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6 Tips for Keeping Kids (and Adults) Happy on a Hike

Written on June 5th 2021.

By Jennifer Pharr Davis


“Mom, are we there yet?”

“How far is it?”

“Where are we going, anyways?”

“Do we have any snacks?” 

“I’ve gotta use the bathroom.” 

“I’m bored!”

Family road trip? Well, yes. But these are also the same lines we hear on the trail when we go hiking with… read more

The industry is growing bigger and bigger.

Written on May 24th 2021.



You're fat.
You're disgusting.
You look like an elephant.
You look like a cow.
You will die an early death.
I’ve never seen a more disgusting human in my life. 
There’s no way you hike.
I feel bad for all the hikers who have to hike behind you because you take up the wh… read more

Garrett McNamara joins the Astral team

Written on May 20th 2021.

Meet the newest member of the Astral family, Garrett McNamara—big wave surfer, ocean advocate and dedicated conservationist. Best known for surfing a 100-foot wave at Nazaré, McNamara splits his time between Oahu and Portugal with his wife Nicole and their kids. He’s on a mission to change the w… read more

Interview with Jennifer Pharr Davis

Written on May 12th 2021.

She was 21 when she first thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. That was 17 years ago. Since then, Jennifer Pharr Davis has hiked more than 14,000 miles on 6 different continents, achieved the fastest known finish of the AT (46 days, an average of 47 miles a day), and achieved her goal of hiking in … read more

Bootstrapped: Creating the Pisgah

Written on April 13th 2021.

In 2009, CEO Philip Curry moved to Vietnam to create Astral’s first-ever shoes. While he had arrived in Saigon with the goal of making his shoe designs a reality, he hadn’t anticipated the influence that life in Vietnam would soon have on his designs. That influence--a combination of French and Viet… read more

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