Use: rough trail w/heavy pack
Break-in Period: not much
Price Paid: $190
I have been very satisfied with this boot. Got them on sale for $110. Asolo claims the one piece leather is water proof, but I treat them with Sno-Seal, and it absorbs it great, totally repelling all water, except in heavy downpoars I have a narrow foot, and the boot seems to conform to it, or was made narrow, or something. My friend hiked the whole AT in them. All I know is I wouldn't trade it for any other model.
Use: rough trail
Break-in Period: zero
Price Paid: $189 approx.
These boots felt great right out of the box and have performed well on trails under heavy loads. However, don't believe Asolo's marketing promises about this boot. It is NOT stiff enough for step in crampons, and is barely stiff enough for heavy off-trail use. This flexibility adds a lot of comfort though.
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