Summary

We spent 7.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

6 reasons to buy

  • According to several reviewers, the Asolo Alta Via GV runs true to size.
  • This mountaineering boot exceeded the expectations of some owners in the comfort department.
  • A number of users, including a professional shoe critic, found the price tag of this gear quite agreeable.
  • Its remarkably firm heel support impressed about a handful of wearers.
  • The roominess of the Alta Via GV’s toe box enthralled a small group of testers.
  • An expert only had deep admiration for the boot’s powerfully grippy Vibram outsole.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Its weightiness stunned a mountaineer, but not in a good way.
  • This Asolo product made walking a hard work, based on a written review.
  • A dissatisfied gear blogger mentioned that the Alta Via GV felt restrictive on his foot, especially around the ankle cuff, limiting his movements.

Bottom line

A reassuring ascent is waiting for summit seekers with the Alta Via GV from Asolo. Indeed, its excellence in the support, fit, and comfort categories grants this mountaineering boot the power to give its users heightened climbing confidence. Its justifiable asking price also makes it quite a steal. With all that said, the footgear’s reported drawbacks don’t do it any favors. Overall, it seems the Alta Via GV performed excellently as a mountaineering boot. However, its advantages may be too much for casual winter walkers.

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  • The Asolo Alta Via GV is equipped with enough mountain-centric features for alpine expeditions, be they high-altitude ascents or base-level traversals. Its insulated and waterproof leather upper (thanks to Gore-Tex) is securely planted on the Duo Asoflex Ascent lasting board which is made up of three materials: nylon, fiberglass, and EVA.
  • Its sole unit is comprised mainly of a rigid midsole and the Vibram Vertical outsole. It is rounded out by shock-absorbent inserts and crampon points.

Asolo’s Alta Via GV is an adequately true-to-size, high-cut alpine boot for men and women. It is offered in whole and half sizes in standard width. A secure and customized fit is made possible by the footgear’s front closure.

The Alta Via GV owes its surface-adhering power to its rubber outsole, called Vertical—a product made by Vibram in collaboration with Asolo. It features durable, self-cleaning lugs (those blocky and spiky protrusions) for added grip over rocky terrain. It is engineered with a hooked heel to help wearers descend slopes with enhanced security.

With its stiff midsole, this Asolo footgear is capable of protecting the foot from sharp, pointy hazards and giving the user a steady footing over rugged terrain. Placed at its heel and forefoot are PU inserts that grant shock absorption. Directly on top of it sits a cushy anatomic footbed called Lite 3 for added comfort and support underfoot.

Encasing the foot in the Alta Via GV is its high-top upper made of water-resistant Perwanger leather. It has a thickness ranging between 2.2 mm and 2.4 mm. Its liner comes with Gore-Tex’s Insulated Comfort technology, leaving the boot warm and breathable enough on the inside yet amply waterproof on the outside. Covering almost the entire perimeter of its base is a sturdy overlay (or rand) for extra scuff and scratch protection.

The boot’s closure system uses mostly riveted metal loops and hooks in place of regular eyelets. The lace holes at the ankle are made of fabric.

  • This climbing footgear from Asolo supports step-in (automatic) crampons.

 

Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.

paul@runrepeat.com