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: 11.5ozWomen: 10.1oz
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard
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As a Jack-of-All-Trades, however, it is a master of none, and it does not excel at any one thing in particular.
They keep your feet dry, weigh next to nothing and look smart - what more could you ask for?
Our review of the Asolo Nucleon GV reveals an active travel shoe that fits squarely on the active end of that spectrum.
Updates to Asolo Nucleon GV
- Asolo created a versatile and lightweight hiking shoe in the Nucleon GV. Its suede leather upper with Schoeller soft shell fabric renders durability and flexibility. A Gore-Tex lining helps promote comfort. A toe cap adds protection and an uncomplicated lacing aids in a quick, precise adjustment.
- As part of the brand’s A-Fast technology, the Asolo Nucleon GV has a sole unit that features the Synthesis outsole and a mono-density EVA midsole. The outsole delivers surface contact for grip while the midsole promotes comfort through its shock-attenuating capabilities.
Asolo Nucleon GV size and fit
The Asolo Nucleon GV hiking shoe caters to male and female hikers. It is offered in regular sizes and standard width. Its classic lacing system permits a snugger fit. It generally runs true to size.
The Synthesis outsole, a product of the collaboration of Vibram and Asolo, uses the Megagrip compound. It renders traction on virtually all types of terrain through its durable and aggressive lugs. Its self-cleaning design prevents muck build-up, enhancing grip on ground surfaces, whether wet or dry. The sole extends a bit to the toes for reinforcement and additional protection.
Using a mono-density EVA midsole, the Asolo Nucleon GV absorbs shock and maximizes energy return. It is built from a new-generation compound that offers resilience and adaptability. It works with the Lite 2 plus anatomic footbed which enhances comfort.
To shield foot from trail debris, the Nucleon GV uses a robust 1.6 - 1.8 mm suede leather. A supple Schoeller soft-shell fabric gives flexibility and weather protection. A Gore-Tex Extended Comfort laminate, on the other hand, handles waterproofing and promotes breathability through its non-insulated construction.
A rubber toe cap is added to safeguard the foot against minor knocks. A loop at the heel helps the user in donning and doffing the shoe.
- Users looking for a mid-top option might want to check out the Fugitive GTX, a popular Asolo product.