These walking boots have been put through their paces on some very wet and muddy hikes.
It has been wet lately. And when I am walking I prefer to have dry feet. So at this time of year (autumn and winter) I look for robust walking boots that offer good levels of waterproofing.
Over the last few weeks I have put a pair of three-season Asolo Revert GV walking boots, with water-resistant suede upper and a waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex lining, to the ultimate test.
I have walked through lots and lots of Scottish rain, numerous puddles, general boggy wetness and all-round autumnal sogginess.
The Asolo Revert GVs have kept my feet dry. There hasnâ€™t been a single patch of wetness.
Apart from the great waterproofing, the boots boast Asoloâ€™s patented Radiant Asolo/Vibram sturdy outsole for mountain walking, as well as self-cleaning lugs designed for optimum performance on varying types of terrain.
The lacing system is a classic format and thereâ€™s the addition of a toe rubber cap.
While the menâ€™s Reverts comes in green, brown or blue, the womenâ€™s are created in grey, green or pretty pinky-purple.
At first I wasnâ€™t sure about the pinky-purple but sometimes itâ€™s nice to have a sturdy outdoors product in a girlie hue. And, in any case, after a few miles on a wet and muddy hillside, the boots have become an off-pinky-purpley colour!
The boots feel sturdy enough for autumn and winter walking, even at higher levels. They grip well on rock and in mud. They are stiff enough to be used with a strap-on crampon so I will more than likely wear these in most winter conditions.
I also found the insulation in the boots to be sufficient for chilly days. Admittedly, it has not been super cold yet so only time will tell as to whether they are suitable for sub-zero conditions and snow or ice.
I like the fit of the boots. I have a long and narrow foot and the womenâ€™s UK8.5 is still sufficiently narrow enough for my feet. There is a little too much volume for me but most people with â€œordinaryâ€ feet will like the fit.
The lacing system allows for a good hold on the foot. I have one criticism, however, which is the fabric loop below the top two lacing clips. In my last well-worn boots this snapped and it has meant that the boots are now unwearable. I imagine they could be fixed but this seems like a bit of poor design (or just bad luck?).
The other attraction of these boots is the weight. They are far lighter than leather boots and one of the lightest three season boots Iâ€™ve worn.