When Astral first launched their line of watershoes a few years back the sole was constructed from Five Ten Stealth rubber. However Five Ten were bought out by Adidas and the availability of the Stealth rubber sole for third parties dried up.
Knowing that they were onto something really special with their line up of shoes Astral went out and made a compound that was far better in terms of both grip and wear than the Stealth rubber they had previously used.
Werner has led the paddlesports industry with legendary paddles for 50 years. They’ve repeatedly set a high bar and now raise that bar again with a race inspired whitewater paddle called the Odachi.
Recreational whitewater paddles have put comfort and easy of use among the top of their priority lists and that’s why we see Werner’s “Neutral Bent Shaft” align the shaft, hands and paddle blade in a nice neat line. They also extensively use pronounced dihedrals to make the paddle feel smooth and stable in the water. These features are key ingredients of what makes Werners easy and predictable to use.
Sam Ellis has created this superb edit of him out in Alaska earlier this year. Sam is truly an outstanding paddler and easily ranks up there with the best paddlers the world has to offer.
What makes him really outstanding is that he is a really nice guy. Keep charging Sam.
With solid snow melt throughout Colorado in the summer of 2015, Shane Groves, Andy Hobson, and Matt Anger take on the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Not wanting to camp and haul heavy boats through the long portages, they did it in one day with with plenty of water.