TheseÂ boots tick a lot of boxes for comfortable summer hiking.
What do you choose to wear for summer hiking? I have tended to go for lightweight trainer-style boots but these, I have found, do not offer a great deal of grip on the ground.
Nor are they as supportive, waterproof or robust as my winter walking boots â€“ but I do not want a heavyweight boot for summer weather.
Now I think I have found the solution: the Asolo Jumla GV â€œapproachâ€ walking boots, which fill a big gap in my summer walking boot wardrobe.
The Jumla GVs are part of a new range of â€œapproachâ€ boots and shoes aimed at technical or Alpine-style summer walking. If youâ€™re not heading to the Alps, the boots are ideal for higher-level walking in, say, the Scottish mountains, especially when the weather isnâ€™t so hot and the ground is wet.
The boots have most ofÂ the benefits of a heavier, more robust winter boot, including high traction soles, Gore-Tex liner and rubber toe protection, but they are a good bit lighter and have a more comfortable mid-height ankle.
You can also choose a shoe, the Asolo Salyan, if you would prefer to have no ankle support for summer hiking.
The Asolo Jumla GVs have great technical credentials including:
- VibramÂ® Friction sole with squared lugs for great traction
- Asoflex Nylon lasting board for a good balance of flexibility and rigidity.
- Gore-Tex liner for guaranteed dry feet
- Microporous midsole and low-density PU Anti-Shock insert for absorbing impact and increases stability
- Menâ€™s sizes: 6 – 13 Â½ UK
- Womenâ€™s sizes:Â 4 â€“ 9 Â½ UK
- Weight: 465g per boot, UK size 8
Asoloâ€™s â€œasymmetrical to-the-toe lacing systemâ€ means that the boots can be laced up and fitted comfortably from close to the toe to ankle height. If you have narrow feet like mine this is very useful.
The shoes and boots come in male and female fit and, if looks matter to you, they look fantastic. In the past year or so I have become a big fan of Asolo because of the design, fit and appearance of their boots. I also like the way they have a boot or shoe to suit so many different walking conditions and terrains.
Testing the Asolo Jumla GVs
The fit is amazing. I usually find that my feet wallow in more robust hiking boots and until recently the only brand that I found to fit me fairly well has been La Sportiva.
I have become a convert to Asolo because of the fantastic fit. The womenâ€™s boots, even in larger sizes, have a lovely slim width and the heel cup fits my narrow ankles really well.
The Jumlas feel comfortable from the moment I put them on. But what makes them different from other summer hiking boots is that they are much more robust. There is a feel of good quality and strong design.
Walking uphill and down, the Vibram soles offer lots of grip and I like that I can dig in the sharp edge of the heel of the boot on really steep descents (my usual summer hiking boot/trainers do not have this advantage).
There is no slipping inside the boots so I didnâ€™t suffer any rubs or blisters.
I deliberately walked through some wet areas to check whether the Gore-Tex liner works, and of course it does. Time will tell how long this waterproofing lasts.
If I have one criticism itâ€™s the colour for the womenâ€™s boots. They are beautiful in purple, lilac and cream but they will quickly end up looking dirty in the Scottish mountains. This is a shame and for the next few months you might see me tip toeing across the countryside trying to keep my Asolo Jumla GVs clean.
The Asolo Jumla GVs cost Â£150, while the Salyans cost Â£120.