Asolo Tasman XCR
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I purchased these shoes over a year ago and commuted daily in Seattle in excess of 8 miles in rain, snow, and sun on both bike and foot. Additionally I wore them mt. biking and hiking on many weekends during the year. They are starting to show some wear now, but have been the absolute best outdoor shoe that I've ever owned. I'm really very impressed and am looking forward to getting an identical replacement in the next few months.
Materials: xcr, vibram sole
Use: hiking, mt. biking, bike commuting, walk commuting
Break-in Period: none
First the downside. My ankles had a tendency to roll outwards with the Tasman XCR. Thankfully, I have strong ankles and use trekking poles when I hike. I certainly wouldn't trail run in these. The shoe runs wide, and I replaced the flimsy factory footbeds (I haven't bought a pair of shoes with decent footbeds yet) with Super Feet green insoles. These are for high-volume shoes and took up some of the space, but I was still close to lacing these as far as they could go. Stay away from these if you have narrow feet.
The shoes are a bit stiff out of the box, so that may contribute to some of the roll and a bit of heel slippage. The XCR lining on these is great. I purchased these to replace a pair of Nike Air Teocalis (I still love them, and will use them in dry weather) that have begun to leak.
Even with some of these shortcomings, I'm pleased with the shoes. They are made well, have good traction, and are nice in sloppy conditions. Get a pair of Super Feet green insoles (not the blue), wear thick socks, and mind your ankles and the shoes will serve well.
Use: fast hiking w/ light pack
Break-in Period: over 10 miles
Price Paid: $70
Overall a decent, but not great, all-purpose shoe. I have used this shoe for light hikes and short jogs and they have held up well. The Gore-Tex XCR functions well as it breathes better then older Gore-Tex lined shoes. Shoe is relatively well put together. The shoe appears narrow, but this was not a problem for me and I was pleased with the high instep which was comfortable for my high arch.
My major quip is with the midsole construction. The midsole is thin and relatively unsupportive and midly cushioned, so the shoe is not the most comfortable I have worn in this category. I personally find lowa light hikers, such as Tempest and Klondike to be more supportive and better cushioned because of their more substantial polyurethane midsole.
Price Paid: $90
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