Brasher Aso GTX 2008

The Aso GTX is a relatively new 3-4 season boot from Brasher, the company that makes the most popular walking boot in the UK, the Hillmaster. The Aso was Brasher’s first winter boot and it fills an important niche in the market as it is relatively low in price. The upper is made from a mix of synthetic materials to save costs, but you still get double lines of stitching to maintain a reasonable level of durability. A solid rubber protective toe box is ideal for rocky ground, while the high ankle cuff provides further protection and support on uneven ground. Underfoot there is a very aggressive Vibram sole unit that’s ideal for tackling a mix of soft and rocky terrain. The boots are reasonably comfortable and allowed a fairly easy walking gait for a boot of this stiffness. But for more money you can get a one-piece leather upper, which by definition has less stitching to fray over time. The rolling action of the sole is perhaps not quite as good as the best in the market. There are lots of lighter options if you want to save weight and energy but not money.

Upper abrasion-resistant fabric, 2.2mm suede leather
Lining Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Vibram New Ice
Crampon compatibility B1
Sizes 7-12
Weight 2270g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 25
Verdict
The Aso GTX is a great-value winter walking boot (indeed, it was awarded ‘Best Value’ in this review) that is ideal for year-round mountain use in snow, ice, slush, mud and rubble if you are on a tight budget.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2008