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packer58
07-28-2013, 09:20 PM
I'm in the market for an early season boot / non-insulated. Anybody have any experience with the Asolo Sasslong boot, good, bad or otherwise ?

Thanks, Chuck

clacklin009
07-28-2013, 10:35 PM
I wear Asolo TPS 520 GV so the post caught my eye. I don't know that boot and was unable to find it on Asolo's site. Do you already wear Asolo? What do you know about the boot?

packer58
07-28-2013, 10:52 PM
The only thing I know about the boot is what I've read through the reviews. Sierra Trading Post has a smoking deal going on right now.

clacklin009
07-28-2013, 11:13 PM
Asolo has treated me well. I don't follow trails and they have given my foot support no matter what direction I'm going. When side stepping up the mountain I have had great stability and don't even feel the least bit of instability in the boot. Like I said, I have a different boot but really like it. I think it depends on the terrain you are on if the boot will work.

packer58
07-29-2013, 08:39 PM
C'mon guys ..........anyone else?

CoHiCntry
07-29-2013, 08:53 PM
Sorry, no experience with this particular model. However, I've been wearing Asolo boots for years and really like them. I've heard you have to have the right kind of foot to like the feel of these boots. Not sure what type that is? Just remember a guy at REI saying only certain people with certain feet type like these boots. I have bony, big feet with really high arches. They've worked great for me for years.

CO_Predator
07-29-2013, 08:59 PM
I have a pair of the Sasslong, going on my second season with them. Last year they were great, great stability, no hot spots and one of the best pairs of boots I've put on my feet.....BUT

This year is a different story, I have made multiple scouting trips and they don't feel like the same boot! I am now getting hot spots, and at the end of an 8-10 mile hike the bottom of my feet are really hurting. I'm going to give them another chance on my last scouting trip before season with some new inserts and if they don't feel better, they're going in the trash!

Not sure what's going on but like I said from last year to this year they don't feel like the same boot.

Kolpin10
07-29-2013, 09:01 PM
I have a pair I bought last year and I really like them for regular hiking, for hunting I use a little taller boot, I just ordered a second pair from sierra trading for $130 using a discount deal that I will wear for work, as the other pair are getting pretty beat up. Been packing with them with 55 pound and they do well.

packer58
07-29-2013, 10:20 PM
Thanks guys, I think i'll order a pair. Can't beat the deal at STP right now.

ID_MW
07-29-2013, 11:43 PM
I am on pair 4 of the Sasslong. Price is unbeatable. I burn through about pair every other year, and have a pair of Hanwag Atlas which are a comparable boot. Besides a little better stitching, last and rand on the Hanwag, I really like the Asolo's. Not the most durable uninsulated gore-tex boot on the market, but you will pay literally twice as much, and sometimes more for a boot in the same category. Make sure you know your foot a little bit, as the regular width Asolo is pretty narrow. STP offers a wide option usually. Order a quality insole as well, the liner style footbeds that come with Asolo boots are trash.

packer58
08-06-2013, 01:35 PM
Just received my Asolo Sasslongs and my first impressions are:

1> Wow, pretty good looking boot.
2> Lace to the toe is an understatement, these things lace down to within an inch of the rubber rand at the toe.
3< Eyelets are very smooth with the stock laces so I should be able to keep the boot good and tight throuout the day.
4> The padded tongue and collar are very soft and comfordable.
5> The stock insole is junk as was stated by another member, but once I put in a quality insole the footbed contour feels very nice.
6> The sole and heel seem to be a little narrow even though I have the "wide" model, field testing will determine if that's an issue.
7> The last seems a little stiff, hoping it will soften up a little over time.
8> Wearing them around the house they are very comfortable.

I'll put a few miles on them this weekend and report back.

Bughalli
08-09-2013, 12:54 AM
I have a pair. Asolo in general run a little narrow in size. Wide is the way to go. The soles of the Sasslongs seem extra narrow, but it hasn't been an issue. I had issues with heel blisters until they broke in. Good boot for the price. If looking for an early season boot I would go with one if the synthetic and leather boots. Lighter and breath much better. I've had many of them. Great stability for a light weight synthetic boot. Great prices on Sierra.

AT Hiker
08-12-2013, 06:37 AM
Sierra has them for $199 right now and if you sign up for emails they will give you a 30%-40% off coupon.

raekit
09-30-2013, 09:56 PM
I just bought the Asolo Flame GTX Hiking Boot for the season opener two week back and they were incredible. It even snowed on us and we hiked out in snow/slush/mud/water and my feet stayed warm and dry. This is my first time having Asolo's and I am sold. I would get a softer insert, it would be nice to have a little more cushion.

Sawfish
10-03-2013, 02:00 PM
Another Option:I have a pair of Alico Summit Mountain Hiking boots that I bought last year from STP. These are definitely old school. Heavy one piece leather construction, sheepskin lined, Vibram soles, and the obligatory crappy insoles. No rubber toes, etc.. Just HD leather, hand stitching and impeccable Italian craftsmanship. It takes a good bit of walking and frequent applications of Sno-Seal to get them broken in to your feet. I almost gave up on them as too uncomfortable because of their stiffness, but I am glad that I did not. You will need one, or two, pairs of good insoles (Super Feet, etc.), and decent socks. By varying the insole/sock combinations, you can find the fit that is perfect for you. There were not advertised as either waterproof, or insulated, but they are surprisingly warm and do not leak. If you have a problem with the boots squeaking, be sure to get some Sno-Seal on the gussets and padded collar. Great boots at a great price.

turk870
12-06-2013, 06:00 PM
I have a pair,and I love them,used them last year in nw Montana on a elk hunt,great foot support and feet never got wet and it rained atlest 3 days that week.and I hunted all day every day for a week

JRice
12-29-2013, 09:27 AM
Be aware that Asolo changed their lasts a few years ago, at least on one or two models. Before that they fit me absolutely perfectly, since then I can't get the right fit and so I don't buy them anymore.