Where have you been all my life? I have tried a few different approach shoes and trail running shoes, but this one is above and beyond all of those.
The construction is sturdy but comfortable materials that I can actually see lasting for a while. I have used them to hike long distances on very rocky terrain in Death Valley. They were great for gravelly washes, scrambles up steep loose terrain, and navigating dry falls. The grip on these shoes is great and I would have been in deep trouble without them. Some of the short climbing situations I get into while hiking can be faced with more confidence using these shoes.
They have a snug fit and a nice toe grip to help with the tricky spots. I am a size 11.5 and these fit true to size for me. I have found all the Asolo products seem to fit my feet very well though.
Head down to a retail shop and give a pair a try!
Use: rough trail, medium to long (20+ mile) day hikes
Break-in Period: minimal
Price Paid: n/a
Shoes fit well but run a bit large. Order 1/2 size smaller when ordering.
I like the shoe but my only complaint is that the sole of the heel is very narrow and has caused me to roll my foot when crossing over uneven surfaces. If you look at photos you can notice that the heel is much narrower than the upper. This can cause your foot to roll over the sole edge.
Prefer the Scarpa Zen or Garmont Sticky Spin or Sticky Cat. Those two are much more stable. The Asolos have worn well and the quality seems to be great.
Price Paid: $110
Very stiff for the first week, but well worth breaking in. Also needed to get 1/2 size smaller than my other pair of Asolo hiking boots. Found them for $70 at Scheels in Reno, NV, but still worth full price.
Price Paid: $70
Great shoe, very stiff, needs time to break in. Order a half to one size smaller than any other Asolo... I had to send mine back for a half size smaller because they need to fit tight.
Materials: leather upper
Use: scrambling, approaches
Break-in Period: 1 week
Weight: 2 lbs
Price Paid: $114
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