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 Alpine Dennis from Virginia on Wednesday, December 04, 2013
I enjoyed several years of good hiking with a pair of Asolo boots but they finally wore out, so I bought this new model (FSN 85). Like the previous boots, these are very sturdy and have excellent lug soles. Unfortunately, due to medical problems I have developed competing foot needs. I require a larger size and looser fit for my left foot and a regular size boot for the right boot. This new pair meets my left foot requirement but the right foot shoe is too large so I developed some foot pain. Luckily though, the superb boot prices during the holidays permit me to buy a second pair with a smaller size that will meet my right foot requirement. I know, using only two boots out of the four does not seem very cost-effective, However I am comfortable with it because the price of a store-bought pair of boots with the quality of the Asolo FSN 85 would probably be about the same as the two pair that I have bought on the Sierra website during Cyber Week. Heading for the hills!
Reviewed by weedhopper from Northern Arizona on Thursday, November 21, 2013
Read lots of the reviews before purchasing these boots. I'm a solid 10D and have never had to purchase a wide boot so went with the medium. Seemed like a good fit at first but over time I realized that they were too narrow - especially in the toe box area. Keeping these for work were I'm not on my feet a lot but ordered another pair (wide) for weekends and hiking. The wide fit is much more comfortable.
Reviewed by One Fuzz from Eastern PA on Saturday, November 16, 2013
I've had these boots 3 weeks now, and I wear them 5 days/week, walking 10 miles/day in them back & forth to work. I ordered wides- they are not all that much wider than a normal boot so they are pretty snug. The soles are rock-hard, hold the ground well, and look like they will last a very long time; this also means that they do not flex much. I've been lucky with the weather lately, so I cannot speak to how well they might handle rain or snow. The only real disappointment I've encountered is that when they arrived, both boots' first set of metal lace catches were pinched down, with the laces in them so that the laces could not move. I had to pry them open with a screwdriver.
Reviewed by RocDog from Iowa on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Asolo's are just plain great boots. Break in quick, wear great, good traction, support, etc. True fit, never have had a pair go bad other than just wear out eventually. The soles are sticky, so they don't wear like iron, but they wear plenty long enough. Fantastic approach shoes for climbing.
Reviewed by ken from CA on Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Quality is great. The only shortcoming for me is the width. I bought 10wide and they are slightly narrower than the goretex version of the same boot. So for me the right boot is not wide enough. I'm hoping it will break in and be as comforable as the left boot. They weigh 3.0 pounds and have a stiff enough sole that you can hike in rough terrain in relative comfort. They are more stable than some other boots I have tried while weighing less. Each ounce on your feet is equivalent to 6 on your back and these are about as light as you can go and still get great stability.
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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