Astral and river conservation/support
When it comes to buying new gear I've been trying to support U.S based companies and ones that support some kind of river conservation like being an American whitewater partner. Most of the major Whitewater companies that are in the U.S support AW as being partners.
I was looking to get a new PFD and Astral seems to be a really great choice. Everyone in the world seems to be wearing them. What struck me was that over the past several issues of AW journals that I have recieved I don't see that Astral is a partner. Am I wrong on this? Can anyone provide me with some examples of how Astral is giving back to the river community in regards to the type of work that AW does. From my reseach I see that they seem to be a really good group of people but I really want to buy my gear from someone who donates to AW or a similar organization.