Asolo Flame GTX
Source: bought it new
Very good boot.
- No vibram sole
This boot worked very fine for me!! Waterproof worked fine, no blisters.
I'd like the (no Vibram) sole to last more because it is a very comfortable boot.
Materials: leather, gore-tex
Use: Hiking, Hunting w/ heavy pack
Price Paid: $210
I recently purchased these boots for a Colorado elk hunt and am extremely pleased with my purchase. Out of the box, these boots look and feel like an extremely well made product. I went on 2 gear "shake down" hikes of a couple miles each prior to heading west, and the boots required little break-in for my feet.
In Colorado my hunting partner and I averaged 10 to 12 miles daily for about 5 days for a total of about 54 miles in rough terrain ranging from 8900 ft. to about 10,200 ft. Some of this hiking was on the Continental Divide Trail, but the majority was in the back country climbing and following ridge lines, and walking through large drainages. We covered some rough ground, and these boots performed flawlessly.
They had great shock absorption which meant my feet were not killing me at the end of the day, they had just the right level of stiffness for crawling over and up the large rocky ridges and outcroppings, they kept my feet dry while walking through the multitude of seeps and springs on the mountain sides, and they were overall very comfortable.
I love the lace system on these boot which allows me to really tighten down the laces on top of my foot, while leaving a little slack at the top of my ankle. The lace system does not allow the strings to slip, and keeps the tension however you adjust it - which is a BIG plus in my book, and a deficiency in most typical hunting boots.
I have also put a few more miles on them since returning home scouting the woods here back east, and bowhunting. While the terrain is not as severe, and may not call for a boot this robust, I would get them again in a heartbeat.
I would not hesitate for a second to recommend these boots to anyone looking for an incredible pair of boots to use for hiking, hunting, or trekking.
Price Paid: $210
great boot but they didn't last very long. just over a year and the sole wore out. completly in some places.
waterproofing was great for the longest, but started sneeking in where the sole and seude go together. lots of lacing options and the traction was always there in all conditions. d
id a 40 mile trip in two days and my feet were as sore as they should have been. but the cuff off the boot on one foot put extra preasure on my achilles tendon. wondered if anybody else had this problem.
truly my favorite shoe.
Materials: Gore Tex with non vibram soles
Use: Rough trails with heavy pack
Break-in Period: Nil
Price Paid: $300 Au
Great pair of boots at the start, no blisters and no wear in time, fairly water proof. Light weight yet still comfortable and good shock absorption.
But would not buy them again as the soles wear out way to fast. Have now done about 30 days of walking in them and the soles are worn right down. The uppers are still in mint condition, so am pretty disapointed in them.
Have been hiking on a lot of rocky trails but would expect them to last longer than this.
Use: backpacking, day hikes
Break-in Period: na
Price Paid: $124
Great boots out of the box, little snug but great fit that will only get better. Time will tell but I had a pair of Osolo's that lasted ten years and multiple trips to Alaska. Have no reason to not trust that these will do the same. They look well constructed and just feel right. Cannot feel any seams and footbed feels good. And at this price could not pass them up.
Uncle Dans has them at udans.com.
Use: Hiking w heavy pack
Break-in Period: 15 miles
Price Paid: $185
My previous pair was a Columbia Frontier. Asolo is more comfortable. Used my pair 6 times for about 100 miles. Twice in a heavy rainy trip, water remain outside, no blisters, feel good and foot is very stable. I am ready to repeat next time.