The Asolo Sherpa GV has always been a relatively well-priced option compared to other 4-season boots. It’s built around a one-piece leather upper, for maximum durability and water resistance, but you also get a Gore-Tex waterproof lining to ensure dry feet in the wettest of conditions. In addition, there’s a rubber rand around the whole boot for maximum levels of durability. Underfoot there’s good Vibram sole unit with deep and widely spaced lugs for a decent grip in softer terrain. Comfort is enhanced by a double tongue so the boot feels great along the top of the foot. The Asolo Sherpa GV has a pointy toe, which improves performance when mountaineering as it allows a little more precision during foot placements on small holds (although some other boots were slightly better in this area). But when walking that pointy toe is more irritating, due to it feeling just a little wobbly when you push off, while the roll of the forefoot isn’t quite as smooth as others either. But let’s not forget this boot is a great price and weight, at 2126g (pair, size 11), and it’s more than capable of keeping a walker or mountaineer comfortable and safe in winter. However if you do pay more cash, the toe area of the boot will feel a little nicer when walking or climbing.
Upper materials 2.2-2.4mm Perwanger leather
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Asolo Vibram Ascent
Women’s sizes 4-9.5
Men’s sizes 6-13
Weight 2126g (pair, size 11)
The Asolo Sherpa GV is a very well-priced boot that’s more than capable of serving the needs of winter hillwalkers and mountaineers, but if you pay more you’ll get some tiny improvements in performance.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine January 2014