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Asolo Trekker GV Widefit

Asolo Trekker GV Widefit

Price:

$529

Our Rating:

A fairly traditionally styled boot, the Trekker comes in an attractive light olive green colour and boasts some features that give the boot a lot of comfort and breadth of use. A no-nonsense Gore-Tex lined single piece of leather in the upper and a continuous rubber rand will ensure long life. The leather is soft enough for the boots to be comfortable out of the box, but stiff enough for excellent foot support and to resist sharp rocks. I found the tongue very comfortable and there is good use of much softer leather at the ankle hinge – giving good forward flex, while keeping the ankle supported.

I have medium-wide feet and found the width of these boots bang on. They also have quite a roomy toe box – no bruised toes in these. The sole is the best (and stiffest) of the boots reviewed here. It’s got an aggressive heel and deep, angular tread giving firm traction on snow and great grip on slippery sections of track. There is dual-density foam in the heel, which works well to take some of the impact out of heel strike. Points come off for the thin webbing lace-loop at the ankle – they’ll likely be the first point of failure on this boot. While the lacing system works well to anchor the heel, webbing does not resist wear well.

I liked the ‘climbing zone’ area of unbroken rubber on the toe of the sole. Combined with a grippy rand and a slightly pointy toe, this makes the makes the Trekker GV excel in mountainous terrain where scrambling is required.

This is a boot most at home in rugged tramping and transalpine country – crampon compatible and with great foot support for rough ground when you’re wearing a heavy pack, but it’s light enough (1500g) to be the only boot you need to own – easily comfortable enough for day tramps and mellower country.