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Took the plunge and bought new boots

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Offline 01ACRViper

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Took the plunge and bought new boots
« on: March 11, 2010, 01:04:23 AM »
It's been a good 12 years since I last bought boots (well since i was 12 or 13 my mom bought boots). They're still comfortable, but spots are wearing through on the soles and the soles themselves are starting to detach. They've been falling apart like that for at least a year now, but i've squeezed 4 or 5 more trips out of them. I decided the Mesa was not a good place to see how long you could stretch a pair of boots, so I splurged and got some new kicks.



Hopefully these will break in well. I'm used to flexible soles and well broken in leather, these are quite stiff at the moment. I'm also hoping these offer as much thorn/rock protection as full leathers. I didn't want to spend another $50 to get the full leathers.

I'll report back how they're breaking in and how they perform on the trail, this place can always use more gear reviews!

Here's to another 12 years  :beer_chug: :crossedfingers:

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Re: Took the plunge and bought new boots
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2010, 01:15:46 AM »
It's been a good 12 years since I last bought boots (well since i was 12 or 13 my mom bought boots). They're still comfortable, but spots are wearing through on the soles and the soles themselves are starting to detach. They've been falling apart like that for at least a year now, but i've squeezed 4 or 5 more trips out of them. I decided the Mesa was not a good place to see how long you could stretch a pair of boots, so I splurged and got some new kicks.



Hopefully these will break in well. I'm used to flexible soles and well broken in leather, these are quite stiff at the moment. I'm also hoping these offer as much thorn/rock protection as full leathers. I didn't want to spend another $50 to get the full leathers.

I'll report back how they're breaking in and how they perform on the trail, this place can always use more gear reviews!

Here's to another 12 years  :beer_chug: :crossedfingers:

I wish I didn't need the ankle support . . . what kind of soles do they have?


Al

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Offline 01ACRViper

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Re: Took the plunge and bought new boots
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2010, 01:27:02 AM »
It's been a good 12 years since I last bought boots (well since i was 12 or 13 my mom bought boots). They're still comfortable, but spots are wearing through on the soles and the soles themselves are starting to detach. They've been falling apart like that for at least a year now, but i've squeezed 4 or 5 more trips out of them. I decided the Mesa was not a good place to see how long you could stretch a pair of boots, so I splurged and got some new kicks.



Hopefully these will break in well. I'm used to flexible soles and well broken in leather, these are quite stiff at the moment. I'm also hoping these offer as much thorn/rock protection as full leathers. I didn't want to spend another $50 to get the full leathers.

I'll report back how they're breaking in and how they perform on the trail, this place can always use more gear reviews!

Here's to another 12 years :beer_chug: :crossedfingers:

I wish I didn't need the ankle support . . . what kind of soles do they have?


Al

they look like Vibram soles, but i think they're just Asolo like the rest of the boot


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Re: Took the plunge and bought new boots
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2010, 01:43:01 AM »
It's been a good 12 years since I last bought boots (well since i was 12 or 13 my mom bought boots). They're still comfortable, but spots are wearing through on the soles and the soles themselves are starting to detach. They've been falling apart like that for at least a year now, but i've squeezed 4 or 5 more trips out of them. I decided the Mesa was not a good place to see how long you could stretch a pair of boots, so I splurged and got some new kicks.



Hopefully these will break in well. I'm used to flexible soles and well broken in leather, these are quite stiff at the moment. I'm also hoping these offer as much thorn/rock protection as full leathers. I didn't want to spend another $50 to get the full leathers.

I'll report back how they're breaking in and how they perform on the trail, this place can always use more gear reviews!

Here's to another 12 years :beer_chug: :crossedfingers:

I wish I didn't need the ankle support . . . what kind of soles do they have?


Al

they look like Vibram soles, but i think they're just Asolo like the rest of the boot



Although I may be dated, Vibram soles are very very good, if not still the best.  Looks like a great boot!

Al

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Offline SA Bill

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Re: Took the plunge and bought new boots
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2010, 07:50:34 AM »
I've had my Asolo FSQ 95 boots for a year now and have put maybe 60-70 miles on them and they've been great. No problems with pointy things even when scrambling off trail.
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Re: Took the plunge and bought new boots
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2010, 08:31:53 AM »
I could use a new pair of boots to replace my well worn Merrell's.  Unfortunately, this pair is going to have to last for another hike in April before I have the funds to buy a new pair.

I read a lot of good reports on Osolo boots, most likely I'll try out a pair.

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Re: Took the plunge and bought new boots
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2010, 09:19:52 AM »
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Re: Took the plunge and bought new boots
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2010, 06:23:03 PM »
When I lived in Tucson, I replaced my boot soles about once ever two years.  I found a cobbler who put on hard rubber soles much like work boot soles.  Specifically, Vibram #100.  See this image:

They weren't as grippy as the rubber on regular hiking boots, but hey . . . $55 to keep a hiking boot going another two years is worth it.

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Re: Took the plunge and bought new boots
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2010, 06:46:07 PM »
So you finally retired your torn up tennis shoes you used to hike in... :icon_wink:

I just got a pair of these.  I got tired of getting blisters.  These are supposed to be the best.  I also have a pair of Osolo's but they gave me blisters and are much heavier than these. 



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Re: Took the plunge and bought new boots
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2010, 06:56:37 PM »
I also have a pair of Osolo's ... 


Just have to chime in here so folks are searching/looking up the right thing.  The name of the boot maker is Asolo
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Offline Picacho

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Re: Took the plunge and bought new boots
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2010, 07:12:56 PM »
I also have a pair of Osolo's ... 


Just have to chime in here so folks are searching/looking up the right thing.  The name of the boot maker is Asolo

O....A.... Same thing.... :icon_redface:      :icon_lol:

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Offline 01ACRViper

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Re: Took the plunge and bought new boots
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2010, 09:07:50 PM »
So you finally retired your torn up tennis shoes you used to hike in... :icon_wink:

I just got a pair of these. I got tired of getting blisters. These are supposed to be the best. I also have a pair of Osolo's but they gave me blisters and are much heavier than these. 



http://www.acmeclimbing.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=2614

man, those look nice. let me know how they feel, if these turn out to be crap i'm going to be taking advantage of REI's generous return policy.

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Offline Vince T

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Re: Took the plunge and bought new boots
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2010, 10:25:54 PM »
I've heard of book reports...but I am especially looking forward to two boot reports.

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Re: Took the plunge and bought new boots
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2010, 11:58:16 PM »
I also have a pair of Osolo's ... 


Just have to chime in here so folks are searching/looking up the right thing.  The name of the boot maker is Asolo

 At least it is not a Herachi?....... :eusa_eh:
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Re: Took the plunge and bought new boots
« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2010, 02:42:50 AM »
I also have a pair of Osolo's ... 


Just have to chime in here so folks are searching/looking up the right thing.  The name of the boot maker is Asolo

 At least it is not a Herachi?....... :eusa_eh:

Do you mean 'huarache' ?
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