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93 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews
Today all day here at Wilson Creek and I have to say I'm really really impressed with the shoe it's been super stick he's really lived up to it church bell
With the Hiyak, Astral has completely retooled the paddling bootie. The combination of function and features make the Hiyak my favorite new footwear option this year.
The best thing about great gear is the fact that when you are using it you don’t have to give it a second thought. This is certainly the case with the Astral Hiyaks.
-These water shoes have an upper made of hydrophobic canvas with ballistic nylon reinforcement rand.
-It has a flex grip outsole with maximized surface areas to create friction on slick surfaces.
-The drain holes on the toe area and heel ensure that the shoes dry quickly after getting soaked.
The Astral Hiyak is a mid-cut hiker with a soft, padded collar. It has a two-way closure which is made up of a lace-up closure and a velcro strap so they stay in place while you’re swimming or crossing rivers. The Cordura material in the upper is quite flexible so it conforms nicely to the foot, giving the wearer a snug fit with or without drysuit socks.
Much of the power of the Astral Hiyak comes from its flex-grip outsole which has a high level of stickiness. Designed to prevent slipping on wet and slippery surfaces, it has wide surface areas for increased grip and traction. The divided lugs create a substantial grip on loose dirt while the razor siping on the edges bite into surfaces upon flexion.
The sole is sewn and glued directly to the upper for durability.
The Hiyak shoe has a removable midsole made of 7mm thick 45C closed-cell EVA foam. It’s cushiony and supportive and most of all - lightweight. This durable and resilient foam has many desirable properties, including shock absorption, moisture resistance, and heat insulation.
This boot is a unisex shoe available in men’s sizes. So, it can be worn by women as well because of its versatile design.
Unlike traditional water shoes that feature neoprene uppers, the Astral Hiyak is made with hydrophobic canvas. It’s available in black color with red detailing for an appealing look. There are little reflective enhancements on the front and back which are really helpful when navigating the trail in the dark.
The upper also features a 3mm-quilted spacer mesh lining which serves as the shoe insulation. It works by trapping air between the foot and the waterproof shell. And like all Astral shoes, the Hiyak has an engineered drainage system to help the water come while minimizing the entry of stilt.
The upper has three lace holes and additional eyelets for reinforcement. On top of the lacing system is a Velcro strap in case the laces loosen when hit by the sea waves or crossing streams.