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Asolo Fugitive GTX Review

Asolo Fugitive GTX Overview

Asolo Fugitive GTXProduct: Asolo Fugitive GTX

My Rating: 5/5

Price: £138.45

Best Place To Buy: Amazon

Asolo Fugitive GTX is the perfect boot for hiking in winter or summer. This boot is well-built by Asolo and it’s capable of lasting for many years if only you have the time to take good care of it.

The Asolo fugitive is made with a Gore-tex lining, a swanky suede upper, protective rubber toe cap, waterproof and breathable. Below I have gone in-depth into the features on why I think this hiking boot is suitable for both winter and summer.

Material Used

The upper leather of this boot is made of 1.8 mm suede leather upper. The boot appears to be heavy based on how much leather it is used. However, from my perspective, it is not that heavy when hiking with it. The type of leather (i.e. suede leather) used to make this leather hiking boot is also used in other hiking boots such as Manta Pro GTX. Here is a quick overview of what suede leather is and how amazing it is to use in a hiking boot.

Suede is a material made from animals such as deer, pig, and calf. However, how the suede leather comes out as tick depends solely on what kind of animal is used. For example, using a deep outer skin will make the suede leather very thick compared with using lambskin. This is one of the main reason why this boot has a hard outer leather.

One of the advantages of this material used for this boot is how it makes the inside of the boot very soft and at the same time, it gives you a luxurious feeling when you are hiking with it. On top of that, the suede leather makes this boot very easy to maintain, clean and waterproof.

The best and easiest way to maintain the boot is to let the boot dry first. Once it is dry you then spray it with a conditioner spray. The main reason why it’s suitable to use this approach in cleaning the boot is how it stops the boots from cracking down or losing its design.

Waterproof And Breathable

The Asolo Fugitive GTX is made of a Gore-tex lining. This is another key strength of the boot and that’s why I rate it as 5/5. This is because it is 100% waterproof and breathable. This shows that this boot is very good at dealing with all sorts of rain and you are guaranteed that your feet will stay dry. Moreover, Gore-tex is capable of lasting for a lifetime if only you maintain it very well.

Lacing Structure

This boot has an ease up lacing system. The lacing structure is similar to other men’s hiking boots such as Manta Pro GTX and Lowa Tibet GTX.

Firstly, there is a leather line on top of the tongue that goes to the end of the toe box. At both ends of the line, there are holes which allows you to put the laces through it. This is cool to have because it gives you that balance and stability as you lace the boot throughout.

Also, the leather line stops the laces from getting out of the holes as you hike. This means you don’t have to re-do the laces over and over again once you manage to do it correctly for the first time.

Secondly, there are eight eyelet holes which looks more like bullet holes. This is comfortable to have because they help you to adjust your laces very easily and quickly. Either you want to loosen or tighten them. Again, it should make your life easy when you stop during the hike to sort out your laces.

Thirdly, there are two lacing holes which are about a few inches away from the tongue. There are many reasons why these two lacing holes are there.

One reason is how you can lace your boot at that point if it makes you feel comfortable. Another reason is how it allows you to tighten the laces very strongly so that the upper side of the boot tights your feet perfectly.

And lastly, there are four stainless steel lacing hook at the top of the boot. This is the final touch to the lacing structure. This part of the lacing hook gives you the opportunity to tighten the laces the way you prefer it.

Furthermore, if you manage to tight all the laces to these four lacing hooks, it will stop the tongue from moving back and forward. When the tongue is not able to move back and forward, it gives you the chance to hike at a fast pace without a lot of destruction.

Toe Box

Now let’s take a look at the toe box. The toe box is a very solid and hard. This is going to protect your feet from getting any serious injury in case you hit something hard like a rock.

In addition, the shape of the toe box fits perfectly with how the boot is designed and the suede leather upper. That is a smart and nice combination from Asolo. It is specifically designed that way to reduce the pressure and weight on the front part of your foot.

Stitching And Heel Tension

Apart from the leather used to make this boot. The majority of the outer layer of the boot is covered with stitches. I love how Asolo have decorated the boot with different colours stitches.

This really makes the boot very beautiful and it gives it a unique appearance when compared with other hiking boots. Which normally has one style of appearance based on the leather used.

The purpose of these stitches on the boot is to stretch and mold around your foot as you use it often. This will really benefit hikers who have narrow feet because it will adapt to your feet quickly.

However, I want to stress the importance of keeping the boot clean and maintaining it. This really helps the stitches from losing its value and design.

The heel tension is a double system with nubuck. This is very solid and strong at protecting your heels as you hike. This will surely suit people who have problems with their heels because it is very comfortable and secure.

The Outsole, Midsole, and Insole

It’s time to now look at the outsole, midsole, and insole. The outsole of this boot is very technical. The side grip of the outsole will give you balance and support when you are slipping or scrambling. This is helpful because it reduces your chances of getting a serious injury.

Also, the outsole has got a neo flat point flex points. This allows you to bend the boot with ease and give you the extra push that you need to climb steeper hills. On top of that, the outsole has got nice gaps in between which gives you a good grip as you hike.

The last thing I want to say about the outsole is how it has got a multi-faceted sole. This means that it is an easy self-cleaning, which you just hit on top of the toe box and all the mud and dirts comes out.

There is a chop absorber on the back side of the boot. This will really give you a lot of shock absorbers when you are jumping down or climbing the hill. It’s very effective than it looks.

The midsole of the boot is made of PU mono density. PU stands for polyurethane and it’s very good at making your feet very comfortable and warm. The midsole of the boot is made in a narrow range which makes it ideal for small or narrow feet. But don’t get me wrong this boot also fit wider foot as well. Since the midsole is a narrow range, it is perfect for walking and hike.

And lastly the insole. The thing with Asolo Fugitive GTX’s insole is that it’s better to use their own. This is because Asolo makes the insole to match the boot. The insole has perforation which can move air around and dries the boot up quickly.

Conclusion

As we come to the conclusion of this post about Asolo Fugitive GTX review. This boot is well-built and it’s can be used in winter or summer. This is because the leather used is very strong and durable. Inside the boot, it’s very breathable and it very good at maintaining your foot temperature during the hike.

Some key strengths of this boot that I feel that it should be rated as 5 out of 5 are the lacing structure, the material used, how beautifully the stitches are done, waterproof and heel tension. All these key features make the boot comfortable and warm to wear. For me, it’s worth the price.

In terms of the weakness of this boot, it is really had to point any negative comment because this boot is exceptionally made to deal with all sorts of conditions. However, since I am encouraging you guys to purchase from Amazon because they are one of the best places to buy anything online.

The drawback Amazon has for this boot is how they only have one colour option which is green. Therefore, it will be great to see if Amazon could add varieties of colours to this boot. For examples, blue, red, yellow or black. Besides this drawback, I think that the green colour is a nice selection from Amazon.

I hope you have really enjoyed reading this post on Asolo Fugitive GTX review. If you have any questions or thoughts on the Asolo Fugitive GTX, please do not hesitate to leave me a comment below. I will reply as soon as I can!

 

And as always have a fantastic and wonderful hiking trip. 🙂

 

Kuu

18 Comments

  1. Seems like a great boot for hiking, I go out most weekends – Would you say this boot will put up with weekly trips to the moors?

    You mention great maintenance of your boots and it is something I need to get better at, can you help with some tips to keeping my boots in top condition?

    Thanks

    • Hello John,

      It’s great to meet you and hear from another hiker. Absolutely, this hiking boot is specifically designed to deal with all sorts of hiking trails and weather conditions. You are going to be fine as you hike with these hiking boots to the moors.

      Maintenance is a key in keeping this boot strong and making it last for a long time. The best and easiest way to maintain the boot is to let the boot dry first.

      Once it is dry you then spray it with a conditioner spray. This technique will surely make this boot last for a long time and keep it neat always. I hope you found these answers useful. Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip.

      Kuu

  2. My daughter is a big time hiker. She is always on the hunt for new hiking shoes, plus she’s of the generation where shoelaces should never undone once they’re done up properly. So these hiking shoes are right up her alley. I like how they can be worn in summer/winter months which means she can use it all year round.

    After having a closer look at them on Amazon I noticed the stitching is actually very exquisite. It looks like a lot of attention has been paid to detail when it comes to stitching up the boot. With that type of detail, you can definitely tell that these shoes will not fall apart very quickly.

    My older son hikes from time to time, he may also benefit from getting the shoes. Now I know what to get for Christmas. Thanks for the heads up.

    • Hello Jag,

      It’s awesome to hear that your children love hiking. I think the Asolo Fugitive GTX will suit your daughter perfectly and she will love the lacing system. This lacing system is speed lacing which means it is very secure and gives you a lot of balance as you hike. So your daughter will have no issue of re-lacing the boots once she does it perfectly for the first time.

      There are ladies options for Asolo Fugitive GTX which your daughter will enjoy wearing them as will. You can check them at Amazon. I am happy that I have made your life easier in choosing which Christmas gift for your children. Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip.

      Kuu

  3. You have really drawn me to get this boot, not a popular brand but looks worth from your review. Suede is a very sensitive material especially when it comes to water, how durable is this particular suede leather when subjected to water surfaces for a long time? Then again, how heavy or light is this boot, is one able to run with it?

    • Hello Anita,

      I’m very pleased to hear that you really enjoyed the review and you are fallen in love with the boot. Yeah it’s seems that suede leather is a sensitive material because it is soft. But at the same time it gives you a luxurious feeling when you are hiking with it.

      Since suede leather is combine with Gore-Tex material, it is capable of dealing with water for a long time. But if suede leather was to deal with water on it’s own, I doubt that it can last for a long time.

      This boot weighs 690 (g). It appears heavy but it is not that heavy when you test it out. Since it’s not that heavy, you can even use it to run for short distances or walk with them.

      However, I don’t recommend using it to run for long distances or running with them often. This is because you can hurt your feet or wore the outsoles quickly. I hope you find these answers useful. Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip.

      Kuu

  4. It is great that this boot is for hiking in both winter and summer. It is better to buy one pair of boots that can last for all seasons and not have to get two. It saves you a lot of money and space.

    Waterproof and breathable are very important aspect of any footwear. You will not get your feet soaked and cold from rain or snow.  And since it is breathable it will not keep the sweat inside the boot. Foot temperature is very important especially if you are wearing it for a long time while you are hiking.

    Hopefully more colours are added. It would be nice to have a variety of choices. Overall this sounds like a great choice for the man in your life who loves hiking.

    • Hey Shy,

      It’s great to meet you and I agreed with you. I believe the Asolo Fugitive GTX will surely save people a lot of money because they can use it in every condition. Either blizzards in winter, snow, rain and summer.

      It will be great if Amazon could add varieties of colours to this boot. This could include blue, red, yellow or black. Haha 🙂 it surely does. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this boot with us Shy. We appreciate it and as always have a fantastic hiking trip.

      Kuu

  5. A really good and in-depth review of the Asolo Fugitive GTX. I am a huge sneaker head but I do like boots when it comes to hiking. For me when it comes to hiking I like my foot to be very comfortable. If my feet aren’t comfortable then I won’t wear the boot. 

    Secondly, foot and ankle stability and support are on top of my list when buying a hiking boot. I have rolled ankles before because of bad support.

    Thirdly, you can’t forget a little bit of style I like it to be a little unique when it comes to my footwear even if I am just hiking. This boot seems to me like it’s an all round good boot and I love such boots because they save me costs. 

    I know I have gotten paid of work boots from Walmart about $50. After a few months of wearing them (since I need a new pair and I couldn’t get a good solid pair) they hurt my feet badly. It was crazy.

    Now I know if I am going to invest in boots I am willing to pay the money to get something that is durable and worthwhile. Thanks for the excellent review. 

    Matt

    • Hello Matt,

      Nice to meet you and it’s great to see that you really enjoyed the review. Looking at your criteria when using it to buy hiking boots. I feel that hiking boots such as Asolo Fugitive GTX, Scarpa Sl Activ and Salomon X Ultra Mid GTX will fit your criteria list.

      I always tell people that it’s better to buy an expensive hiking boots that is going to last a long time and bring you comfort. Than just buying a cheap hiking boots that will last for a short time and cause you so much pain when you hike with them.

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with us Matt. We really enjoyed reading them. Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip.

      Kuu

  6. Hello Kuu

    Your review about Asolo Fugitive GTX is very correct. I have it and its a very nice boot. Before I bought it, I thought  it wouldn’t be a good boot for my feet since I am the type of person that always sweat under my feet, but my friend James kept persuading me to buy it. 

    When I finally took the decision and bought the boot. I got to admit that I have not regret because am enjoying the boot now. I will surely recommend this boot to everyone who loves to hike in all conditions. Thanks for the review. 

    Jim 

    • Hello Jim,

      It’s great to hear your story and how this type of boot has really changed your perception about Asolo hiking boots. The Asolo Fugitive GTX can appear heavy or not very good at dealing with hiking trails or weather conditions.

      But the fact of the matter is this boot is excellent and has the capacity to cope with all sorts of trails. On top of that, it’s very comfortable and durable.

      Again thanks for sharing your experience with us. We are very grateful for that. Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip.

      Kuu

  7. Looks like the type of boot I am after for our local hikes, but I’d like to check on something first before I pay this sort of price for them…

    I live in a seaside area, so most of the hikes we take cross beach areas – would these boots withstand the effect of sand or maybe seawater?

    • Hello Chris,

      Lovely to hear from another hiker who likes to hike across beach areas. The Asolo Fugitive GTX is capable of withstanding the effect of sand and seawater. The suede leather and Gore-Tex lining are strong enough to cope with it.

      I know you will have a good time wearing those boots on the cross beach areas. Thanks for stopping by and as always have a fantastic hiking trip.

      Kuu

  8. Thank You KUU for your review on Asolo Fugitive GTX boots. I have never heard of them before I came across your site. My girlfriend and I just started hiking this past summer but we didn’t have the proper foot wear. 

    We were wearing running shoes and our feet got wet. Wish I would have had these boots to keep my feet warm and dry. It is great how they are good for both summer and winter conditions.

    • Hey Micah,

      It’s wonderful to hear that my website is providing you with information and valuable content to read. And that’s the goal of this website. To show people the varieties of hiking boots that are available in the market so that they can purchase the right boots for their hiking trip.

      I’m confident that you will love the Asolo Fugitive GTX hiking boots because you can use it in both weather conditions and it’s durable. Thanks for stopping by Micah and as always have a fantastic hiking trip.

      Kuu

  9. Great review. You have one of the best sites for hiking boots. I use your link in my hiking club because there always seems to be someone looking for new boots, but there are so many out there and most of the sales people don’t have quite the knowledge. So I tell people to read up on the boots first. And most end up buying on Amazon. Keep it up, this boot looks great!

    • Hello JB,

      It’s always fantastic to see you on my website. Thanks for sharing my website with your hiking club. The goal of my website is to give hikers the knowledge and information they need. So that they can make up their mind and purchase the right hiking boots for their hiking trips. Thanks man, I will keep it up. And as always have a fantastic hiking trip.

      Kuu

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