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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.

Ray
Ray Posted: 8/6/14
Reviewer: wayne k. from United States
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

True to size, good support. Longest hike I've done with them 10miles so I can't speak to distance. They breath well and totally worth the price.

Fugitive GTX®
Fugitive GTX® Posted: 8/4/14
Reviewer: from The far Northwest
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

First, I love these boots, very well made. They are perfect for any environment you will encounter. They are pretty stiff right out of the box. I took them out on a short three mile ruck run. I wore my very thin 5.11 socks and had some hot spots on the outer part of my toes. I was ready to look for a different pair. I did two things that made a huge difference. I while at REI they told me they had a tool to help stretch them out in the toe box and I got medium cushion wool socks by smartwool. Wow, world of difference. I would not suggest these boots to to others to run in because of how stiff the sole is. The sole is perfect for tough terrain and there is a ton of ankle support which is what they are intended for. I just am super rough on my gear and in a pinch I want to know I can move quick and in a hurry to a better location.

Ray
Ray Posted: 8/4/14
Reviewer: from santa fe, nm
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

This is a nice lightweight shoe for walking around town only. I took it on a short 3-4 hour hike and it was just not enough of a shoe to keep my feet comfortable. So while I would not recommend this shoe as a light hiker, it is nice and light for walking around town. In either case, plan on buying an insole for it. This shoe has no padding inside and no arch support.

TPS 520 GV
TPS 520 GV Posted: 7/31/14
Reviewer: from Bolivia, North Carolina
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I purchased these shoes for a moderate to strenuous hike in all kinds of terrain and in all types of weather. Really didn't have a break in period as they were comfortable from the first day. They performed extremely well for what I needed. Would definitely buy them again.

Yuma WP
Yuma WP Posted: 7/23/14
Reviewer: Natasha from Hermiston, OR
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

About my feet...I have fairly wide feet. My actual shoe size is 6.5 or 7, but often I have to go up to a 7.5 to get the fit in the width that I need. I also have a high arch and need support at my arch to prevent my foot from rolling inward (over pronation). Most all my shoes have aftermarket inserts. I love the Sole Signature EV Ultra or Sole Signature DK Response depending on how much space I need to fill in the shoe and how much arch support I need. I like my feet to have some wiggle room and not feel as though my toes are packed in like sardines. That said...right out of the box these boots are lightweight. The sole of the boot bends and flexes, but still seems to provide support. As I always do with my shoes...I took out the insoles that came with the boots and replaced them with the Sole Signature EV Ultra. An initial fitting left me feeling that they were just right in everything except that they make my foot roll inwards a bit, feeling as though my foot was over pronating slightly. Despite this, the boots feel so wonderful and lightweight...so refreshing since the market is flooded with boots that are like wearing bricks on your feet! The only boot I found up until now that is comparable to this is the Merrell Moab...in the non waterproof version. The waterproof version stiffened up the sides of the boot and affected the flex at the ankle. What a comfortable boot...but the style just wasn't there. In conclusion...despite the slight pronation, I will keep these boots because the other attributes outweigh this one downfall (for me). And thank you Asolo! Finally...a company who makes a hiking boot that doesn't feel like I am wearing 10 pound weights on my feet and so stiff that miles of walking will still not make the sole of the shoe bend like my foot does!

TPS 520 GV
TPS 520 GV Posted: 6/23/14
Reviewer: Jack from Asheville
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

Ordering my third pair of these excellent boots. Previous two pair of soles wore out after approximately 7 years of hiking and construction work. So I have been an Asolo wearer for over 14 years. The uppers although scuffed up after the punishing environments were still functional and comfortable. So at close to a lotta bucks for pair of boots they're a bargain basically cost me around a lotta bucks a year.

Creek WP
Creek WP Posted: 6/17/14
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

n the picture they look like basketball sneakers but they are actually a sturdy boot. I 'm wearing them with orthodic insoles, with the original insoles removed. I bought my regular shoe size, and I'm wearing thin socks--I got these for summer use. For typical heavy socks I would have had to go to a larger size. After a few weeks--very comfortable, lightweight and completely waterproof.

Mesita WP
Mesita WP Posted: 5/23/14
Reviewer: from Lubbock, TX
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I wanted to like these because they are super cute. Loved the grey with pistachio color, but they would get filthy on the trail. Also too long and narrow for my wide feet. Had to return them.

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