Astral Rassler

It's not a PFD, It's a river shoe

Astral Rassler | Photo by Darin McQuoid

Astral Rassler | Photo by Darin McQuoid

Astral Rassler

[MSRP $120]

Best know for its PFDs, Astral Designs was founded in 2002. A decade later, the Asheville, N.C.-based company started producing footwear with the debut of the Brewer, which utilized Five Ten’s famed Stealth rubber sole. The Rassler built upon that popular platform, and for 2015 it takes a step forward with Astral’s own high-friction G.SS rubber. It’s everything we loved about the Rassler with a sole that does the impossible—provides better grip than Five Ten on granite, and deep enough lugs to function well in loose dirt. Lighter weight than average, the Rassler is the fastest drying high-top, which won’t come off even in the worst of swims. What’s not to love? Well, they are a pain to put on while wearing a drysuit. These are the best shoes for hard-core river users.

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