Greenjacket LE8 : Rise Up


Posted in Product Announcements on July 2nd, 2015 by

From the Astral design lab comes the 8th installment of our Limited Edition series.

The LE8:Rise Up is a tribute to the spirit and energy of wild places.

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This fresh new vest is a collaboration between ASTRAL’s design team, pro athlete Evan Garcia, and artist Walker Howard

photo: Mark Anders

photo: Mark Anders

Regarding the influence for the LE8, Evan explained “I’ve always loved the Rasta lion style, and that is the theme of our media company ‘Substantial Media House’ so I wanted to get a unique spin on the lion and mix that with some water for obvious reason. The condor and mountains came from the crazy amount of time I’ve spent in Chile…it was just some ideas I had that I knew Walker would be able to run with.”

IMG_4963When it came time to turn the artwork into a finished product, we used a mixed medium of embroidery and screen printing. This combination allows us to achieve a unique look, as the gold thread and ink together create a bold contrast against the black shell fabric.

2015 LE Zoom FrontIn regards to the finished product Evan explains, “”I’m really excited to see how well my vision turned into reality. With Walker’s talent and Astral’s support we created The LE8. A combination of style, vibrations, and stoke!”

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Sizing: measured at widest torso circumference.

small/medium 31-37”

medium/large 38-44”

large/x-large 45-51”

MSRP $270

LE8 Promo: Purchase a Greenjacket LE8 and add one pair of shoes to your order at 50% off.

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About the LE Program: Astral LEs are ‘Limited Edition’ products. The goal of the program is to allow us to have more fun with design, to express ourselves according to seasonal creative influences. The LEs are built with the same meticulous details and supreme materials as our regular lifevests, but they are made in small batches, each having a unique artistic style.

July 2nd, 2015 by

ASTRAL Hires David Garringer as West Coast Sales Rep


Posted in Press Releases on May 26th, 2015 by

IMG_2679May 26, 2015 – Asheville, NC – ASTRAL, designers of outdoor performance footwear and best in class PFDs, is proud to announce their partnership with west coast Sales Representative David Garringer. Answering the demand for more ASTRAL products in west coast retailers, Garringer will represent the brand in Northern California, Oregon and Washington.

A core whitewater paddler, avid snowboarder, and a darn good mountain biker, Garringer has built solid roots in the outdoor and paddling industries. Formerly sponsored by ASTRAL, Garringer has formed close relationships with President Philip Curry and VP of Sales and Marketing Christie Dobson, who believe his deep knowledge of the boating industry and his incredible work ethic give him the ability to authentically represent the brand.

“Store owners and buyers will enjoy Dave’s trustworthy and charismatic personality.” notes Dobson. “He is absolutely the right guy on the ground for us.”

Garringer will be selling both PFDs and footwear in his territories. When not paddling, Garringer can be found snowboarding, mountain biking, and climbing between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe.

About ASTRAL

Established in 2002, ASTRAL has grown to specialize in high performance outdoor footwear alongside its industry-leading safety gear for paddlers. Independently owned and operated with a sincere commitment to making products of the highest performance and style for use in the water, in the woods, or in town. ASTRAL is based in the year-round outdoor wonderland Asheville, NC and has satellite offices in Northern California, Portland, and Saigon.

May 26th, 2015 by

Astral Supports Kayak Fishing Community


Posted in Press Releases on April 21st, 2015 by

Announces 2015 Fishing Team and Tournament Partnerships

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April 22, 2015 – Asheville, NC – Expanding its support in the steadfast Kayak Fishing Community, Astral is excited to announce the roster of its 2015 PRO Kayak Fishing Team. This years team has expanded to include anglers from across the country displaying an artful skill in the fast-growing sport.

The 2015 team includes: Mark Patterson (NC), William Ragulsky (VA), Brian ‘Vince’ Vincent (VA), Dee Kaminski (FL), Matt Baden (MD), Mark Lozier (VA), Kris Lozier (NC), Philip Ruckart (NC), Chris Tryon (NC), Tom Fucini (CT), Damon Bungard (TN), Jameson Redding (NC), Christina Weber (FL), William McKenzie (SC), Chris Funk (AL), and Aaron Stiger (OH).

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Angler: Jameson Redding / Photo: Matthew Vann

Team members are more than ambassadors of the brand, but are exclusive product testers providing feedback to ensure Astral is making the absolute best lifevests and innovative footwear available for anglers.

In addition to supporting these anglers throughout the season, Astral has paired up with several tournaments taking place across the southeast.

Tournaments include: the Adventure Fishing World Championships, the Delaware Paddlesports Kayak Fishing Tournament Series, Triple Crown of Kayak Fishing, the Kayak Angler Tournament Series, the Mid Atlantic Kayak Bass Fishing Series, the Oak Island Classic, Kayak Fishing with the Pros, and the College Kayak Fishing Tournament series.

“We’re excited the sport of kayak fishing is growing and proud that we can support the people and events that are surging the growth,” notes Astral Brand Manager, Bryan Owen.

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Angler: Kris Lozier / Photo: Robert Lee

Astral will be exhibiting for the second consecutive year at ICAST, the world’s largest sportfishing trade show, which takes place this July in Orlando, Florida.

To keep up with Astral’s PRO Kayak Fishing team, follow Astral Fishing on Facebook and Instagram, visit www.astraldesigns.com or contact Mandy Giles at mandy@darbycommunications.com.

About Astral

Established in 2002, Astral has grown to specialize in high performance outdoor footwear alongside its industry-leading safety gear for paddlers. Independently owned and operated with a sincere commitment to making products of the highest performance and style for use in the water, in the woods, or in town. Astral is based in the year-round outdoor wonderland Asheville, NC and has satellite offices in Northern California, Portland, and Saigon.

April 21st, 2015 by

Astral Takes High-Friction Outsoles to Next Level with Introduction of G® Rubber


Posted in Press Releases on April 7th, 2015 by

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 7, 2015 – Asheville, NC – Astral set the bar high when they entered the footwear market in 2012. Those introductory shoes, that used the legendary Stealth® rubber in their outsoles, were highly received. However, knowing a relationship with Stealth was not long term, Astral began developing its own rubber compound, G® Rubber, with a goal of progressing critical outsole performance even further. Now in 2015, they claim to have succeeded.

Stepinit“When Five Ten informed me they had sold to Adidas and that they would cease supplying us with Stealth rubber, I gained an obsessive focus,” notes Philip Curry, Astral’s President and Director of R&D. “I had to create our own compound that would not only meet that prior benchmark, but progress past it. It has taken 3 hard years, but we have accomplished that goal. All of our lab results have been verified by the most important measure, the hard in-field use of our extreme core athletes.”

Astral introduces G Rubber in two variants in its entire collection for Spring 2015. G.ss (“super sticky”) is blended for the highest possible coefficient of friction. It also has good abrasion resistance, does not mark on surfaces, and is softer to better conform to variable surfaces. It is utilized in the Brewer, Brewess, Hiyak, and Rassler.

G.15 is formulated for more abrasion resistance while also providing excellent friction; it is also highly conformable and does not mark. The G.15 outsole can be found on the Aquanaut, Loyak, Porter, and Mary Jay.

For more information visit www.astralfootwear.com or contact Mandy Giles at mandy@darbycommunications.com.

About Astral

Established in 2002, Astral has grown to specialize in high performance outdoor footwear alongside its industry-leading safety gear for paddlers. Independently owned and operated with a sincere commitment to making products of the highest performance and style for use in the water, in the woods, or in town. Astral is based in the year-round outdoor wonderland Asheville, NC and has satellite offices in Northern California, Portland, and Saigon.

April 7th, 2015 by

Astral Appoints Christie Dobson VP of Sales and Marketing


Posted in Press Releases on March 24th, 2015 by

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 20, 2015 – Asheville, NC – Growing at an increasingly fluid speed, aquatic footwear innovator, Astral, is jumping into the season with the introduction of a new VP of Sales and
Marketing. Long-time industry sales rep and marketing maven, Christie Dobson, joins the team to
lead in areas of new growth in the footwear category and oversee all facets of sales and marketing.

_MG_6464newUSEDobson joins Astral following 8 years at Patagonia where she was a top-producing sales rep servicing the highly-coveted Northern California territory. Dobson’s history with Astral CEO and Founder, Philip Curry, goes back over 15 years. Dobson served as Field Marketing Manager for Lotus Designs, Curry’s first successful business. Her sales and marketing experience will further facilitate Astral’s advancement in the highly-competitive footwear market._MG_6611newUSE-1Astral emerged in the footwear category in 2013 with the introduction of the Brewer, a stylish yet
highly-technical shoe that garnered industry awards and several media accolades. This spring,
Astral’s footwear collection will span nine total styles with several women’s specific options and
all utilizing Astral’s proprietary G Rubber. This remarkable rubber provides the maximum sole-toground friction and grip available.

“Christie was an easy choice,” says Astral CEO and director of R&D, Philip Curry. “Her experience working with a leading apparel brand like Patagonia meshes perfectly with our growth in the traditional outdoor arena. While her personality -energized, funny, rebellious, intelligent, and ambitious – will seamlessly integrate into Astral’s company culture.”

“I’m honored that Philip has brought me on board to help lead Astral into this next chapter,” notes, Dobson. “Astral is a brand with so much talent and innovation that the possibilities are “Astral is a brand with so much talent and innovation that the possibilities are truly endless.”

About Astral: Established in 2002, Astral has grown to specialize in high performance outdoor footwear alongside its industry-leading safety gear for paddlers. Independently owned and operated with a sincere commitment to making products of the highest performance and style for use in the water, in the woods, or in town. Astral is based in the year-round outdoor wonderland Asheville, NC and has satellite offices in Northern California, Portland, and Saigon.

March 24th, 2015 by