Asolo Men's Drifter GV

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Asolo Drifter GV - Gear up and head out on a weekend excursion! Hike comfortably from sun up to sun down in the Asolo® Drifter GV boots.
Features the Radiant sole, specifically designed for trekking enthusiasts.
Mid-cut design provides superior ankle protection.
Hardy, 1.6-1.8mm, water resistant suede leather upper offers exceptional durability.
High tenacity nylon panels are abrasion resistant and help maintain a breathable environment.
GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Footwear technology offers waterproof protection to ensure feet stay dry and comfortably cool. This non-insulated safeguard is best suited for moderate to warm climates.
Gusseted tongue helps keep debris and moisture out.
Plush tongue and collar for added comfort and performance.
Heel pull loop for easier on and off.
Lite 2 insole offers lightweight support.
Molded EVA midsole provides long-lasting cushion for all-day comfort.
Radiant, Asolo-Vibram®, rubber outsole with aggressive heel cleats and Asolo brake system for exceptional grip and protection over varied terrain, as well as enhanced pronation control.
Built on the Asoloflex 00 SR last.
Made in Romania.


  • Water-resistant suede leather is paired with tough, high-tenacity nylon to ensure that the uppers are durable and flexible and offer good support and breathability
  • Wicking nylon linings quickly pull excess moisture away from feet for enhanced comfort


  • Gusseted scree tongues and padded ankle cuffs add protective comfort at ankles; rubber toe bumpers protect against impact and abrasion

Weather and Wind:

  • GORE-TEX® waterproof liners let feet breathe while protecting them from the elements, keeping them dry and comfortable

Traction and Grip:

  • Vibram® rubber outsoles on the Asolo Drifter GV hiking boots feature a tread pattern optimized for grip on descents and good forefoot protection and grip


  • Thermoplastic urethane plates provide torsional stability while protecting feet
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Gore-Tex® waterproof liners under water-resistant suede leather, and high-tenacity nylon, ensure that the Asolo Drifter GV hiking boots keep your feet dry and protected. These stout, yet light, hiking and backpacking boots are beautifully made and will service you with years of comfort.

The Asolo Drifter GV hiking boot is made of cordura and water-resistant suede on the upper and has a Gore-Tex lining which makes it waterproof and breathable. The EVA mono density midsole and Radiant Asolo/Vibram technical sole provide comfort and stability.


Lightweight and waterproof, the Asolo Drifter GV hiking boots offer a great all-around package for day hikes and overnight trips with light loads.


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Asolo's Drifter GV GTX Hiking Boot will get you to your destination in comfort with incredible durability, protection, and support.
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Also available for: Women
Anatomic Footbed:Lite 2.
Average footwear weight (pair):2 lbs. 11 oz.
Circumference:13 1⁄2 in
Country Of Origin:Eastern Europe
Crampon Compatibility:no
Footwear Type:Hiking/Backpacking
Footwear closure:Lace-up
Footwear height:Over-the-ankle
Lasting Board:Asoflex 00 SR.
Liner:Gore-Tex Performance Comfort
Lining:Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane/nylon
Material Technology:GORE-TEX
Mid Sole:EVA Rubber
Outsole:Vibram rubber
Removable Liner:no
Shaft:6 in
Shoe Stability:Stability
Shoe Width:Medium
Sizing Scale:US
Sole:Asolo/Vibram Radiant (rubber-eva).
Support:Thermoplastic urethane plate
Upper:Water-resistant suede 1,6-1,8 mm + high tenacity nylon.
Weight:1 lb 6 oz / 610 g (Single Boot)
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Asolo Drifter GV Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Great Boots

I bought the Salomon Quest 4D GTX boots last week (see my bad review of those), and returned them because they just fit bad because of the unusually large toe box (resulting in poor control/feel for the terrain). The Saloman heels fit fine, but the front was so roomy I ended up clutching my toes to feel like I had any sense of control. The lacing/lock system on the Saloman was terrible too. So I ended up trying these Asolo boots on and felt immediately that they fit perfect, and bought them. Unlike the Saloman, the lace system on the Asolo works great, and my foot is perfectly snug in the heel and has the perfect amount of wiggle room in the toe box -no toes rubbing or touching but snug enough near my toes to have feel/control. I have a normal to slightly narrow foot. I've been wearing them for the past few days all day and felt extremely comfortable and stable. They are worlds better than the Saloman. These boots are light, tough, and fit perfect. I love them! Hopefully they will last a very long time. I will write more when I have more experience with them, but I think they are great so far!
acharney at REI on 05/05/2013

Great boots

I bought these shortly before a trip to Ecuador, trying to find a boot I could use for both hiking in the Andes mountains and in the Amazon jungle. I also needed a boot that would break in quickly since I only had 5 days before the trip. These were very stiff initially but they hugged my foot very well which is why I tried them. I would have preferred more breakin time but they were comfortable enough on first wear to use. The only hot spot was around the top of the ankle. The foot bed is also designed in an interesting shape so I found myself having to adjust my gait when I initially put these on.

After about 50 miles of wear these felt great and broke in nicely. They breathe well but provide just enough insulation that my feet weren't cold in the mountains. They kept both rain and puddle water out. And they seems to shed dirt very well since I was in some fairly muddy places and the boots still look like they're out of the box.

I would recommend this as a great all-season, all-purpose boot.
Delphinian at REI on 04/04/2013

great boot, but...

I really, really liked these until the side seams ripped on one of my boots. These seams add a nice pattern to the boot and save the manufacturer from having to use one piece of leather. The seams are way too importatn to leave unprotected on the low side of the boot. Two of the seams ripped and subsequently unraveled after only 2 weeks of wear. If the manufacturer ever reads this, please protect these seams. When these seam go the layers begin to peel back and the top half of the boots gradually detachs. I wish I would have covered the seams in shoe-goo or liquid rubber to protect them. I thought Asolo would have created a great lightweight boot that I could abuse with off-trail hiking in cactus and sharp limestone in mountainous terrain. I am spoiled now with these boots so it will be difficult to want to wear my heavy hiking boots (LaSportiva Makula), but I know they will not fall apart after a rock rubs against the side.
goler176 at REI on 12/12/2012

Just what I was looking for

This boot is a good choice for my needs. I wanted a boot that gives good toe protection for off road motorcycle riding and can be used to hike once you arrive. It gives very good ankle support, which is important when hiking in remote locations. I have wide feet, and although this boot does not come in Wide widths, I find it fits me well. It has plently of toe room also. It is stiff, but I wore it hiking for 6 hours the first time I used it with no problem or sore spots. (I did put in on in the house and walked around indoors for a couple hours two or three times before I took it out - to somewhat break it in a little). If you want a boot with good ankle support and a Vibram sole with good toe protection, check this boot out. I think you will like it
wimpyguy at REI on 11/11/2013

Awesome boot

I bought these as a birthday gift to myself and Im very glad I did. I used them all through the catskills of New York this last December and they more then exceeded my expectations. My feet were kept warm and dry through the rain and the snow. The weather ranged from 34 degrees with rain all the way to 9 degrees with lots of snow. Great traction getting through the different terrains as well. I wasnt able to wear these in before I left and had no problem just putting them on right out of the box and taking off on my hikes. No pains in my feet or pressure points and very comfortable from day one. I asked for the best boot and I certainly received it. VERY happy with these and look forward to future adventures with them.
surfnsd at REI on 01/01/2013

A solid performer

The Asolo Drifter have proven to be a great investment. I wore them to work a couple days before taking them out hiking; they felt fine. The first weekend, I did a quick 9 mile hike and these felt great - no hot spots or blisters (I was wearing REI hiking socks). I was skeptical of the claims of no breaking needed, but no more! The next weekend, I did 12.5 miles in rain and snow, and my feet stayed dry and warm, traction on the trails and wet rocks was great... and again, no blisters or hot spots. Good lacing means I can adjust the support, and the exterior and tough toe casing should serve well. I'm confident these will serve me well for my Nepal/Everest Base Camp trek in November.
Beeze at REI on 02/02/2013

Glad I picked these up!

Broke the rule and bought these boots 4 days before doing a 19 mile section hike on AT in N. GA. Wore them consistently up to and through the hike with no problems at all (sock liners and good Wigwam socks). The trip was spur of the moment and was caught off guard, old boots were in pretty bad shape. I am convinced the ankle support and the stiff fit were essential in preventing an injury where I could have rolled my ankle on some slippery rocks.

I have a narrow foot which is why I rated the boot as a narrow, the fit me great. No issues with toe box. Very happy with the boots overall.
MGA at REI on 09/09/2013

Really happy with this Boot

I purchased these and found they required NO break-in period. Though they're not the lightest boots on the market, I really appreciate the torsional stiffness they provide. 'Used them for a 4-day trip through the Grand Canyon, and always felt they were secure on my feet.

The only thing that would be great on these boots would be a built-in heel lock, which a very few other boots have. Still, there's an excellent lacing movie on youtube which shows how to do a heal lock, and it was quite easy to do with these boots. On YouTube, check out "REI Hiking Boot Laces"

Finally, the quality is very good, and the lacing hardware quite sturdy.
hikester1 at REI on 09/09/2013

My new favorite boot

For years I've been a asolo fsn 95 fan, but the drifters have become my new favorite boot. The drifters are very similar, but at size 13, they weigh 5 ounces less each (with my digital fishing scale). To me every ounce is very important when taking thousands of steps each day. They are also taller and offer more ankle support (which I need). I have no traction issues, they seem great in all conditions wet and dry. To summarize, I feel these are basically a much improved version of the fsn 95's, that are lighter and more supportive. Love them.
Dan at REI on 06/06/2012

Supportive and Very Comfortable

Some of the most comfortable boots I have owned. I didn't have a long between my recent trip to CO and my purchase of the Asolo Drifter GV Hiking Boots and so I was naturally nervous about their comfort over 5-days in the mountains. I needn't have worried - they were extremely comfortable. They are a lightweight boot but provided good support and protection over rough ground. I tried, and bought and returned, a number of other brands before settling on the Drifter - glad I did.
StevenC at REI on 10/10/2013

Negative Reviews:

Great boot, but I've had some issues

I've had these boots for around 2 months now, and there is roughly 60 trail miles on them. The break-in period was astonishingly fast and I found them very comfortable, at first... On my last two outings, both around 17 mile day hikes in the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness, the tongues of the boots really dug into my ankles. No matter how loosely I tie them, the discomfort becomes unbearable by mile ten. There has even been some bruising around the inside edge of the tongue on both of my ankles. I've had to lace them up in such a way that the tongue lays outside of the upper. I'm hesitant to return them because they are great in every other respect. They're extremely waterproof, very breathable and don't have any noticeable hot spots. It sounds like I may have a bad pair, but I highly doubt it. It might just be me. I'm hoping this gets better with time. If it does I'll bump it up to 5 stars. If not, they're going back.
Tani357 at REI on 10/10/2013

Too tight on the toes

I tried to replace my other well worn pair of Asolo TPS 520 boots with these hoping for a lighter weight and better breathability. They are lighter and breath better however they are not water proof and leaked in the first small creek crossing I encountered. Also the toe box is too small. If they made these in wide sizings they would probably be a pretty decent boot...but as it stands I went back to my old Asolo TPS 520 boots.
Tiltedtoy at REI on 07/07/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Mixed bag

My feet sweat a lot so I figured I'd give these boots a try as a backpacking boot for shorter trips. The break in period was pretty minimal, very comfortable out of the box. I did notice that traction was a bit of a problem on my first hikes though.

Now I've worn these several times (included a 4 day backpacking trip) and put about 100 miles on them. They're going back to REI when I get home. They are just too slippery. On wet rocks they are super slick (although all boots might slip some). The clincher is that hiking in areas with moist to muddy soil and rocky conditions (i.e. Pennsylvania) leads to frequent slipping.
S in PA at REI on 05/05/2012

Ankle Bruisers

I really wanted to love these boots, but after a 65+ mile break in period on everything from average to steep and rugged terrain, they are still stiff and painful. I am all for the usual break in period, but this is just too much. Aside from a few blisters, my biggest gripe is the bruising on the front of my ankles which gets worse and worse with long descents. I'm going back to La Sportiva.
VJara at REI on 04/04/2013

Stitching coming apart

Loved the boots initially - great fit, nice support, waterproof, very comfortable. After 5 weeks of use and about 10 hikes (6 mile average each), the stitching on my left boot started to unravel near the midway lace loop. REI gladly exchanged them for another pair - I will monitor and write another review on the second set.
Biff at REI on 07/07/2013