User Review: Salomon Men's 3D Fastpacker Mid GTX
Break-in Period: 1 day
Price Paid: $128
The beauty of these boots is the luxury on not having to think about your feet. It may surprise you to read that I ditched my Asolos for this boot.
The rep at EMS kept trying to tell me that these boots were only good for day trips and light pack situations, and it is true that the sole of this boot is softer than the Asolos. However, the comfort and fit of this boot surpasses all the others by such a margin that the extra comfort and lighter weight decreases my fatigue far more than the bonus of having a stiffer sole.
The only time I've missed my Asolos was doing a steep climb in loose dirt where the sharp stiff soles of the Asolos excel. The rest of the time I was pleased to have the comfort and weight of these boots.
In my opinion, unless you're doing heavy-pack highly-technical ascents, these boots are golden. That being said, my wife believes that I'll go back to the Asolos in less than a year.