Facts

  • Subcategory

    Hiking Sandals

    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.

    Hiking Shoes

    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.

    Hiking Boots

    Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.

    Mountaineering 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.

  • Use

    Day Hiking

    Shoes or boots for hikes that only last for half a day. Flexibility and lightness are the highlights of these kinds of footwear. See the best day hiking shoes and the best day hiking boots.

    Backpacking

    For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots

    Speed Hiking

    Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.

    Winter Hiking

    Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.

    Multi-sport

    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.

  • Cut

    Low

    Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.

    Mid

    Boots with an ankle-height cuff. They provide extra ankle support. See mid-cut hiking boots and mid-cut mountaineering boots.

    High

    Boots with a cuff that goes above the ankle. In the case of insulated ones, they may reach the calf. Also grants extra ankle support. See high-cut hiking boots and high-cut mountaineering boots.

    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.

  • Price
    $300
  • Feature
  • Weight
    Men: 24.3oz
    Women: 24.3oz
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
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Summary

We spent 9.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

9 reasons to buy

  • A good number of review experts raved about the Asolo Shiraz GV’s excellent waterproofing.
  • This boot impressed many wearers with regard to its comfort.
  • Numerous owners were shocked to discover the A-grade traction of this footgear.
  • Several users were able to break in their Shiraz GVs in no time.
  • Based on a number of reports, this Asolo footwear has praiseworthy ankle support.
  • Some owners commended the Shiraz GV’s breathability.
  • The boot is satisfyingly light, according to a very few.
  • Less than a handful of wearers deeply appreciated the footgear’s highly adjustable lacing system.
  • A couple of consumers found the boot’s durability quite laudable.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some users criticized the Shiraz GV’s footbed for having insufficient cushioning.
  • A very small number of reviewers were skeptical at best about the boot’s Cordura eyelets.

Bottom line

Backpackers need not look any further as the Asolo Shiraz GV is here. It has numerous fine qualities that speak for itself, although its excellent traction, outstanding level of comfort, and fantastic waterproofing are among the positives that accurately define it. And this is not without mention of its practically non-existent break-in period yet. That said, the boot’s footbed might be too scrawny for some. Overall, barring its unremarkable insole, the Asolo Shiraz GV is a kind of boot that the backpacking community should not ignore.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are hikers, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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91 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 98 / 100 | Hiking Lady Boots

    All in all, I like and use these boots a lot and I am telling all my hiker friends about them, even though they are not the cheapest on the market. They’re not the most expensive either. In my opinion, they’re totally worth every penny.

  • 80 / 100 | Backpacker

    These finely crafted Italian boots deliver big-load support with reliable waterproofing and maximum breathability.

  • 95 / 100 | Wild UK

    I think they’ve produced a truly magnificent summer mountain boot, and my only suggestion to them would be to market the Shiraz as being for scrambling and rocky mountain terrain, rather than backpacking and long-distance hiking. All in all, an amazing boot.

  • 90 / 100 | Seattle Backpackers Magazine

    Make a list of what you look for in a pair backpacking boots – flexibility, breathability, durability, any other ability you can think of – and the Shiraz GV will tick them off one by one.

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Updates to Asolo Shiraz GV

  • The Shiraz GV’s upper is made of Schoeller K-Tech fabric with suede leather overlays. It is firmly tucked under Asolo’s Asoflex 00 MR lasting board. Its waterproofing is primarily handled by Gore-Tex’s Performance Comfort liner.
  • Making every ground contact as safe and comfortable as possible is the boot’s dual-density midsole. The footgear’s Vibram Ascent outsole, on the other hand, is what lends backpackers traction on different types of terrain.

Asolo Shiraz GV size and fit

The Asolo Shiraz GV is a mid-cut backpacking boot for men and women. It runs fairly true to size. Its width is intended for medium-footed individuals. It is offered in a range of full and half sizes. The women’s version is built around a female-specific last. A personalized fit is achieved with the boot’s classic lace-up closure.

Outsole

On the traction front, the Asolo Shiraz GV comes with a rubber outsole called Vibram Ascent. The way its tire-like lugs are set up enables backpackers to tackle tricky slopes securely. The circular lugs taking up the outsole’s central space are designed to disperse water, reducing the likelihood of hydroplaning. In addition to surface grip, this component provides toe protection with its forefoot extension. 

Midsole

Asolo gave the Shiraz GV a microporous midsole for ground contact comfort and stability. Its dual-density construction provides additional cushioning at key points, especially where the foot tends to roll. It comes engineered with an anti-shock insert (made of polyurethane) for extra impact mitigation. 

Upping the level of comfort provided by the boot’s midsole unit is the removable Lite 2 footbed. It is adequately perforated to prevent heat buildup. 

Upper

With the boot’s water-resistant Schoeller K-Tech upper complete with the Gore-Tex Performance Comfort liner, wearers are promised ample protection against abrasive hazards and water intrusion. Its overlays are made of suede leather at 1.8 mm thick. Its base is generously rubberized to bolster the upper’s defenses against abrasions. The boot’s tongue is also seamlessly bridged to the rest of the upper to wall off unwanted debris. 

The footwear’s lockdown mechanism features round synthetic laces. Its eyelets are all metallic except for the synthetic lace loops located below the ankle line.