2014 Asheville MUni Round-Up: September 12 – 14, 2014

The 8th annual Asheville, NC mountain unicycle gathering

New MUni shoes to fill?

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I’m not very particular about the shoes I wear on trail, but I’m wondering if the Brewer (made for river/water sports) from Astral will be a good match for the mountain unicycle. I’ve slipped on a pair and really liked them. They are super light and have Five Ten rubber soles. They’re designed to drain and dry relatively quickly. Hopefully I’ll get my hands on a pair soon and give them a try.

These shoes are designed by Asheville based company Astral.  They’ve been tops in the whitewater paddling PFD market and have just slipped into the shoe market. See their press release below:

Astral Announces Entry into Footwear Market with the Brewer

For 10 years, Astral has pushed the design of technical whitewater PFDs to new standards. Today, Astral announces their debut into the outdoor footwear market with a single model named “the Brewer”.

From its creative and engineering enclaves in Asheville, Saigon, and Bali; Astral collaborated with former Salomon line manager Reglan Brewer to create a shoe that uses minimalist upper construction, zero- drop injected midsole, and Five Ten’s famous STEALTH® rubber for unmatched traction on rocks.

According to owner Philip Curry, Astral’s intention with footwear is to “offer the market an authentic and unique footwear solution to life around water and rocks. As lifetime kayakers, we have always wanted to develop shoes that work exceptionally well in extreme places, while also being great for work and just walking around”.

The Brewer starts shipping to Astral’s key specialty outdoor shops on July 26th. Astral is also showing 3 additional models at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City from August 2-5th.


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