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Backpacker Magazine – Fall Gear Guide 2013

Gear Review: Asolo Eiger GV Boot

The Eigers are so much more nimble and maneuverable than other mountaineering boots for big summits in snow and cold.

by: Dan Larson

Asolo Eiger GV Boot (Fullerton)
Asolo Eiger GV Boot (Fullerton)

Warm Winter Climber

“The Eigers are so much more nimble and maneuverable than other mountaineering boots I’ve worn for big summits in snow and cold,” says one tester who used them on a four-day climbing trip up Mt. Whitney. “They gave me hiker-like dexterity with the warmth and stiffness of a plastic double boot.” The midsole, made of TPU, a microporous rubber, and a carbon-and-Kevlar frame, proved plenty stable and supportive with a 45-pound pack when he scrambled up class 4 rock on the approach to the summit. A high collar and neoprene lace cover eliminated the need for gaiters, while a Gore-Tex Duratherm lining (Gore-Tex laminated to a light, insulating hollow fiber) added warmth to the polyamide and microfiber fabric uppers. “My feet are usually cold, but I stayed plenty warm down to 20°F,” says our Whitney tester. Overlapping layers of TPU in the heel and toe counters create shelves that hold step-in crampons while keeping the overall weight low for the performance. Fit runs a half-size long. $500; 3 lbs. 12 oz.; m’s 7-12;

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