Who should buy Astral TR1 Junction

This low-top footwear is a mid-range hiking shoe for users who prefer their foot in natural position during their adventures. Highly recommended if:

  • The wearer will cross some wet trails
  • You require lightweight footwear.
  • The user wants a good level of breathability from the shoe

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Astral TR1 Junction's multi-terrain grip

This day hiking shoe has 5 mm deep lugs and renders grip on virtually all types of terrain while being resistant to abrasions. Part of it is made of a softer rubber which makes it tackier in the areas where it's most needed.

With the help of this design, the wearers were able to get a high level of traction on various surfaces:

  • "surefooted across a rocky creek bed"

Astral TR1 Junction lugs

On the flip side, keep in mind that if you plan to wear the shoe a lot in the city (on pavements and concrete), the rubber will wear out faster. Also, according to the brand, the shoe is only rated for 500 miles.

Impact-absorbing EVA midsole

The EVA midsole of the TR1 Junction attenuates shock from impacts. It is also designed with only 1 mm drop from heel to toe to mimic the position of the foot when not wearing a shoe. The Top Shank and EVA heel cup enhance support. Hence, fatigue is reduced after miles of walking.

Astral TR1 Junction midsole

Anti-bacterial insole

A removable insole treated with Polygiene helps keep the freshness of the in-shoe environment. It prevents the growth of odor-causing bacteria at the source.

Astral TR1 Junction insole

Airy and quick-drying upper of the TR1 Junction

The Astral TR1 Junction has an upper made of a breathable, hydrophobic canvas. It is reinforced with TPU overlays at the toe and heel which also protects against rock-strewn trails.

Astral TR1 Junction upper

Additionally, it is designed with water drainage holes at the toe. According to the wearers, the shoe drains water very effectively and dries fairly quickly. "A dream for paddling trips," says one of the reviewers.

Astral TR1 Junction drainage

Out-of-the-box comfort

Based on the general users' feedback, this Astral shoe needs no break-in at all. It feels comfortable and can be taken out on a walk straight from the box.

Astral TR1 Junction is light and flexible

The shoe's flexibility aspect was another extensively praised characteristic. Especially for those who use it for water sports like kayaking, rafting, and paddle boarding. The shoe bends along with the foot, allowing you to kneel down and change position seamlessly.

This Astral shoe is also mind-blowingly lightweight. As one of the testers pointed out, she doesn't understand how it can be so light and at the same time so supportive and cushioned.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 10.9oz / Women 9.5oz
Use: Water hiking, Light Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Zero drop / Removable insole / Antimicrobial, Non-marking
Waterproofing: Water repellent
Width: Normal

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Author
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.