Asolo AFS 8000
Price Paid: $204 incl shipping... killer deal
I used Asolo 8000s to climb high on Aconcagua Mt. in 2011. They worked fine, good traction, fit me just about right, worked great with Sabretooth crampons. Most important, they kept my feet warm in -20° C.
Fit is paramount...some folks cannot receive the proper fit with these boots. Shop for a reputable brand that does.
I purchased them brand new in 2010.
Beware of renting plastic boots! I heard of one guy who rented Asolo 8000s in Mendosa, Argentina, and lost toes because the boots did not protect him from the cold. Plastic boots, because of the hardness, do not show much in the way of wear. What happens is that the insulation within the boot gradually gets compressed and loses its insulation properties! You might rent that same pair or a similar pair at a rental shop.
Overall, if they fit you, and you require a plastic boot they'll do the job for you, though I always bring my trusty Hotronics boot heaters just in case.
2 veces por el Aconcagua, quien los conoce Utiliza la diferencia ....
comodos, seguros te hacen caminar pensando en el paisaje y no en los pies ...
Use: week long +/expedition/winter
Break-in Period: they are plastic, they break you in.
Price Paid: $285
This a great pair of boots if the fit is right. Spent a week on Mt. Washington in February. All day in the boots with a liner and Smartwool Mtn socks. No cold feet. No hot spots. The liner was supple, molded to foot and kept me warm. Temps were in the single digits and as usual windy. If they fit I would highly recommend them.
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Free Shipping. Asolo Men's AFS 8000 Boot DECENT FEATURES of the Asolo Men's AFS 8000 Boot Shell: Pebax Inner Boot: Velveteen + Thinsulate Asoframe: Pebax Anotomic Footbed: AFS Sole: Vibram nilgiri dual-color Fit: MM Weight: 1/2 pair: 1.200 grams
Asolo AFS 8000FeaturesSHELL: PebaxINNER BOOT: Velveteen + ThinsulateASOFRAME: PebaxANATOMIC FOOTBED: AFSSOLE: Vibram nilgiri dual-colorFIT: MMWEIGHT: Gr 1.200 (1/2 pair size 8 UK)TechnologiesAsoFrame TechnologyVibramThinsulate Insulation 3M
- River Sports Outfitters
Professional alpinists demand the serious protection and performance these mountaineering boots deliver. Perfect for cold mountain assaults worldwide. Rigid and durable Pebax plastic shells are completely waterproof and maintain flexibility in extreme cold. Utilizes Asoframe technology which combines the midsole, heel counter and toebox into a lightweight, solid and flexible frame for superb protection. Rustproof, riveted hardware assures reliable lacing security; full rubber randing enhances edging ability and abrasion resistance. Removable 7-layer inner boots with adjustable tongue and textured outsoles provide padded protection and ample warmth on the mountain and at basecamp. Thinsulate™ insulation and Velveteen linings offer soft, wicking comfort and maximum heat retention for warmth when temperatures hit below zero. Removable AFS anatomical footbeds offer additional padding and support. Polyurethane midsoles provide shock absorption, cushioning and durable support for long approaches and vertical climbs. Vibram® Nilgiri crampon-compatible outsoles feature dual-density rubber for incredible grip on a variety of surfaces. Self-cleaning lug design with Asobrake for enhanced traction on descents; suitable for most step-in crampon styles.
Asolo's AFS 8000 boots are engineered and built for professionals who attack high-level peaks like the Aconcagua, where temperatures can drop well below zero. Asoframe construction ensures stability, with unibody construction to produce solid feel, lightness and perfect fit. Pebax
- Sierra Trading Post