User Review: Asolo Sasslong GV
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $150
Don't buy Asolo just because of the name... try them on for a while!
- Good initial impression
- Vibram sole
- Poor ankle support
- Narrow sole/not stable
- Not sufficient insulation
- Rand peels
I really l thought I had a winner with these, and gave up after trying for over a year. Size and fit is fine (I immediately put in aftermarket insoles). After a typical break-in period, I found these boots comfortable for wearing around town. The Gore-tex lining does its job, and they breathe as designed as well. Overall traction is sufficient.
And for the sub-par... The generic quick-lace loops don't secure laces, requiring frequent re-torque. I found during cold weather hiking and backpacking that these boots don't cut the mustard. Within two to three months, the rand began peeling on both boots at the top.
I contacted Asolo about this, no response. This was my first red flag with their company, after happily owning two previous (different model) Asolo boots.
During my first backpacking trip with these boots, I found them extremely unstable under load. The tread, although sufficient, is far too narrow. The leather is not supportive by itself at the ankle flexion area, making them prone to rolling. It's a shame that these 'backpacking' boots have become my yard work boots.