Wednesday, January 25, 2012 Welcome to Discover Outdoors's new Gear Review where you can expect a mid-week gift in the form of a gear review. We'll run full circles through the outdoor world with reviews for hiking, running, cycling, and climbing. All opinions are based on personal experience with the gear - no hormones or steroids, these free-range reviews are fully organic and certified. Asolo FSN 95 GTX Hiking Boots (Available for Men and Women)
Clients love to ask about gear and in my mind no piece of gear is more important than footwear. I've seen enjoyable day hikes full of beautiful scenery, animal sightings and friends thwarted by ill-fitting footwear. Often a pre-trip visit to REI or EMS can you leave you shaking your head in confusion and hiking in your running shoes. If you're ready to step up your game and give your toes the protection they deserve, then I have an all-around award winning boot recommendation for you.
The answer to your new boot lust is the Asolo FSN 95 GTX. The lightweight FSN 95 barely needs any break-in time before it's ready to break out on a Harriman Traverse. My pair has performed great on everything from hiking and snowshoeing trips to the tallest peak in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro
At first, the price ($210) of these versatile boots may turn you off but, these suckers are built to last. I can conservatively say that my pair has well over 400 miles on them and I feel confident that they'll outlast my next girlfriend.
Whether you're looking for a new boot to keep your toes nice and dry on a ramble down to Pine Meadow Lake or to give you some extra support on a weekend hiking bender in New Hampshire these may be the right pair for you. And those of you with square feet are in luck, these come in wide widths.
Don't blame me when you start wearing these around town. Quick Tip>>
"Breaking-in" modern boots is measured in hours and not weeks. If boots don't fit well when you buy them even a night-time visit from the boot fitting unicorn won't change a thing. Submitted by Discover Outdoors guide Pete Relyea Want to weigh in? Add your comments here.