Reviewed by Asolo man from Detroit Mi on Wednesday, December 22, 2010
People either love or hate Asolo boots. I have firmly resided in the love camp for the last 5 years or so (my previous 3 pairs). This pair is making me question my choice. One thing I love about an Asolo boot is the way that it locks in my heal. My previous pairs have had great ankle support, but this pair is comparatively flimsy.
There was a burr in metal lace loop in my right one so I destroyed a lace the third time out. I had to buy a file small enough to fix the issue and I am writing a letter to Asolo for a new set of laces. I am having a hard time breaking them in. The boot is so stiff that after 30 miles or so it still won't roll with the contour of my foot. They feel like wood clogs. I imagine that this will resolve itself soon but it is annoying and bothering my left knee.
This set is lighter and better padded than the previous pairs. I haven't had any blisters at all which is a trademark of the brand but if these things don't loosen up soon, I am going to ballast them. They are a mixed bag. I would have rather had another pair of the FSN 95 GTX. Would I recommend them? No. Not at this price point. If they were $80 it would be another story. Look elsewhere in the Asolo line, try the FSN 95 GTX. It is a much better boot – very sturdy with great ankle support.
I am still holding out hope but the construction of these feels cheap under the guise of weight reduction and they fell far short of my expectations. These are grossly overpriced for what they are. I hope this helps. Best wishes.
Arch Type: High Arch
Best Uses: Cold Weather, Day Hiking, Everyday, Light Loads, Wet Conditions
Cons: Difficult Laces, Long Break-in
Describe Yourself: Avid Adventurer
Pros: Great Traction, Sturdy/Durable, Warm, Water Resistant