Asolo Moran GTX
Price Paid: $200
I've been backpacking for 30 years and typically go with a full grain leather backpacking boot. This is my first foray into a light boot designed for backpacking.
Fit was great out of the box. Still took about 30 miles of hiking before they really felt like they were mine. They have been exceptionally comfortable, light, not too hot. I can wear them all day without any discomfort now.
Traction is generally good but I find them just a little more slippery than other boots I have worn on wet rock. I plan on wearing them until they wear out — will see if they have the longevity of a good leather boot.
Use: Hiking and every day work
Break-in Period: Zero! Lace 'em and go...
Price Paid: $240
This boot is so light and comfortable, my new Nikes stay in the closet! Mine took a bit of tweaking with the laces to flex properly but were comfortable immediately. The first time out was for a short 5 mile stroll and they were wonderful. I use the them as a work book on flatbeds also, they're great.
The ankle support and comfort over rocky ground and rough trails will surprise you. Based on 3 months of every day wear, my next pare will be the follow-up to the Moran GTX.
Great boots and worth every dollar!!!
Price Paid: $235
I purchased the Moran GTX after trying four other models in the store. I experienced a blister on my right foot after a three mile warm up. I've tried different insoles and socks but it looks like it's not going away.
Other than this one area on one foot the boots are very comfortable and appear well made. This is the first boot that has given me a blister in such a short time. As always make sure you allow plenty of time for break in before starting your actual hike. Blisters are not your friend.