To review, I've been on the search for the perfect day hiker. I want something light and super comfortable, but I've ruled out trail runners. The list of boots I've bought is astonishing, even to me. I have an obvious footwear fetish.
The good news is I'm nearing the end of my search. If I were sane, I'd say I've reached the end of my search. I've found not one, but two boots that are pretty close to perfect. The Asolo Falcon and the Thyrus. They fit differently, and I'd say better, than any other boot I've tried. Unfortunately this doesn't mean all Asolo boots fit like this. I also bought an Oroel too (I told you I was insane) and it doesn't fit bad, but doesn't have the same fantastic fit as the Falcon and Thyrus. I'm sure other models must use the same last, but to be sure, I'd need to try them on at a store. But for now, the Falcon and Thyrus are my top choices. Fantastic boots.
Still on my list of boots I'd like to buy is the Salomon Ultra 3 mid. I have some Salomon 4D 2 GTX backpacking boots that I'm very impressed with. If I were hiking to Everest base camp, these are the boots I'd wear. So I'm inclined to think I'd like the Ultra 3 a lot too.
If I ever get the urge to climb Rainier again, or some other big volcano, like Chimborazo, La Sportiva makes a great boot for that.
Currently, my three favorite boot companies are Asolo, Salomon, and La Sportiva.