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Asolo Reviews

Yuma WP
Yuma WP Posted: 7/23/14
Reviewer: Natasha from Hermiston, OR
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

About my feet...I have fairly wide feet. My actual shoe size is 6.5 or 7, but often I have to go up to a 7.5 to get the fit in the width that I need. I also have a high arch and need support at my arch to prevent my foot from rolling inward (over pronation). Most all my shoes have aftermarket inserts. I love the Sole Signature EV Ultra or Sole Signature DK Response depending on how much space I need to fill in the shoe and how much arch support I need. I like my feet to have some wiggle room and not feel as though my toes are packed in like sardines. That said...right out of the box these boots are lightweight. The sole of the boot bends and flexes, but still seems to provide support. As I always do with my shoes...I took out the insoles that came with the boots and replaced them with the Sole Signature EV Ultra. An initial fitting left me feeling that they were just right in everything except that they make my foot roll inwards a bit, feeling as though my foot was over pronating slightly. Despite this, the boots feel so wonderful and lightweight...so refreshing since the market is flooded with boots that are like wearing bricks on your feet! The only boot I found up until now that is comparable to this is the Merrell Moab...in the non waterproof version. The waterproof version stiffened up the sides of the boot and affected the flex at the ankle. What a comfortable boot...but the style just wasn't there. In conclusion...despite the slight pronation, I will keep these boots because the other attributes outweigh this one downfall (for me). And thank you Asolo! Finally...a company who makes a hiking boot that doesn't feel like I am wearing 10 pound weights on my feet and so stiff that miles of walking will still not make the sole of the shoe bend like my foot does!

FSN 95 GTX
FSN 95 GTX Posted: 7/1/14
Reviewer: MW from Seattle
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I started hiking seriously and needed good boots that would last. I bought these in a 10½ after reading many great reviews. I love them! They are sturdy and I love the toe protection but the support (rigidity) of the sole takes some getting used to. They are waterproof and have a nice high shaft so I can splash through streams/mud/snow without fear. They do not breathe well, so I sometimes change my sweaty socks halfway through a long hike to stay dry and warm. The toe box is a bit round for super square feet, but they still fit great and I am comfortable for miles and miles. They lace up quickly and adjust easily. The heel brakes well when going downhill. They fit nicely into my snowshoes. The ankles were a bit stiff at first so the heels rubbed and caused blisters until they softened up (a few hikes later). I bought them a year ago and they are holding up excellently.

TPS 520 GV
TPS 520 GV Posted: 6/23/14
Reviewer: Jack from Asheville
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Ordering my third pair of these excellent boots. Previous two pair of soles wore out after approximately 7 years of hiking and construction work. So I have been an Asolo wearer for over 14 years. The uppers although scuffed up after the punishing environments were still functional and comfortable. So at close to a lotta bucks for pair of boots they're a bargain basically cost me around a lotta bucks a year.

Creek WP
Creek WP Posted: 6/17/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

n the picture they look like basketball sneakers but they are actually a sturdy boot. I 'm wearing them with orthodic insoles, with the original insoles removed. I bought my regular shoe size, and I'm wearing thin socks--I got these for summer use. For typical heavy socks I would have had to go to a larger size. After a few weeks--very comfortable, lightweight and completely waterproof.

Mesita WP
Mesita WP Posted: 5/23/14
Reviewer: from Lubbock, TX
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I wanted to like these because they are super cute. Loved the grey with pistachio color, but they would get filthy on the trail. Also too long and narrow for my wide feet. Had to return them.

Power Matic 200 GV
Power Matic 200 GV Posted: 5/11/14
Reviewer: the plumber from new york kid!
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I'm a plumber and I am on my feet all day in these boots. On the weekends I miss them so that I put them back on. I'm buying another pair so I can have a clean one too! Oh, and I have flat feet.

Power Matic 200 GV
Power Matic 200 GV Posted: 5/10/14
Reviewer: David Knight from Grapeland, TX, United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I bought these from Zappos in 2007, after a 2-week long hunt in rough terrain nearly ruined my feet. I bought several pairs of high end boots and tested them in my kitchen by walking on golf balls. These felt the best of the 3 brands that I bought, so I returned the other 2 pair. After over 6-years of hiking, trekking, climbing 14ers and generally abusing these boots, the sole on one finally separated after I walked into and kicked around a bonfire at my ranch for about the hundredth time. I love these boots so much that I sent them to Dave Page Cobblers in Seattle to be resoled and refurbished with Asolo components. I cannot say enough good things about these boots...just wow!

Ray
Ray Posted: 5/5/14
Reviewer: from Lake Tahoe
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Asolo as a whole is a great shoe/boot company. These Ray's are everything I expect and more. Very comfortable shoes, weigh nothing and are great for lite hikes and general around town. If you want something a little more substantial, look at the Shiver or the Cactus (mid-high). Same shoe with a little more support/protection being all suede versions.

TPS 520 GV
TPS 520 GV Posted: 5/4/14
Reviewer: Julia McMillan from Jena, Germany
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

A truly excellent shoe: I not only wear these for lots of hiking (from deserts to alpine), but as my everyday shoe (except in high summer, when they are a bit warm). Beautifully made and so solidly constructed. While they are a hair stiff in the ankle while breaking in, the footbed was immediately comfortable; unlike any other backpacking boot, I would not hesitate to put these on brand new and get on the trail. The only thing I would add to some earlier reviews is that these boots can be resoled: it costs $70 plus shipping, which is a great price, since the main body of the boot will, with a little care, last much longer than the soles (which will wear out after 2 or 3 years of heavy use, especially on lots of asphalt or stoney ground). Asolo's official partner for resoling is Dave Page Cobbler. Your local cobbler will probably not have the special parts in stock.

Fugitive GTX
Fugitive GTX Posted: 4/22/14
Reviewer: Sonja from NJ
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Ordered these for my hiker husband, who has always worn Asolo boots and found them to be very comfy. Sadly, these don't fit like all his others have. Might try wide width in the same size.

Shiver GTX
Shiver GTX Posted: 4/22/14
Reviewer: from New Hampshire
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

A well made shoe by a first class company. I find most Asolo shoes fit a bit narrow, but that's why I like them. I have feet that are slightly less wide than "medium". These shoes fit nicely around the heel and still have good space in the toe box. While some might consider them a bit "utilitarian" in style, I prefer a shoe without stripes and neon colors. The soles seem to be of very hard rubber, but they are Vibram so I trust they will provide good grip. I'm very pleased with this shoe.

Power Matic 200 GV
Power Matic 200 GV Posted: 4/14/14
Reviewer: Little Papa from Mid Missouri
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I bought these boots, based on online reviews, for backpacking and hiking. They are the most incredible shoes/boots I have ever owned. They are like wearing little bomb shelters on your feet! The support is fantastic and the durability amazing. I have worn them backpacking, climbing rocky hills and wading shallow creeks; I am impressed! The only negative I can find about these boots would be the weight and slightly "clunky" size. However, if you need a durable boot for hard wear, this is it!

Stynger GTX
Stynger GTX Posted: 4/13/14
Reviewer: Tracy from Madison, WI
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I just ordered a new pair of Asolo Styngers in the spice color. My current pair of Styngers are 9 years old this summer and have only just begun to leak around the toe. I loved them the minute I put them on and discovered how supportive they were. These boots are great for hiking (especially if you're an ankle turner like I am) and can also double as winter boots that can withstand slush. I'm so glad Asolo (and Zappos) continues on with this model and I will continue to buy these boots as long as they exist.

TPS 535 V
TPS 535 V Posted: 4/10/14
Reviewer: from Denver, CO
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Nice rugged boot with excellent foot and ankle support. Foot padding is almost non existent and made my feet sore within a half hour. Luckily there is plenty of room for inserts.

Trinity
Trinity Posted: 4/6/14
Reviewer: Taylor from Nantucket
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I absolutely love these boots! I have been searching for shoes that fit my slightly wide, slightly tall feet that need an insert. I have ordered and sent back 30 shoes in the last year until these ones. I put my orthotic in, and never thought twice about it. I went to Peru and Galapagos two weeks later and never got blisters. I wore them pretty much every day for the last three months and still, no blisters. I am very happy with this purchase!

Fugitive GTX
Fugitive GTX Posted: 4/2/14
Reviewer: Dylan from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

These would be the perfect boots if they came with better soles. Comfortable, lightweight, waterproof; unfortunately, the soles on mine wore down very quickly, and they never had good traction to begin with. I'm looking into options for having mine re-soled with Vibrams.

Ray
Ray Posted: 3/25/14
Reviewer: Chuck from Northern Virginia
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are excellent quality, very attractive, and very comfortable. I have slightly narrower than average feet, but these are perfect for me. Bear that in mind if you have wide feet or are borderline in size you may need to move up. Looks are terrific and the build is solid. These are excellent shoes. The full toe to ankle lacing provides the ability to tailor the fit.

Khumbu
Khumbu Posted: 3/22/14
Reviewer: Jeffrey Kilmer from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is my second year with Asolo Khumbu and it should be getting a lot more love. I use this boot for climbs in the Adirondack National Park and have been chasing my 46 in a pair of these. The construction of the boot allows you to lock your foot in place and prevents toe band on the way down the mountains. The rubber rands and waterproof Gore-Tex have kept my feet high and dry on the less than perfect days. It has a nice rocker that allows the foot to pass easily through your step and its narrow profile allows for precise foot placement. I usually wear a "D" width and this boot feels true to size as it gently hugs the forefoot without too much squeeze. Lastly the carrot suede finish cleans up nicely after a trip through the Dack mud that is common in the low lands. All in all I have been very pleased with this boot and it gives my aging ankles the support they need.

TPS 520 GV
TPS 520 GV Posted: 3/21/14
Reviewer: Hat from Lindsay, Va
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The Asolo TPS 520 GV is great for what it is: a heavy duty backpacking boot. Actually, it dresses up okay too. This was the one shoe I brought for a month walking trip in the highlands, with a few odd nights in town; it doesn't climb well but that's not what it's made for. The quality of the leather, soles, and waterproofing, are all excellent. Sole rigidity is mildly stiff (for gnarly off trail load carrying, get a stiffer boot if you're going far) -- fine for a casual stroll, and again, plenty of boot for carrying a heavy load on a long trail. This is a relatively heavy and warm boot, which can be just the thing, but do factor it in. On fit: true to size. The "Asolo fit" does, like La Sportiva, tend toward the low volume foot, however they offer wide sizes (I doubt an EEE foot would fit even in the wide side -- but maybe doable if you broke it in carefully). For general reference on sizing, Asolo and Sportiva tend to best fit low volume feet; Scarpa tends towards high volume feet; and Lowa is about in the middle. They're all great brands, it's just something to know as a quick rule of thumb. The higher volume boots give more room in the toe box (which can save you from frostbite) but also tends towards heel lift (which can quickly give you blisters and make you very sad) unless you have a wide heel, or know some good lacing voodoo. Sadly, my feet grew a size before I had the chance to wear these into ruin, but I mention it to say I believe that would have represented a lot of wearing.

TPS 535 V
TPS 535 V Posted: 3/18/14
Reviewer: Ron from Weatherford, Texas
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

The shoe fit perfectly. The shoe is very rigid but comfortable. The construction is excellent. Eventhough the exterior is very hard, the lining cushions the foot very nicely. The sole is stiff enough to protect the foot when walking on uneven surfaces. The tongue stays centered and does not slip to the left or right and is padded so that there is no unequal pressure fron the laces. Ankle support is excellent. I can't say enough about how good the shoe fit. I have a very average size eight foot, not wide or narrow. I particularly like the fit in the heel, not tight but not loose. I have worn the shoes every day for more than three weeks and like them better every day. I orderd the shoes on a Monday morning and received the shoe on Wednesday. Very fast delivery! I was somewhat surprised at the color. I orderd brown and they look almost black. Black or brown, I could not care less. The shoes are not cheap but it is nice to get your moneys worth.

Flame GTX
Flame GTX Posted: 3/14/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Much narrower than expected, particularly since I ordered the 'wide' version. If you like this boot but have wider feet, look at the Asolo Fugitive GTX instead. Nice quality boot.

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