Finally ... it fits.
I have been shopping for a sturdy, comfortable hiking boot for over six months. The search has been exhaustive and exhausting. My husband and I planned a hiking trip in Yosemite. These are the boots I am taking with me. We plan to day hike everyday of our trip and have even procured a permit to hike the summit of Half Dome. I need a reliable boot and I believe this is it ... FINALLY. I've taken them on rugged day hikes ranging in length from 4 to 11 miles in the southern Appalachians to break them in, although I don't think they needed much of a "break-in". They were comfortable right out of the box and they are a great looking boot! I don't much care what boots look like if they fit but what a perk it is. The lacing system is good. I do make some adjustments from ascent to descent but that's pretty standard. The upper material is very water resistant. Even when I rinsed them off after a hike, water rolled right off the surface. The traction is outstanding. But the final two BEST points for me to make are 1) I didn't get any blisters! And I always get blisters. 2) These boots work on my VERY narrow feet and heels. Every other boot I've tried for this trip was too wide somewhere, somehow. The only complaint I have is I wish there was a little more cushioning in the forefoot area, but I do have extremely sensitive feet. Those with less sensitive feet shouldn't have any problem. I hope to report back with another gleaming review of this boot after our trip to Yosemite. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping these do the job.
I had a pair of Asolos that I bought over 10 years ago that I loved. I finally retired them this year, and started looking for a new pair of boots. I tried on a few different brands, but the Asolos fit me the best. They feel a lot like my old boots, but I did get a 1/2 size smaller. It seems like these boots run a little bigger than the others I tried on. My feet are on the narrow side, and the Asolos work well for me. Other brands, like Keen are too wide and never fit right.
I have gone on a few hikes with them, and so far so good. They are light, required no breaking in, and seem to be good in wet conditions. I had to do multiple stream crossings, and at one point my toe went in pretty deep. My feet stayed dry the whole time. I tend to do longer hikes (6+ miles) on rocky terrain, and these boots should give me the support and durability I need.
Holding up to heavy use
I've been wearing these for a year as my non-mountaineering hiking boots. So far they have held up well to my heavy use. I do a mix of on-off trail and have even done some rock climbing in them! They breathe reasonably well. I did break them in for a few days before using them on the trail and I have had a few blisters here and there, but overall, I think they are breaking in well as I have noticed fewer blisters over time. AKA, the fit isn't the perfection other reviewers found, but it's good enough given the other pluses of this boot. The insoles provided aren't very comfortable after a few miles, but with a pair of $50 superfeet that's all better. I have crossed streams up to my ankle in them- never a wet foot unless the water comes in the top. The black decorative thingy at the ankle lace bracket is peeling off on booth boots now, but otherwise they look great- and I've put a LOT of miles on them!
Comfortable boot with no break in time
These boots are the most comfortable I have used with no break in time and perfect on the islands or in the mountains. I took them for their first hike, nine miles over rough terrain. The were awesome and I was the only one without tired feet later after climbing rocks, rocky edges, creek crossing sand, gravel and even blacktop later in the day. I highly recommend them. I only had a light 30 litre pack on but have since carried a 40 lb pack to the islands with these boots on. I wear one thin sock and one good solid hiking sock. I wear a woman's size 7 regular and purchased these in a 7.5. I think they are perfect. I hate cramped toes, and had none with this fit. I waited a year to buy these, trying on at least six other brands. None even compared to these. Thanks REI and Asolo. I love these boots.
After a month of using this boot I decided it was time for the review as I had not seen any on this newer product. I had previously used the Asolo Stynger as my boot of choice for the past 5 years. I wear out a pair a year, as I hike a lot. I was interested in these new boots as they are a pound lighter than the Stynger. They are GREAT for daily hikes. I probably have close to a 100 miles so far on this pair and they have been wonderful. I bought a half size bigger to accommodate arch supports and the fit was perfect. No break in time either. I have a wide foot and there is plenty of room. Overall I am very happy with these new Asolo's. With REI's liberal return policy you have nothing to lose by trying these out. BIG 5 stars from me.
Asolo is Great!!
THESE ASOLO BOOTS WERE THE ANSWER TO MY PRAYERS! I can hike again finally! I have a foot injury I will have to consider every time I buy a pair of shoes from now on. I have plantar fasciitis and I needed a stiff sole. I didn't realize the break in time these would require and my body had to get used to them too. I do have fairly flat feet and these boots do not have a very high arch which is great. I feel supported by them when I lift heavy loads and I am comfortable during and after the hike. I do not use them for everyday use as I find them uncomfortable on pavement (but then again I don't believe they were made for pavement). I just love these boots!!
Comfortable From Day One
I did not want to get new hiking boots as I was afraid of the "break-in" period and I had recently had an ankle injury. However no worries with these boots. Comfortable from day one on a slightly swollen ankle that I wore a brace on and on the non injured foot one pair of light wool socks and after 8 hour of hiking NO PROBLEMS. Light weight despite the large "look" of the boots, in and out of mud puddles and no wet feet! Great support, did not slide in mud or snow as we hiked (tested in the Colorado Rockies).
Purchased these for a 120 mile hike from Denver to Breckenridge, hiked about 5 miles total to break them in a week before the trip. We averaged 15-20 miles a day, easy to rough, dusty to mucky muddy terrain and they were AMAZING! I wore thin socks (the double layer blister socks) also-- even in 90 degree heat my feet did NOT sweat. After the 120 miles they still look and fit like new.. just had to hose them off! I normally wear an 8 but had to go with an 8.5. I highly recommend!!
Great boots- Love them
A woman recommended these boots to me in the store. She said these were top of the line, indestructible, reliable, excellent boots. She's had hers for 12 years and they're still going strong. I haven't had mine that long, but I think she was absolutely right. There was some break-in, but not bad at all. I love the toe guard. They were definitely worth the money in my opinion. I expect to have these boots for a long time.
Amazing hiking boots!
Liked the look of this boot and it did not disappoint. I tried it on Mt Baldy the day after I got it and I had no blisters whatsoever, then again, I didn't expect any. The lightness was a plus and I tested its waterproof-ness by jumping into the stream instead of hopping the rocks and I was totally dry. Good looks and waterproof with not much break in needed-can't go wrong in my opinion.