Hiyak

$ 114.95

The Hiyak is Astral’s view of a proper bootie. It offers ground-conforming stability, foot protection and insulation without neoprene. The result is a lighter, more durable, fast drying water-boot with phenomenal gripping powers.

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  • Intended Use: Water, Boat
  • Uppers: Hydrophobic Canvas with 1060D ballistic nylon reinforcement rand. High top padded ankle protection with semi-rigid heel cup. 3mm quilted spacer-mesh lining. Hidden laces with Velcro Over-Flap. Reflective logo at heel and tongue.Water resistant laces.
  • Midsole: Removable, 7mm thick 45C closed cell EVA foam.
  • Outsole: Highest friction G.ss™ rubber compound with razor-siping and drain holes toe and heel. 3.5mm thick. Non-marking.
  • Foot to Ground Distance: 12 mm heel, 11 mm ball.
  • Weight/shoe: Men's 9 = 273g (9.632 oz)
  • Sizes: Men’s US 7-13 (Whole sizes only)
  • Fit: True to size (For half size, size down)

Flex Grip Outsole

This rubber allows excellent flexibility and sensory feedback for heightened grip and balance. Maximized surface area for high friction on smooth surfaces. Divided lugs for substantial grip on loose dirt. Razor Siping maximizes edges that bite into surfaces upon flexion. 

Water Ready

All Astral shoes have a special relationship with water. Every component, from the thread to the laces are critically evaluated and chosen for its ability to hold up after constant soaking, to shed water, and not to accumulate funk. Many models have engineered drainage for water to come out while minimizing entry of silt.

Balanced Geometry

We believe that a foot’s position in a shoe should be similar to when barefoot. This allows excellent balance and biomechanically natural lifestyle.

Foot-beds are essentially level (only 1mm drop from heel to toe ) and provide medium arch support.  Tapered instep and heel area for better foothold and control. Wide forefoot allows your feet and toes to spread out for stability.

GSS

The “ss” is for “Super Sticky” and we can confidently say that outsoles made with it provide the best grip in water-sports. Unlike other maximum friction compounds, G.ss is non-marking and provides good abrasion resistance. Its low durometer (measure of hardness) lessens impact and provides excellent conformity to surfaces.

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  • Please Make in Size 14!

    September 11, 2018

    I agree with the comment below me! Us 14ers want a quality high ankle bootie! Why make the loyak in 14 and not hiyak? Please consider this...would definitely buy!

    submitted by: Greg, Saratoga, NY

  • 14s please!!

    August 29, 2018

    Would buy these in a heartbeat if you made the in a 14. Have a pair of TR1s but they tear up the traction pad on my sup. Big footed people paddle too!!

    submitted by: Jerry Cookson, Fayetteville Arkansas

  • Best Water Shoes I Have Ever Worn!

    August 12, 2018

    I just returned from a 6 night, 7 day paddling trip through Quetico Provincial Park. I purchased a pair of the black Hiyak High Tops just before I left and these turned out to be my absolute best purchase of the trip. We portaged several bogs between Jean Lake and Badwater Lake and I hiked with complete confidence through the deep muck and over the wet boulders. Thank you, Astral, for the best water shoes I have ever worn!

    submitted by: Brent, Chicago

  • Would *love* to see a size 14

    July 03, 2018

    I have never owned a pair of Astral shoes for kayaking, because I can't get by with anything less than a size 14. Five Ten's Water Tennie and Teva's Cherry Bomb 2 have both been discontinued, so I'm running out of options for robust high-top creeking and river shoes. So, could you *please* offer a size 14? I'm keeping my current shoes going with repairs, but at some point I'll need to replace them.

    submitted by: Chris W., Burlington, VT

  • Foot Hugs

    December 01, 2017

    Love my Hiyaks! Super comfy. Great kayak and creekwalking shoe. Wish Astral made chef shoes!

    submitted by: Heidi Patterson, Escalon Ca

  • Not as bulky as you might first think

    November 30, 2017

    First, I love these shoes. I wear a 7-7 1/2 in women's and I was worried their smallest size, the men's 7, might be to big even though I was looking for a shoe to wear with my drysuit. They're perfect. When you first get them on walk around a bit. They feel snug on me at first and once I move around the drysuit feet and the shoe worked their space out. Then I worried they might be too bulky and stiff but after talking to someone who also has them I decided to try. They are super flexible and light. They drain well and dry fast. I'm not slogging around water like some of my friends. I'm a sea kayaker and sometimes I'm in a Greenland boat, so I was worried they wouldn't fit. It might be tight if you have bigger feet with this shoe (or even without the shoe) but was ok for me. How about walking around? Perfect. Despite its flexibility, the sole is great for walking on different surfaces, so far no slipping but I haven't really tested extreme conditions with portage yet. Because they're so light, I don't feel like they're dragging me down a bit walking in the water like I feel like the neoprene boots can feel. I will also say, huge difference between walking around in these vs my diving boots, diving boots you step on a pebble and you know it. Haven't had a painful step yet in these. Also I really like the strap over the laces. Overall love the design, goes really well with my drysuit colors (yay thanks for that!) The hiyaks have yet to misstep for me.

    submitted by: Shannon, NY

  • Great warm weather fly fishing shoes

    November 28, 2017

    I used these shoes this past summer for warm weather fly fishing. The grip was great and I felt more comfortable wearing these instead of my wading boots with wading socks. I def recommend.

    submitted by: David K., rock hill, sc

  • HIYAK

    June 11, 2017

    We were white water rafting and noticed all the guides had on the Astral brand water shoes. They highly recommended them as the perfect water shoe. After the purchase of them I have to agree.

    submitted by: Richard Rabb, Alabama

  • Super comfortable and fit in my boat

    May 07, 2017

    I wear a women's 10.5-11 shoe. I have had problems finding shoes that fit in my kayaks. Every time I get a new boat, I have to find another bootie. When I got my LL Party Braaap, nothing fit. I tried my Brewess, my Aquanaut, my 510 Water Tennie and my NRS Crush along various other booties and nothing fit. Enter the Hiyak. These are the most comfortable boating shoes I've ever paddled in (except for rodeo socks). They disappear in the boat. You don't even feel them on your feet. The rubber on the sole grips on all wet rocks. There is enough protection that you can carry into a put-in over any terrain. The ankle-high design gives some support if you tighten the laces enough. The velcro flap the covers the laces really keeps them in place. The fit is fantastic with or without my dry suit socks. The drainage holes keep water off your feet and out of your boat. I bought these towards the end of the 2016 boating season but I feel I can also say that so far I haven't noticed any wear. I love the Hiyak and would buy another pair.

    submitted by: Jo Jones, CO

  • It's the best high-top for sea kayaking

    October 22, 2016

    I have fondness for Astral's footwear. I already own a pair of Brewers and a Rassler (Men's 10.5). I've been using both for the last two seasons. I really like the Rassler boot. It was an improvement over the prior two pairs of high tops which I have used with my dry suits over the last 13+ years. If I really split hairs I can come up with two things that are an annoyance with the Rassler:
    (1) Like many contemporary sneakers, they came with excessively long shoe laces. WTH?!
    (2) Although I went up a full size and a half in the Rassler, over my measured 9 size, it's just a little tight in the toe box when used with my dry suit and one pair of medium-heavy wool socks. It's not unbearable just slightly uncomfortable, but serviceable. I sometimes wonder if I should have gone with the 11, but I didn't want 'clown' feet.

    Recently I picked up a pair of Astral's Hiyak boots (Men's 10). While the Rassler comes in half sizes the Hiyak is only available in full sizes, however, this did not prove to be a problem. I picked the brains of Astral's staff and they suggested I go with the size 10 in the Hiyak. Honestly I was dubious. On paper that's a half size smaller than my Rasslers. The boots arrived just in time for the recent Mid-coast Sea Kayak Rendezvous in Maine where I gave the Hiyak a real-life workout over three days. The boots did not disappoint and the Astral staff did not lead me astray. The size 10 Hiyak was spot on fit-wise! The Hiyak provided tremendous protection for my feet and ankles from the rocky Maine coast and ever present barnacles. The boot was very comfortable and for once my foot/toes did not feel cramped while wearing a dry suit and insulative wool sock. Side-by-side and at a quick glance the Rassler 10.5 and Hiyak 10 look to be identical in size, but I closer examination it appears that the toe box on the Hiyak is slightly wider. That would account for why I find the Hiyak to have more toe room and comfort.

    What else did I like about the Hiyak beside fit and protection? :
    (1) The length of the shoe laces is appropriate for the boot size. Unlike the Rassler the laces on the Hiyak are not excessively long.
    (2) Once laced up the wearer covers any loose lacing with a protective velrco flap. I find that flap to be a great safety feature. I had a entrapment issue with another manufacturer's lace-up water shoes several years ago. That excess lace length snagged on a footpeg in my kayak while attempting a wet exit. I had hold my breath a bit longer; reach in and pull off the shoe.
    (3) The sole of the the Hiyak is ultra sticky on wet rocky surfaces. I never slipped once and I spent plenty of time hauling sea kayaks across the steep, rocky and wet Maine coast. The sole of the Hiyak also does a great job of self-cleaning all the firch one picks up. It is superior to the Rassler in that regard. My pair always seems to have crud sticking to the sole.
    (4) The Hiyak has a 3mm quilted mesh liner that provides insulation and additional padding. I believe it's another reason for the the boot's great fit and comfort. My Rasslers do not have the same lining.
    (5) When wearing a dry suit the Hiyak is the best footwear I have worn while sea kayaking and I would highly recommend them.

    Fwiw, I weighed the Rasslers and my new Hiyaks. They booth came in at 1 pound and slightly over 3 ounces.
    As with all gear reviews, YMMV.

    submitted by: Joe Galloway, Upstate, NY

  • It's the best high-top for sea kayaking

    October 22, 2016

    I have fondness for Astral's footwear. I already own a pair of Brewers and a Rassler (Men's 10.5). I've been using both for the last two seasons. I really like the Rassler boot. It was an improvement over the prior two pairs of high tops which I have used with my dry suits over the last 13+ years. If I really split hairs I can come up with two things that are an annoyance with the Rassler:
    (1) Like many contemporary sneakers, they came with excessively long shoe laces. WTH?!
    (2) Although I went up a full size and a half in the Rassler, over my measured 9 size, it's just a little tight in the toe box when used with my dry suit and one pair of medium-heavy wool socks. It's not unbearable just slightly uncomfortable, but serviceable. I sometimes wonder if I should have gone with the 11, but I didn't want 'clown' feet.

    Recently I picked up a pair of Astral's Hiyak boots (Men's 10). While the Rassler comes in half sizes the Hiyak is only available in full sizes, however, this did not prove to be a problem. I picked the brains of Astral's staff and they suggested I go with the size 10 in the Hiyak. Honestly I was dubious. On paper that's a half size smaller than my Rasslers. The boots arrived just in time for the recent Mid-coast Sea Kayak Rendezvous in Maine where I gave the Hiyak a real-life workout over three days. The boots did not disappoint and the Astral staff did not lead me astray. The size 10 Hiyak was spot on fit-wise! The Hiyak provided tremendous protection for my feet and ankles from the rocky Maine coast and ever present barnacles. The boot was very comfortable and for once my foot/toes did not feel cramped while wearing a dry suit and insulative wool sock. Side-by-side and at a quick glance the Rassler 10.5 and Hiyak 10 look to be identical in size, but I closer examination it appears that the toe box on the Hiyak is slightly wider. That would account for why I find the Hiyak to have more toe room and comfort.

    What else did I like about the Hiyak beside fit and protection? :
    (1) The length of the shoe laces is appropriate for the boot size. Unlike the Rassler the laces on the Hiyak are not excessively long.
    (2) Once laced up the wearer covers any loose lacing with a protective velrco flap. I find that flap to be a great safety feature. I had a entrapment issue with another manufacturer's lace-up water shoes several years ago. That excess lace length snagged on a footpeg in my kayak while attempting a wet exit. I had hold my breath a bit longer; reach in and pull off the shoe.
    (3) The sole of the the Hiyak is ultra sticky on wet rocky surfaces. I never slipped once and I spent plenty of time hauling sea kayaks across the steep, rocky and wet Maine coast. The sole of the Hiyak also does a great job of self-cleaning all the firch one picks up. It is superior to the Rassler in that regard. My pair always seems to have crud sticking to the sole.
    (4) The Hiyak has a 3mm quilted mesh liner that provides insulation and additional padding. I believe it's another reason for the the boot's great fit and comfort. My Rasslers do not have the same lining.
    (5) When wearing a dry suit the Hiyak is the best footwear I have worn while sea kayaking and I would highly recommend them.

    Fwiw, I weighed the Rasslers and my new Hiyaks. They booth came in at 1 pound and slightly over 3 ounces.
    As with all gear reviews, YMMV.

    I have fondness for Astral's footwear. I already own a pair of Brewers and a Rassler (Men's 10.5). I've been using both for the last two seasons. I really like the Rassler boot. It was an improvement over the prior two pairs of high tops which I have used with my dry suits over the last 13+ years. If I really split hairs I can come up with two things that are an annoyance with the Rassler:
    (1) Like many contemporary sneakers, they came with excessively long shoe laces. WTH?!
    (2) Although I went up a full size and a half in the Rassler, over my measured 9 size, it's just a little tight in the toe box when used with my dry suit and one pair of medium-heavy wool socks. It's not unbearable just slightly uncomfortable, but serviceable. I sometimes wonder if I should have gone with the 11, but I didn't want 'clown' feet.

    Recently I picked up a pair of Astral's Hiyak boots (Men's 10). While the Rassler comes in half sizes the Hiyak is only available in full sizes, however, this did not prove to be a problem. I picked the brains of Astral's staff and they suggested I go with the size 10 in the Hiyak. Honestly I was dubious. On paper that's a half size smaller than my Rasslers. The boots arrived just in time for the recent Mid-coast Sea Kayak Rendezvous in Maine where I gave the Hiyak a real-life workout over three days. The boots did not disappoint and the Astral staff did not lead me astray. The size 10 Hiyak was spot on fit-wise! The Hiyak provided tremendous protection for my feet and ankles from the rocky Maine coast and ever present barnacles. The boot was very comfortable and for once my foot/toes did not feel cramped while wearing a dry suit and insulative wool sock. Side-by-side and at a quick glance the Rassler 10.5 and Hiyak 10 look to be identical in size, but I closer examination it appears that the toe box on the Hiyak is slightly wider. That would account for why I find the Hiyak to have more toe room and comfort.

    What else did I like about the Hiyak beside fit and protection? :
    (1) The length of the shoe laces is appropriate for the boot size. Unlike the Rassler the laces on the Hiyak are not excessively long.
    (2) Once laced up the wearer covers any loose lacing with a protective velrco flap. I find that flap to be a great safety feature. I had a entrapment issue with another manufacturer's lace-up water shoes several years ago. That excess lace length snagged on a footpeg in my kayak while attempting a wet exit. I had hold my breath a bit longer; reach in and pull off the shoe.
    (3) The sole of the the Hiyak is ultra sticky on wet rocky surfaces. I never slipped once and I spent plenty of time hauling sea kayaks across the steep, rocky and wet Maine coast. The sole of the Hiyak also does a great job of self-cleaning all the firch one picks up. It is superior to the Rassler in that regard. My pair always seems to have crud sticking to the sole.
    (4) The Hiyak has a 3mm quilted mesh liner that provides insulation and additional padding. I believe it's another reason for the the boot's great fit and comfort. My Rasslers do not have the same lining.
    (5) When wearing a dry suit the Hiyak is the best footwear I have worn while sea kayaking and I would highly recommend them.

    Fwiw, I weighed the Rasslers and my new Hiyaks. They booth came in at 1 pound and slightly over 3 ounces.
    As with all gear reviews, YMMV.

    I have fondness for Astral's footwear. I already own a pair of Brewers and a Rassler (Men's 10.5). I've been using both for the last two seasons. I really like the Rassler boot. It was an improvement over the prior two pairs of high tops which I have used with my dry suits over the last 13+ years. If I really split hairs I can come up with two things that are an annoyance with the Rassler:
    (1) Like many contemporary sneakers, they came with excessively long shoe laces. WTH?!
    (2) Although I went up a full size and a half in the Rassler, over my measured 9 size, it's just a little tight in the toe box when used with my dry suit and one pair of medium-heavy wool socks. It's not unbearable just slightly uncomfortable, but serviceable. I sometimes wonder if I should have gone with the 11, but I didn't want 'clown' feet.

    Recently I picked up a pair of Astral's Hiyak boots (Men's 10). While the Rassler comes in half sizes the Hiyak is only available in full sizes, however, this did not prove to be a problem. I picked the brains of Astral's staff and they suggested I go with the size 10 in the Hiyak. Honestly I was dubious. On paper that's a half size smaller than my Rasslers. The boots arrived just in time for the recent Mid-coast Sea Kayak Rendezvous in Maine where I gave the Hiyak a real-life workout over three days. The boots did not disappoint and the Astral staff did not lead me astray. The size 10 Hiyak was spot on fit-wise! The Hiyak provided tremendous protection for my feet and ankles from the rocky Maine coast and ever present barnacles. The boot was very comfortable and for once my foot/toes did not feel cramped while wearing a dry suit and insulative wool sock. Side-by-side and at a quick glance the Rassler 10.5 and Hiyak 10 look to be identical in size, but I closer examination it appears that the toe box on the Hiyak is slightly wider. That would account for why I find the Hiyak to have more toe room and comfort.

    What else did I like about the Hiyak beside fit and protection? :
    (1) The length of the shoe laces is appropriate for the boot size. Unlike the Rassler the laces on the Hiyak are not excessively long.
    (2) Once laced up the wearer covers any loose lacing with a protective velrco flap. I find that flap to be a great safety feature. I had a entrapment issue with another manufacturer's lace-up water shoes several years ago. That excess lace length snagged on a footpeg in my kayak while attempting a wet exit. I had hold my breath a bit longer; reach in and pull off the shoe.
    (3) The sole of the the Hiyak is ultra sticky on wet rocky surfaces. I never slipped once and I spent plenty of time hauling sea kayaks across the steep, rocky and wet Maine coast. The sole of the Hiyak also does a great job of self-cleaning all the firch one picks up. It is superior to the Rassler in that regard. My pair always seems to have crud sticking to the sole.
    (4) The Hiyak has a 3mm quilted mesh liner that provides insulation and additional padding. I believe it's another reason for the the boot's great fit and comfort. My Rasslers do not have the same lining.
    (5) When wearing a dry suit the Hiyak is the best footwear I have worn while sea kayaking and I would highly recommend them.

    Fwiw, I weighed the Rasslers and my new Hiyaks. They booth came in at 1 pound and slightly over 3 ounces.
    As with all gear reviews, YMMV.




    I have fondness for Astral's footwear. I already own a pair of Brewers and a Rassler (Men's 10.5). I've been using both for the last two seasons. I really like the Rassler boot. It was an improvement over the prior two pairs of high tops which I have used with my dry suits over the last 13+ years. If I really split hairs I can come up with two things that are an annoyance with the Rassler:
    (1) Like many contemporary sneakers, they came with excessively long shoe laces. WTH?!
    (2) Although I went up a full size and a half in the Rassler, over my measured 9 size, it's just a little tight in the toe box when used with my dry suit and one pair of medium-heavy wool socks. It's not unbearable just slightly uncomfortable, but serviceable. I sometimes wonder if I should have gone with the 11, but I didn't want 'clown' feet.

    Recently I picked up a pair of Astral's Hiyak boots (Men's 10). While the Rassler comes in half sizes the Hiyak is only available in full sizes, however, this did not prove to be a problem. I picked the brains of Astral's staff and they suggested I go with the size 10 in the Hiyak. Honestly I was dubious. On paper that's a half size smaller than my Rasslers. The boots arrived just in time for the recent Mid-coast Sea Kayak Rendezvous in Maine where I gave the Hiyak a real-life workout over three days. The boots did not disappoint and the Astral staff did not lead me astray. The size 10 Hiyak was spot on fit-wise! The Hiyak provided tremendous protection for my feet and ankles from the rocky Maine coast and ever present barnacles. The boot was very comfortable and for once my foot/toes did not feel cramped while wearing a dry suit and insulative wool sock. Side-by-side and at a quick glance the Rassler 10.5 and Hiyak 10 look to be identical in size, but I closer examination it appears that the toe box on the Hiyak is slightly wider. That would account for why I find the Hiyak to have more toe room and comfort.

    What else did I like about the Hiyak beside fit and protection? :
    (1) The length of the shoe laces is appropriate for the boot size. Unlike the Rassler the laces on the Hiyak are not excessively long.
    (2) Once laced up the wearer covers any loose lacing with a protective velrco flap. I find that flap to be a great safety feature. I had a entrapment issue with another manufacturer's lace-up water shoes several years ago. That excess lace length snagged on a footpeg in my kayak while attempting a wet exit. I had hold my breath a bit longer; reach in and pull off the shoe.
    (3) The sole of the the Hiyak is ultra sticky on wet rocky surfaces. I never slipped once and I spent plenty of time hauling sea kayaks across the steep, rocky and wet Maine coast. The sole of the Hiyak also does a great job of self-cleaning all the firch one picks up. It is superior to the Rassler in that regard. My pair always seems to have crud sticking to the sole.
    (4) The Hiyak has a 3mm quilted mesh liner that provides insulation and additional padding. I believe it's another reason for the the boot's great fit and comfort. My Rasslers do not have the same lining.
    (5) When wearing a dry suit the Hiyak is the best footwear I have worn while sea kayaking and I would highly recommend them.

    Fwiw, I weighed the Rasslers and my new Hiyaks. They booth came in at 1 pound and slightly over 3 ounces.
    As with all gear reviews, YMMV.

    submitted by: Joe Galloway, Upstate, NY

  • The perfect creeking/exedition shoe

    October 01, 2016

    From leading kayaking expeditions to teaching high-schoolers at World Class Kayak Academy, I'm lucky enough to call kayaking my job and paddle at least 5 days a week. Having the stickiest rubber on durable shoes is not just a bonus, but a necessity. I feel 100% confident in these shoes, from setting safety to scouting and portaging, and love the extra ankle support in the Hiyaks! Unlike other expedition shoes they dry super quickly and fit/feel amazing, wether you are wearing a drysuit or going bare foot. Thanks for finally bringing the bootie that every kayaker needs to the world, you rock Astral!!!

    submitted by: Brendan Wells, White Salmon, WA

  • Astral Hiyaks for the win!

    September 06, 2016

    I've been wearing the Rasslers for almost 3 seasons now and love them, until I paddle the Braaap or my Mullet. They were way too bulky. Enter the Hiyak. These boots are great, slim yet supportive and fit perfectly into the Mullet last night. These are going to be my everyday boating shoes going forward! Love the siped soles and the lace covers! Excellent work Astral!

    submitted by: Eben Smith,

  • Badass set of kicks

    May 08, 2016

    Rugged, comfortable, amphibious.. Badass shoes right here. I not only work on some of the most active and demanding tv shows as a cameraman, i live a very broad outdoor lifestlye. I paraglide, kayak (class IV-V), surf (river and ocean), stand up paddle board.. To name a few. I use these kicks as cross-over shoes, when you're not sure which shoe to bring or if the weather might change and decide to start pouring rain... Its got great grip, good ankle support,is pretty dang light, and dries fast. I love them for multi-day kayaking trip, river surfing, and such.. But i recently put them to the test and used them for 3 weeks (everyday) in the jungles and oceans of Dominica. I was shooting on a show for Discovery throughout the island on several types of terrain beach, volcanic rock, river beds, thick jungle/plants, roots, super slippery rock, etc.. The hiyak held up, gave me some serious grip in precarious situations, and was able to dry out at night even despite the humidity and intermitten rain storms. I could have ended up with some serious trench foot. I'm in... Tested... On location... Approved!! In my book. Only micro down side is that the bottoms weren't padded out as much as,say, the "rassler"for that serious of terrain. Although i was albe to feel every bit of ground and rock underneath me as i walked, making super calculated moves (almost like rock climbing shoes), i wouldn't want to walk 100s of miles with these, but for what i do, i'll sacrafice a little padding in order to have that "billy goat" footing, you feel like you're glued to the terrain, no joke. Any ways, if you need to run around on the mountain, the river, and the ocean all in the same day.. This could be the all-around you need. Happy travels to the near and far side of the globe!!

    submitted by: Ryan Mac, Lotus California

  • Happy using them for wndsurfing, kitesurfing and SUP surfing

    October 05, 2018

    Good protection on rocks and big pebbles, so no pussy footing needed. Use them with board foot straps and found the stitching held up well. They drain well, offer only modest insulation in colder water. They take different inserts if desired and the lacing allows a varied and nice fit. Traction is excellent except on one particular surface: algae covered boulders and rock, where the generally smooth and biteless tread was quite slick. But the smooth tread is good for various boards and likely for decks. With lots of walking in knee and thigh deep water, the velcro strap can come loose, and sometimes the lacing as well. Have learned to tie the laces with double knots and pull them tight, and can usually reseat the velcro strap while on the water. The velcro strap is a great idea, so recommended a double velcro similar to surfboard leash attachments. The shoe padding and tongue hold a lot of sand and water, which takes some rinsing and makes the shoes slower to dry, but I was successful in drying them from one day to the next by leaving them outside in the sun and wind. I used size 12 US IIRC, and it was OK, even for walking upwind for 6 hours in the water while learning to kiteboard. They show no signs of sun damage or other obvious wear and tear after 5 months of use on the rocky beach and in the sandy lagoon. When sinking in sucky mud of the lagoon shoreline, they do not get pulled off or have any other issues.

    submitted by: Bill B., Pacific shore in Baja Norte, Mexico, lagoon in Iles de la Madeleine, Quebec, Canada.

  • Great shoes with a great company to back them!

    April 16, 2018

    For the last 5 years now I have been using Astral river shoes, starting with the original rasslers and all the way to these! They have definitely had there issues coming up with a durable product but I believe every pair of shoes I get is better made! This just comes with time I guess. These shoes allow you to have so much confidence running down the river bank chasing your boat or someone elses when it all hits the fan! I have also had 3 of there lifejackets and again I find them awesome, they always fit great and have all the features a rescue vest needs, all while providing a comfortable package, feels like being hugged going down the river. I feel like they still have a little work to do with the durability of there shoes but I know they're definitely working on it! This is an awesome company that I'll definitely keep supporting to make the best gear possible!

    submitted by: Ben Wright, BC

  • Once I figured them out, these are way more versatile...

    February 06, 2017

    Struggled with the velcro flat and laces coming loose, also the ankle flexibility for awhile until I simply cut off the over-strap and unlaced the ankle portion - ended up with a more secure 'fit' on the first pull of the laces and far more ankle flexibility for play boating, but with an extra level of padding I appreciate. I lace them high for SUP or Creeking, low for Play, and ALWAYS double knot the laces. The high tops are great even when laced low, for keeping rocks and sand out and add padding to your ankle bones when swimming or bushwhacking. Great versatility from one paddling shoe once you learn this trick.

    submitted by: ClayW, Rock Island TN

  • Fantastic design, but stiching needs some work

    July 02, 2016

    I would like to second the motion of the previous review, the stitching isn't very durable. I've had these for about 3 months. I'm primarily a 2 or 3 day a week WW kayaker, but I think a week of rafting is what did the stitching on the toe of one foot, and the side of the other in. When you need to wedge your feet between and under raft tubes, that fine red stitching doesn't take abrasion real well. Beyond the stitching problem, every other design aspect of these shoes is spot on. The soles are supper sticky, and very low profile. The mid ankle height is just enough to protect, but not be bulky. The drain holes and removable innersoles make drying quick. The sizing is spot on. I usually wear a 9.5 shoe, but the size 9 fit perfectly, barefoot or with a lightweight performance wool sock. I have loved these shoes since the moment I first put them on, and ever since. I may try the aqua seal idea to help preserve this pair. Kevlar thread may be a bit too much to ask for, but I like these shoes enough I'd pay for it.

    submitted by: David Caldwell, Wild Wonderfull, West Virginia

  • Great shoe, but stitching doesn't last

    April 14, 2016

    I loved these shoes the moment I put them on, but after about two weeks worth of river time, they have busted apart at the seams. I had a friend say that they put a layer of aquaseal around all the stitching when they buy a brand new pair of these which makes them last longer, but I would expect better quality stitching right out the box. They seem to have everything else figured out as they are great fitting and not bulky which makes them comfortable to wear all day in a kayak. Plus they protect your drysuit socks well with the high cut. I would not recommend until they figure out the stitching on the sides of the shoe other wise you'll be busting out of them in no time. Previously owned a pair of brewers and they did this too but after two full rafting seasons, which is a bit more acceptable. 14 days of WW kayaking is not.

    submitted by: S, British Columbia

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