User Review: Asolo AFX 530
Materials: Leather light weight
Use: light to moderate trail with light to med. pack
Break-in Period: almost none
Weight: very light
Price Paid: about $100
My first impression was very positive! Very comfortable; no break-in period to speak of; light and supportive.
Two problems: the foam footbed that came with the shoe was useless! And worse! During one hike (coming down a mountain), they started to scrunch up. I got some nasty blisters despite stopping to fix them a few times. Second, the sole on mine were not Vibram. They are some in-house rubber brand and are definitely not as sure-footed on wet rocks, etc. Also, the lugs are shallow, and the boot proved useless in spring snow. I just slipped and slided all over the place!
I applied Biwell waterproofing and that worked very well! My feet stayed totally dry; but, I would recommend reapplying the stuff almost every time they might get wet.
I would recommend them highly (as long as you don't mind buying new footbeds) for non-snow hiking!