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July 18, 2018 Comments (0) Uncategorized

Sponsor Highlight – Astral Designs

We are happy to announce Astral as one of the sponsors of our Safety Team for the Toby Creek race this year.  As industry leaders in PFD and footwear design and manufacturing we feel this partnership is a great fit.  Now with footwear and PFD distribution in Canada, Astral’s products are only going to become more readily available in our neck of the woods.  Attach their commitment to environmental stewardship in their business practices and you have an organization that we can all really get behind!
We asked Bryan Owen, a long term Astral employee to give us some insights into the business, their partnership with the Toby Creek race and more.  Check it out below!
What do you do?  What makes your company tick?
Founded in 2002, our first products were life jackets that were known to promote calm confidence in the most extreme whitewater.

In 2012, we started making footwear because sandals are awkward, neoprene booties are toxic, and there was no river shoe with adequate grip, let alone good looks. Our approach to footwear proved successful and now people everywhere love our light, high performance kicks that have crazy grip and can play in water.
Our reason for being is to make gear that elevates human’s experience in Nature, consciously made to preserve pristine soil and clean water. To maintain this focus, we remain independently owned and operated.

We are committed to sustainable business and products that last. We make our products in the best factories and we live near them. In the most simple terms, we are athletes, artists and craftspeople. With your support we will continue to build the cleanest, most beautiful and highest performing products you can buy…. And we promise to always put Nature First
 
How long have you been in business?
Since 2002.
What is your ‘signature’ product, what helped you become the business you are today?
Our signature shoe is the Brewer 2.0. With its super-sticky G® Rubber outsole, Balanced Geometry™ midsole, and Water-Ready uppers this evolution of our original shoe elevates the common sneaker to an entirely new level of performance and versatility.
 
Our signature PFD is the Greenjacket. Time tested by the world’s best expedition kayakers, this jacket is the top choice for river guides and expedition paddlers alike. 
 
What are you providing to support the event?
We are providing 5 pairs of Astral shoes to the safety crew bcause we know that for a safety boater, good shoes are just as much an important piece of rescue gear as a PFD or throw rope.
 
We know businesses are inundated with sponsorship requests, why are you involved with the Toby Creek Festival?
We realize the Toby Creek race is a core event for the Canadian whitewater community, and we love Aquabatics and its customers.

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