Use: Ice, Mixed and Mountaineering.
Break-in Period: 2 or 3 days of climbing
Weight: 4-5 lbs
Price Paid: Can't remember
The Asolo 101's are the best plastic boot that I have used. They fit my feet good and have always felt very confortable, whether walking or climbing ice. The snug fit they provide allow a good feel and support while on ice or mixed. The boots always felt light on my feet, not the clumsy feeling you get with a lot of plastics. Mine are about 11 years old and if they were still available I would definetly buy another pair as mine are at about at the end of the trail.
It seems as though Asolo forgot all of the good things that made the 101 an excellent boot when they produced the Expedition. Even with the roller lacing system it is difficult for me to get a good tight fit. The boots seem clumsy although I have done a lot of ice & mixed in them. The plastic used in the Expedition seems overly thick and not very durable as mine are cracking in back where they fit over the achilles. The material used to seal the tongue on either side has not held up very well as it has worn through in a couple of places. The inners are warm enough for expedion use but seem to hold foot perspiration after several days on an expedition if you sweat like I do. But the inners also have durability problems, as an elastic piece that goes across the top of the foot has come unsewn on one of the inners. These boots are a little over two years old. Recommend? I don't think so.
Break-in Period: Never
Price Paid: $450
Asolo screwed up when they changed from the black w/ yellow '94 Expedition. The only change for the better was the use of pulleys which allow you to really crank down and tighten these boots, which you can easily overtighten.
The old model fit perfectly. The new Asoflex-Trifusion model never fit me well. The inner boot was tight and didn't lace up - it used elastic. It had annoying plastic reinforcing which I'm sure has no function inside the shell other than to take up space. These boots were brutal on my shins - very stiff - and squeezed my right foot. I wear a 10.5 D and these boots were too narrow. To top it off, I used them for a season, once a week, and the gusset wore through where it was pinched between the tounge and the boot. If you can wear these comfortably in the store while walking around for two hours, and you want a super-stiff boot, and you have thin feet, and you have $450 laying around, get 'em, otherwise look for something else.
Use: ice climbing
Break-in Period: ???
I bought this boot last year. The main problem is that this boot will never fit. This is not only my opinion, many of my friends tried this kind of boot and they experienced the same. Whenever I used them my shinbone become painful. The membrane at the tongue and the inner-boot seams got ruined after several uses.
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