User Review: Asolo Men's Expert GV
Price Paid: $280
I have owned my Asolo GVs for several years. I would buy them again if given the opportunity.
My use includes regularly hauling packs weighing in excess of 60 pounds, on and off trail, three season mountaineering applications, limited technical and snow travel.
These boots meets most of my expectations; they are light for their duty rating, suitable for heavy hauling on or off trail. The sole is stiff and protects your soles well, due to a shank, so a rocker sole is incorporated into the design. Good support through the ankle section too. The boot heel and toe have a rubber scuff bumper that protects the uppers from rock cuts while negotiating rough terrain.
They are well crafted and comfortable, like most of the Asolo product line. While not comfy as slippers, they are easy enough on the dogs that I use them as in-camp lounge wear, in lieu of hauling camp foot wear.
I am not a fan of Gore-Tex or other “waterproof” membranes in footwear - foot sweat is as much an issue as water for me. In any case the Gore-Tex doesn’t detract from my satisfaction.
I have two bonafide complaints:
1, The boot welt does not accommodate step-in crampon bindings, albeit it works fine with strap-on crampon binding systems;
2, The top lace grommet exerts some pressure on my calf, but biasing the tongue to that side eliminates the discomfort.
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