On the road again / Dave Garringer

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

PFD Love in the Time of Coronavirus

Written on March 15th 2021.

If you’ve been shopping on our website recently, you may have noticed that we’re out of stock on a lot of our products, especially PFDs. We’ve received some emails from our loyal customers, checking to make sure everything is OK. Thanks for asking!

COVID-related shipping delays and historically h… read more

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Wildfire Relief

Written on September 23rd 2020.


Wildfires continue to wreak havoc across California, Oregon, and Washington, threatening homes, businesses, and lives all along the West coast while destroying thousands of acres of forest.

To help combat this threat, we've compiled a list of resources to help you find a way to assist th… read more

Why Russia?

Written on April 6th 2020.

Top 5 Reasons // Exactly What I Did and Didn’t Expect
by Nicole Mansfield

Initially my goal was to inspire kayakers that were fantasizing and creating summer paddling plans to consider embarking on a paddling trip to Russia by sharing my top 5 reasons for going, many of which are based off of my… read more

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