Who should buy the Astral Rassler 2.0

The Astral Rassler 2.0 definitely has the qualities you’re looking for from water footwear. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking boot that provides more support during long walks in rugged terrain. 
  • Prefer a hiking boot that offers protection against sharp objects and accidental impact.

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Updates to Astral Rassler 2.0

  • The new Astral Rassler has an improved outsole for increased grip and durability. It retains its sleek profile and lightness that Astral users have loved about this shoe for the longest time.
  • The enhanced padded ankle and internal heel counters provide more support during long walks in rugged terrain while the TPU reinforcement around the toes offers protection against sharp objects and accidental impact.
  • This shoe is designed with the Balanced Geometry technology which places the heel and ball on the same level, resulting in increased balance and agility.

Astral Rassler 2.0 updates

Size and fit

The Astral Rassler 2.0 is a mid-top boot with the insole essential level to provide medium arch support. It also has a wide forefoot to allow the toes to spread, move and relax, and not feel restricted at all. This lightweight bootie features traditional lace-up closure with additional eyelets on top for a more secure fit.

Astral Rassler 2.0 size

Excellent traction and durability

The Astral Rassler 2.0 has a redesigned outsole to increase traction and durability. It’s made with G.ss rubber - a propriety rubber compound that is very sticky, making it ideal for very slick surfaces and slippery rocks. The G.ss outsole also has a high level of abrasion resistance and impact reduction properties.

Astral Rassler 2.0 outsole

Excellent grip on wet and slippery surfaces

The latest Rassler boot goes through razor-siping which involves cutting thin lines into the sole so it provides better traction for water activities such as kayaking. Furthermore, the outsole has high-surface areas for increased grip on wet and slippery surfaces.

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Lastly, the Rassler 2.0 hiking boots have non-marking soles, which means you can take them for a quick trip to the gym or some errand downtown.


While they don’t have removable insoles, the Astral Rassler 2.0 has a thick midsole made of EVA. One of the top qualities of this material is its lightness. Having a lightweight shoe is really advantageous if you’re running or taking long walks. EVA is also very flexible, which is very important for water shoes.

Astral Rassler 2.0 midsole

Excellent arch support

The Astral Rassler 2.0 midsole is essentially level, having just a one-millimeter drop from heel to toe. Such a feature is designed to provide medium arch support.

Astral Rassler 2.0 arch support


This hiking boot features an upper made of a quick-dry canvas with an Airmesh tongue to facilitate quick drying after venturing in water sports. Additionally, it comes with engineered drainage holes so your feet don’t get soaked after submerging into water.

Astral Rassler 2.0 upper

Excellent ankle cushioning and support

The upper has TPU reinforcement around the heel and toe areas for extended support and durability. There is also padding around the ankle for cushioning and support. Meanwhile, the internal heel counter and rigid toe counter for protection.

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Facts / Specs

Weight: 8.3oz
Use: Water hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe, Vegan / 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.