Asolo Hike three-season boots


Three-season range includes the Symbio GV and Fission GV boots

Asolo’s Hike range includes three-season walking boots with “Radiant” outsoles for men and women. The men’s walking boot is the Symbio GV (there is a lighter Revert GV, too) and the women’s is the Fission GV.

Both the men and women’s boots boast a water-resistant suede upper and Gore-Tex lining, which means they will keep out the rain, protect against wet and muddy terrain and let your feet breathe.

The boots are fitted with an Asolo Vibram “Radiant” outsole, which is designed to give good grip on mountain hikes and also support the foot by controlling plantar flex and dorsiflexion.

Symbio GV

Asolo men’s Symbio GV hiking boots

In addition, you’ll find aggressive heel cleats and an Aso-brake system so there is less slip on steep descents.
A good level of additional protection and a toe cap means the boots should stand the test of time and mountain walking.

The men’s Symbio GV boots are sold in UK sizes 6 to 13.5 and the size 8 weighs 625g. The women’s Fission boots are in UK sizes 3.5 to 9.5 and the size 5 boot weighs 530g.

On test: Asolo Fission GV hiking boots

Three-season boots are meant for adventurous summer walking and less adventurous winter walking. That is, if you are planning to hike at higher altitude and in rough and wet conditions in the summer, three-season boots are well suited to the task

If you are walking in winter but avoiding the most severe icy, rocky and snowy conditions, three-season boots, rather than four-season boots, will also be a good choice.

Most three-season boots will accommodate B3 flexible walking-style crampons (rather than climbing crampons) and they are usually lighter than four-season boots. The Asolo Fission boots are lightweight three-season boots and suitable for walking crampons. In only the mildest conditions or easiest walking would I wear anything less than three-season boots.

The fit of the women’s Fission boots is for the average female foot. The heel is fairly narrow and the forefoot is a medium width. I have very slim feet so I found there was a bit of space at the sides of my forefoot.

I could add an extra footbed to remove some of the forefoot volume, too, but for most women these boots would be a great fit.

Comfort levels are high. Many three-season boots feel stiff and heavy but the Asolo boots are immediately comfortable and feel easy to walk in.

fission croc

Asolo women’s Fission GV hiking boots

I also find that new boots of this spec can be too stiff around the ankle but while the boots can be tied securely they do not rub or annoy me. The gusseted tongue and padded ankle cuffs add extra protection and comfort in the ankle area.

The lacing system is a bit cleverer than other boots I own. It’s like a pulley system. A combination of loops, including a small loop where the laces move from the top of the foot to the ankle, allows the wearer to tighten the boot just so.

Out on the trail the boots offer good grip and waterproofing. My feet stayed dry even when hiking through mud, bogs and puddles. I tested them for slippage on wet grass and mud and on steep hillsides but they did exactly as Asolo said they should. I happily stayed on my feet.

My favourite three-season walking boots are La Sportiva’s but the latest pair has started to rub the back of my ankle (after seven months of wear). I may well convert to these Asolo Fission boots.

The Italian boots RRP at €203.50.
See Fission GV and Symbio GV

Cotswold also sell a range of Asolo boots.

Cotswold shop

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