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.
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: 24.3ozWomen: 24.3oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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91 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews
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.
These finely crafted Italian boots deliver big-load support with reliable waterproofing and maximum breathability.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.