Gear Review: Women's Asolo Shiver Trail Shoes and Sierra Trading Post Giveaway

The Asolo Women's Shiver Trail shoes and I
on Mt. Modanock in New Hampshire.
If I've learned nothing else in my outdoor life so far, it's the importance of finding really, really good footwear. And all trail shoes are not created equal. Your trail kicks need to fit, they need to perform well in a variety of situations, and they need to last.

From what I'd heard prior to this review, Asolo's footwear options excel with respect to those criteria. The company is best known for producing technical mountaineering boots, but Asolo also produces footwear for more leisurely adventures and for everything in between. As part of my participation in Sierra Trading Post's #TeamSierra blogger network, I had a chance to put Asolo's Shiver Trail Shoes to the test on Pennsylvania's rocky trails and on New Hampshire's Mt. Monadnock.

The Asolo Shiver Trail shoes didn't require any extensive breaking in and were comfortable right out of the box. They did seem to run a bit large; I'm a solid women's size 10 and had room in the toe box, which caused my feet to slip around on steep descents on my first few testing days. A thicker pair of socks on Mt. Monadnock did the trick and I didn't have any trouble with chafing or blisters throughout testing. If you've never worn a pair of Asolos before, I'd recommend trying your normal size and a half size down.

Despite the fact that my feet slipped a little initially, the lacing system helped me get a solid fit. It's a standard lacing system, but the eyelets (sixteen total, eight on each side) run from right above my toes all the way up to the top of my ankles. I was able to adjust the laces to the exact tightness I needed, and once I got the laces just right, I felt locked in. And though we worked up quite a sweat on Mt. Monadanock, my feet didn't overheat.

This Shiver Trail Shoes also provided more than adequate protection and traction on the trails I hiked. Pennsylvania's trails are famous for rocks, and lots of them, but no matter what I kicked or stepped on, my feet felt safe. Even when it rained on Mt. Modanock, I made it down slick, flat rocks without any trouble, thanks to the Vibram Tenere outsole. I'd describe them as mid-cushion; they're not minmalist shoes by any stretch, but they also don't feel heavy or bulky. And I can see the Shivers lasting me a long, long time; the suede upper took a beating and came out of testing without rips or tears.

The bottom line? Though these were my first pair of Asolo trail shoes, they won't be my last. They're comfortable, colorful, and clearly durable. The lacing system is a standout and I love that I can get the perfect fit as a result. Just be sure you order the right size, and you're good to go.

If this review was helpful and you're itching to try a pair of Asolo kicks, Sierra Trading Post is giving everyone and anyone a chance to win a pair of Asolo shoes!

Click here to visit the Sierra Social Hub to enter, and good luck!

Huge thanks to Sierra Trading Post for providing me with a complimentary pair of Asolo Shiver Trail shoes to test! Seems they're so popular they've already sold out on the Sierra Trading Post website, but they're available through other online retailers. 

Have you tried Asolo shoes before? Any good or bad experiences? I'm always interested to hear how readers feel about a new-to-me brand!


Kompster said…
These look like a great adventure race shoe.