User Review: Asolo Men's Fugitive GTX
Materials: man made, leather, gore tex
Use: Appalachian trail hiking boots
Break-in Period: 6 miles
Weight: 3 pounds
Price Paid: $170
The Asolo Fugitive GTX are the boots to buy if you plan an extended trip.
Most shoes and boots I wear are size US 11.5 and tend be a little too narrow for my feet, so I purchased size 11.5 wide. The wide size fits my feet perfectly. If you normaly wear a wide and the wide is a little too narrow, purchase a double wide.
Breaking in the shoes was almost non existent. I wore them two times walking my dog about 3 miles each time, before strapping on a 50lb pack and hitting the trail for 20 miles over the course of a couple of days. During the hike there was not even an indication of a hot spot or blister.
I have worn other types of shoes and boots hiking; some high quality, some cheaply manufactured. The Asolo Fugitive is the best I have worn. I have always gotten blisters after a couple of 10 mile to 15 mile days with other boots, but not with the Asolo Fugitives.
In all, over the course of 2 years, I have put about 250 miles on the pair of Asolo Fugitives that I own.
About 150 miles of this are on the Appalachian Trail over mountainous and rocky terrain carrying around 50 pounds in my pack. The tread looks like it could handle another 1,000 miles and they still clean up nice enough to wear out on the town!
I did not even get blisters when it rained for 4 solid days and my feet were soaking wet. Yes, even though the shoes are Gore-tex and water proof, if you slog through water up to your calves, water gets in your shoes.
The only reason these shoes only get 4.5 stars out of 5, is because once they are soaked, inside and out, they take longer than pure leather to dry out. With that said, they are perfect for the hottest days of summer, the the wettest days of spring and in winter down to about 15 degrees F.
In a few years when this pair wears out I will definitely buy another pair. In fact they will probably last so long that I might buy a second pair now - in case they are no longer made in the future!