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Astral Men's Brewer Watershoe

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$99.95

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The Astral Men's Brewer is a kayaking shoe for all walks of life. It's both a watershoe and a casual shoe. Hop out of your boat and stroll to the pub in style.
  • This is a watershoe that looks as good as it performs.
  • It is so lightweight - less than 8 ounces (214 grams)! This minimalist construction also reduces use of toxic adhesives.
  • The upper is made with Cordura® and Airmesh for durable, breathable performance.
  • G.14™ rubber in the outsole gives you outstanding wet or dry traction.
  • The rockered toe helps the front of the shoe ride up over rocks and is naturally articulated for the kayaking position.
  • The shoe has plenty of drainage ports in sidewalls, sole and heel to rapidly get rid of water.
  • EVA foam in the Balanced Geometry midsole provides cushioning comfort and protection from sticks and stones.
  • The Brewer also has a step-down heel so you can wear it as a slip-on when you're not likely to get chundered.
  • Marking sole.

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Gender Sizing: Men
Material Upper: Cordura® and Airmesh
Sole: G.14™ rubber
Marking Sole: Yes
Insole: EVA foam
Closure System: Laces
Taped Seams: No
Features:
  • Drainage in sidewalls, sole and heel

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  • Astral Men's Brewer Watershoe

    Q:

    Has anyone tried these on a SUP? I need a comfortable shoe to fit over my dry suit booties that will double as a good paddling and walking shoe without throwing off the feel of the board too much
    Asked on 2/18/2014 by HJ

    2 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I haven't tried them on a SUP, however I've worn them in kayaks. They are a well-designed shoe and incredibly light weight. The soles are designed for traction on wet rocks or concrete, and they work great for that. But In my experience they don't do all that well on wet docks or other surfaces. Also, the soles marked my kayak, and the marks were tough to remove. You might want to check out the Astral Porter. I have a pair. They are non-marking and have a slip-free sole. They are also more comfortable (to me) than the Brewer.

      Answered on 2/18/2014 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I purchased these for my husband last Christmas. He had a full season of
      kayaking in them and was extremely satisfied with the feel & fit. The
      bottom is fairly grippy & he is able to get good traction walking on the
      river bed. The shoe is not bulky or too thick though which allows him to
      feel comfortable walking & feeling the terrain as well. Hope this helps !

      Answered on 2/18/2014 by Anonymous
  • Astral Men's Brewer Watershoe

    Q:

    I have size 13 feet. Will these shoes fit in my Dagger Nomad 8.5?
    Asked on 10/21/2012 by JJB from Portland,or

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      The Brewer is a pretty low profile shoe. If you can wear other shoes with a full sole in your boat it should work. If you can only cram your feet in there with something super low profile, like the Desperado Sock, it's probably a no-go.

      Answered on 10/24/2012 by Clyde from NRS
  • Astral Men's Brewer Watershoe

    Q:

    How well would the shoe endure or hold up to portaging; especially rocky portages as found in the BWCAW and Quetico?
    Asked on 10/2/2012 by Hrafn from Minnesota

    1 answer

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      They're very well made. Go to boatertalk.com; there's a forum thread there giving a report on performance.

      Answered on 10/8/2012 by Clyde from NRS
  • Astral Men's Brewer Watershoe

    Q:

    I was wondering how big the sizes are. If you compare to a Nike sneaker, of which i wear 12. Is he Astral sizes the same, smaller, bigger?
    Asked on 9/13/2012 by Marty

    2 answers

    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      This is a new shoe, so we haven't had much feedback. One of the fellows here who has a pair wears a size 12.5 Nike and says the 12 Brewer works for him.

      Answered on 9/24/2012 by Clyde from NRS
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      This is a new shoe, so we haven't had much feedback. One of the fellows here who has a pair wears a size 12.5 Nike and says the 12 Brewer works for him.

      Answered on 9/24/2012 by Clyde from NRS
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Astral Men's Brewer Watershoe
 
3.9

(based on 8 reviews)

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    (3)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good traction (7)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Comfortable (5)
  • Easy on and off (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Kayak / canoe / rafting (11)
    • Boating / sailing (7)
    • Wading (4)
    • Casual wear (3)
      • Sizing:
      • Feels too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        63% 

        (5 reviews)

        Feels too large

         
      • Width:
      • Feels too narrow

         

        Feels true to width

         

        86% 

        (6 reviews)

        Feels too wide

         
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (7)

    Reviewed by 8 customers

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    4.0

    tad smallish

    By my feet are wet

    from Atikokan, Ontario

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Good Traction
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Boating
      • Sailing

      Comments about Astral Men's Brewer Watershoe:

      I have some Astral Porter's as well. The two shoes are very similar but the Brewer's feel 1/2 size smaller than the Porter's.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels too small
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Liked at first, but wore blister

      By Tom

      from Phoenix, AZ

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Good Traction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Boating
        • Rafting

        Comments about Astral Men's Brewer Watershoe:

        After a couple days into a river trip, the left shoe wore a blister on the top of my foot, behind my big toe, and I had to start wearing socks. I like the shoes, and I will try them again next trip. Maybe I can smooth out the seam between the tongue and laces somehow.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Best water shoes yet

        By Nate

        from Athens, GA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Easy On and Off
        • Good Traction
        • Great Fit
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Boating
          • Casual Wear
          • Kayaking
          • Rafting
          • Wading

          Comments about Astral Men's Brewer Watershoe:

          I've owned a pair of Teva's before that were more of shoe than a sandal and they were ok as a "shoe". But these Astral Brewers are amazing. They perform really well as a both a water shoes and as shoes to wear out. They do seem to run a little small, as others have said, so I went with a half size larger than normal and that worked great. I imagine you want them to be a little snug for better water performance.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels too small
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Disappointed, but easily fixable

          By Tater

          from Glenwood Springs, CO

          About Me Professional

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Good Traction
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Difficult On and Off
          • Uncomfortable

          Best Uses

          • Boating
          • Kayaking
          • Rafting
          • Wading

          Comments about Astral Men's Brewer Watershoe:

          I am a guide using these every day for work, I actually really love most of the features of these shoes but there is one big problem with them. There is a seam right along the heel that really tears up my feet if I don't put tape on them. Really bummed since otherwise I love these shoes- I really hope that gets fixed for next years model. They are a little difficult to get on and off, but I'm okay with that since I don't want them falling off if I take a swim anyway.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          At 1st OK, Now Stoked!

          By Erik @ Whitewater

          from Glenwood Springs, CO

          About Me Professional

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Easy On and Off
          • Good Traction
          • Lightweight
          • Quick Drying

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Boating
            • Casual Wear
            • Kayaking

            Comments about Astral Men's Brewer Watershoe:

            So first, these cost less than my normal footwear and since they are supposed to be river specific I thought I'd give them a go. On arrival I was far from stoked. The rubber seemed stiff on the soles, the uppers were a coarse material that didn't not seem like it would work with bare feet, and I was concerned the large drain holes would let in too much silt.

            Turns out once you wear them in the river for a few days the uppers soften up, the rubber gets soft and sticky. So good!

            Now I wear them everyday. It's super cool to wear the same shoes to work, over the drysuit, and into the playboat.

            What's best: no cloth footbed, its just rubber. This way there is not stink! Wicked light weight is awesome too. And they dry plenty fast, the uppers aren't cored with an absorbent material the way most shoes are.

            Finally, I'd been looking for a non-absorbent shoe to wear over drysuit booties for near 32f winter boating. Neoprene booties in this environment just hold really cold water to your feet and generally suck. These are going to be perfect!

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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