January 27, 2012

Last year I went searching for a maker of heavy duty hunting boots suitable for New Zealand’s rugged conditions. My search took me to a small village at the base of the mighty Dolomite Mountain Range in Northern Italy.

Mario Gasparetto started hand crafting boots in the small Italian village of Cornuda in 1967. GASPO boots are meticulously hand crafted from the finest Italian materials and are designed for the hikers, mountaineers and hunters chasing wild game in the Dolomites.

Guido Gasparetto, Mario’s son, has now taken over the family business. Guido has 30 years experience making boots in Italy and Eastern Europe. Despite Guido formally taking over the running of the business Mario still makes boots today at the age of 70. What impressed me was the passion Guido and Mario have for making quality boots. Guido personally  follows the process of the boot from concept, material sourcing, cutting, stitching, lasting to attaching the sole. This is what makes Gaspo boots special, they are handcrafted in a small Italian factory where only the best is good enough. When you see and feel these boots you will understand the difference between Gaspo and some of the larger mass produced boots.

We have asked GASPO to make us a range of boots to suit New Zealand and Australia’s hunting conditions. GASPO have developed the Alpi Boot and Upland boot for us and are currently working on a few more models for release later on the in year.

GASPO boots are made with the highest quality materials including Italian Husky leather, Vibram soles and the ground breaking Outdry waterproofing system. (I am sorry but you will have to wait until post four to understand why Outdry is totally unique and is revolutionising the footwear industry).






Mario Gasparetto






Guido Gasparetto




















































This is post 1 of a 4 post article keep an eye out for the next post on Gaspo’s Alpi Boot.

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Place the tape measure around the large part of your chest, usually just below the arm pits. Don't stretch the tape too tight. Align this measurement with the table below to help select your size.

XXS 85-90 33-35
XS 90-95 35-37
S 95-100 37-39
M 100-105 39-41
L 105-110 41-43
XL 110-115 43-45
2XL 115-120 45-47
3XL 120-125 47-49
4XL 125-130 49-51
5XL 130-135 51-53



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INSEAM: This is the measurement from the center of the crotch on our trousers, to the base of the inner leg.

XXS 71-74 28-29 78
XS 75-79 30-31 79
S 80-84 32-33 80
M 85-89 34-35 81
L 90-94 36-37 82
XL 95-99 38-39 83
2XL 100-104 40-41 84
3XL 105-109 42-43 84
4XL 110-114 44-45 85
5XL 115-120 46-47 85



Our outer layer trousers are designed to be worn over the top of your regular trousers. The sizing is therefore larger than our regular trousers. Below are the dimensions of the outer layer trousers.

XS 83-86 33-34 79
S 87-90 34-35 80
M 91-94 36-37 81
L 95-98 37-38 82
XL 99-102 39-40 83
2XL 103-106 41-42 84
3XL 107-110 42-43 84
4XL 111-114 44-45 85

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