Astral's Rassler

Famous for their low-profile PFDs, Astral recently expanded their product line to include, among other things, water shoes. The super-lightweight Rassler is designed for backcountry kayaking—hiking deep into the mountains before plunging into the water for a raging run back out. For protection and traction during the hike, the Rasslers combine a stiff midsole and a protective upper, with 5.10’s famous Stealth rubber underneath for excellent traction on wet rock. Rapid draining and adroitness during stream crossings make this a good crossover shoe—it’s equally adept at wade-fishing, rafting, or just general use in wet conditions. As the ecstatic owner of a new packraft, I’ll make these shoes my go-to footwear for the hike in. Available at Northern Lights. $120; astraldesigns.com