Asolo Fugitive GTX

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Asolo Fugitive GTX
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The Asolo Men's Fugitive GTX® Backpacking Boots are an ideal choice for light hikers and trekkers who demand performance and comfort. With Water-Resistant Suede + Cordura Uppers and GORE-TEX® performance comfort footwear lining the Fugitive will keep out the elements. The Duo Asoflex Last is the synthesis of Asolo’s research; two elements are melted together to improve comfort and performance. The first element, constructed of a stiff material benefits anti- pronation, anti-supination and anti-torsion.


  • Fit MM - ML - MW


  • Outsoles are a combination of polyurethane midsoles over a bi-density rubber bottom for cushioning and traction
  • DuoAsoflex midsoles mix a shock-absorbing soft layer with a stiffer shank for torsion control

Lining and Layers:

  • Inner lining GORE-TEX


  • Water-resistant split-grain leather and Cordura® nylon uppers are lightweight, breathable and durable

Weather and Wind:

  • GORE-TEX® liners make these boots waterproof yet breathable, for comfort in a variety of conditions


  • Weight gr. 690 (1/2 pair size 8)
  • Size Men (6-13,5 UK) Women (3,5-9,5 UK)


  • Upper mm 1,6-1,8 water resistant suede + Cordura


  • Reinforced rubber heels and toe boxes provide durable protection
  • Sole Asolo Syncro rubber-PU
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The Fugitive GTX from Asolo is an ideal choice for light hikers and trekkers who demand lightweight and comfort.
The Fugitive GTX Boots are structured with Asolo's innovative footbed - Duo Asoflex, which is a midsole where two elements are melted together to improve comfort and performance.  The first layer is a stiff sole that helps with stability and anti-pronation, torsion, or supination. The second is constructed with a softer material that aids in shock absorption while stepping on uneven terrain.
Designed with GORE-TEX Sierra liners for fully reliable waterproof and breathable boots.

The Asolo Fugitive GTX Men's Hiking Boot is a great everyday hiking boot that offers great technical details and outstanding performance. It's GORE-TEX liner will keep your feet dry in wet conditions. The GORE-TEX liner accompanied by a durable Water-resistant suede upper make this boot a very comfortable long lasting boot.

FEATURES of the Asolo Men's Fugitive GTX Boot.


Responsive and snappy, the waterproof Asolo Fugitive GTX Hiking Boots are the right choice for trekkers who demand light weight and comfort.

Ideal choice for light hikers and trekkers who demand lightweight and comfort with a snappy design.
Duo Asoflex midsole in which two elements are melted together to improve comfort and performance. The first element, constructed of a stiff material benefits anti pronation, anti supination and anti torsion. The second element, constructed with a softer material offers shock absorption while walking.
Water resistant suede and Cordura® uppers.
GORE-TEX® liners for waterproof yet breathable boots.
Outsole is a combination of bi-density rubber bottom for cushion and traction.
Shoe weighs 1.52lbs (690gr).
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Anatomic Foobed:Lite 2.
Anatomic Footbed:Lite 2
Average footwear weight (pair):3 lbs. 2 oz.
Country Of Origin:Eastern Europe
Does this shoe come in widths?:Yes
Footwear Type:Hiking/Backpacking
Footwear closure:Lace-up
Footwear height:Over-the-ankle
Insole:Lite 2
Last:Duo Asoflex
Lasting Board:Duo Asoflex man.
Liner:Gore-Tex performance comfort footwear
Lining:Gore-Tex Performance Comfort Footwear.
Material:Water resistant suede,Cordura GORE-TEX
Material Technology:GORE-TEX
Shoe Stability:Stability
Sole:Asolo Syncro (rubber-pu).
Support:Thermoplastic urethane
Upper:Water-resistant suede 1,6-1,8 mm + high tenacity nylon.
Weight:1 lb 8 oz / 690 g (Single Boot)
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Asolo Fugitive GTX Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Comfortable, Durable.

I am a professional field biologist, so I spend all day, every day on my feet hiking over uneven terrain in the mountains and deserts of Arizona, California and Nevada as well as in the New World Tropics. Brush-busting kicking my way through dense chamise, tromping through cactus, grinding them down granite boulders, hiking 6 to 20 miles per day 6 to 7 days a week for 6 months out of the year from Spring to Summer, which is my work season. That's a lot of miles and these boots are the most comfortable I have ever owned. I have narrow, wimpy feet, weigh 215lbs and hike with a lightweight daypack all the time, but these boots allow me to keep hiking all day, all season without major foot pain and never a single blister with midweight wool socks over a thin moisture-wicking liner. They last me one year, and by the end of summer the toe box is blown out where the sole wraps up over the toe, having been super glued back together several times at the end of the day before putting them back on the next morning. I always buy a new set of Superfeet green and toss the insoles that come with these, as they are not great. I also break one pair of laces and have to replace them before the boot wears out, so I buy a second set of laces with each new pair and put them in my pack so I'll have them when the first set breaks. I have used these boots in the jungles of Ecuador from the high Andes to the lowlands of the Amazon basin and have never regretted chosing this boot for my daily use on the job and for my adventures abroad when the work season ends. I am on my 3rd pair and hope they keep stocking these for the rest of my career! I am buying 2 pairs now just in case they get discontinued. By the time the sole separates at the toe, there is almost no tread left on the sole of the boot anyway and they are soft like a slipper, but still provide great support. The stitching has never blown out anywhere on any of the 3 pairs. They grip the rocks, provide plenty of support, are not overly weighty. I wear through boots quickly with all the hard miles I put on them. The metal tabs for the top few loops of the laces have never broken, even though I have bashed them into boulders more times than I can count, even bent them closed and had to open them back up with a screwdriver to get the lace to come out, but they always hold up. In my job, one pair of boots a year is outstanding. I am getting about 1,200 to 1,500 hard miles out of a pair of these boots. And this is the only boot I can say has been able to stand up to that much abuse that I have ever owned - the only pair that has ever lasted me a year. They run narrow, which is perfect for my if you have normal to wide feet, buy the wider ones.
JWDicus at REI on 04/04/2010

Second Pair, Wore out the first

I have been hiking in the Cascade Mountains for the past 10 years. I bought the first pair of these boots after I could not get my Vasque boots to stop giving me blisters. I went to REI and they fitted me for my first pair of these and I loved them. My feet are a size 13 and really narrow and I am 6'5" and weight about 210. The pair I purchased are size 13 with a medium width and they fit very well. I used these to climb Mt. Adams with crampons and Mt. St. Helens. I have hiked 20+ miles in one day and although my feet were tired (who's wouldn't be) I had no blisters. I probably put about 1000 trail miles on these boots before I wore them out. They do require some breaking in and to do so I wore them frequently around town and also when I was coaching little kids soccer. :)

I have used these for many different types of activities: hiking, snowshoeing, backpacking, and just around town. I am the Scout Master of a local troop and I always tell my Scouts to get a good pair of shoes. They will last you a long time and allow you to enjoy the outdoors rather than complain all day. Of course I also recommend that if you are buying this high of a priced shoe that you actually go to REI and try them on. They will fit you for a boot. Each person's foot is shaped slightly differently and your foot will work better in a certain brand of shoe. For those who can't get to the store, these are a great boot for those with a little narrower foot. I am tall and lean and they fit very comfortably, can deal with the miles, can hold up to snow, rain, and heat. They do sell a wide width, for those who need it.

Lastly, let's talk about waterproofing. I wore these boots for about six years and I would chose on small streams just to walk right through them. I took these boots snowshoeing in very wet snow and they did not leak a bit. I climbed Mt Adams with my feet in snow all day and my feet were prefectly dry. I was in a heavy downpoor on the side of Mt St Helens and although I was soaked to the bone, my feet were still dry. Of course you must wear gator when in the snow otherwise you will kick snow up onto your leg and it will melt down into your shoe and no amount of waterproofing on your shoe will help this.

Overall these are an excellent boot. I wore out my first pair after six years and went and bought another. So, would I recommend them to a friend. Of course, I went and bought them again. :) Get yourself some good shoes and go outside and play.
ScoutMaster275 at REI on 12/12/2012

Great Boot!!

I bought these about a month ago at the Pineville store. The sales associate was very helpful and took his time helping me with getting a proper fit between three different brands of boots....Lowa, Merrel and Asolo. I tried the Solomons but did not like the evergreen color and that was all they carried in that boot.

After determining that my usual 10.5 D wasn't going to work in the Asolo, he brought out an 11 wide. This size fit me well but there was still some volume in the boot that allowed me to slide a little. He then gave me a set of the blue inserts. They took up the left over space and the boots then fit like a glove. They've been a little stiff, but over time, they have come to wrap my feet perfectly. Going downhill they have not allowed any toe bang and going uphill, my heels have stayed put. I've worn them in the rain and they have shrugged off any water. I have not, however, stood in any deeper water for any length of time, other than walking through some 1"-2" deep puddles. I'm hoping to take them on some overnighter's this summer with my daughter. I am hoping that I don't have the issues with wear on the sole that others have had, but then again, some people can wear out anything in a short period of time just by the way they walk or use their gear.

When I tried them on, I had a thin pair of ankle high socks and I pulled some midweight Smartwool socks over those. I've been wearing heavyweight socks with them and they have been fine. While wearing the midweight or lighter socks though, I've had to cinch them pretty tight or wear a thicker liner under them. I have not worn them while on my feet for an extended period of time either, so I can't say that my feet won't swell to fill them out later in my hikes either. Hopefully, with the coming summer, I will be able to go on longer trips as I have pretty busy days right now with the kids and the wife on different schedules from my own, different days off from theirs, etc.

All in all, I have enjoyed these boots and although I was hesitant to spend so much on a pair of boots, the 100% satisfaction policy at REI made it alot easier to do since I can bring them back if ever a problem arrises.
Mulligan at REI on 03/03/2012

Great buy

Iv'e spent a crazy amount of money on backpacking gear and after 6 months of regular use I have to say that these boots have been one of my best investments so far. I tried on several pairs of various brands in the store and these Asolo Fugitives were by far the most comfortable.

Since then I have used the boots on a weekly, sometimes daily basis and I love them. They fit great and are ultra-comfortable on my feet, especially after I discovered the perfect "sock system" to wear with them, which is simply mid-weight Lorpin merinos with Smartwool liners.

One of the reasons I bought this style of boot was that I wanted something lighter and more breathable. Last summer I wore full-grain leather Vasques and my feet were hot and sweaty all the time. With the Fugitives, my feet feel good. My socks aren't wet when I take the boots off. The sweat factor on my feet are drastically reduced. I don't think I'll ever go back to a full-grain upper again.

Case in point: I recently returned from a 4 day trek on the Olympic coast. My hiking partners who all wore full-grain leather boots were rotating out socks on lunch breaks. I wore the same socks the entire trip. They weren't even damp at the end of the day, which tells me that the boots are letting my feet breath.

The comfortability factor is high as well. Again on the same previously mentioned trip, my hiking partners complained of foot soreness. My feet felt amazing the entire time, and while my hiking partners chalked it up to "good feet", I am inclined to think that it was my lighter boots.

I can also attest to the waterproofness. I have hiked through swamps, marsh, tide-pools, and small streams, and have not had water penetrate the boot interior yet. As a matter of fact, one trip in early Spring left our boots all covered in mud. At the house afterwards we attached a pressurized nozzle to a garden hose and blasted our boots to get the caked mud off. My boots did not leak at all, even after spraying with high pressure from a foot away.

The only drawback I would say, is the tread. It doesn't seam to grip that great. Other then that, these boots rock, and are well worth the dough I payed for them.
writeronthestorm at REI on 05/05/2010

Excellent boot, out of the box

Bought these yesterday, after returning a pair of Vasques foolishly bought through mail order, and trying on about six pairs of boots. Thoughts before using them: these are a beautiful pair of boots, reflecting European design - unlike most of the American ([*]) brands, they look like real mountain boots, rather than trail runners on steroids, with an economical, precise sole without a lot of extra rubber sticking out the sides or up the sides of the shoe. And they are available in Wide. And they are nice and stiff (again unlike some terrible American shoes...) - I regularly hike in 5.10 approach shoes, and was looking for something with the same climbing-shoe-precise fit and responsiveness.Thoughts after using them: I felt confident enough in these shoes to take them up Baldy Bowl the first day out. 4200' vertical, about 9 miles, with the first 2000' gain snow-covered trail in bare boots and microspikes, and the remaining climb straight up a snow-covered face in strap-on crampons. The boots were either in deep snow, slush or running water for pretty much the whole hike. They were just fantastic. I never had to stop to adjust the boots, no blisters or discomfort, and they are stiff enough to feel solid front-pointing with the crampons (on steep snow mind you, not ice). Descending I felt confident enough in their ankle support to let my feet slide with the snow, and the soles were stiff enough that I knew exactly what was going on under my feet, with no discomfort or wasted energy. And my feet were completely dry at the end of the day.I'd say this is a suitable four season boot for moderate altitudes (under 11K or so) in California winter conditions (i.e. sunshine and temps above freezing for much of the day). I wouldn't take these out in January in NH, but for SoCal winter hiking they seem great.I think many of the people who complain about issues with the fit of these boots must not have got boots that fit. These fit my foot perfectly out of the box, and performed great. Time will tell of course, but if every hike in them is as good as today, I will be buying Asolo boots for a long time.
DeeF at REI on 04/04/2012

great solid boot, go italians! ha ha

so my review is based on the first trip out in these boots. i just got them a week ago so this was my trial run. to start out, my only real negative was my socks, tore the heal out putting them on. so i suppose new socks would have been a good idea. now the boots... my feet are never easy to fit. so for these boots to fit well, made me happy. i may need a lil more arch support, but that can be fixed with an in-sole. i was happy with the way this boot feels going up and down hill. great support. the stiffer shank really helps the boot stay solid on rough terrain. and we did a bit of off trail adventuring, also good comfort. traction was as good as can be expected. wet rock is wet rock no matter whats on your feet. now the best part that i enjoyed was the gore-tex (pic included) completely submerged under the creek multiple times, my feet never felt a drop of moisture. and it was a cool day so sweat didnt build up either. not sure how well they will breath in hot weather, but to be honest, unless youre wearing tennis shoes, your feet are gunna get a lil warm with any boot. i am very satisfied so far with these boots. i have many plans to abuse them and will update later on after some good testing. break in period is almost not necessary. although, personally, i would recommend trying to wear them around the yard or around town for a few short periods of time to get you feet used to them. that might be my odd feet talking. but it did help a little. if you are reading alot of feed back on here. i will say that about 50% of the negative ad's about these asolo boots are taken WAY out of context and reality. clearly some were written by people whos sole purpose was to be as negative as possible about anything they possibly can. go try these boots on. and others. if you get a pair that doest work, go get another one that does. hope that helps. ejnoy
Ja mountain man at REI on 04/04/2011

Know what you're getting

I felt the need to write a review for this product due to a lot of conflicting reviews. I have taken 3 pairs of these to the ends of their lives. Boots are one of the most difficult products to recommend as they'll never fit two people the same way but the great thing about these boots is the zero break in period. They will break in a little over time but it's not necessary to break them in before heavy use. I've used them on two seperate trips across the colorado trail averaging 15-20 miles per day for a month with a 60lb pack and have never gotten even a hint of a blister or any type of irritation (though I did wear liner socks, which I recommend to anyone who has blister or irritation problems, regardless to make of boot). They are very comfortable (though it should be noted I have very wide feet) and I can't say they seem to be any heavier than any other boot I've owned, if anything their a little lighter my old Merrils. Also even very distressed pairs have maintained unbelievable water resistance (fully submerged for several minutes and there was still no leaking) The reason I didn't give them 5 stars is because the sole does tend to wear out quickly but it's important to know why. They make lightweight and flexible soles for better traction on uneven terrain, which works ( they do provide excellent traction when rock hopping or scree climbing or similar activities as long as the sole is still intact). This I enjoy as vibram soles last forever but are far too stiff for my liking. The downside to the sole being soft is it's lifespan. I've had a pair go on me in a single year (of very heavy use) so don't expect to get more than several hundred miles out of them before the tread is completely gone. As long as Asolo continues to make them, I will never wear any other boot.
kmp2 at REI on 12/12/2010


Im hard on shoes and boots and I have done everything I can to destroy my Fugitives - but I cant. Ive owned them for 3 years and put at least 500 miles on them. Ive hunted, hiked, stood, backpacked, logged, worked and backyard used them [almost daily] for the entire time Ive owned them. Im amazed that with a good cleaning, today, they look almost as good as the day I bought them. Most of the time though, they look like they've been through war and then some.

I really cant say enough good things about these boots. Right out of the box they fit perfect and almost immediately I put them to the test. Two days after I bought them I did 12 miles on a Manistee National Forest trail. The next day I worked in them for 10 hours in a wet muddy field cutting logs and chopping firewood. Two weeks later I marched field after field in South Dakota on a pheasant hunt. These boots have never let me down!

Ive worn them around the house with the laces loose and snagged every lace hook on both boots. Ive bent a couple and bent them back, but never did one pop loose or fail. Ive nicked them with a chain saw and they're still waterproof. Ive repeatedly worn them on my ATV and after all the shifting and rubbing theres little sign of wear on the toe. Ive also hiked the LT in these and they performed flawlessly.

Hands down these are the best boots Ive ever owned and Ive owned a lot of high-end gear. From fit to function to durability you cant go wrong with these boots.

I consider my feet average in width and I have a neutral gait. I tried both the regular and wide fit and went with the wide - the regs were too narrow. I normally wear a 13 and that's what I wear in these.
bigred73 at REI on 12/12/2013

Awesome go-to boot

I bought this boot after about two weeks of research, and trying on 4-5 other pairs. I kept coming back to this boot because it's been around awhile, has good ratings from a large number of people, and is a cross between a hiking boot and a light mountaineering boot.

My main uses are hiking and non-technical mountaineering (13,000-14,000 ft). They did take 3 full-day trips to feel fully broken in, but they also were fairly comfortable right out of the box, just a little stiff with a few hot spots.

I also found them to be a bit spacious, even with wide feet, so I bought some $20 athletic inserts which DRAMATICALLY improved comfort and snugness. The stock inserts are garbage---like styrofoam.

They are waterproof---to a point. They have taken submersion up to the upper eyelets at least 10 times and not leaked, but the leather does get wet and I have a feeling after a summer of use they may leak a bit. Nothing a spray-on waterproofer couldn't solve.

They aren't terribly heavy, but you do feel them at the end of the day, like any sturdy, reinforced boot. The best part about these is the hard plastic toe box and heel cup. This really adds structure and solidarity for rocky, unstable terrain.

They are warm enough for three seasons. Winter---I can foresee them getting quite chilly. A heavyweight expedition sock may keep you warm down to 15 or 20 with these boots, but don't expect a true winter boot here.

Overall these are a great go-to boot for everything from mild hiking to difficult non-technical mountaineering. Very solid, comfortable, and trustworthy. Good buy for the price.
Micahman at REI on 06/06/2013

Saved my ankle

After reading all the reviews on this site, I went in to the store determined to buy this shoe. Based on a review of my needs, the shoe guy recommended a more flexible boot with better traction (for less money), but after comparing the two boots exhaustively in the store, I went with this boot for its stiffness and secure fit. Plus, the other one began to rub my ankle in a couple places after standing around in them for a while.

On my first day out in these boots, I climbed to the summit of Mt Olympus in Utah, which is nothing but a relentless steep and rocky 3 mile climb of over 4000 vertical feet. The boots were wonderful. I was so glad I chose them. On the way down, however, I fell and twisted the heck out of my ankle. As painful as it was, I immediately got up and made sure I could still walk, which I could, but I could tell my ankle was swelling up and turning colors, so I hobbled back down the mountain as quickly as I could, using a hiking pole as a crutch. The boot was stiff enough to hold my ankle steady while climbing down the rocky trail. Once home, I removed the boots and inspected my ankle which was swollen and purple, and I noticed a long, straight bruise along the top of the boot. My guess is that the boot is so stiff that when I fell, instead of the boot flexing side-to-side, it pushed into the side of my leg, causing that bruise. I could only imagine what would have happened if I were in my previous pair of boots.
inflatabill at REI on 07/07/2010

Negative Reviews:

Overpriced and Underperforming

I purchased this boot on sale at an REI garage sale a few months ago as a back-up for some heavy field work this spring (2010). In a nutshell I characterize these as underperforming and overpriced.

I guess this boot would be OK if you wanted to walk during lunch breaks or did some casual walking on groomed trails. I use boots where there is rocky rough terrain, no trails, steep grades, and many ups-and-downs through large arroyos. I typically do about 7-10 miles a day in this type of terrain. Simply put, these are the most unstable boots I've owned. I find myself slipping, sliding, and tripping my throughout a day's work.

This boot has a bad tendency to catch a rock around the heel and instantly turns my ankle. This is partly due to the ankle collar coming only just over the ankle bone. I also think the poor metatarsal stability contributes to this. I contribute this to the all-mesh material of that part of the shoe. One more major complaint is that the laces when tied tight at the top feel like they are digging into my ankle.

The traction issues I have with these boots start with the poor support described previously. But the tread isn't aggressive all, and the rubber is soft enough to push in with a finger. I don't understand why Asolo is too cheap to use Vibram except in its' highest price hikers.

One of the only positive things I can say about this boot is that it breathes well. Oh, I came up with another positive-the rubber on the toe-box protector and the leather parts seem to be good quality and have stood-up well. However, for the price you would do well to purchase any other brand and model of boot. I can't even endorse any Asolo boot, because this isn't the first time I've been disappointed with their products.
RobNV2 at REI on 04/04/2010

A sweaty mess

This is an attractive, well built shoe with a couple of problems.
The main problem is that it just doesn't breathe. Wick-away socks are absolutely essential while wearing this shoe. I wore them sitting in a meeting during their break-in period, wearing regular cotton socks, and within a half hour my feet were a cold, clammy mess. I don't usually suffer from sweaty feet so this was an unusual and unpleasant experience. I gave them a few more chances with other types of sock, but haven't found anything that doesn't get steamy. I wear rubber boots daily for my job and don't have near the problems with foot sweat as I do with these shoes.
The second problem is subjective. These shoes run really narrow. I tried on, and bought the extra-wides. I do usually need to seek out a wider shoe, but usually shoes that are just built a little wider, like Merrell, are fine. I rarely have to go to a specialty width. In spite of getting the wides, these shoes are still a little too tight in the toe box. I imagined when I bought them that they would stretch, and break in to a comfortable toe, but with their lack of ventilation, I'll never find out. Just be warned when ordering online that if you're on the fence with width, you'll want to go large.
I'm disappointed with these shoes, and I'm bringing them back. I wanted to like them, and read all the positive things people said about them before my purchase. Since buying them though, I've looked back and have seen how many of the reviewers listed their "cons" as Uncomfortable.
bryanviixii at REI on 04/04/2012

3 bunk pairs so far

I have had three pairs of GTX Fugitives in less than three years. The first two pairs of boots had leaks in the toe of the right boot. The glue had come unstuck from the sole and water seeped inside the boot in the first pair. The water proofing seemed to fail on the second pair. I was blown away and disappointed when a couple of days ago I noticed the stitching on both boots near the ball fold over the top of the boot toe is coming undone. This is very annoying since I just recently nikwaxed my boots in preparation of fishing and mushroom collecting this Fall. Asolo needs to work on their glue recipe and quality control. I also think everyone's comments about needing a vibram sole are correct. I had a pair of REI brand merril boots that had the nubuck upper fail where it met the sole. The vibram sole still is in great traction condition. I do like the rubber toe cap that is flush with the suede so it is not prone to peeling back. With nikwax application the fugitives are well water resistant. Even though the insoles are thin the boots are very comfortable hiking up sand dunes or steep forested hillsides.I would be so happy if I could get a pair of these boots without manufacturer defects.Wish me luck finding a pair of boots that I can not worry about falling apart within two Fall rainy seasons.I think the insole needs work because it is nearly nonexistent. It has no cushion or shock absorption. I looked online at other reviewer sites and the quality control has been a problem for others.
Jah roots at REI on 11/11/2010

Manufacturing Defect

I had been hiking for years with just running shoes but after foot surgery my usual pair left me limping. The surgery left me with my right foot 1/2 size smaller and 2 sizes wider than the other foot. Also I was no longer able to bend it very much. I knew it was going to be tough to find a pair of boots that would allow me to hike comfortably. I tried on EVERY hiking boot at REI(props to the shoe sales people at the HB store). I hit Nirvana with the mens Asolo Fugitive. It was the only one that fit me and had a stiff enough sole to support my foot. I wore them for a couple of days at work and did about 5 hikes with them. Finally they were broken in and my happy feet and I spent 4 days hiking all through Zion and Bryce over Labor Day weekend. By the end of the trip both soles were completely coming apart from the uppers. Of course, REI was great and took them back with no problem but now I'm without hiking boots. It could be it was my unusual situation or just an isolated event but the other recent reviews say otherwise. Our local store recently had a used gear sale and there were many Asolos there with the same problem. Maybe they should consider switching to the Vibram sole? I think Asolo makes a great boot but they really need to get a handle on their quality control.
TallHikerChick at REI on 10/10/2008


I thought I had found the perfect pair of hiking boots when I tried these on in the store. I wanted to break them in properly before my Superior Hiking Trail trip over the summer. I would go on 4-6 mile stints with a full pack (40 lbs. or so) and did not have any issues whatsoever. When I finally got up there it was a whole different story. We were going between 8-12 miles a day and I have never had so much foot pain in my life. If you buy these make sure to get different insoles asap. On day three I had blisters the size of quarters on the back of my heels, so hiking up to Split Rock was PAINFUL. I was fully prepared to go the rest of the trip in my Chaco Flips. We had to turn back sooner than expected. Granted, these things are bomb proof and I feel like they will never wear out. I still wear them in the winter time and on shorter hikes from time to time but I don't know if I will buy another pair of Asolos. I think I'm going to stick with Vasque from now on.
CurlyFoot at REI on 02/02/2011

Seemed great at first

The rating is for me personally. I will say I feel these are very nice boots, but they don't fit me right, and it took a few hikes to figure that out. If they didn't blister my heels, I'd love 'em.

The heels seem to have a pretty deep cup (Achilles area), and my heel just doesn't have that much vertical arch to it, so it rubs.

Bought them after wearing out my old boots (diff brand) and wanting something a little more substantial for hiking around the Southwest from the deserts to the mountains.
Out of the store I went on a hike in hot desert with some mild scrambling, no problems. Even wore them around town the next days just to break them in. Then a week or so later I went on a 6-mile (trail) hike over undulating terrain, and got a nasty blister on one heel and a hot spot on the other. Tried one more time, making sure I was cinched in and moleskinned the hot spots on my heels. Same result. Going to have to return them.
TStout at REI on 07/07/2012

Pass on this boot

This is my third summer in these boots and they get progressively worse. All of my hiking has been done in the Rocky Mountains with significant elevation gain in dry weather. I've been up several 14ers as well as numerous day hikes and a backpacking trip. After easily 100 miles, these boots haven't broken in. The flimsy ankle support is useless (which was one reason for buying "rugged boots") and my heel constantly slips causing blisters on progressively shorter hikes. I've tried everything to stop blisters (wool socks with liners, powder, different lacing techniques, etc.) to no avail. The factory insole wore out quick and I replaced with a new "SOLE", thinking this may help. I had better padding across the foot, but heel slipping persisted.

The only pro for this boot is it's waterproofing. I've hiked up streams (by choice to test the boot)and my feet stayed dry, however due to Colorado's 300 days of sun, this feature isn't needed. I'll be switching to a lightweight comfy boot with nice inserts.
parezoch at REI on 07/07/2009

Not Recommended

I bought these boots on a whim and finished the last 10 days of the Colorado Trail with them. I was looking for a lighter but fully waterproof boot with minimal break in and they fit the bill. I mailed home my other boots and walked out of Creede thinking I'd be good. I immediately regretted it. These boots don't have a vibram sole and that makes a huge difference in how your feet will feel at the end of a long day hiking. You will feel every rock and your feet will curse you. They are also extremely hot. My feet sweat more in these than in my full leather/goretex Zamberlan boots. I was very surprised by this but it's true. Foot rot will set in if you don't stop frequently and air dry your socks and feet. I wish I could return them but they weren't an REI buy so too bad for me. I'll just use them for work and motorcycle riding.
trailerpark at REI on 11/11/2010

VERY Disappointing

I bought these boots in preparation for hiking Mt. Whitney on the recommendation of a friend that had recently purchased them for himself. The boots seemed to be well-made and performed well on several practice hikes in Malibu and up Mt. Baldy. After about 3 months of use (and right in the middle of my ascent of Whitney), the toe caps began to detach from the boot. Unbelievable! Having spent nearly $200 on a pair of boots, I figured I'd at least get a season or two out of them...wrong! Also, the break-in time is pretty substantial with these boots as well. Over several months hiking on varied terrain, I routinely got blisters on my heel/achilles regardless of the types and combinations of socks I used. Do yourself a favor and stay away from these cheaply-made boots!! Luckily, REI graciously took them back and I was able to get a different pair that have worked better for me thus far...
BurtonVapor157 at REI on 12/12/2008

Third time with leaking left boots

Dear Asolo,
I love the Asolo Fugitive GTX mens hiking boots for the comfort and weight!
I am now on my third pair of boots. All three pairs of boots had the left boot start leaking water between 8 months to 1 1/2 years after purchase. I took back two pairs of boots to REI and now I'm about to take back the THIRD pair to REI for the same identical reason. I complained before and now I'm going to have the REI manager hear about the problem and email a copy of this discussion to the REI website.
Chris - Scoutmaster at REI on 10/10/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Ahh.. I must be one of the unlucky ones.

So I am a land surveyor in the pacific northwest, and I am on my feet for at least 8 hours a day, and that adds up.

I bought these boots in a 10 as that is what I wear in Nike and my Danskos are a 43... same as a 10. It only took me a day or so to realize, that something wasn't quite right. I purchased the Superfeet Orange insoles, as I was due for some new footbeds, and they reinforced the fact for me, that I actually am going to need a 10.5 in this boot I Think.

So Let me drop in that I also have the Heat Molded Sole brand insoles in a pair of Irish S_tter (by R_d W_ng Sh_es) heavy duty hunting boots. These boots have been like a dream for hundreds of miles as a State Highway Dept. Mapper in the field. I'm not kidding when I say lots of miles... I may be picky by some regards, but I also know what the right fit is supposed to be. I had to play with 3 different pairs of R_d W_ngs, before I found the right pair.

Ok back to Asolos... I went to REI today and played for about 1.5 to 2 hours, trying on only this boot with the orange superfeet insoles. I came in with a regular 10 on my feet which felt mostly fine on my right foot but really squeezed my outer ball/pinky toe area on my left foot. After playing with the 10 Wide, in the color I didn't really want, I opted for the 10.5 in the Gray color. I then immediately went to Wildwood trail in Portland (it is a very average safe trail, only a few roots and rocks in spots) and hiked the entire thing at a brisk pace. I have to say that I'm taking this pair of back as well tomorrow, and I will be adding a significant amount of more money to the initial sale price that I have invested in, for a new style all together.

I won't say that this boot is bad... but it certainly isn't right for me! I have honestly never really had wide feet or odd shoe fitting issues before in my life. Now I will say that the 10.5 does seem to fit better and more comfortable than the 10 did with the factory floppy insoles in them, but I need more support than those insoles.

So my summary... I feel that these boots are uncomfortable and fit narrow and small for me. I must reinforce the fact that I traditionally do not run into width issues in most foot ware. I hope this helps some people out. I will say as a closing positive statement, that they are some of my favorite sporty looking hiking boots, and they are definitely rigid, stable and supportive. Great for a pack on your back, but if you are just doing 5 miles or less on trails, on the weekends than this is way to much boot for you.

Gates NW at REI on 04/04/2008

Solid boots, but extremely uncomfortable

I've had these boots for almost 2 years. I've used them on terrain ranging from beach sand, to parts of the Grand Canyon, to scrambling over rocks in the Sierra.

What I like about these boots is that they are very rugged. I get the feeling they'll last me 20 years even with regular use. Well, at least the uppers are very solid. The sole looks like it's showing some signs of wear corresponding to the amount of use they've gotten.

I also like that my feet sweat relatively little with these boots, compared to "heavy" leather boots I've had in the past.

What I dislike about the boots is that they're very uncomfortable. They also don't grip as well as I'd like on rock or snowy surfaces. They also have a very "hard step". After hiking 5 or 6 miles my feet get very tired in these boots. They are a stark contrast to my previous boots, a pair of Merrells, which didn't last as well as I'd like, but which were very comfortable and had an excellent grip on all surfaces.

Worst of all, I've had the issue described by others here, where a part of the upper jabs part of my ankle, which becomes very sore, especially on longer hikes or consecutive days of hiking. I'm not sure if it's the tongue as others mentioned, but at various points on my hikes, different parts of the upper have pressed on different parts of my ankle.

On day hikes I've been able to bear with the discomfort. But on a recent backpacking trip, these boots caused my feet to hurt so badly they hurt for a week after I returned.

I hope to find a boot with the sturdiness and support of the Asolo Fugitive GTX, but with the comfort of my old Merrells.
bheiser at REI on 09/09/2007

I returned these boots

I live in MN and climbed my first 14er with a pair of Merrill cross trainers. Needless to say the decent was not nice on my toes and decided to invest in a pair of hiking boots. I bought these primarily due to price and brand name as I was able to get them for [$] thanks to an REI special! I just returned these boots after 2 years of limited use. Living in MN I only get about 2 or 3 trips to the mountains per year. I also used them a few times for snowshoeing, but other than that they had limited miles. A buddy and I made a trip out to SW Colorado and after spending most of the winter in the closet I found the soles were beginning to separate from the boot up near the toe. They held up long enough to reach the summit of Mt. Sneffels, but when I took them off the rubber on the toes could be completely flipped inside out and the inside seam on my right boot was beginning to fail. I also found them to be somewhat uncomfortable as the tongue didn't fold over evenly and placed pressure on the top of my foot. Overall the boot had good support, traction and did not blister my feet, but I was not impressed with their durability.I recently returned them to REI and received a full credit to purchase a new pair. I decided on a full leather upper (Zamberlan Vioz) and have been very happy thus far. I can't commend REI's service enough. If you're not happy with a purchase they will make it right!
Mountainless in Minnesota at REI on 07/07/2010

Great for 2 years then failure.

I owned these boots for 2 years. During that time I was in love with them. Very durable and great traction. Unfortunately after only 200-300 miles, they gave out in one of the seams and started leaking. I would have thought this to be a one time defect except I have 2 backpacking friends who both wore the fugitive and they both failed around the same mileage. Very dissapointing. After much research and speaking to other avid adventurers, I have come to the conclusion that highly porous boots that rely completely on the gore-tex to keep them waterproof, are a joke. THEY ALL FAIL EVENTUALLY! Gore-Tex is not designed to be the first line of defence on footwear. Why they use it that way, I dont know. If you talk to any old timer who has logged thousands of miles in the mountains, 99% of them will agree with what I just said. I dont believe this is an ASOLO problem, I think this is a problem for ANY brand that uses Gore-tex this way. I have since gone to the ASOLO 200 GV which is a full grain leather boot, that only depends on the Gore-tex as a secondary line of defence. I only have about 80 miles on them so far but they were a very hard 80 miles through white out conditions in Glacier National Park. These boots are Bomber so far. Based on other reviews I plan to get many years out of them! Ill let you know.
John Hancock 80 at REI on 11/11/2011

non-rocky or flat-land hiking boot

After a break-in period of about 50 miles of NH mountain hiking in these boots I have found them to be very comfortable, but to have two serious shortcomings. First, although they have excellent traction most of the time, they completely, and suddenly, "loose it" occasionally, in the presence of a little mud or wetness on smooth rock. Of course, given poor enough conditions any boot will at times loose traction, but so far I have not been able to predict this sudden loss of traction, as I can with my other boots (Crestas, Merrells and Montrails) and hence have not developed a sense of trust in these boots--very disconcerting. Perhaps if Asolo would spring for Vibram soles this problem would be alleviated. Second, the tread of the sole across the ball of the foot (at least on the EE width that I wear) is not as wide as the foot (i.e. the foot "hangs over" the edge of the sole, particularly on the outer side), which at times has cause my foot to roll over on the outer edge when traversing a slope sideways. I wonder if Asolo took the shortcut on the EE sizes of putting a wider upper on a standard width sole?

P.S. the name of "silly" refers to REI forcing the reviewer to pick a name before writing a review.
hikerron at REI on 06/06/2010

Felt great at first, but...

I just got off the Appalachian Trail after starting a week ago due to an injury caused by these boots. Initially the boots felt great, but after hiking consecutive days of 16 miles, 11 miles, and then another 15 miles with a 35 lbs pack in North Georgia, the heel pain became too much to continue. I spent two months breaking in these boots by hiking 3 miles twice a week with a 20 lbs pack in relatively rugged terrain. I thought these boots were going to be the perfect fit for my summer plans of hiking the AT, however now I am going to have to sit out for multiple weeks in order to heal my heel. While I will definitely recommend these boots for day hiking, I am not so sure about a recommendation for backpacking. If you decide to purchase these boots, be sure to test the heel comfort when hiking up steep terrain. I wore liners and wool socks, but still had a significant injury due to the constant hitting of the heel on the back of the boot.
JaMkGu at REI on 05/05/2008

May not suit small feet

I haven't had these boots for very long and so can't comment on a lot of their features. However, I am going to return them because they have a weird fit; I apparently have what is known as a "low-volume" foot, and I've spent the last 5 years in a pair of Hi-Tecs that were size 10.5. Apart from blisters from heel slippage, they worked great. The Asolos that I got were size 9.5, based on foot measurements and the salesperson's recommendation. Well, even with Tognar foam padding inserts, the Asolos still have a very loose heel and thus cause blisters much more easily than my way over-sized Hi-Tecs. I don't know if the heel is just larger than average or what, but I would imagine I would need at least a 9 for a better heel fit, and I've never worn less than a 10 in any kind of footwear except Tevas.
quietgood at REI on 08/08/2011

Light and comfortable

This is my first pair of backpacking-weight boots that aren't all leather. I really appreciate the light weight, Gore-Tex liner, great traction, and reasonable cost. The downside is that I don't think the ballistic nylon offers quite as much protection as heavy leather on rocky trails or when going cross-country. I don't think that they fit as well as a leather boot can, either, but they do OK with a pair of expedition weight merino wool socks to fill the boot and add a little padding (I'm in between sizes and go up to the next size). The most significant drawback is that the tongue has no padding and can become uncomfortable if the laces are tight. They've served me well for fast hikes on steep and rocky terrain (much better than a pair of low-cut hiking shoes!), but would want to see if I could find anything better before buying another pair.
william at REI on 09/09/2007

Average Boot, Strange Fitting

Picked these boots due to good reviews and price. After 1 year I gave them the to speak. The toe box is tight making downhill and rugged rocks a challenge for extended hiking / backpacks. OK for light duty use <8 miles. Sizing runs small and narrow compared to most other brands.

Soles are great on rocks and wet surfaces, but the tradeoff is they wear very quickly.

The boot body is quite watertight, 10 days in Juneau with zero leakage. Good ankle support, average cushioning, very low end insole made from flat foam that desperately needs improvement.

Comfort just never really was there for my foot, maybe its me but the replacement Salamon Quest 4D GTX boots are way more comfy! Evaluate them on the rock and if you don't love the fit in the store don't expect it to improve much with a break in.
outdooraz at REI on 05/05/2011

Great Comfort but No Wet Traction

I really like the comfort, sizing, and waterproof qualities in this boot. The boot fitter at the REI store in St. Louis was exceptional and did a great job helping me select a boot with the right fit. I bought them with the intent to use them while doing 14ers in Colorado. Having used them now in a variety of backpacks and dayhikes, I am generally pleased. However, there is one serious disadvantage - the soles are incredibly slippery when wet. Unlike Vibram soles on my boots in the past, which were very grippy, the soles on these simply have no wet grip at all. If the soles had any wet traction at all, this would be a great boot. I am concerned about how well they will do in the varied conditions on 14ers. Loss of footing on a peak is not a good thing.
Fed at REI on 06/06/2008