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AFX 535 Boot

Review By Pamela
Quick Facts
(And Overall Rating)

I love these boots!
Asolo's Lip Service For difficult trekking, backpacking
Upper: water repellent, full grain nubuck
Inner lining: PA 150 nylon, MTP, PA 35 nylon, Cambrelle and felt
Construction: traditional assembly
Midsole: Asoflex®
Footbed: Top 2
Outsole: Vibram Kamen with Polyurethane
Shock Absorber
Lacing: traditional, metal, to DIN standards
Weight: 720 gr. (1/2 pair size 8 1/2)
Sizes: 6 - 12.5 including half sizes for the men's version;
3 - 8.5 including half sizes for the lady version
Fit: MM (men's) and ML (lady) - Normal
Color: Dark Brown
Key Features
  • One-piece full-grain, nubuck leather uppers break in easily and are scrape- and water-resistant.
  • Dependable cushioning and long-term support provided by polyurethane mid-soles and Asoflex nylon insoles.
  • Moisture-wicking Cambrelle ® nylon linings keep feet dry and cool.
  • Vibram ® Kamen rubber lug out-soles provide all-terrain traction and durability.
  • Removable foam footbeds add comfort over the long haul; padded ankle collars and padded tongues keep out trail debris.

As many hikers do, I became interested in hiking through a friend. Unfortunately, this friend knew next to nothing about hiking. I made my first few day-hikes wearing my running shoes, footwear I never leave home without. Luckily for me, these were easy hikes through places like Pawtuckaway State Park, in Nottingham, NH. Lots of fairly flat, wide trails-not so bad for running shoes! However, I soon realized that my ankles would love me more with some better support. I didn't really have the cash to go looking for a serious pair of hiking boots, being a poor college kid, but the UNH Ski Club happened to be having their annual sale on campus. Cut to the chase: I picked up my first hiking boots. These boots, Alpinas, worked pretty well for me, but as I became more educated about hiking, started hiking some tougher trails, and developed some friendships with knowledgeable people, I realized that my boots were too heavy and not waterproof enough for hiking the mountains of New Hampshire.

Which finally brings me to my ASOLO boots! Chris and Rob got me really excited about hiking and backpacking, and even before they started this page, we knew we wanted to tackle a lot of 4000 footers in NH. It was obvious I needed new boots. Chris took me a shopping for a decent pair; our first stop was the Kittery Trading Post, Kittery, ME. I tried on a variety of boots, looking for a few key attributes: all leather uppers, stiff ankle support, good fit (meaning minimal break-in required), all-leather uppers, and lightweight. With just one try, I narrowed down the list of potential boots to the ASOLOs and one other-a second try-on narrowed that list to one. With my ASOLO boots, I got everything I was looking for and more. The ASOLOs offered padding around the anklebone area, a roomy toe-box, and instep support in addition to the other qualities I wanted.

My ASOLOs have kept me from more than one sprained ankle in the two and a half years I've had them; they've also kept me warm and dry, even trucking through small streams and brooks (why stand on the edge when you can stand in the middle?). I've never even come close to getting a blister in these boots, either. I wear them as hiking boots, winter boots, and as cool, casual footwear on weekends (hey, I'm a New Englander through-and-through!). Additionally, they seem to be truly made for a typical female, in the sense that they respond well to the way I walk and move (allowing for a woman's different size, gait, and center of mass), and also the size and shape of my foot (smaller, narrower, and with a greater need for arch support than most men's).

My lip service:
I love these boots! The ASOLO feature list is accurate, and each feature works as it's supposed to. These boots are sturdy, dependable, and comfortable, no matter how long or where I wear them. I got mine on sale, which made them even better! Even at full price, these boots are a bargain. For day hikes


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