User Review: Asolo Globaline Meridian
Use: rough trail
Break-in Period: 1 day
Price Paid: $190
Bought them going into the start of winter and was immediately impressed by the instant comfort and the nice support they offered. I used them all winter in what was mostly bad weather.
Problems: They offer nothing in the way of waterproofing. More like a sponge. Until I got in the habbit of applying water repelant goop every 2 days my feet were constantly wet. Also the pair I have had the original sole which is very, very slippery when wet. Once the bottom gets wet slippery rocks and narrow mountain passes become terrifying.
Both of these problems have supposedly been corrected in more currant releases. I even did a comparison between the ones offered now and the ones I have at my local outfitter.
The difference in wet traction was astounding. None of this would bother me as they can be re-soled but the new soles are not available yet from Asolo. Also this is the only company I know of where a top of the line product is not warranted against design flaws. They will only fix it if it unravells or the stiching breaks. They really made me mad with their "its not my problem" attitude.
They suggest I wait 3 to 6 months for the soles to arrive from Italy. I won't buy anything else of theirs now, but the products are probably fine as long as you wait for them to get all of the bugs out before you buy. Just my $.02