Designed as an approach shoe or as an option for via ferrata routes, the Asolo Women’s Jumla has functionality that makes it perfectly at home rock and alpine terrain. With its sharp aesthetics and comfortable fit, it also has style to make it on city streets.
We are taking a closer look at the features and components of the Asolo Women’s Jumla Trekking Boots. These are designed as an approach shoe. So you have got some climb specific features here. But they are definitely flexible enough and trail worthy enough to use for hiking or even every day use.
Starting here on the upper you have got a full suede upper. So you have a lot of durability with that material. These are not waterproof boots, but with that suede you have got water resistance. So they are going to hold up really well against water. But you are also going to have breathability there since they are not completely waterproof.
You have got different materials and some overlays of suede in areas that tend to wear out quickly. So here on the back, on the heel and you have got a really nice durable mate-rial that comes around the front of the toe. You have a nice rubber toe on the front. So you have got protection here against rocks. And that material comes around the side as well. So you have got really good durability there. But that suede also kind of keeps the weight down. So these aren’t a really heavy shoe. You have got enough support, you have got enough cushioning here, but they are not really going to weigh you down.
The lacing system here is really nice and comfortable. It allows you to cinch down those laces, to cinch down this boot really tightly around your foot if you need to. So you have got kind of a climbing style laces. It is an asymmetrical design so you get a lot of comfort there. And the laces go most of the way down to the bottom of the toe. So, like I said, you have adjustability there. If you are just walking or hiking you can loosen those up. But if you get into areas where you feel like you are climbing or scrambling a little bit, you can cinch those down and get a little bit more grip there.
You have got many eyelets here and up in the top you have some nice, really durable webbing material that is going to help you lock in your heel to the heel of the boot. So that this going to cut down on movement inside the shoe. And the overall feel on the in-side of the shoe is really comfortable and soft. You have a lot of padding here and you have some breathability, some wicking materials on the inside to keep your foot really nice and comfortable and keep the blisters down.
On the inside of the shoe you do have a removable sock liner here. So you can take this out, replace it with your own insole if you want to. So you do have adjustability there. But the insole that they include in here actually feels really nice. It has got some shaping to it, unlike some other really flimsy sock liners that I have seen in the past.
You have a pretty streamlined and simple mid sole and outsole on this shoe, but Asolo does use a specific lasting board that is going to give you a lot of support, a lot of protection from rocks, but also give you enough cushioning in there that the boot is still really comfortable. So you have got low density PU insert here in the heel. So that is going to give you some cushioning and you have dual density rubber also throughout the mid sole, so, again, lots of cushioning and comfort there.
Moving to the outsole of the shoe, the part that comes into contact with the ground, you have durable Vibram friction outsole. So this is kind of a sticky material. It is not really sticky rubber, but it definitely gives you a lot of contact with rock and, you know, there is enough lugs in here, too, that, like I said, it is trail worthy. So this is a good transition from trail to rock. If you start scrambling or if you are on slabby areas that you need a lot of friction there, this shoe definitely is going to give you that.
You have got kind of a flat area up here at the toe so that is going to give you really good contact with rock if you need to and then, you know, it has got a lot of really good ... good lugs and good traction here through the rest of the outsole.
The fit and feel of this shoe is really nice. It is what I would expect in an approach style shoe from Asolo. I tend to like shoes that have a wider toe box, a little bit wider. I wear a women’s US eight and a half and I have got an eight and a half here and they fit really well. I can cinch these laces down and have a really tight fit, but like I said earlier, you can widen these laces up and have a little bit more room in there.
So all in all really comfortable shoe. I can see it working well in different types of terrain, whether you are just out for a day hike, you are encountering some rocks, you are encountering some areas where you would need an approach shoe. So definitely a good transition there. And the shoe is flexible enough that it also has some rigidity here in the front. So all in all just a really great design by Asolo.
It is the Women’s Jumla Trekking Boots.