Asolo Grid GV: Before you buy
With all the hype surrounding the Grid GV, it is easy to switch to “buy” mode and snag said shoe in a heartbeat. We, however, advise you to pore through the following points before you take the jump.
- Its inner bootie is fully furnished with Gore-Tex’s Extended Comfort membrane, which repels wetness in light rain and puddles of no more than 3 inches at most.
- As its upper is made mainly of microfiber and polyester, the shoe is quite light, affording you the agility you require on most hikes.
- The cupped construction of its sole provides enhanced heel support.
- Its rockered sole unit (front and back) makes level-ground transitions a breeze.
- Since the Grid GV does not come with a proper heel brake, downhill traversals—particularly on loose or wet soil—can be trickier.
- It lacks a pull loop at the heel, potentially making on and off a bit challenging for some.
- Its tongue has two lace catchers, which keep the tongue firmly in place if used simultaneously.
- This shoe comes in a leather variant, called Grid GV LTH.
- There is also its boot-type counterpart, called Grid Mid GV.