User Review: Asolo Men's Fugitive GTX
Materials: leather gore-tex
Use: short long rough easy heavy light week-long
Break-in Period: 50 miles
Price Paid: $180
Initially I was going to rate these boots much lower. I had problems getting the Gore-Tex liner to lay down properly. They were so stiff they felt as if they would never break in. The rubber of the soles was so sticky it couldn’t possibly last more than a few months.
Well, it’s a few months, a few hundred miles, and few lessons learned later and I love these boots.
I haven’t had any of the reliability or quality issues I’ve read elsewhere here. The stitching has not come apart nor have the soles separated. In fact I’ve found my GTXs to be very rugged. The soles do show some wear, as the rubber really is very sticky, but I believe that’s to be expected.
The boots are as stiff and supportive as the day I bought them, even after two weeks on the AT and in Grand Teton toting a 40lbs pack. I’ve owned other boots which have wilted under the punishment of pounding out miles on trails, but not these boots. As for breaking them in, it may have happened more slowly than with other softer leather boots, but they do fit me perfectly now.
My feet are medium volume, so if you have medium to narrow feet, I’d say you should absolutely try a pair on.