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Offline Drifter

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« on: November 13, 2007, 06:40:51 PM »
Does anyone use Asolo 520 boots, and if so what do you think about them. Pros and cons. Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2007, 08:10:58 PM »
Sorry, that i can't help you here, but i know somebody who can help you find a thread to help you lace properly your boots. :eusa_whistle: :wink:
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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2007, 08:43:47 PM »
Sorry, that i can't help you here, but i know somebody who can help you find a thread to help you lace properly your boots. :eusa_whistle: :wink:
Or maybe he could search for "boot lacing" himself....<hint, hint>

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« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2007, 06:36:01 AM »
I was asking about the boots not options on lacing techniques.
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« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2007, 08:49:06 AM »
I was asking about the boots not options on lacing techniques.
I know, but Homero's got this thing about lacing, apparently.

All I know about hiking boots is that you need to check the condition of all of the rubber components if they're fairly old.  My Vasque Clarion boots were only ten years old when this happened:


As far as the Asolos go, they're way out of my price range.  Also, I usually need a lot more ventilation than they have.  But of course, the most important question is how they fit your feet and needs.  You can probably Google up a few reviews.

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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2007, 09:47:45 AM »
When I was doing some serious backpacking, Asolo was the brand I used. Like the Nike brand for athletic shoes, they tend to be more narrow than others and fit my heel very nicely. Loose heel = severe blisters.

I am not familiar with the specific model, but in general I highly recommend them.

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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2007, 07:15:48 AM »
Thanks xseption, I have my heart set on the Powermatic 500 model but it will not be distributed in the US until Jan. 08 so this season I will stick with my older pair of Vasque.  With heavier loads I have found I would like more lateral support and now that Vasque is made in China I have had to look at other upgrade options. 
Hey Richard, on your pair of Clarions , was that the original Skywalker sole or had you had them resoled.  In the photo the sole looks like a Vibram not a standard Clarion.
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« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2007, 08:36:02 AM »
Hey Richard, on your pair of Clarions , was that the original Skywalker sole or had you had them resoled.  In the photo the sole looks like a Vibram not a standard Clarion.
Those were the original soles.  As best I can recall, they were Vibram.  These were the Clarion GTX model.  The soles were in great shape, but the intermediate rubber (?) padding layer completely disintegrated like something out of the Andromeda Strain.
Shane will probably jump in now...

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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2007, 11:48:18 AM »
Hey Richard, on your pair of Clarions , was that the original Skywalker sole or had you had them resoled.  In the photo the sole looks like a Vibram not a standard Clarion.
Those were the original soles.  As best I can recall, they were Vibram.  These were the Clarion GTX model.  The soles were in great shape, but the intermediate rubber (?) padding layer completely disintegrated like something out of the Andromeda Strain.
Shane will probably jump in now...

  You didn't go anywhere near Piedmont, er, I mean Shafter?
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« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2007, 12:07:38 PM »
Hey Richard, on your pair of Clarions , was that the original Skywalker sole or had you had them resoled.  In the photo the sole looks like a Vibram not a standard Clarion.
Those were the original soles.  As best I can recall, they were Vibram.  These were the Clarion GTX model.  The soles were in great shape, but the intermediate rubber (?) padding layer completely disintegrated like something out of the Andromeda Strain.
  You didn't go anywhere near Piedmont, er, I mean Shafter?
I can't remember....the last thing I recall was a blinking red light...

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« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2007, 06:08:04 PM »
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Those were the original soles.  As best I can recall, they were Vibram.  These were the Clarion GTX model.  The soles were in great shape, but the intermediate rubber (?) padding layer completely disintegrated like something out of the Andromeda Strain.
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I can't remember....the last thing I recall was a blinking red light...

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« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2007, 01:11:44 AM »
  There is no actual rubber in the Clarion GTX, it's a synthetic compound called Polykron(TM). It was invented by a science fiction writer.
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« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2007, 08:38:42 PM »
Drifter, I had the Asolo GTX etc that was rated highly by Backpacker Magazine about 3 years ago.  The GoreTex did not breath enough for my sweaty feet--even with real good socks.  I've been sticking with my old leather Norwegian welt boots, that I had resoled this summer after 5 years of use.
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« Reply #13 on: November 18, 2007, 08:45:32 PM »
  There is no actual rubber in the Clarion GTX, it's a synthetic compound called Polykron(TM). It was invented by a science fiction writer.
Well, whatever it was, I left it all out in Big Bend.  What wasn't left on the trail ended up in the trash can outside the lodge.

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« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2007, 04:08:38 PM »
I have Asolo boots as well.  Don't know what model, but they are Gore-Tex.  Made in Romania!

I have fairly narrow feet, and problematic heels that don't like being constantly pounded.  I also have a devil of a time boot shopping, and finding a pair that fits just right...

Got these about 2-3 years ago and they are AWESOME!  Fit right the first time, no break-in required, protect my heels, no slippy-slippy at heel or toe.  I can't say enough good things about them...
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