Astral Staff testing product / Ty Caldwell

What’s in your PFD?

Written on July 23rd 2021.

Most life jackets come equipped with all sorts of carrying capabilities - an assortment of sleeves and various shaped pockets, zippered and mesh.   Once a friend boasted that his Astral GreenJacket was capable of carrying 8 cans of carbonated beverages.  That’s an impressive use of the compartments.… read more

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The next step in sustainable lifejackets

Written on June 29th 2021.

In 2002, the idea for Astral came to founder Philip Curry like a sign from the universe. 

He had sold his first lifejacket company and become a biodynamic farmer in his mission to live a sustainable life, but as he sat on his tractor, plowing the fields of his North Carolina farm, he was stru… read more

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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

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