Written by: Karen Bockel
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.