Buckle-up gentleman, because these hiking boots pack quite a punch. In our Asolo Fugitive GTX review, we discover some seriously high-end footwear designed to meet the requirements of a diverse range of outdoor enthusiasts.
But to help you decide whether the Asolo Fugitive is right for you, we’ve taken a thorough look at what these boots have to offer, highlighting the good, the bad...and the awesome.
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Clearly the Italian designers at Asolo had versatility as their main goal when they designed these boots. If you’re looking for hiking boots that offer a good fit around the ankles, these might just be the ones to get. They’re not too narrow or too wide and seem to offer a better fit overall.
The Fugitive GTX is highly durable. The variety of weather conditions and harsh terrain that they can cover is impressive to say the least. You can take these boots with you anywhere, from snowy trails to the hot desert.
Sure, there are many companies that advertise the same features, so why are we so excited about these in particular? Well, besides our great testing feedback, these boots are also used a lot by the military. They’re quite popular amongst troops deployed in the Middle East and that should speak volumes about the level of comfort and well put-together design.
When it comes to looks, the Fugitive GTX has everything a hiking boot needs to catch the eye of those around you. Regardless of which color scheme you go for, every part of the boot, from the tip to the sole, is accentuated just enough. It’s probably one of the best looking hiking boots you’re going to find.
While it may not be a full leather design, you do get a lot more comfort than you would otherwise. The laces are wrapped around six rings each, but are long enough to use the 7th pair if you wish to have a tighter fit above the ankle.
Depending on the size, these boots can weigh up to three pounds. In our opinion, this makes them quite light, especially when you consider how many different types of terrain they can traverse.
Decent waterproofing ensures that wet or snowy environments won’t add extra weight to your feet. And since they barely soak up anything, you won’t feel like your feet ever get tired.
To be completely honest, at first, they might feel a bit slippery. Although the inside doesn’t need breaking in, you might need to walk around in them for a few hours before stepping on gravel or rocky road.
Because they are built for all environments, as long as you are confident in what you’re doing, there should be no problem with climbing a steep path. You can cross a frozen lake in them and just as easily climb down sandy dunes. They really help keep you on your feet.
With a totally flat footbed, we initially expected quite a bit of discomfort, at least on longer hikes. However, while this is clearly not the most modern design on the market, it is one of the smartest. The flatness contributes to the durability of the boots and it also accommodates different feet shapes.
Seeing as they have enough room to add insoles, sliding in your favorite ones can drastically decrease the chances of getting foot sores. Because no specific shape is pre-made from the factory, using insoles will let your foot dictate how the shoe fits.
Waterproofing is a must have for every hiking boot. We realize that there are different categories, some for specific weather and others that cover multiple environments - but in our opinion, having waterproof boots should be mandatory regardless of where you plan on using them.
The materials used on the Fugitive GTX can handle snow and will keep your feet from getting wet. They also perform well during rainy seasons, just as long as you don’t plan on swimming with them or standing outside for hours during a monsoon!
Seeing as how these boots are made for both cold and hot weather, you can expect to have more than enough breathing room. As far as breathability is concerned, they will perform regardless of the season. With good insoles you will feel enough warmth to do a few good hours of snow shoveling.
The reinforced toe protection is always nice to have. It makes a huge difference on rocky terrain as it can protect you from unwanted accidents and injuries.
The laces are quite standard and they can be changed at your own convenience. They are very durable, though, and can resist harsh conditions, just like the boots. Usually, the pattern on the laces also matches or complements the boot design.
It’s clear that we have a very positive opinion about the Fugitive GTX. But since there are other similar boots out there, let’s take a quick look at some other popular pairs and see if they come close to this particular model.
The Salomon Quest is a bit cheaper and features the same GORE-TEX waterproofing as the Fugivite. They are lighter and have an interesting 4D chassis for foot comfort. Overall, they look decent enough, but fail to deliver in certain areas.
A big drawback for us is the rubber toe protection, which simply doesn’t cut it for the more experienced hikers. Also, the lightweight design doesn’t make them as versatile. In fact, it limits their use quite a lot.
The Hoka One offers up a lot of wiggle room for the toes. This looks good on paper, but any average hiker knows that it can also cause you to lose balance in certain situations. They require a bit more breaking in and they don’t use the GORE-TEX waterproofing, which we find highly superior.
Combine this with the higher price tag, and this popular pair of hiking boots is not even close to the Fugitive GTX.
The Asolo Fugivite GTX are very special hiking boots indeed. If you are considering footwear that can deliver in any season and on any trail, you probably won’t appreciate anything else as much as these first-class boots.
If they’re good enough to keep soldiers comfortable overseas, you can bet they’re good enough for camping trips and casual hiking. =ZIP=