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The Asolo Khumbu GV Backpacking Boot offers trail-proven Gore-Tex waterproof Performance Comfort and a durable suede upper ideal for long backpacking trips when you're carrying medium to heavy loads and support and comfort is a must.

  • Upper made from durable and water-resistant suede
  • Gore-Tex Performance Comfort membrane retains heat, offers waterproof protection, and remains breathable
  • Heavily lugged Vibram sole offers superior traction and four-way slip resistance
  • Anti-Shock PU technology in midsole reduces bruising and fatigue, absorbs shock, and offers a high level of rebound
  • Lite 2 anatomic footbed supports and cushions your foot with a lightweight molded foam
  • Last fits feet with a medium to large width
  • Made in Europe
  • All components of the boot such as materials, stitching, lace hooks, and laces are subjected to regular quality inspections to meet the standards of Gore and Asolo
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First impressions have been great

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

Have only had these for a few weeks now. I recently returned my old Asolo Fugitives that I picked up at REI for a full refund that went straight to these Khumbu's on sale and I am stoked on the upgrade. I absolutely loved my Fugitives, and the Khumbu's seem to be even better. I returned the Fugitives as the outer seam was coming apart on both boots after 3 years. I'm hoping with the different stitch pattern on the Khumbu this won't be an issue again.

So far I've just been breaking them in on a few short hikes and around town. There has been no discomfort breaking them in. They have more cushion than my Fugitives did, the full Vibram sole is fantastic, and they have passed initial waterproof testing (see picture above).

I can't say too much more about them yet as I haven't given them a serious trial. Once I feel like I've put them through the wringer I'll write a more detailed review, but my first impressions are that these boots are about as good as it gets!

You wore a pair of hiking boots for three years, loved them, and then went and got a full refund when they basically wore out? Man, I dunno. That's gotta be bad Karma. If REI does away with their awesome policy we'll be sure and thank you for contributing. I go through at least one pair of hiking boots a year, sometimes two pair.

Feel free to judge if you want to man, but I in no way feel guilty over it. I pay top dollar for gear if it's quality and if it comes with a warranty. When I purchased the boots the warranty was a stressed selling point from the REI salesmen. Before returning them I called customer service and explained the situation, stating that I realized Asolo only has a 2 year warranty, but they still told me to send them back in using the REI lifetime warranty for the refund. Everyone that asks me about my new boots (and everyone that reads this review online) hears my story about their outstanding warranty program which brings more sales into REI, which is arguably a greater value to the company than my refund. I didn't take advantage of the program, I just used it as instructed by REI customer service. If someday they do away with their policy I doubt it will be because of loyal customers such as myself, but because of those out there actually looking to "scam" by returning products they didn't even purchase at REI. Personally, I think my karma points are just fine, and as a broke ski bum I do not have the kind of budget for two pairs of hiking boots a year. Really, two pairs a year?! Get a pair of Asolo's and get them from REI with a warranty!

Using a boot for three years will wear any boot out. A three year life span is solid. Asking for a full refund after that much usage is taking advantage of a system that was built to help people, not get free gear.

If my new pair lasts three years you won't hear a peep out me as far as returning them goes. Give me a break man. Your posts is what convinced me to get a pair and not vice versa. A two year warranty attest to a rugged, quality built shoe! Maybe you need to get a real job.

Alright then, group consensus is I was wrong to return them, guess I'll just have to take that in stride. I didn't demand REI that give me a refund, I spoke to a representative before sending them in and was doubtful that they would, was hopeful that maybe they'd cut me some kind of deal, but they still came through and hooked up the replacement. I was in a tough spot financially after missing all of my summer work after blowing my knee end of the ski season, had no money and destroyed boots, and was stoked for any bit of help I could get. I'll continue to tell people how outstanding REI customer service is because of the experience I had on this exchange. That's all I'll say on it.

As far as the Khumbu's go they have been an incredible boot all winter and I can't wait to take them backpacking this summer. Also, I do know that I'm not the only one who's had the interior seam on Fugitives blow out (no matter how reasonable the time period till blow out was). It was definitely a weak point on that boot. The stitch pattern on the Khumbu is quite different than the Fugitive on this section of the boot where it bends, I'm feeling confident that this will not be an issue on the Khumbu and that because of this different stitch pattern it will be a more durable boot. It didn't take 3 years for the blow out to occur either, I was just using the boots with the holes in them for around a year or a year and a half. I'm confident that I will get a longer life out of the Khumbu than the Fugitive.

The best

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I love these boot right out of the box I took them on a 3 day backpack trip that was super technical. They did amazing I can never say enough good things about Asolo boot. This is my second pair of Asolo backpacking boots. If you have never owned a pair of Asolo boot you are really missing out.

Right out of the box!

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

I was in the market for a new all round hiking boot to use for long treks and approach portion's of my climbs. I have used other top brands and decided to give these Asolo's a try...........WOW glad I did.

I used them for a training hike on Camelback in AZ and they felt fantastic right to of the box and still feel great today. Looking forward to using them on Kilimanjaro in December.

Thanks to the GREAT STAFF at Backcountry, you guys and gals ROCK!!!!

really like these boots

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

only one comment, put these on right out of the box and fit like a glove, no break in period, that is very important to me cause i have a lot of trouble with my feet. very satisfied thank you.

Fits Like A Glove!

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size

After wearing these to work for about a week I made a bold move and laced them up for a 34 mile weekend. These boots did not disappoint. Kept my feet nice and dry as we hiked down to Union Falls (18 miles round trip in Yellowstone National Park), which was extremely swampy at the bottom. The boot stays tight, I never had to stop and re-tie them. The soles grip anything and the anti-shock mid-sole is a definite savior after miles down the trail. Going down the 7 mile hole trail in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, which is steep and loose gravel, I had sure footing the whole way in . This is my 3rd pair of Asolo boots and again they have impressed me.

Exactly what I was looking for

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Ordered the La Sportiva Pamir with these to pick one.

These arent nearly as rigid, much narrower, much more nimble.

Exactly what I was looking for. Great fit.

I am considering the khumbu gv. I have...

I am considering the khumbu gv. I have been using Meindl Alaskan hunter for many years. They are a very stiff soled boot. I will be using for back pack hunting. Do you think these can handle 120lbs loads for 12mi days?

Thank you, Dan