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Astro 54

 
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Riot

3600 1st street, suite 20
St-Hubert
QC J3Y 8Y5
Canada

Phone: +1 514 931-0366

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Cruise up to your favorite playspot and you'll realize what the Astro 54's subtle release edges and cleverly flared sidewalls are designed for.

.. straight-up sickness! Steve Fisher's exacting specs insured that the flat hull and step rocker profile of the Astor 54 were matched with just the right amount of volume. Big water buseater or low water Hurley, the Astro is designed to snap, crackle, pop.

Specifics:
High CFS weight range: 120-170 lbs / 54-77 kg.
Low CFS weight range: 170-210 lbs / 77-95 kg.
Spark Thighbrace.
Synergy Thighbrace compatible.
Dual fin receptable.
Two easy-to-install, dual rubberized fins.

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3 reviews

Overall rating 
 
4.4
Design 
 
4.3  (3)
Perfomance 
 
5.0  (3)
Quality 
 
4.0  (3)
Value / Money 
 
4.3  (3)
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(Updated: November 04, 2008)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Design 
 
4.0
Perfomance 
 
5.0
Quality 
 
4.0
Value / Money 
 
4.0

Riot Astro 54 review

About the reviewer

I've been an active WW paddler since 2004 and paddling mostly playboats in Finland and Sweden. Been paddling the Riot Astro now for two full seasons.

Test environment

Rivers and playspots in Scandinavia. The White Nile in Uganda.

Review

I'll try to keep this short and informative.

Pros:
+ Simple and no-nonsense design. Spin disc with fairly agressive edge and huge kick rocker. This boat wants to go big! The tail rocker is especially big - probably the biggest on any playboat. This does several things: The boat is slow, but bounces big. You need to lean forward to get it up to speed on a wave. Tricks are very easy to stick on green wave because the huge tail rocker means you won't catch a rear edge.

+ Balanced ends. Compared to other newer playboat designs the Astro has fairly slicy ends, which means for easier cartwheeling and the boat is balanced on end-to-end.

+ Riverrunning. This boat is surprisingly stable platform for riverrunning. The simple hull design and fair amount of rocker means the boat is predictable in moving water. Designer of the boat has a taste for big water and it feels in the design.

+ Hole play. Many thing the Astro as a big wave, big air machine and arguably it is that, but what in my opinnion sets it apart from many other design it's its slicy balanced ends for hole play. On top of that Astro goes very big for loops even without any supplementary flotation like overthruster or a beach ball in between of your legs. It's a bit harder to flatwater loop, but in a hole it goes as big as anything.

Cons:
• Outfitting. The Unity seat doesn't offer much in terms of support for the hull and an oil canned Astro is more than a familiar sight. Sure you can remove the seat and put some foam under the seat for extra support, but it doesn't remove the structural issues with the seat. And anyways it should be manufacturers responsibility to build a complete product. The seat has aluminum rails that are attached to the sidewalls of the hull. There is some sideways movement in the seat with this attachment which can be prevented to a degree by putting some foam block between the rail and the side wall. Still the little movement left will gradually weaken the aluminum rail and fail enough earlier this season the other rail was broken. The power seat might be an upgrade for the structural support for the hull, but I don't have any experience with that.

The seat itself is comfortable and the backrest is nice and supportive as well. The strap/ratchets system that tightens the back rest is very poor. There is only one ratchet in front on the seat and the strap run for way too long way all the way around the seat to make a precise adjustment for the backrest. The system also puts way too much pressure on the ratchet and it fails pretty fast.

All in all the outfitting is not very robust and it's breaking apart big time.

The plastic of the boat feels pretty much up to the same standard than other manufacturers, but the poor structural support for the hull makes is look worse than it actually is.

• Weight. Compared to other similar boat on the market the Astro is somewhat heavier. I don't have any exact figures, but by the feel of the hand it feels few kilograms heavier than similar boat from other brands.

Conclusion

The design of the Astro is one of the most successful in the pure butt-bouncer category, but the function and the integrity of the outfitting leaves more to be desired. If I would get the design of the Astro with a robust outfitting I would be a happy paddler.

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Location: Finland, Sweden, Norway and Uganda
Age: 29
Weight: 70 kgs
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(Updated: November 02, 2008)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Design 
 
5.0
Perfomance 
 
5.0
Quality 
 
5.0
Value / Money 
 
5.0

If you want go big, buy an Astro!

About the reviewer

Paddled an Astro for about 3 years.

Test environment

Many different spots.

Review

Astro is a very agressive playboat, but that isn´t a bad thing. You can do the biggest tricks when you sit in an Astro, but it's not as easy as in some other boats. The Astro is one of the most comfortable boats in the world. Only bad thing in the Astro is the very soft plastic.

Conclusion

The Astro is a comfortable playboat that you can do big tricks in!

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Location: Finland
Age: 20
Weight: 65 kgs
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(Updated: July 03, 2008)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Design 
 
4.0
Perfomance 
 
5.0
Quality 
 
3.0
Value / Money 
 
4.0

nice but ...

About the reviewer

I start paddling last year in a little hole near my home . I do start with a riot air witch everyone told me that was the worst boat for a begginner .I learn really rapidly and get skill rapidly due to my background in c2 canoe competition an rabaska .After a couple of week I just wanted to try a wave to change from these little hole so me and me friend wet to the lachine !! In summary i've paddle the lachine , habitat 67 , the ottawa river (horseshoe hole, garb, pushbutton waikiki) jacque cartier river (tewks,pont rouge) and the batiscan wave

Test environment

the batiscan wave and the rapide des hetres wave at high level of water and the jacque cartier river for river running

Review

at the end of the last summer 2007 I juste buy a new astro . the next day I juste went to the lachine ! in big joe it give a lot of bounce but my boat wasnt foam . but in early 2008 I just put it in a real test in downriver and playboat. I change the original seat for a power seat ! for the comfort I've see best not enough place for the feet and hard on the hankle (not that I have not try different way to foam it ) for the wave the boat is awesome it's bouce very well, to carve you need to be very aggressive to have a nice carve to place yourself on the wave .In a green wave this boat is very slow i'm juste for the limit weight for the 54 (maybe I'm not the one to refer for a green wave) and I can see it on a green wave the boat was not fast enough too stay on the wave even when trying to carve it I do flush . With a big wave with a foam pile this boat is a mess ! BIG AIR move possible easy to land. In a hole a didn't have the skill to test it .

Conclusion

nice boat easy to control give big air move in a wave
slow on a green wave
need to be aggresive to carve
well balance for river runner
high perfomance boat but very inconfortable with the power seat

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Location: québec river: rapid des hetres
Age: 22
Weight: 74.8 kgs
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