I am looking for a new pair of boots to replace my Asolo 520's. I liked those boots in every way; they were rugged, well built, water tight and they fit from the first day on. No blisters or hot spots. Unfortunately, the soles, support and waterproof(ness) have had their day and I need to look for a replacement. I could just go out and get another pair, but I always felt like they were too heavy. I do a lot of day hikes and overnighters. I don't do week long trips in the Grand Canyon (although I might someday). I just do trails in the Northeast. Challenging trails, rocky trails, but nothing technical and nothing for more than 2-3 days.
My feet are very middle of the road, but if anything they are narrow. Typical 10 1/2 mens (If it's true what they say, my feet should be at least a 13! Ha!). I need the new boots to be waterproof, supportive and light. I might wear anything from a day pack to a Gregory with 2 days worth of gear. I want the soles to grip since I like to go up and hike ridgeline trails. I also kind of like hiking in the rain. I like the idea of one piece leather. I don't like those boots with a bunch of sewing and patches here and there, but I will live with it if the boots kick ass. I want these boots to last as long as my Asolo's (5 years).
If you need more info in order to help me out, email me or post the questions here and I will get back to you. I will be buying these boots for a multiple day hike, 4-day weekend in April (does that make sense?). Thanks.