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REVIEW: Veloce GTX by Dolomite

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Dolomite Veloce on the summit of Mont Trelod (2181m) in the Massif des Bauges. Mont Blanc in the background. The Veloce GTX from Dolomite is aimed at mid-level altitude mountaineering and approach walks over hard terrain. It has an interesting upper construction, a stiff sole, a low-cut profile, and it's incredibly light. After 12 months of use, Alan James gives his verdict.

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In reply to UKC/UKH Gear:

They look really interesting but are they really a boot?! A crampon compatible shoe sounds weird but they don't seem to actually have ankle support to them which I suppose I think of a boot as having?

The Dolomite boots I did as part of the B1-B2 test last winter were already impressively light (and just really good boots). Nice to see a brand bringing some new options to the British  market - a make that I think looks like will be well worth considering for people looking new boots/shoes.

In reply to TobyA:

Yes they're pretty hard to define! Neither shoes nor boots sounds quite right - I guess they're Shoots

In reply to TobyA:

> They look really interesting but are they really a boot?! A crampon compatible shoe sounds weird but they don't seem to actually have ankle support to them which I suppose I think of a boot as having?

Yes they are very interesting. The ankle sock makes them look like a boot at first glance but the section that actually gives support is definitely low cut like a shoe, however it does give tremendous support since they are exceptionally solid. 

I am not a very experienced crampon user, and I don't think that crampon use is really a big feature of these, but they will take a crampon and as such, could be used for basic glacier crossing - I think. This wasn't tested though - no glaciers in the places I was trying them in France and Italy last year, nor in the Peak District.

Alan


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