Chicks Gear Review: Asolo 6B+ GV

Written by: Karen Bockel

The Asolo Women's 6B+ GV - Karen's go-to alpine boot.

The Asolo Women’s 6B+ GV – Karen’s go-to alpine boot.

If ice climbing in the Alpine is your thing, then look no further! The Asolo Women’s 6B+ GV is a rare boot that can do it all on a long adventure in the mountains.

With just enough rocker in the sole, as well as specific shock absorbing materials in the midsole, approaching the climb feels comfortable and easy on the feet. The boot soles grip well on rocky slopes, giving you a secure stance.  Most importantly, the Asolo 6B weighs in at a less then a kilo, these boots don’t slow you down, keeping you fresh and ready for the challenge.

When you arrive at the snow, fear not. These boots keep your feet warm and dry with Gore-Tex insulation.  The comfortable yet secure fit allows enough ankle flex to use perfect French Technique on steep snow and ice.  And then for the highlight, climbing pitch after pitch of vertical blue ice:  This is where the 6B+ really shines.  The rigid sole holds the crampons on securely, delivering great power when you are kicking your feet into the ice.  Snug lacing below the ankle and a women-specific last provide precision and efficiency, making every kick a score.  Bliss!  These are my boots of choice when I am walking to the dance.

Karen Bockel is an AMGA Certifies Rock and Ski Guide and a new proud owner of Chicks.

Karen enjoying ice in her Asolos!

Karen enjoying ice in her Asolos!

 

2 replies
  1. Roy Wilson
    Roy Wilson says:

    Hi Karen,
    Could you please tell me what crampon you used with your Asolo 6B+ ? I have the men’s version and I currently use with Grivel G14’s. However I would like to try a more technical crampon like the Petzl dart but I’m not sure of compatibility. Any help would be appreciated.
    Many Thanks,
    Roy

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    • Karen Bockel
      Karen Bockel says:

      Hi Roy, I was using the Black Diamond Stinger crampons. However, Petzl Darts have a really similar size toe bail and should work just fine. Also, keep in mind that you can, with some crampon types, get different width toe bails to dial in the fit.

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