Astral was founded in 2002 on the banks of the Rocky Broad River near Asheville, NC. We are a focused group of paddlers, designers, engineers, and regular good people. We spend most of our time creating cool stuff and trying our best to please our customers. Astral is a small open business where our success is judged by our customers and our own personal satisfaction, doing the best possible work for the most good.
As kayakers, we need gear that makes us feel more comfortable, confident, and safe. Gear that allows us to push ourselves and the sport.
As designers, we need to make products that are unique, necessary, and beautiful.
As manufacturers, we need our factories to be safe, our materials to be non-toxic, and our waste to be minimal.
If a product cannot meet all these requirements, we don't make it.
About the Greenjacket and Brewer
The Greenjacket represents the most innovative and comfortable rescue vest to date. Featuring a freestyle tectonic front panel, large clamshell pocket with multiple compartments, added back protection, fleece handwarmer and a variety of safety features, this jacket is the top choice for river guides and expedition paddlers alike.
Born on the banks of the Green River Narrows, the Brewer is a versatile shoe from a kayaker's point of view. The upper is built to last with many of the same durable and fast-drying materials as Astral’s lifevests including Cordura® and AirMesh fabrics. The Balanced Geometry Midsole securely cradles your foot, providing stable navigation through unpredictable rocky terrain. For the bottom Astral uses state of the art Stealth® Rubber for unsurpassed traction on wet rocks. Technical performance and classic style are blended perfectly to bring you the shoe whitewater kayakers have been waiting for.