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Asolo Meridian

rated 3.5 of 5 stars

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After 5 years of some hard use these boots are pretty much done. As with the previous reviewer the plastic footbed that extends up to the ankle has snapped on both boots where the plastic goes into the leather at the ankle. The soles are also very soft so wear quickly and I found their grip was not too good in the wet. They are the least waterproof boots I have ever owned and walking in Scottish Highlands means my feet are usually wet after 30 minutes in moderate to very wet ground. They took ages to break in and it was a very painful process with blisters on my arches and heels. They are generally very comfortable now and the snug fit around my heel is excellent. However, I expected more than 5 years out of these boots and even after 6 months the rand seal pealed away at various sections on both boots. I don't feel I got my money's worth so probably wouldn't buy Asolo again - my previous boots lasted 10 years. I have just bought a pair of Lowa Combat GTX so am looking forward to testing these out.

Materials: Leather
Use: rough trail w/ heavy pack
Break-in Period: 100 miles
Price Paid: £120

Very comfortable, superb support on rough/off trail. Overlapping vamp does not seal well, allowing water leaks. This boot has a plastic footbed which gives it really good torsional stiffness. The footbed extends up the ankle and is the base for the upper two lace hooks on each side. After 3 years of moderate use, the plastic connecting the lace hooks to the footbed broke, leaving the lace hook section floating in space. I certainly expect a lot more than 3 years out of a pair of boots. Like my Fabiano's which I got in 1980, have had resoled a couple of times, and are still in great shape.

Materials: Leather, rubber rand, plastic footbed extend up to the ankle
Use: rough trail
Break-in Period: very fast
Weight: around 3.5
Price Paid: $175

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