A sturdy boot featuring Asolo’s Active Heel Support, which cradles the heel and offers great shock absorption. The toe box is a little on the narrow side, but an excellent lacing system should allow a comfortable fit for all but the widest feet. The well-placed locking eyelet also helps by keeping the tension where you want it, and the high, supportive ankle cuff will prevent sore ankles. The tongue is sealed almost to the top, so these will keep your feet dry on very wet ground. They’ve got a fairly stiff midsole and reassuringly supportive uppers, making them a great choice for mountainous terrain. Out in the hills they perform impeccably, with a rugged sole that grips well, especially on rocky surfaces, and a chunky toe bumper to protect them from knocks and scrapes. The Gore-Tex uppers are waterproof and breathe well, and there isn’t too much padding, so feet stay cool and comfortable.
Upper: Water-resistant suede 1.6-1.8mm + high -tenacity nylon
Sole: Asolo Matrix
Men’s version: Yes – Flame GTX
Contact: 01539 740840; www.asolo.com
*Published in Country Walking magazine, April 2012