More Than a Lightweight Hiking/Walking Shoe

Verified Buyer Reviewed by AnnRAn from Arizona/Pennsylvania on Monday, January 12, 2015
First of all the fit is great and the shoe is supportive and comfortable with a great sole and tread design. I wanted them for backpacking but was put off at first by Asolo and Sierra's description of the shoe as a "summer hiking/walking shoe". since I don't like to hike in big boots I bought them and wore them this weekend to a rainy trip to Sycamore Canyon in AZ. I carried about a 28 pound pack, made numerous stream crossings over slippery rocks and hiked through sand, over rock ledges and on uneven terrain. the shoes were comfortable, supportive and great to backpack in...a lighter weight shoe that is so much more durable than a trail running shoe. I wore various thicknesses of wool socks and never had 1 hot spot or blister. I wore them hiking right out of the box with the same results. I usually take a size 9(occasionally an 8.5) and the shoe fits well with enough room in the toe for downhills. I previously owned a pair of Asolo approach shoes and backpacked in them but the sole is a bit too soft and is wearing down....the shoe is more supportive for backpacking. The sole is also sticky on rock which is good for hiking in AZ. The price was hard to beat on Sierra's site!
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