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Object Title: Summit

Manufacturer: ASOLO

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Page By: Mike in Czech

Created/Edited: Feb 12, 2005 / Jan 17, 2007

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Designed for ice climbing and dry tooling. The innovative Asoframe lasting frame in carbon-kevlar provides unbeatable lightness and stability. It can be used with automatic crampons.

Upper mm 1,6-1,8 water resistant Perwanger leather + high tech polyamide fabric
Inner lining Cambrelle + Thinsulate 150 gr.
Asoframe Carbon / Kevlar
Sole Vibram Lavaredo, midsole in microporous rubber suitable for use with automatic crampons
Fit MM
Size 5-12 UK
Weight gr. 870 (1/2 pair size 8)
Code 0M4032 655 zephir / black



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Mike in CzechUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

Really like these boots! The Asolo web page says that they are for ice climbing, but I've used them for hiking in the Alps and mountaineering to 4,000 meters (together with a supergaiter). Very comfortable (I have narrow feet) and lightweight. They also breath very well (eliminating blister problems caused by having damp feet).

Cons: Not entirely waterproof. I was hiking in the Krkonose (Giant Mountains b/w CZ and Poland) in a full rain all day this Fall and toward the end of the day the tips of my feet started to get damp. Another time, using a supergaiter, I hiked all day in a full rain without problems.

I'm not sure about the list price, because I got an excellent deal on them in Arco, Italy (around USD 250). I think they retail around USD 350.
Posted Feb 12, 2005 8:23 am

CoraxA really good boot

Voted 5/5

Not made for warmth, serious hiking or alpinism, but for ice climbing.
I've used them for long hikes up to 20 days and climbed quite high peaks with them, of which Aconcagua is the highest.
Sometimes when walking I have carried heavy (up to 35kg).
It has worked great.
Not bad for an ice climbing boot!

  • Light.
  • Very good for ice climbing.
  • Extremely well made.
  • Good lacing system.
  • Last long, even if used for harder tasks than they're made for.
  • (Needless to say) stiff, but still pretty good for walking.
  • Breathes very well.
  • All components of high quality.
  • With a super gaiter, they're a good alternative for cold peaks.

  • Could've been a bit more water-proof.

  • Posted Dec 26, 2005 12:48 am

    rhyangDiscontinued, but good

    Voted 4/5

    These aren't made anymore, but if you happen across a pair and they fit they work well. I mainly used them for ice climbing with moderate approaches. They have a double tongue which can be used to take up some volume, and a behind-the-ankle lacing system.

    The sizing is odd. My feet measure 9.5 US, and my toes are wide, with narrow bony heels. Normally I wear a size 10 boot. These boots I have are marked 8.5 US, 8 UK, 42 EU (!)

    The green superfeet insoles seem to work well, and I usually wear a hiking-weight sock with some chemical toe warmers (my feet get cold easily). The boots hike surprisingly well for being so rigid in the sole. I find that they have lots of toe room, and very secure heel fit when the laces are cranked down (using the upper eyelets) - I usually loosen the laces a bit for the approach / descent.

    Haven't done any rock climbing in them as yet, but the vibram sole seems to work well on snow / wet boulders / etc.

    Got them for cheap on Sierra Trading Post :D
    Posted Apr 22, 2007 2:19 pm

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