Asolo Tenacity XCR
Materials: nylon, Gore-Tex XCR liner
Use: trail walking, running, light hiking
Break-in Period: none
Weight: very little
Price Paid: $85 on sale
These are really quite a nice shoe for light hiking, trail walking and trail running in wet conditions. I don't give 5 stars out easily. These are pretty close though...
Materials are primarily nylon, with a Gore-Tex XCR liner. Workmanship looks quite good. No visible problems or mistakes. The internal foot bed is better than most others I've seen. The XCR liner means that they have been completely waterproof as long as the water source is not taller than the mid-cut height of the shoe. Breathability has been as good as expected - on par with other XCR shoes if not perhaps a bit better (less leather reinforcement areas than some other shoes). The sole provides pretty decent traction on dirt/mud trails, but is not as sticky on rock as some other shoes in this market segment. Durability: too early to tell.
Fit was pretty true to the marked size. I'm almost always either an 8.5 or a 9 (US sizing), and the Asolo 8.5 worked perfectly for me. They are possibly just the tiniest bit long. Fit is actually fairly narrow from the heel thru the mid-foot, with a slightly wider toe box. I find them to be an excellent, comfortable fit. People with really wide feet might not like them. My feet are on the narrow side of medium.
When buying these, I was looking to replace a beaten up pair of Montrail Stratos XCR shoes. I was either going to get another pair of these, the Montrail CTC Mid XCR or these Asolos. To compare these, the Stratos is a bit higher cut, the ankle support is more burly. The CTC Mid and the Asolo are both cut a little lower and with a little less ankle support. They are both a bit lighter and more nimble feeling than the Stratos. The Asolo Tenacity is cut the lowest and therefore allows the greatest freedom of ankle motion of the three and is the lightest-feeling. I'd have to say that the CTC Mid was actually my favorite of the three, but the Asolo was my second favorite and was significantly less expensive.
To sum up, I am very happy with my Tenacity XCR shoes for trail runs and walks in damp conditions. They are well-designed, well-built, reasonably dry and breathable, and with a very comfortable fit for my foot. Dislikes: I suspect durability might become an issue as there is much less in the way of leather reinforcement on these shoes. So far, so good though...
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CLOSEOUTS . Asolo Tenacity trail running shoes let you feel the excitement as you leave the sidewalk. Three layers of waterproof breathable Gore-Tex(R) XCR(R) lining for unexpected water hazards. Asolo Lite Flex dual-density stability boards add support and shock absorption. Rugged Hyper Lite Asolo Vibram(R) outsoles tackle varying terrain Mid-cut height Removable footbeds for fast drying Padded gusseted tongues Synthetic nubuck and nylon mesh uppers Weight: 2 lb. pr. Medium width CLOSEOUTS. China. See our Running Shoe Fit Guide
- Sierra Trading Post
On Sale. Free Shipping. Asolo Men's Tenacity XCR Shoe (Fall 2007) The Tenacity XCR by Asolo.Features:Upper: Synthetic Nubuk mm 1.2-1.4 + Nylon MeshLining: Gore-Tex (XCR 3 Layers)Anatomic Footbed: Off RoadSole: Hyper Lite Asolo (rubber-eva)Sole Support: Asolo Lite Flex dual-density + shock absorption (Man)Fit MMWeight: 420 f (1/2 pair size 8.5 man US)Size: Man 8-12, 13-14 US
Race down the trail and blast through puddles in the lightweight Asolo Men's Tenacity XCR Trail Shoes. These trail runners' waterproof Gore-Tex XCR lining blocks moisture while remaining highly breathable, so your feet won't get sweaty and wet as you run on wet trails. The Asolo Hyper Lite sole's sock-absorbing heel area, lateral stabilizers, and specific flex points keep the Tenacity XCR Trail Shoes comfortable, sturdy, and light, so you can log mile after mile after mile.
- Backcountry Outlet
Asolite Flex layer sits between the midsoles and outsoles to transfer shock through three densities this means no jarring! Attack the trails with dogged persistence in Tenacity cross-trainers with their sleek styling, waterproof, breathable lining and lightweight design. EVA dual-density midsoles are extremely lightweight and provide excellent cushioning with great lateral support. Functional, water-resistant synthetic nubuck leather and nylon mesh uppers are breathable yet abrasion resistant where needed. Medium-density thermoplastic urethane (TPU) plates add stability and manage torsion control. Outsoles provide excellent grip in extreme conditions with an anti-clogging design to ensure traction in mud. Waterproof Gore-Tex XCR inserts keep wet weather at bay--and they're extra breathable to ensure comfort.