Asheville, N.C. – Astral is debuting a new outsole on its Spring '14 collection of river shoes, made from Astral's own G.14 rubber. The new outsoles feature improved performance in the midsole, and additional siping to improve grip. It also sheds mud more effectively than the previous version.
Astral entered the outdoor footwear market in 2012 with the Brewer, which won Gear of the Year 2013 from National Geographic. It originally partnered with climbing gear company Five Ten, and is using Five Ten's proprietary Stealth Rubber on the Brewer. Astral's footwear line now includes two more shoes, the Porter and the Rassler, with a fourth, the Baker, coming soon.