These are one of two pairs of ‘approach’ shoes in this test, which means they are much stiffer than those built for running. They break in fast and are very comfortable but the forefoot is more rigid and provides structure, perfect for rough scrambling and easy rock climbing. A wide rubber rand and ‘climbing zone’ under the toe means precision foot placement and protection, too. Lacing system is asymmetric and to the toe, which aids a good, close fit for rock routes, and the Goretex liner is as effective as any in a shoe, given the abuses footwear is exposed to. I love this type of footwear for scrambling – the worst of the weather is kept out and a stiffer toe really does help when clambering up a slippery incline. The Asolo fit is usually perfect for me, with no heel rise. A Vibram sole means good grip on most surfaces, but while the rubber is fairly soft for a pair of approach shoes I’d like to see slightly deeper lugs underfoot. Overall, another superb technical offering from Asolo. Weight per shoe 390g.
Review by David Lintern @