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Asolo FSN 95 GTX Reviews

60 reviews
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100%Rated 5 stars

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Customer Fit Survey:

84% "Felt true to size"

51% "Felt wider than marked"

74% "Excellent arch support"

57 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 4/14/09
Overall Rated:3 stars!
Comfort Rated:2 stars!
Style Rated:3 stars!

This book is built on a curved last, and despite the supposedly "wide" fit in the EE size, it curves in so sharply that my outer two toes get burned on a hike of any length. Moreover, the plastic heel counter does not break in, so I continue to get blisters despite tape. The ankles fit too tightly and caused pain on ankle bones. I made a device from PVC pipe and golf balls and laced them tightly around this for about two weeks. That stretched them enough to be tolerable in the ankles. Because of the heel blisters and tight toe space, they aren’t usable for hiking. Since they’ve been worn outside, I can’t return them, so they’re pretty much good only for gardening. I have Asolo 520s (a leather boot) that fit OK, in part because they break in. Conclusion: if you have a wide foot that is squarish in shape, these boots probably aren’t going to work well.

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3 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 7/21/05
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

Not a boot for wet rock - I am sort of surprised that this boot gets such high marks. The sole is absolutely horrible on wet granite or limestone. Really, no one has had this experience? I've worn many boots and trail runners over 35 years of climbing and backpacking and the GTX soles are some of the worst. Here's a good shoe sole test: find some smooth or painted concrete (like your porch), wet the concrete and shuffle along. Does the boot slip? Now think what it will do walking down a glacial polished granite slab. Enough said.

Additional 40 FSN 95 GTX Asolo Reviews

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2 people found this review helpful  

January 27, 2011

Keith T

from NW Georgia... via Las Vegas, NV !

As for the boots...bought my 1st pair in '02, less than 2 weeks later did a 60 mile wilderness back-pack trip in Wyoming, feet felt great, warm & dry. Finally wore the soles off after 8 years of almost daily wear, and even when the soles were falling off, the boots never leaked any water when standing in the creek! And my new Asolo boots are again my favorite footwear of choice, fit great, comfortable, and wearing them almost everyday. As far as Zappos.com...after much searching to find my new Asolo replacements at outdoor retailer stores, I decided to check out Zappos.com and found them in just a couple of clicks, and for less money, and free shipping, and got them in just a couple of days! Great job Zappos! I'll be back!

Brands I'd also recommend: Merrell, Keen

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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January 17, 2011

Dan

from Chicago

This is a fantastic boot for me. It is very comfortable and seems to "roll" with your foot as you walk from heel to ball of foot. It fits my slightly flat feet like a glove and has greatly alleviated long-standing foot and knee problems. The boot in snow is moisture resistant and keeps my feet reasonably warm and dry. Size 14 fits my normally size 12 foot. The 2 day delivery was super fast.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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July 30, 2010

Anonymous

from Northern California

Both my young adult sons bought these boots for backpacking. They have very different feet - one has low volume somewhat slender feet and the other has moderately wide feet. However, the boots are extremely comfortable for them both, after a brief breaking in period. Traction is decent, although they have not yet used them in wet conditions. One pair had a left boot that hurt at the ankle, but the next pair (yay for Zappos free shipping!) fit perfectly. Highly recommended.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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May 20, 2010

Chris C

from Palos Verdes, CA

I shopped every boot I could find in a store (before Zappos of course) to find a good hiking boot as I've heard from so many friends that these boots don't hurt until you are half way up the mountain. I wanted something that looked like I was climbing Everest (the dialed down version not the flashy version) and something more than your basic entry level hiking boot. The Lexus full size SUV of shoes. I bought a pair of these 4 years ago and still love them. They are super comfortable and frankly indestructible. With these boots I went hiking yes. I also built a house, got nails stuck in them, did a lot of major gardening covering them in mulch and grime to be hosed down numerous times, wore them in the snow, crawled under houses with them, etc, etc., etc. If I took a picture and posted it, they still look darn near new and they have been so heavily abused its not funny. To me these boots offer the style and comfort of the full size Lexus SUV with the unstoppable dependability of a 1965 Toyota Landcruiser FJ40. Amazing. I'd say that I'd buy another pair, but frankly I'll probably be shopping for some shoelaces in about 10 years. You wont be disappointed.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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August 25, 2009

Anonymous

from western mass

Great boots, and really quick shipping. This is my second pair of these hiking boots. The last pair lasted through five years of regular hiking. Very supportive, light, comfortable, and have really good traction compared to other hiking boots I\'ve had. One of the only hiking boots I\'ve found that come in size 14 extra wide.\r\n\r\n

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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2 people found this review helpful  

February 5, 2009

Charles

from Louisiana

Great all purpose boot - Comfortable and fit true to size. Wore them on a 4 hour hike 2 days after I bought them with minimal issues. Actually had the shoes shipped to Tucson, AZ for my hiking adventure and they were there when I arrived. Zappos has great service!!! I would highly recommend these boots.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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September 26, 2008

EF

from New York City

I had this boot during a 260mile excursion in the High Sierra Backcountry; more rugged than any weeklong hunting excursion in Wyoming! The FSN boot held up amazingly! I got two minor blisters, considering I ascended and decended countless 10K+ mountains with a 50lbs ruck. The fact that they’re not vibram soles had nothing to do with their performance. Besides, after the mountain excursion, the boots kept trucking for about 200 more miles before serious wear made them less than ideal for backcountry use.

Brands I'd also recommend: Low Renegade GTX

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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January 5, 2008

Luke W

from Bitterroot mountians, idaho

Horn hunters dream - I recently bought this boot from Zappos and got excellent service. I am a very avid shed horn hunter. the first 5 days I had these boots I put them through hell and they are an awesome tough and very water proof hiking boot.... I would recommend these boots to anyone they are the RUGGED TOUGH REAL DEAL!!!

Brands I'd also recommend: vasque, timbaland

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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January 2, 2008

Alton

from Somewherebwhr&thrCA

Leather sneakers - Lot's of folks speak of the desert on this boot. Yep it works well there. As well as the high wet jungle in Peru. The idea of a desert is no unnoticed climate down south. Of course what boot will keep a good traction on wet stone other than a barefoot wrapped into the crevices. With proper arch support this boot fits better than any glove on the foot. Never mind the look, the only improvement would be loose the fabric eyelets. They only break under pressure. Alton

Brands I'd also recommend: Scarpa, Naot, NB

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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2 people found this review helpful  

December 3, 2007

Jb

 

THE boot. This boot is the real deal. I have worn this boot for 4 years in two combat theaters. Snow, rain, desert, mtn....these boots perform. I am now on my second pair. If you want the boot that the real "Operators" wear this is it. Even if you are just a normal hiker this is the only boot you will ever need.

Brands I'd also recommend: Vasque

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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October 5, 2007

G. I

from Where I'm needed

Way better than issue. Operators and Wanna-bes this is the all-terrain Gore-Tex boot for you. This boot will get you through the mountains, the desert, and whatever else might be thrown at you. They are the boots that any SF operator needs. Put those issue desert boots in the locker, and pick these up. The Asolo FSN 95 GTX breathe, and are waterproof. Anyone that thinks rain is not an issue in the desert hasn't been there when it rains. The traction is great and the soles are long lasting. The sole hardness can give some traction issues in wet conditions but it lessens with wear. The support and comfort are top notch. It takes about two weeks to really break them in, but they are comfortable right out of the box. Snow and Ice are also a bit treacherous in these, but the benefit vastly out weighs the drawbacks.

Brands I'd also recommend: Oakley SI Assault Boot

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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2 people found this review helpful  

February 26, 2007

Ken Y

from Houston, Texas

The Ultimate Shoe - Most people are drawn to this shoe by its extraordinary looks. After getting over the sticker shock and purchasing a pair, they will surely understand the cost of this awesome shoe. It really is a boot and a good looking one at that. I am on my third pair and will hope that Asolo never quits producing this gem. You will not be disappointed with the way this shoe makes your feet feel "correct."

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 12, 2007

Steve

from Denver

First impressions - They fit great. They pinched my little toe a tiny bit at first, but that went away once they were broken in a tiny bit. I’ve used them for some snow-shoeing as well as a couple hikes and around town in the snow. My only complaint is that on wet rock or concrete, they tend to slip pretty easily. Other than that, they are some of the most comfortable boots I’ve ever had and I would recommend them to anyone.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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December 10, 2006

Peter

from Tupper Lake, NY

Breaking in boots - I received my boots several weeks ago and the mild weather in the New York area provided an ideal opportunity to break them in. I have traveled over 40 miles so far, and as I sink into the shoe, each hike is better. I have wide feet, and I really liked the Double EE size I ordered. The boots are sturdy, light and grip well.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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2 people found this review helpful  

June 1, 2006

Gary C

from Nashville, TN

Great hiking boot - Great fit excellent boot and looks sharp!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 16, 2006

Curt S

from Pennsylvania

Great shoe - My shoes have been in the Grand Canyon for weeks, to the deserts and mountains of Egypt and wooded areas of Pennsylvania. This is a great boot.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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April 12, 2006

Anonymous

from Pittsburgh,Pa

They fit and are comfortable! My husband is VERY picky about the fit of his shoes and is hard to buy for. The Asolo's were worth every penny. He loves them and I'm happy that I am done shopping for a while!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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March 25, 2006

Newbie W

from Portland, Oregon

Getting better - These are my first pair of real hard core hiking boots. I mostly bought these because they were an editor choice award in a backpacking magazine, so I figured they knew more than I did. The boots are very light weight and well made. I first had a problem with my right toe being pinched. But have readjusted laces (skipped 1st eyelets) and now feel much, much better. As far as fit I wear a 14 wide in New Balance running shoes and these fit just fine 14 w. good room in toes. (Now that pinching is solved.) For me I was hoping that I would put these on and feel like and old base ball glove, they don’t. They feel like boots. Light weight boots but still boots. The insole is very thin. I still getting them broke in. Hope this helps.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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March 2, 2006

Scott

from Corvallis, OR

Zappos is the best! I bought these shoes and within 3 days I had them! Wow, Zappos rocks! Now for the shoes: They are the best shoes I have seen, tried GIJoes and REI, all those places for nice shoes, but this beats even the flashy brands like NorthFace. Workmanship looks great. The sole feels great as well. This seems like a very sturdy shoe. I will report back here in about 100 miles.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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February 23, 2006

Anonymous

from S.F. CA

Pt Reyes guy - Just got these and they fit GREAT; seem like I could go on the yearly Pt. Reyes trek tomorrow and not worry about blisters! I will break them in first though! Look for me wearing them on the trail soon. My old pair of Asolos wore out in ten years! A LOT of miles on them and I still use them for camping without packs! I hope in the future they will make a shoe like this with solid color

Brands I'd also recommend: any Asolo shoe

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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January 11, 2006

Joe

from Pennsylvania

Rugged hiker with outstanding comfort. I have recently rediscovered the comfort of the '70s and 'Earth Shoes' (anyone else remember those?) with Sketchers 'Critics' and Ecco 'Walkathons' My feet are demanding a shoe with a 'natural foot' shape more and more, with room for an orthotic. This Asolo works for me with a huge toebox and looks Birkenstock will never have. Since I need an orthotic, I am not a good critic of this shoe's arch support.

Brands I'd also recommend: I like Sketchers Critics and Ecco Walkathons, both discontinued, and Birkenstock for comfort (not looks)

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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December 1, 2005

Anonymous

from Atlanta

Nice selection.. This boot is the best hiking boot I have ever owned. I dont hike by the way, I bought these for a cold winter in NYC. 2 winters later, they are still very comfortable. They have SO much support and are lightweight. Not one stitch has come loose yet. Pay extra and get the better boot. Asolo

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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September 25, 2005

Larry M

from Bellingham, Washington

Asolo FSN 96 GTX - I have wide feet and also, Morton's Neuroma caused by too tight shoes. These shoes feel great and fit perfect. I would wear theme everywhere if I could.

Brands I'd also recommend: Teva hiking sandals

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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September 21, 2005

Anonymous

from Boston, MA

Solid boot - but don't believe all the hype. Overall, I am very pleased with this purchase. The boot appears to be a quality one. A word of warning, though. A number of reviewers state, "No break-in time needed". The boot might be comfortable right out of the box, but it is not ready to go on a long hike. I tried to break mine in by wearing them around the house for a couple weeks and then wore them on a three day camping trip (no hikes). I then went on a four-day, 40+ mile hike north of Monadnock in NH, ending with the Monadnock climb. My feet did fare better than some on the hike, but I did have blisters by the end of the third day. By the end of the fourth day, I was in serious pain. The boot needs to be broken in just like any other. The boots did keep my feet dry, but they weren't as ventilated as I would have liked (typical with waterproof boots). Also, you might want to replace the insoles - they're pretty flimsy. Finally, the boot runs just a tad narrow, so if you do have wide feet, definitely go for the wider version.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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May 25, 2005

Anonymous

from Illinois

Over-Pronate Fallen Archs GREAT BOOT - I am a lady with a wide, straight foot and fallen arches that cause me to over-pronate. In job and non-work life I am constantly walking on rough, uneven ground. This boot is sturdy, yet flexible. And the design (tips the foot outward a bit) reduces my over-pronation.

Brands I'd also recommend: Hi-Tec Altitude II

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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