Asolo Flame GTX

Excellent for high mountain use with a high and stiff ankle cuff that offers plenty of support and hefty protection at the toe and heel. The midsole is great for uneven, hard ground but perhaps a little too stiff for easier going, and the outsole provided good traction on most surfaces. The lacing is excellent, so easy to get just the right tension around the foot and ankle. Did an excellent job of keeping water out, even on particularly wet mid-Wales ground, but felt a little warmer than most. Their biggest weakness is the weight, which is fine high up the mountain but perhaps a little too much for easier going.

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Sizes: UK 6-13; EU 39-48 Upper: Suede/nylon Sole: Asolo Matrix Waterproof/breathable lining: Gore-Tex Weight/pair: 1,460g Contact: 01539 740840; www.lowealpine.com