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Asolo and Merrill hiking boots on sale at Sierra Trading. Almost half-price. Good products. Gotta pick the right weight. You don't need mountaineering boots for day hikes.
The Asolos are good for 40-50 years of moderate (weekend) use - and can be re-soled. (I like my medium-weight Meindls for any purpose I might encounter, but for no specific reason except that mine are well-broken in and will last my lifetime or more. They feel kinda heavy, though, being mostly leather.)
A goal in life could be to wear out a pair of good quality hiking/hunting boots before death or disability.
Asolos are good boots, especially the all leather. Leather is best as it protects your feet and ankles if you are off trail. I’m an exploration geologist and have 49 years of off trail hiking in North and South America and Australia. The extra weight of leather is worth it. My go to bird hunting boots are Red Wing Irish Settets the red leather with with the cream waffle soles...the soles get hard and brittle sfter 10 years so have replaced them a few times. Working in Alaska you get used to wearing rubber boots 24/7. And Sorels for the winter.
Hey a Geologist! Question if you happen to see this, if banded iron was just discovered in China dating to around the time of the Cambrian extinction and "snow ball earth" would geologists also now be looking for 250 MM year old banded iron due to the theories around anearobic oceans and the great dying (siberian traps/ possible asteroid)?
Yes! I also like my Sorrels for slip on in winter if I need wood or need to go to the barn or take care of the dogs quick. Great for below zero (F) no socks required or slush season and comfy lining doesn't chafe (prefer to rubber boots). I like my Ariats. I have a riding boot and a leather work boot (my go to for mud season). Very comfortable and water proof. Also love my Salewas for hiking - great on dry or slimy rocks, logs and ice. The sole is soft - great stick on rocks but would not use them on paved surfaces. Too soft for the long run for pavement. Loved Merrell until the Moab - it fell apart in less than a summer of hiking. Wondering about the quality now. Ditto Keens.
I have a set of Lowas that were produced in 2004. I haven't worn them much as they were a "backup" pair- broke in and stashed away. My old ones died so these came out and I started wearing them recently. Within a few weeks the complete sole pulled off. I contacted Lowa and they said they were not defective as the compounds that secure the "tread" to the base of the shoe are only good for about 10 years or so......
My point? Any of the quality boots- and Lowa are pretty darn good, are probably about the same. If you think they are going to last forever you better get something that can be re soled with a Goodyear welt type construction the more modern "hikers"--by any maker, may not last like you think they will. I am going to try to Shoe Goo my Lowas back together.....
I've been using Merrill MOAB GTX for years, and found them very satisfactory. I've recently started wearing Solomon x ultra. Both come in wide widths, and their ability to keep out water is vital in the sunny southland.
Garry F. Owen, Trooper