This dirtbag scored these boots for the wicked price of... $35. Let me preface this short review by admitting that it is hard to not love a $35 pair of boots, even if their performance is mediocre. However, these boots are phenomenal. They may have ruined me for life. I've never had a pair of boots that fit so well, kept me as dry and worm, or were as comfortable on prolonged hikes. They are light weight compared to other competitors boots I've tried. I've heard people complain about these being slippery... not the case for me. It does appear that the heel is made from different rubber than the rest of the sole. The toe area seems to be a bit stickier than the heel, so if you are having problems with these boots being slippery, stop walking on your heels. haha. Asolo may have come out with the perfect hiking/backpacking boot. My only nicks... I would like if they were just a little more ridged, and if they were more ridged, had a heel welt. I just scored some strap crampons and will test these boots on moderate snow this season.
I've gone through lots of hiking/backpacking boots in my life so far. And I've gone to both ends of the spectrum - old, traditional full leather that needs to be broken in like a good baseball mitt all the way to completely synthetic. I've never found something that just fit right, held it's own in all scenarios and withstood the test of time . . . until I got this boot. It fits my foot so perfectly. I can really kick the crap out of this boot and it just keeps coming back for more. I've trounced all over Mt. Washington for three out of four seasons and this thing gave as well as it took. I hope Asolo doesn't make that mistake of taking a great boot and canceling it from the line because this one is a keeper for me.
I wear hiking boots everyday for my job, I'm in light construction so hiking boots work great. I've had boots from many other brands and these are the best. they are light, watertight and the soles stick to rock like whatever else happens to stick to rock... I've had them in ice, snow, wind, rain and alot of mud. they have served me well over 20 of the high peaks in New York and are gonna be on my feet this year when I finish my 46'ers and next year when I start to tackle the Whites. I cannot rave about these boots enough. when and if these things ever die, I will get another pair without a doubt . (ignore the subpar gaitors in the picture, they were on loan as mine were left home)
Highly recommend after two plus years. Bought these on the recommendation of a friend who said all the SpecOps guys he flies around the world wear these. Figured, good enough for those guys, good enough for me. They have lived up to the recommendation and I can see way those guys put their trust in these boots. They have handled every bit of terrain I've been on well. Mostly worn on day hikes in Switzerland but they have been subject to rain, snow, mud, etc. No pulls, tears, etc. in the leather and the toe cap looks good as new. Boots may run a little narrow if you have wide feet (I do not). Sizing and color is true to listing. Considering buying a 2nd pair in case these ever wear out.
I have had my boots for going on 10 years now. I love them, and you just can't kill them. I have not done any expeditions, but plenty of weekend back pack trips, and day hikes. I love these boots. They go with me no matter the seasons. I am actually having mine resoled, and they should be ready for the next set of adventures. I would say make sure you break them in, other wise they are great. Always keep my feet dry.
I put 14 miles on them in Washington's Goat Rocks Wilderness right out of the box, they required no break in period. They seem to have the ruggedness and durability of other boots I own that weigh twice as much. I highly recommend these boots for carrying heavy loads on multi-day trips with some to lots of snow travel. I would feel totally comfortable strapping crampons on them for Cascade Mountain summit bids.
Great backpacking and day hiking boot. My feet never get wet. On my second pair. Perfect fit. Going to have my second pair resoled if it can be done. Note: Last year I upgraded to the Asolo Flame and they run about a half size smaller. Found it out the hard way, lost both big toenails on the downhill hike out. Switching back to the Fugitive.
I have had these for years! Absolutely love them! One of the most durable boots I have ever had. Their use ranged from hiking in the winter to hiking in southern Utah in the summer. They have a nice stiff sole which I like. They feel like a boot and not like a sneaker. They are super solid.
I RECIEVED THE BOOTS A MONTH AGO. SINCE THEN I CANNOT STOP WEARING THEM. I AM IN AFGHANISTAN AND THEY ARE HOLDING UP GREAT.
Let me first say these are the most comfortable boots I've ever worn. I'm on my second pair after the first developed dry rot in the toe bails after 8 months. I've put just over 100 miles on this new pair, all Appalachian spring/ summer trekking, and THEY ARE DRY ROTTING! This has happened to me with one pair of boots in the dry and cold climate of Montana, and a completely separate pair in the wet/warm climate of western NC. I want to give a good review for the comfort, the lack of break in period, and sharp look of the boot. And maybe BOTH of my experiences are flukes, but I am really sick of getting new boots every 8 months.
I originally bought these back in 2005, and they were fantastic. Lasted about 6 years. I bought a backup pair in 2007, which I broke out in 2011. They lasted about a year until the toe guards came unglued and separated. I gave them one more chance and bought another pair just because they were always comfortable, and that?s hard to find. This pair gave me a wicked blister on my heel. I tried all kinds of sock thicknesses, merino sock liners, different lacing methods, but no dice. Had to return them. It?s a shame, because they used to be perfect. Kudos to Backcountry for their excellent return policy and customer service.