For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 21.5ozWomen: 17.8oz
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard
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81 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews
They are really sturdy. They are really comfortable right out of the box.
When hiking and running in town get along just fine!
The combination of being highly water-resistant and lightweight makes it quite versatile.
Updates to Asolo Drifter GV
- Asolo Drifter GV's outsole utilizes the Radiant technology, a project developed by Asolo in cooperation with Vibram. It is a combination of design, materials and processes which delivers efficient performance and grip.
- The Radiant outsole has aggressive heel cleats and the Aso-brake system that function together for an enhanced grip. This sole, combined with the EVA mono-density midsole, improves comfort and foot control. The midsole also has the Lite 2 anatomic footbed, which cushions and gives lightweight support.
- GTX Performance Comfort technology offers breathability and prevents water from penetrating. It helps maintain the user’s feet comfortable and dry. High tenacity nylons that comprise the upper are abrasion resistant and help keep the breathability of the boot.
Asolo Drifter GV size and fit
This hiking boot from Asolo is offered in sizes 6 to 10.5 for women and 7 to 14 for men. This product generally runs true to size. Both versions come in medium width which is D for men and B for women. The shoe can accommodate medium-to-large-width foot, according to a retailer. It makes use of speed hooks to keep laces aligned and to bring a comfortable fit. The padded collar adds comfort.
The Vibram Radiant outsole helps hikers during descents with its aggressive performance and grip. The heel cleats and Aso-brake system work together to aid the wearer when tackling steep, downward trails. The forefoot design of the outsole gives improved protection, support and pronation control. Pronation is the natural movement of the foot and refers to the way it rolls inward for distribution of impact upon striking the ground.
The midsole of the Drifter GV utilizes EVA mono-density foam and Lite 2 anatomic footbed. The EVA foam provides cushioning and comfort while acting as a shock absorber during hikes and descents. The one that conforms to the foot and adds lightweight support is the Lite 2. Both provide extra comfort and cushioning to the wearer.
The Asolo Drifter GV is a durable product which combines water-resistant suede leather and high tenacity nylon to give breathability and water protection. They are abrasion resistant and help maintain a breathable in-shoe environment. This combination is the reason why the Drifter GV manages to have flexibility. Areas that are exposed to pressure and impacts, like the toe-box, forefoot and heel are reinforced for extra protection. The high-cut of the boot provides ankle support.
The GTX lining will keep the feet dry for long-hour comfort. This technology prevents water from seeping in and perspiration from building up. It is breathable and offers moderate insulation.
The Asolo Drifter GV also has a gusseted tongue which helps keep water and debris away. The rubber toe cap protects against accidental stubbing on surfaces.
- This boot is often compared with another Asolo product: the Fugitive GTX.