Asolo Sherpa GV 2012

The Asolo Sherpa GV is an exceptionally well-priced boot, because not only does it cost a full £40 less than the best boot we tested, but it also has a much better set of features than other boots in its price range. So you get a one-piece leather upper for maximum durability and water resistance. But just to make sure there is also a full rubber rand and a Gore-Tex waterproof lining – and at this price that is a great package. There is a double tongue too, so again comfort is better than it might be. The fit is good and as the toe tapers it lends itself to precise foot placements when climbing. But walking in this boot is not quite so agreeable as some others, due to that pointy toe, as it feels just a little wobbly when you push off and the roll of the forefoot is not as smooth as some either. These are tiny niggles rather than deal-breakers, though. The outsole is a good Vibram unit with deep and widely spaced lugs for a good grip in softer terrain. I really liked the Asolo Sherpa GV except for that toe and forefoot design, but at this price I suspect many winter adventurers (including women) will find it perfectly tolerable.

Upper materials Perwanger leather
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Asolo Vibram Ascent
Women’s sizes 4-9.5
Men’s sizes 6-13
Weight 2180g (pair, size 11)
Website www.asolo.com

 

The Asolo Sherpa GV is almost the best boot in this test for walkers, but the toe and forefoot design is slightly better suited to climbing rather than walking, while the price is excellent for all. It won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ accolade.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine January 2012