Information about Asolo FSN 85 Hiking Boots (For Men)
Closeouts. Ultra-durable and water-resistant, Asolo's FSN 85 hiking boots can handle almost any trail on your topo map. Experience why Asolo's FSN collection received Backpacker's magazine "Best Backpacking Boot" award!
Reviewed by Matt Christiani from Traverse City, MI on Monday, February 10, 2014
My first set of Asolo boots and I must say I'm pretty impressed. These things are STIFF right out of the gate but loosen up after a bit of wearing. If you are planning on a serious hike in these I would recommend you get them at least 2 months ahead of time so they can be broken in correctly. Outstanding fit and finish.
Reviewed by Lebayer from Spokane on Monday, January 06, 2014
Wanted to wait a bit on reviewing this boot. Conditions here are terribly icy and it's difficult to work the boot well. It is built on a narrow last, apparently typical for Asolo. Works fine for me because I wear an 11.5 B shoe. Surprisingly, given how narrow the boot is, the heel pocket is not proportionately narrow. I get some slippage with the standard insole but much less with a slight heel lift. The guy at REI told me I'll get even less lift when the boot is fully broken in. Don't anticipate a problem and can't help but be impressed with the quality of workmanship throughout. Am anxious to use them in hot weather and don't think I'll be much bothered by the lack of Goretex and cool boots are a blessing. So, if you have a narrow foot, these are fine boots.
Reviewed by Jason on the frontier from Worldwide on Friday, January 03, 2014
I love these boots! I bought them for everyday wear, I work on uneven terrain and I'm a big guy with flat feet and need good boots with good support,these boots provide that. With most boots I can feel every rock beneath my feet, these boots make me feel like I'm walking on flat terrain. I wish Asolo would make these in a gortex model. If you want great boots at an affordable price, I would highly recommend these boots.
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Answered on 2/13/2013 12:00:00 AM by Prod Spec Kevin from Sierra Trading Post
The first hook is made to be a snug fit for the lace to make it easier to get your laces snug. The laces should "pop" in and out of the hook. You want to adjust your laces snug and then pop them in the first hook then continue lacing up the boot.
Answered on 4/23/2012 12:00:00 AM by The Dog Walker from Show Low, Az.
My last pair lasted three plus years and I beat the sh out of them!!!
Answered on 11/18/2010 12:00:00 AM by bergie from Gardiner Mt.
I would not regard this model of Asolos as a true backpacking boots. These are high quality hikers but not heavy enough for 80 pound loads on a consistent basis. You'll need a heavy leather boot with a wide stable platform. Probably something with a Norweigian welt type of sole. At one tinme Reichle made a beautiful mountaineering boot, but I think they're pretty much out of business now. The old adage, "the heavier the load, the heavier the boot" has been true since the time of the Roman legions.
Answered on 3/21/2011 12:00:00 AM by Nikkor from Scottsdale, Arizona
It would be my opinion that they would do fine provided you replace the stock insoles. Any boot will likely have some issues after a year consistently under that sort of load. I work outdoors all day in mine and they have seemingly held up pretty well particularly for the price. 170# and carrying 40 ish all day.
Answered on 5/30/2011 12:00:00 AM by Bubba from Memphis, TN
carrying a heavy load like 80lbs for extended periods would be most beneficial to wear a heavier backpacking boot,which has a little stiffer sole.these boots are a 'hiking boot' designed for shorter trips and light loads.look into a boot that is specifically made for backpacking which will be much more comfortable for a heavy load on extended trips.
Answered on 7/25/2011 12:00:00 AM by mawknwachel from seattle wa
After one year, if not sooner, and 230lbs on a regular basis you will want to buy a new pair.
Answered on 9/4/2011 12:00:00 AM by pattymack from LI, NY