Who should buy the Astral Hiyak

The Astral Hiyak lower-volume bootie is perfect for paddling and kayaking. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking boot that maximizes surface areas to create friction on slick surfaces.
  • Prefer a hiking boot that ensures that the shoes dry quickly after getting soaked.

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Astral Hiyak notable features

  • These water shoes have an upper made of hydrophobic canvas with a 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.

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Size and fit

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.

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Prevents slipping on wet and slippery surfaces

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. 

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Excellent grip on loose dirt and edging performance

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.

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Comfortable, supportive, and lightweight cushioning

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.

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Versatile design

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.

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Reflective enhancements

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.

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Excellent insulation and water-resistant

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.

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Secure fit

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.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 9.6oz
Use: Water hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lightweight / Insulated, Lace-to-toe / Orthotic friendly / Zero drop / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Water repellent
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Astral

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.