Asolo Alpinist GV
Buying boots is a personal affair, so let your feet…
Materials: Leather and Synthetic uppers with a gore tex liner
Use: heavy pack, off trail, climbing
Break-in Period: very short
Buying boots is a personal affair, so let your feet decide. My feet love these boots. I use them for guiding backpacking trips into remote parts of Alaska, and they support my feet on rocks and lumpy vegetation happily. They are a stiff boot, but they have enough flex and rocker to make walking comfortable for the long haul. I've used them pretty hard for 2 seasons, and they are holding up OK.
My only qualm with Asolo is that some of the stitching appears to be designed to wear out so that you'll have to buy a new pair eventually (planned obsolescence). On these boots, instead of continuing the rubber rand all the way around the foot, there is a patch of stitching that goes right down to the sole. I covered mine in seamsealer as soon as I bought them, and that has helped, but I think those vulnerable stitches will be a problem in the long run.
They get a 4.5 because my feet smile whenever I put them on.
Here's what other sites are saying:
CLOSEOUTS . Asolo Alpinist GV Gore-Tex(R) mountaineering boots provide the superior traction, support and weather protection climbers need to tackle the most rugged terrain on the planet. Time-tested waterproof breathable Gore-Tex(R) membrane Extremely rugged suede, leather and synthetic upper Speed lacing hooks for fast fit adjustments Abrasion-resistant toe and side rands Heel bail is compatible with many step-in crampons Vibram(R) extreme traction rubber outsole Height: 6" Weight: 4 lb. 5 oz. pr. Medium width Made in Romania. Visit our Shoe Sizing Guide Available Colors: BLACK/SILVER, WALNUT/BRONZE. Sizes: 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 13, 14, 5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 12.5, 13.5.
- Sierra Trading Post refers to the men's version