Asolo Mantra (2012)

The lightest shoes on test, with a fantastic design in a variety of eye-catching colours. They’re very comfortable to wear, with a secure last and an easy-to-use lacing system that secures the fit right down to the toes. There isn’t much padding in the upper, which helps keep them light and breathable. A medium amount of stiffness in the midsole means they fare well on all but the most rugged terrain. The Vibram/Asolo sole provides shock absorption and grips well, especially on rock – the slick heel and toe means that these won’t grip well on soft ground, but they’re an excellent bet if you stick to rocky terrain. There’s a Gore-Tex lining and bellows tongue to keep your feet dry.

Sizes: 3½–9½
Upper: Suede/Gore-Tex lining
Sole: Asolo/Vibram Tenere
Weight: 660g
Men’s version: Yes
Contact: 01539 740840; www.asolo.com

 

Review from Country Walking magazine, June 2012