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Celebrating River Roots With Our LE10

For the past nine years, we have released a highly anticipated Limited Edition GreenJacket PFD. The Limited Edition Program at Astral is the Crown Jewel of our product. The story and attention to design detail make these life jackets not only best in class, but a piece of art. Time...

Highlights Of A Hiking Trip To New Zealand

By Christine Martens New Zealand is famous for its amazing scenery (featured in Lord of the Rings) and multitude of hiking trails.  Hiking tracks in New Zealand fall into several different categories. There are Great Walks, Easy Tramping Tracks, Advanced Tramping Tracks, and Tramping Routes.   There...

King Of The North Fork Championship

The North Fork Championship VII’s iconic Elite Division Race on Jacob’s Ladder exposed the talent of the best kayakers in the world on an amazing piece of whitewater offering a spectacle that is unmatched in the sport. Among past NFC Kings, former Olympians, expedition legends, and whitewater racing...

Stakeout With Nicole And Nouria

By Nicole Mansfield and Nouria Newman. Stakeout; it’s all-around epic – the whitewater, the company, the drives, and sometimes the weather.   After a mere month of exploring Eastern Canada’s infamous spring ice melt fueled rivers and creeks, we certainly can’t claim to...

Eddy Out With Ocey Newsome Rogers

What’s your fave part about the job: Working in the warehouse is like playing a larger than life game of Tetris. Sometimes you are not fast enough and you get crushed. But sometimes all of your practice pays off and you finish the day with like a zillion points, and that feels pretty satisfying. Favorite...

Ditch The Waterproofing: 3 Reasons To Hike Water Ready

Written by Jennifer Pharr Davis.  NOTHING RUINS A HIKE FASTER THAN ISSUES WITH MOISTURE. Inclement weather, river crossings, and sweat while thru-hiking come with the territory. Prepping for that moisture will save you some serious misery on the trail. The great debate regarding waterproof...