User Review: Asolo Men's Fugitive GTX
Materials: leather, gore-tex, other materials
Use: day hikes ranging from 5-6 to 15 or so miles
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: est. $125 ? on sale
I bought these boots in the days when I used full-on heavy hiking boots for regular hiking (I've since joined the masses in using lighter weight footwear on the trail). These are exceptionally uncomfortable on my feet, and actually have caused me significant foot pain.
However I have still found a use for them - they seem to work well for me when outdoors in cold and snowy conditions such as snow shoeing. They are relatively warm, and on snowshoes I don't experience the foot pain I felt using these on bare trails.
- Very hard step (lack of cushion underfoot)
I think I've had these boots for almost 2 years. I've used them on terrain ranging from beach sand, to parts of the Grand Canyon, to scrambling over rocks in the Sierra.
What I like about these boots is that they are very rugged. I get the feeling they'll last me 20 years even with regular use. Well, at least the uppers are very solid. The sole looks like it's showing some signs of wear corresponding to the amount of use they've gotten.
I also like that my feet sweat relatively little with these boots, compared to "heavy" leather boots I've had in the past.
What I dislike about the boots is that they're very uncomfortable. They also don't grip as well as I'd like on rock or snowy surfaces. They also have a very "hard step". After hiking 5 or 6 miles my feet get very tired in these boots. They are a stark contrast to my previous boots, a pair of Merrells, which didn't last as well as I'd like, but which were very comfortable and had an excellent grip on all surfaces.
Worst of all, I've had the issue described by others here, where a part of the upper jabs part of my ankle, which becomes very sore, especially on longer hikes or consecutive days of hiking. I'm not sure if it's the tongue as others mentioned, but at various points on my hikes, different parts of the upper have pressed on different parts of my ankle.
I hope to find a boot with the sturdiness and support of the Asolo Fugitive GTX, but with the comfort of my old Merrells.