Excellent boot all-around. Excellent traction in all…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $170
Excellent boot all-around. Excellent traction in all terrain, completely waterproof. Comfortable and cool. Very good impact resistance, very well-made boot for backpacking, hiking and at-home wear.
- Abrasion resistance
- Hiking comfort
- Rugged boot
- Tongue moves to the side a little
- Not the most attractive color scheme
This is a serious boot suitable for all outdoor enthusiasts. The fit is excellent, both with the original insole and with after-market insoles. The narrow heel provides a stable platform for foot and ankle support, and prevents unpredictable movement and loss of stability of the foot.
The lacing system is adequate for custom fit around the ankle and arch of the foot. The speed laces are small and sometimes can be difficult to use in extreme cold, but they're stainless steel, not plastic! No worries about shattering in the cold there.
I wore this boot for two weeks around the house to break it in, then went on several hikes. I wore low-cut, ankle high socks to keep cool, and there was no chafing. With a really heavy backpack on (55lbs), it proved to be an excellent performer, rarely losing stability except in the bottomless, runny mud. It breathes very well, as the sweat was only on the surface of the sole and Gore-Tex lining.
The ankle and foot support it provided was really comfortable, and there were no pressure points unless I tightened the laces to the point where my feet tingled. The ankle support is one of the strong points. The leather works well with the liner and laces in a dependable all-around system of ankle support without the resistance or abrasion on the foot and ankle you get on most other boots.
I wore these boots wearing low cut socks and shorts in a torrential rain that lasted three hours and 9 miles with my day pack on (30lbs). The boots filled with water due to the fact that we were completely unprepared for weather and dressed very light, but that's the case with any boot. Again, no discomfort! Took a day in the sun to dry, then went right back to hiking with my day pack again and no issues were noted from the water the day before.
I had these on in creeks, and I stood in them for a while up past the ankles to cool off with no leaks. The rubber outsole is a great feature in that it provides a significant amount of abrasion resistance from rocks and sticks. The sole is appropriate for the foot, a narrow-lug with lots of traction. I've had other boots with wide-lug soles, and they feel clumsy next to this boot.
I've had these now for 8 months, returned my Vasques and kept my Asolos, that's how confident I am of these boots! The construction is excellent, and no doubt they will serve me for a long, long time.
They feel like mountaineering boots with the flexibility of day-hikers, very supportive yet well ventilated in the summer. On the flip side, they're very warm in the winter, and the traction can't be beat in all seasons. All in all, a well-built boot that can handle whatever is thrown at it, its stable and predictable, comfortable. After all this time, they still maintain their original shape.
If you're looking for a boot that can do just about anything, go anywhere and still maintain the traction, weather ability, and support, look no further. In my humble opinion, these are the go-to boots that I'd love to have with me when the world turns to mush and I have to bug out!
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Asolo's Khumbu GV is a boot that is ready for trekking in the mountains. It offers excellent support and stability, and features Gore-Tex protection and durable leather construction.
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
The Asolo Khumbu GV Backpacking Boot offers trail-proven Gore-Tex waterproof Performance Comfort and a durable suede upper ideal for long backpacking trips when you're carrying medium to heavy loads and support and comfort is a must.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
On Sale. Free Shipping. Asolo Men's Khumbu GV Boot FEATURES of the Asolo Men's Khumbu GV Boot Upper: Water-resistant suede mm 1,6-1,8 Lining: Gore-Tex Perfomance comfort footwear Lasting Board: Asoflex 00 MR Anatomic Footbed: Lite 2 Sole: Asolo/Vibram Ascent + dual density micro porous midsole + PU Anti-Shock insert Fit: MM-ML Weight: 1/2 pair: 730 grams
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version
The Asolo Khumbu GV backpacking boot was inspired by the evolution of alpine climbing boot design. Asolo modernizes the heavy-duty backpacking boot; at once burlier and more supportive, the Khumbu also allows for more efficient motion and is lighter in weight than Asolo's classic Powermatic or TPS 520 boots. Water-resistant suede mm 1,6-1,8 for abrasion resistance, combined with a climbing boot inspired sticky rubber rand Flex zones in ankle area improves mobility GORE-TEX(R) Performance Comfort lining offers optimal heat retention to keep you dry & comfortable during a wide range of conditions and outdoor activities Asolo/Vibram Ascent sole Dual density microporous midsole + PU Anti-Shock insert. The dual-density microporous midsole creates a new standard for shock absorption and comfort High-density polyurethane element positioned in the heel's area
- OMCgear refers to the men's version
Ready for trekking in the mountains, the Asolo Khumbu GV hiking boots offer excellent support and stability, and feature Gore-Tex(R) protection and durable leather construction. Water-resistant suede leather uppers deliver excellent longevity and all-around performance; tall collars with multiple lace hooks ensure plenty of support. Gusseted scree tongues and padded ankle cuffs add protective comfort at ankles; rubber toe bumpers protect against impact and abrasion. Gore-Tex(R) waterproof, breathable membranes let feet breathe while protecting them from the elements, keeping them dry and comfortable. Wicking nylon linings quickly pull excess moisture away from feet for enhanced comfort. Dual-density EVA midsoles feature high-density polyurethane heel inserts to deliver excellent shock absorption and all-day comfort. Thermoplastic urethane lasting boards provide torsional stability and a stiff platform. Vibram(R) rubber outsoles on the Asolo Khumbu GV hiking boots feature a tread pattern optimized for grip on descents and good forefoot protection and grip.
- REI refers to the men's version