Reviewed by nukeman from Santa Maria on Sunday, August 24, 2008
Took a little break in by wearing them once or twice a week before my first trip . The real test was a 9 day 60 mile backpacking trip in the Sierra . I have duck-like feet ( narrow heels and wide toes ) so I have a difficult time fitting boots . Blisters are S.O.P. for me . These fit great and I had...
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Reviewed by dmv22lpd from SW Florida on Tuesday, July 14, 2015
I purchased a pair of Asolo FN 85's a year and a half ago from STP. The price was reasonable...and right out of the box they were comfortable...stiff, but comfortable. The boots offered the stability I was hoping for both in the shank (on hard rocks) and torsionally to add ankle support. Kudos there. The disappointing part. I did not utilize the boots but on two short occasions and neither of them trekking, until just a few days ago, as I vacation in Colorado Springs. The entire sole delaminated on a strenuous descent from Stanley Canyon...a 2.5 mile trail. The left sole ended up coming completely off and the right, upon inspection, looks to be separating also. Now the boots are worthless...and they still look brand new. Sad. No matter how good the deal may be, this has soured me completely from Asolo. I'll save up my pennies and buy Alico Tahoe or Summit boots with a Norwegian welt so the soles can be repaired should there be an issue.
So Asolo leaves me with running shoes to complete several hikes during my Colorado vacation...or the need to purchase a new pair of mid-boots. That stinks! Too bad STP wasn't open yet in Colorado Springs.
Reviewed by Stoyan from Bulgaria on Tuesday, March 3, 2015
I've had two pairs of the FSN 95 GTX boots and I've liked the fit and stability each time. The fit is a bit narrow but my medium-width feet got used to them and ultimately settled in well. As much as I've liked the fit and feel of the boot, I have found both pairs I've owned to be dangerous on any sort of wet, hard surface. Walking downhill on a wet, rocky trail sees me exercising a lot of caution. I recently switched to a Mammut boot with a Vibram sole and there is a profound difference in how confidently I can walk on wet rock or slick dirt. I am surprised more owners of the FSN haven't commented on this.
Reviewed by Geom from Georgia on Monday, February 9, 2015
I have a like new pair of these boots. They have less than 25 miles on them. I had not worn them in a little over a year but deiced to start using them this past weekend. I hiked 5 miles on a paved trail. When I got home I found that the soles were falling off both boots. I called Asolo and they said they were having issues with the soles dry rotting on their boots. It was obvious that I was not the first caller about this problem They offered to resole them but only if I provided proof of purchase. Good luck with that after 3 years.
I am very disappoint in the quality of the boot and the customer service. These were not my first pair of Asolo boots but they will definitely be my last..
Reviewed by Mark from Colorado on Sunday, February 1, 2015
I have a couple of pairs of Asolo boots and love them. These however not so much. The boots are comfortable and did break in very easily. I did one trip on the Upper Mustang in Nepal, and the black material on the sides of the boots started falling apart. I would not recommend these to anyone. The black material started degrading and pieces began falling off in two months.
Reviewed by onefatcat2 from WNC on Friday, December 26, 2014
I've been wearing this particular boot for several years. I'm hard on my boots (landscaping work) and these usually will last me about a year. I have tried a few other brands over the years and have had various stitching and upper material failures but never with this boot. These have always stayed together until I wear a hole through the sole. These have always been made in Romania and the quality of workmanship and materials shows.
My feet actually created an opposite scenario. I normally wore in between 11.5 and 12.0. 12.0 fit better. I wear medium thick socks with no probs. keep an eye on toe box rubber. Mine started to break down for some mysterious reason on first pair after 3 months. Returned to stp, got credit, ordered a 2nd pair, and no probs so far after 2 months
Answered on 3/24/2014 4:53:29 AM by Batman from Va
I first went to an outdoor store which carried Asolo boots. Not this exact model and tried them on. I then ordered my first pair with no problems. I typically wear 11.5 and found them true to size.
Answered on 3/24/2014 10:02:19 AM by Ken from sjc
Take out the ASOLO insole and put in and put in a thin one ( like from a hi tec shoe)
Answered on 3/24/2014 2:51:32 PM by Howie from Jerusalem, Israel
The shoes I received and have since returned were great looking and did not appear to have any errant stitches or anything that would define them as seconds. They were great looking but for me the toe box was too small around the second and third little toe and I knew on a long hike I would get battered toes.
Answered on 3/1/2014 3:08:41 PM by MDL from Pennsylvania
I don't know the answer, but if they are seconds, they are better that most firsts. Derf from Washington
Answered on 3/1/2014 3:37:53 PM by Derf the hiker from Washington