Made of lightweight materials. They don't have much top-of-the-foot coverage so they're mostly suitable for well-maintained trails and summer hikes. Also useful for crossing rivers and streams. They come in open and closed-toe designs. See the best hiking sandals.
The low-cut equivalent of hiking boots. Comfort is paramount in the creation of these shoes so they often have flexible materials. Generally used for day hikes. See hiking shoes.
Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.
Specialized footwear. Often insulated and used in technical routes, ice climbing or expeditions. See mountaineering boots.
Good to know
For hikes that won't last for more than a day, go with hiking sandals or hiking shoes. Tackling trails with greater challenges will require hiking boots or mountaineering boots.
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: 28.2ozWomen: 24oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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Unless you need the absolute best performance, then this is a superbly priced boot for general winter mountain use, which is very difficult to improve upon.
Updates to Asolo Elbrus GV
- The Elbrus GV from Asolo is an over-the-ankle mountaineering boot, sporting a lightweight yet protective shell which is made of soft Schoeller textile. This waterproof and breathable upper (thanks to Gore-Tex) is securely nested on a part nylon, part fiberglass lasting board called Asoflex Spiky.
- For shock absorption and cushioning, the engineers from the Italian brand gave the Elbrus GV a microporous midsole with Dual Integrated System technology. It is engineered with an attach point at the heel, making the boot compatible with semi-automatic (hybrid) crampons. Beneath this chunky platform is the Vibram Ascent outsole for traction.
Asolo Elbrus GV size and fit
Asolo’s Elbrus GV is a fairly true-to-size, high-cut alpine climbing gear for men and women. It is specifically crafted for individuals with regular (medium-width) feet. It comes in a range of sizes, both full and half. The women’s version is built around a last that closely follows the contours of the female foot. The boot’s speed lacing system makes lockdown personalization possible.
Vibram Ascent is what gives mountaineers the amount of traction they need on rocky terrain. This outsole is engineered with mostly blocky lugs horizontally lined up along its borders for improved climbing control.
The forefoot tip of the outsole extends to the upper. This design choice gives wearers frontal protection against bumps.
With its dual-density microporous midsole, the Asolo Elbrus GV provides adequate stability, soft cushioning, and terrain protection. Its crampon points are made of polyurethane. Doubling down on underfoot comfort is the Lite 4 anatomic footbed.
The Elbrus GV has a water-resistant suede leather upper engineered with soft shell-like coating from Schoeller. Granting the boot a level of water protection is the Gore-Tex Performance Comfort liner imbued within its main bootie. This waterproofing technology also promotes the boot’s breathability.
Giving mountaineers a secure lockdown is the Elbrus GV’s speed lacing system. It is made up of synthetic laces and a combination of metallic open hooks and synthetic lace loops.