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Flame GTX®
Flame GTX® Posted: 11/20/14
Reviewer: phillip vasquez from dearborn, michigan
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

After my purchase I'm wearing these several times a week all day. With winter upon us in Michigan these are keeping my feet warm while offering great traction in wet and snow. The size is true to fit in both length and width. I ordered a size 9 and the fit is perfect. Might add a gel sole for some additional cushion. Although these are more costly the my previous hiking boot selections they are worn the extra money. Hoping they offer long term wear.

TPS 520 GV
TPS 520 GV Posted: 11/19/14
Reviewer: Krystal weber from Plymouth, Michigan
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Bought these last winter and they still look and feel great. These boots are well worth the money. I have a very high arch and I don't even have to use my orthotic in them. I've worn them all day shopping...my feet were warm dry and comfy all day. Use them up north too. Look great with jeans or a dress. :)

Piuma
Piuma Posted: 11/16/14
Reviewer: Nadav Appel from Israel
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These shoes are far more breathable than their waterproof (WP, Reston WP) or Gore-Tex counterpart is, but in all other aspects are the same (fit, comfort). Overall, if you ever had an Asolo shoe or boots, you would love this. If you have not, then you should definitely try. Unlike Asolo's heavier boots, these are lightweight and do not require almost any "break-in" to become truly comfortable. A way to describe the comfort of these shoes is that it feels as if you are being propelled to do your next step as you stride, no matter if in the outdoors or just in the city, these are my number one choice. Also there is a shorter, more lightweight variation of this: the Quadrant, which I ended up ordering after I got the Piuma, they are very similar and also great. If you are coming from Salomon shoes, you would want to go half a US size smaller (I went from 11.5 at Salomon to 11 at Asolo).

TPS 520 GV
TPS 520 GV Posted: 11/12/14
Reviewer: from Rockport, Maine
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Love these boots! You need to be patient as they are very strong and have very stiff leather, but I'm a daily hiker and they are starting to soften a bit and I love them! I met a girl on the trail that had the same pair only 10 year old and they looked so soft and supple but not worn down. Love to know these will last!!

Ember ML
Ember ML Posted: 11/6/14
Reviewer: NAN HERRON from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I can wear very few shoes. My foot is very hard-to-fit: high arches, slender heel and huge bunions. These are my dream come true. I needed a removable insole to put my orthotics in. This fits the bill. Soft the first time I put them on and lightweight. Many thanks!

Power Matic 200 GV
Power Matic 200 GV Posted: 11/4/14
Reviewer: Peter McCann from United States
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

I bought these to replace a pair of Lowas that shed their sole on the last hike. The polyurethane foam, like used in these, disintegrated, leaving the barely worn vibram outsole dangling in a foot tripping spectacle. After ordering the Asolos, I read 1 star reviews on these boots on Amazon, complaining of the same issue. Called Asolo customer service in hopes of hearing that the issue had been corrected. Was told "We like to make our shoes from natural materials, and the break down process is inevitable". Well, I don't use warm, waterproof hikers often enough to wear them out in 3 years, and when I take a $300.00+ boot out of the closet for a walk, I'd prefer they didn't fall apart on my feet. When you research your purchase, click the 1 star reviews and you see that many are having this issue with different brands. Not sure why the shoe industry is trying to pass this BS off as the new normal, but these are going back and I'm not spending any more hard earned cash on boots with history of sole disintegration. I have a battle scarred pair of 30 year old Vasque Highlanders that are still in one piece, though the solid Vibram soles are well worn. For me, a boot should last until the soles are worn as long as the leather is cared for, and then should be re-soleble and used for years longer. I agree with the reviewers that say the inserts in these boots are poor and uncomfortable, and my feet were hot in them just sitting at my desk.

Stynger GTX®
Stynger GTX® Posted: 11/3/14
Reviewer: from Seattle
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I've never had a pair of rugged hiking boots that were ready to rumble right out of the box. These guys hit the trail with me (and a 30lbs pack) brand new. Four days and no hot spots, no blisters, and blissfully dry feet. I didn't even have to change my socks.

TPS 520 GV
TPS 520 GV Posted: 10/25/14
Reviewer: from Maine
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I love these boots! Glad I chose a half size bigger than I usually wear and the wider width too. They are a perfect boot for just about any outdoor walk. And they don't leave black marks on the floors inside either.

TPS 520 GV
TPS 520 GV Posted: 10/22/14
Reviewer: Nate from San Diego
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I bought a pair of these back in 2007 for the High Sierra trail. I broke them in with a service work trip to Costa Rica earlier in the same year. They handled water logged mud, standing in a foot of muddy, muddy water on a few occasions and would still be my primary backcountry boots if not for the fact that my feet have outgrown them. I will be buying a new pair for next years planned excursions. I hiked across (literally) tons and tons of granite with them and never once were my feet uncomfortable from the shoes (long steep downhills are their own torture). You can basically stand on a spike of granite and you won't feel it. Some people swear by trail runners, as a 200+ lb man, I stand by these over-engineered marvels of hiking boots.

Fugitive GTX®
Fugitive GTX® Posted: 10/19/14
Reviewer: Jeff from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is the best pair of boots that I have owned and I have had a bunch. I have had these for a year now and wore them as casual boots all last winter and then on a backpacking trip in the High Uintas this summer and and after seven days and four passes my feet felt great. You get what you pay for and these are definitely worth the price.

Fugitive GTX®
Fugitive GTX® Posted: 10/13/14
Reviewer: from Ohio
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

While most people are really concerned merely with size and arch support, it must be understood that the Asolo Fugitive boots stand out from the rest of their line for one other important aspect. These boots are made to prevent Over-Supination and Over-Pronation. This is definitely critical to all hikers at certain times but it is also extremely important to individuals who have medical issues with one or the other of those situations (all of the time). I personally have had a severe injury from a car crash (my foot folded over laterally while on the brake pedal) and have had multiple reconstructive surgeries. Given this, you'd think that the rigid Fugitives would be brutal on someone in that condition. They are not, however. Many say that walking barefoot is a good way to strengthen your ankles and retrain your gait. The Fugitives are very much like that; given their rigidity. They feel like a perfectly shaped ankle brace. I have tried many different boots and ended up tying them so tight (for support) that they would break shoe laces and stretch uppers made of leather. These boots would last a few months. These boots use nylon uppers to eliminate stretch and I employ paracord for laces nowadays, but the correct fitting 'last' does not require as much tension to achieve support. All in all, if you have a similar issue, it might be worth trying these boots despite the counter-intuitive nature of wearing stiff boots. I feel a lot better after wearing these and I notice that while other people pound their heels when they walk, I walk silently; which means I am not shocking my joints. I would also recommend you try some high quality wool socks to complement (and tweak) the level of cushion you need (and sizing). I have worn my Fugitives for several years now and they are still going strong. Going to buy another pair from Zappos in a half size larger. Asolo please keep this type of boot in production! Cheers.

Shiver GTX ®
Shiver GTX ® Posted: 10/7/14
Reviewer: Mattly Trent from Bear Valley, Ca.
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Great Shoe! fit was as described, perfect for hiking with a light pack or scrambling to the base of climbs. The Gore-Tex is a great addition. I would buy these again!

TPS 535 V
TPS 535 V Posted: 10/3/14
Reviewer: from Detroit, MI area
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

This is a well engineered and well manufactured boot. It fits like a glove. The only reason that I decided to return it is because I opted for the Gore-Tex model. The arch support is fantastic. It costs now but will last for years with proper care. I highly recommend this boot and hope that Zappos considers offering footwear that not only looks great but is designed and built great. Shoe companies truly do not appreciate the fact that women appreciate quality as well as style. This one may not be a glamorous boot but you won't be sorry. One thing that you should know -- this boot weighs more because of the structure and support that is offers.

Flame GTX®
Flame GTX® Posted: 9/30/14
Reviewer: Brent C from Pendleton, IN
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Awesome boot. I wear them everyday for work. Very comfortable and so far very durable.

TPS 535 V
TPS 535 V Posted: 9/28/14
Reviewer: Adirondack Steve from Adirondacks, NY
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

By far the best hiking boot I have owned. Since the purchase I have logged over 150 miles in the Adirondack Mtns, through loads of wet mud both on day hikes and over night back packs. Sturdy, comfortable and tough. A few days ago hiked 22 miles in these and no blisters. The shoes do run a 1/2 size big and I had to return the 10 1/2 I ordered and ordered a pair of 10's that fit well (I usually always wear a 10 1/2 medium width). Highly recommended.

Trinity
Trinity Posted: 9/24/14
Reviewer: Lindsay Casablanca from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Wow! It's not like I need another pair of hiking boots or shoes, but when I saw these, practicality went out the window. They are gorgeous - what a color! More like orange-red I'd say. And, when they arrived and I put them on for the first time, they were super comfy too. I've worn Scarpa before and love the quality and the fit. In a hiking boot I like to wear a thicker sock, so I ordered the 8 in these, where in a regular street shoe I'd probably get a 7.5. Width seems normal to me, although the toe does narrow down at the end, so if you have wide feet up at the toe part, that might be a problem. I'll be taking these to the damp Emerald Isle soon so I also sprayed them with Cadillac All Weather Shield (great stuff), just to give the water resistance a little boost. Yum!

TPS 520 GV
TPS 520 GV Posted: 9/11/14
Reviewer: ahab from PA
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Over 20 years and 7 pairs later I'm still buying and wearing these boots. The originals were made in Italy and looked more like the Sundowner, but my first few pair had problems with the stitching at the bottoms of the laces. Asolo replaced them for free whenever that gave out before I wore the rest of the boot out. Three or four pairs later the boot design was changed and they are no longer Italian made. Personally I think the soles are soft and wear quickly on macadam, but that's not really what they're made for so that shouldn't be a negative. Some have mentioned resoling these and if I could find a place to do that I would get more use out of them. I wear them everywhere (with the exception of places like the beach or weddings), and they still remain the most comfortable footwear I own. Extremely versatile and never a complaint. Now that Fall is arriving I'm looking forward to 3 seasons of full time wear again, which is why I'm on this site contemplating my next pair.

Agent GV MM
Agent GV MM Posted: 9/5/14
Reviewer: Greg from Dallas, TX
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Fit and feel great right out of box. Very good looking. Bought for light hiking in Alaska this month, so waterproof was important. Shoe has a low, sleek profile and looks great with shorts and jeans or khakis. This is not for cold temp areas, more for moderately cool to warm climes. Very, very pleased and recommend.

Stynger GTX®
Stynger GTX® Posted: 8/15/14
Reviewer: day h from northern terrain
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

I loved the look. I Have loved Asolos 10 years. I am disappointed. These are too narrow in the foot, after sizing up. I returned them.

TPS 535 V
TPS 535 V Posted: 8/15/14
Reviewer: dayhiker from northern terrain
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

These looked great. But they are too tight in the toes, sadly. I have worn Asolos for 10 years and hoped that these would be it. See my other reviews. Five pairs tried, and I ended up with Salomons.

Power Matic 200 GV
Power Matic 200 GV Posted: 8/14/14
Reviewer: Diane Longanecker from Blue Mountains of Washington State
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

These are amazing boots -- and so different from other boots I've worn. They are my daily footwear on the mountain ranch where I live and work. As another reviewer said, these boots are like wearing slippers -- I agree. Yet they are slippers that provide excellent ankle support. I used to wear La Sportiva mountaineering/backpacking boots. Oh, but at the end of the day, I could not wait to get those La Sportivas off my aching feet! That's not the case with the Asolo Power Matic 200GV boots, which I wear with Superfeet insoles. I now enjoy all day comfort instead. There was no breaking time; these boots were comfortable from the first moment I put them on. Although the soles on both the La Sportiva and the Asolo are Vibram brand soles, there is a huge difference between them. The soles on my Asolo boots are springier, softer, and better gripping than the Vibram soles on my La Sportiva boots, which are like having a pair of thick, slick boards strapped to my feet -- making the La Sportivas extremely dangerous on any ice. This winter I'll find out how the Asolos handle ice. (But it has to be better. They already do so much better as I climb steel ladders and walk on the tops of steel tanks.) I also like the "pulley" lacing system. It seems to allow the laces to adjust to your foot as you walk. As a result, the boot feels less restrictive. It's like the boot adjusts to fit my foot, instead of my foot having to tolerate the boot.

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