User Review: Asolo Men's Fugitive GTX
Materials: Leather, synthetics, gore-tex
Use: Backpacking and Hiking
Break-in Period: Minimal
Price Paid: $175
I purchased my Asolo Fugitive GTX boots from REI 4 years ago. Since then I've put hundreds of miles on them. From the first step they were the most comfortable boot I'd ever owned. I owe a great deal of credit for that comfort to the REI employee (Brentwood TN). He ultimately fitted me in a shoe approximate 1 full size larger than I normally wear. The Superfeet insoles helped reduce the volume of the larger boot and locked my heel into the heel slot.
I've used these boots with heavy to moderate pack loads (30-60 lbs) and unburdened on day hikes. I've worn them on groomed trails and off trail bushwhacking. They always provided enough support and all the comfort I've ever craved.
The only complaint I have with my boots is that the composite soles are dangerously slick on wet surfaces. I've slipped into streams and creeks on numerous occasions when I've stepped onto wet stones trying to cross.
On one solo day hike I thought I had broken my camera, elbow, and hip when I jumped from one large boulder to another. There was a slight misting rain that day and as soon as my landing foot made contact with the slightly tilted surface it flew out from under me. I landed exceedingly hard on my hip and elbow. After laying there for about 10 minutes I was able to hobble my way back to my car and percocet. My hip still gives me some grief 1 year since.
I've never trusted their grip since then.