User Review: Asolo Men's Fugitive GTX
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $225
I'm fairly satisfied with these boots. I appreciate the good foot and ankle support during strenuous hiking. I've worn them in snow with gators and they've performed well. With the addition of custom insoles and preparing them for water, the boots have become part of my foot when worn. I recommend buying them.
- Good support
- Perfecting the fit through appropriate lacing can be kind of a chore
Fit: I wear 11 and a half and I find these shoes to provide good foot, heal, and ankle support. I wear them with a custom insole so I've tailored arch support, but I am also somebody who always benefits from additional arch support. Even as a heavier boot, however, with the right customized support the boot essentially becomes part of my foot when properly laced. Maybe the best pair of boots I've owned.
Comfort: The stiff sole on this boot makes break-in a different kind of process. The boot has maintained it's basic factory structure since purchase almost a year and a half ago, which I like. Comfort level is largely dependent on properly lacing to fit.
Support: I find the ankle support to be fairly good. I am certain this boot has saved me from injury where other boots would have failed in so far as the support it provided has been just enough to avert twists and sprains when I've lost footing while carrying a heavy load.
Water Resistance: I've found them to be fairly water resistance. I have not tried leaving my foot submerged for extended periods of time to really test this, but I've done a fair amount of hiking in snow using them with and without snowshoes as well as some creek crossing. In snow, with or without gators, I've never had a problem. The same with creek crossing. However, I've also kept the shoes prepped with waxed to seal them from water. So what I can say is that if you buy these shoes and prep them, they are great.
Traction: Reasonably good traction considering the stiff sole design.
Temp Control: The shoes breathe fairly well though are not magic. On long hikes, you will still need to take off your boots and socks and air your feet out periodically.
Ease of use: Sort of comes with the territory with hiking boots, but I often have to tie and re-tie these boots multiple times to create the right form-fitting dynamics with these boots. Part of the tradeoff with the stiffness that provides the support, I suppose.
Construction and durability: I have found these boots to be durable and well put-together, though I've heard reports that they've come apart for others.
Conditions: I've used these boots primarily for hiking. Their stiff sole design and high cost has encouraged me to use these boots only when needed for strenuous hiking. I've put in perhaps 100 hours of actual hiking time on the boots and the treads are reasonably worn but things are still great overall.