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Offline chuckt

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Re: Boots
« Reply #15 on: November 26, 2007, 02:55:51 PM »

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:


I had a pair of Timberlands do that several years ago. I linked the problem to sitting around a camp fire with them a little to close to the heat. It felt pretty good but the glue holding the layers together coudn't hack it.

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Offline xseption

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Re: Boots
« Reply #16 on: November 27, 2007, 10:26:35 AM »
I bought Timberlands for the first time out to BiBe, but wore them out on that trip alone.

Not good!! :eusa_naughty:
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Re: Boots
« Reply #17 on: December 10, 2007, 08:26:25 PM »
Does anyone use Asolo 520 boots, and if so what do you think about them. Pros and cons. Thanks.

I have the Asolo 520's.  I love them.  Pros - they are very comfortable, very waterproof, I have worn them to BIBE, Colorado, in streams, across the desert, Climbing, etc... had them about 3 or 4 years now and they are basically still in almost new condition.  They are more or less one piece construction so there are really no leak points.  Cons - the only real downfall to them is that they get really scuffed up if you do a lot of climbing in BB, not that big of a deal to me cause I really don't care what the look like.  I noticed that Vasque now has a pair just like the 520's, but has a bit of rubber on the toe, which I think is a good idea.  The other thing to note is that like others have said, they are kind of narrow - and they are kind of tall too, e.g., seems like I am about 1/2" taller than when wearing my Vasque's - took a little getting used to at first.  I definatley would buy another pair - if these ever wear out...

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Offline LandCruisers4Life

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« Reply #18 on: February 08, 2008, 12:12:10 PM »
Does anyone use Asolo 520 boots, and if so what do you think about them. Pros and cons. Thanks.

Asolo makes good boots. Everyone I have known who had a pair said how good they were. They also make mountaineering double boots as well, and those have seen a lot of high mountain peaks so I am sure they're a safe bet.

OTOH, I owned a pair of Lowa scouts, which only lasted for 6 months before the stitching started to come out. Not replaced by Lowa either. $215 leather boots / 6 mos.... yeah. No more Lowas. I trash mouth those things every chance I get !  :eusa_dance:



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« Reply #19 on: February 08, 2008, 12:39:33 PM »
If you would like to really narrow your boot choices down to a minimum, try having size 9.5 EEEE or EEEEE feet.  The standard W or WIDE in boots is really an E width and once in a while EE shows up.  Pretty much if I find a boot that fits, I buy it. Right now I am wearing a New Balance hiking shoe and in the closet is a Dunham mid high boot.  Frequently a mfg will list a EEEE but no stores carry it.  I got very lucky to find both pair I have.  If I find another pair I will grab them also.  ZAPPOS shoes sometimes has some in sizes not handled in the regular stores.  A friend from Washington has 8.5 b width feet and has found boots and shoes at Zappo on occasion.  Weird feet are not fun, but I can walk on top of soft sand others sink into.

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« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2008, 05:54:32 PM »
I have a pair of Asolo boots.   I wore them around town to break them in and I ended up wearing them every day for the last 6 months.  Thats how comfortable they are for me.  But everyone's foot is different of course.

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Offline Summit

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« Reply #21 on: March 20, 2008, 10:43:03 PM »
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.

Man, my Clarions only lasted about 3-4 years with the same exact failure as yours... the soles just came off and Vasque informed me that replacing them would be around $65! 

Since then I picked up a mighty fine pair of boots that I can recommend: Danner Mt lights II.  One piece of leather, made in Portland OR. 

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Offline LandCruisers4Life

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Re: Boots
« Reply #22 on: March 21, 2008, 02:09:24 AM »
Danner makes fine boots as well.

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Re: Boots
« Reply #23 on: April 27, 2008, 07:25:34 AM »
Does anyone use Asolo 520 boots, and if so what do you think about them. Pros and cons. Thanks.

I have the Asolo 520's.  I love them.  Pros - they are very comfortable, very waterproof, I have worn them to BIBE, Colorado, in streams, across the desert, Climbing, etc... had them about 3 or 4 years now and they are basically still in almost new condition.  They are more or less one piece construction so there are really no leak points.  Cons - the only real downfall to them is that they get really scuffed up if you do a lot of climbing in BB, not that big of a deal to me cause I really don't care what the look like.  I noticed that Vasque now has a pair just like the 520's, but has a bit of rubber on the toe, which I think is a good idea.  The other thing to note is that like others have said, they are kind of narrow - and they are kind of tall too, e.g., seems like I am about 1/2" taller than when wearing my Vasque's - took a little getting used to at first.  I definatley would buy another pair - if these ever wear out...

I have the Asolo 520's.  These are definitely my preference.  Only problem I had was when I was trying to climb across slippery wet rocks, they didn't seem to have as much grip as I had hoped.  I still love the comfort in them.  Wearing them for almost 10 days straight it was hard to get back into regular shoes.l

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« Reply #24 on: April 27, 2008, 09:59:46 AM »
Asolo 520 boot:





 

  Now, being the cheapskate that you all know i am, where can i get them at a real good price?
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« Reply #25 on: April 27, 2008, 10:31:01 AM »
Richard, my boots did the same thing, gave up the ghost after a few years, thought it was my fault for always keeping them in the truck (and heat) to be ready to go.
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« Reply #26 on: April 27, 2008, 11:50:24 AM »

OTOH, I owned a pair of Lowa scouts, which only lasted for 6 months before the stitching started to come out. Not replaced by Lowa either. $215 leather boots / 6 mos.... yeah. No more Lowas. I trash mouth those things every chance I get !  :eusa_dance:




I have to second the poor experience with Lowa's. The one's I have kill my feet and I've tried everything....even bought some Superfeet inserts and they don't even help. I still have my ol Timberland's that I trekked all over the bend with and have had no problems with...go figure. I DO need a new pair of boots though.....soon!

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Offline LandCruisers4Life

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Re: Boots
« Reply #27 on: April 27, 2008, 01:53:01 PM »
I have been thinking to go boot shopping myself. All I have now is my Keens and work boots (Dr Martens slip on boots). My gore-tex military boots are lost someplace in a closet, and those were never the most comfortable, but they were dry. I'll be looking at Asolos this time around. Yeah Lowa boots suck... I wore mine for 7 days straight getting them broke in, and like I said, they fell apart within 6 months..... I was so hacked off. I contacted Lowa and they said it was 'normal wear and tear'..?? I wanted to strangle that guy!  :icon_eek:

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« Reply #28 on: April 27, 2008, 04:38:13 PM »
Well let us know where you got the best deal on the Asolo 520's.
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« Reply #29 on: April 27, 2008, 08:00:00 PM »
I have been thinking to go boot shopping myself. All I have now is my Keens and work boots (Dr Martens slip on boots). My gore-tex military boots are lost someplace in a closet, and those were never the most comfortable, but they were dry. I'll be looking at Asolos this time around.

An extremely well made boot used by wildland firefighters are those from the White's Boot Company in Spokane. Custom fitted and easily rebuilt when needed. Pricey but worth it.
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