Verdict from 6 experts and 69 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • These were impressive lightweight hikers, as testified by many users.
  • Several wearers mentioned that it handles wet terrain well.
  • It dries quickly, based on a handful of consumer reviews.
  • Most owners admired the versatility of the Astral TR1 Mesh.
  • The right-out-of-the-box comfort was commended by some users.
  • An abundance of hikers applauded the excellent grip of the TR1 Mesh.
  • Its drainage system received compliments from a good deal of wearers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A very low number of owners said that their foot stinked in this shoe.
  • A user was displeased when the material on the toe area of the Astral TR1 Mesh peeled off after a few months.

Bottom line

Astral’s TR1 Mesh is getting the attention of the outdoor-loving community with its versatility, water readiness and lightness. It also received positive feedback on comfort and grip. To conclude, the Astral TR1 Mesh is a pair of hiking shoes that are less likely to disappoint, but more likely to please.

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Good to know

  • The Astral TR1 Mesh is made ready for diverse trails—from desert terrain to water adventures. Its ripstop 2D mesh upper reinforced with TPU toe and heel cap creates a breathable, durable and fast-drying footgear.
  • The G.15 compound allows the shoe to tackle various trails. Its soft yet sturdy composition adapts to ground surfaces and secure traction.
  • Thanks to the EVA midsole with Top Shank, an EVA heel cup and a removable insole with Polygiene treatment, a comfortable and cushioned ride is granted to the user. These features also give support.

The Astral TR1 Mesh desert hiking shoe fits true to size. It is offered in men and women’s regular sizing and standard width. The instep and heel area is tapered for a more secure footing. The forefoot is roomy enough for natural splaying of toes, enhancing stability. Its lace-up closure allows a personalized fit.

To give the TR1 Mesh a grippy sole, Astral designers equipped it with the brand’s patented rubber compound, the G.15. This high-friction rubber is abrasion resistant and employs 5 mm deep lugs to bite on most terrain. It is made softer to increase ground sensitivity.

A cushioned EVA midsole with Top Shank helps reduce fatigue. It is designed with only a 1 mm drop from heel to ball to promote balance and natural biomechanics of the foot.

The midsole works with an EVA heel cup and a removable insole treated with Polygiene. This treatment renders an odor-free environment as it prevents the growth of odor-causing bacteria.

The upper of this low-cut hiking shoe uses a ripstop 2D mesh. This material enables quick-drying of the TR1 Mesh after getting soaked in water. Likewise, it maximizes ventilation. A TPU toe and heel cap are added to protect the foot while a heel tab assists in on and off. Drainage is placed at the toes to facilitate water removal while preventing entry of silts.

  • The Foot to Ground distance is 20 mm at the ball and 21 mm at the heel.

How TR1 Mesh compares

This shoe: 92
All shoes average: 80
58 93
This shoe: $125
All shoes average: $130
$45 $240
This shoe: 10.6oz
All shoes average: 13.9oz
6.5oz 23.3oz
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.