High structure at no cost to weight

Verified Buyer Reviewed by JLo in the Mts from New Hampshire on Monday, November 10, 2014
Initially saw the Asolo Neutrons on a friend during a long trek in the Presidentails of NH. They caught my eye because they looked sturdy and sharp. He had recently purchased them here, and seemed to love them. I researched a few options and went for these as well. First off, getting Goretex boots for this price is hard to do, a big motivator on wanting to try them out. I'm usually a 12.5 in shoes, but my past hiking boots have been 12, and so I went with the 12 on the Neutron. My feet are also a bit wide in some brands, so I went with the Wide fit as well (the first time I've done that for a boot).
My first hike with them was a quick 5 miler locally, and the new boots are making me very happy. They are very light for how structured they are. I love the lace system, and was able to get them good and snug right away. I felt nimble in these compared to my Merrels of the past two years. Also notable is the toe box; its extremely reinforced and won't be giving anyone worries of stubs. I could tell that this does come at the cost of loss of flexibility on the front of the boot, but it's a change I like thus far. The sole is also extremely thick and supportive, and with good traction up a number of damp rock faces (some already a bit frosty!). Overall, they feel like a pair of really light, very reinforced boots. While the structure comes with a bit less flexibility and sensitivity to the ground underneath your foot, I think they're going to be an excellent boot for longer hikes in all conditions.
Around mile 4 on the first outing I began to feel the expected rub above me heels, part of the break in period, and won't be a problem once they're conditioned to the shape of my foot overtime.
Very pleased with this online boot purchase, something I'm usually hesitant to do!
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