outsoles featured on most watersports footwear. The Aquanaut dug in and held its ground all the way to the river.

    Once at the river I was able to test the Argo Outsole on the smooth slick rocks. On both wet and dry river stones the Aquanaut did not budge one bit. My assumption that the Aquanaut would slip due to the limited surface area of the outsole, I was quickly proven wrong. The Aquanaut preformed just as well on wet rocks as it did on the loose dirt on the hike in.

    The Aquanaut is a great go to shoe for any adventure. I have jogged shuttles, hiked all around Western North Carolina, and jumped in many swimming holes all while wearing the Aquanauts. Like all of ASTRALs footwear they look good enough to wear on the town after an entire days adventure.

    Here is a short video of the Aquanaut & Rasslers in action:

    Don't fear the creek crossing!