User Review: Asolo Men's Echo
Use: Hiking and bouldering with a day and a half pack
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: $99.93
I purchased the Echo for Arizona hiking and bouldering because they are non-GoreTex. My feet sweat A LOT but I found the Echo more tolerable than my recent "buy and return purchases" from Lowa, REI and several other major boot makers.
The Echo has a good sole (especially on downhill stuff) and the side to side foot and ankle stability is good if not great.
Also, under the footbed of this boot is a red rubberized material which has helped reduce the sensation of "foot bruising" which is common on hard Arizona trails.
I liked the boot so much that I bought a second pair and had them delivered to Alaska where I walked a damp 12-mile hike to Herbert Glacier with no discomfort or problems...and with no previous "breaking in" of the boot.
The boot is a little narrow but I use Wigwam light wicking socks to reduce the perspiration problem. A pair of "Superfeet" is a welcome addition.
Because I have had a lot of trouble finding acceptable boots the last few years, this 60-year-old hiker with not so wonderful feet is thrilled with the Echo.
I would have given them five stars but I need to evaluate them for more than the dozen trips I have used them.