The Asolo imperial GV is an outstanding price for what you are getting. Firstly this is an upper made from virtually one piece of leather than is at least 2.5mm thick, and this makes it water-resistant, wear-resistant and supportive. There is a Gore-Tex waterproof lining for really wet Scottish bogs. The lacing extends close to the toe for a more precise fit, and there’s some articulation in the ankle to improve comfort. The sole unit is a new Asolo/Vibram unit with an extremely deep heel breast and a good set of well-spaced lugs for grip and long-term wear. There is plenty of stiffness too which all adds up to making this a superb general hill-walking boot at an equally attractive price. But yhere are boots with rubber rands on the outside if you are a really hard user. Of course there are lighter and lower-priced options than the Asolo imperial GV too, while some boots may just fit you better than this. But for many walkers, this is going to be hard to beat.
Upper 2.5-2.7mm full-grain leather; Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Asolo/Vibram Radiant
Sizes 6-13½ (men’s); 3½-9½ (women’s)
Weight 1360g (pair, size 8)
Made in Romania
Stores in the UK 50
The Asolo imperial GV is an excellent new valley, hill and mountain walking boot that offers most of what most walkers need at a respectable price.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2011