The Asolo Flame has been around for a while, and it is a popular boot. It is reasonably lightweight, while its stylish fabric upper is certainly more interesting than a brown leather boot. There is a Gore-Tex lining to guarantee dry feet. The reasonably supportive upper appears well-made and able to take a fair bit of abuse. The toe box is stiffened, and benefits from extra protection on the outside for durability on rocky ground. Underfoot there is a good, stiff sole unit that is easily capable of taking the strain out of rocky mountain terrain. The outsole lug pattern is okay on fell paths too and there is good cushioning. The result is that the Flame is hot enough to give a good performance for general hill-walking, and for the price it offers a good balance of features. But the only major issue I have with this otherwise excellent boot is that the outsole lug pattern is a little shallow for a trudge across a boggy moor. It may not be a major flaw for everyone though, as the Asolo Flame is still great on paths and typical high fell terrain. As with any fabric boot, I suspect an all-leather, virtually stitchless upper would be more durable.
Upper 1.6-1.8mm leather, nylon, Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Asolo Matrix
Sizes 6-13 (men’s); 3-9 (women’s)
Weight 1552g (pair, size 11)
Made in Romania
Stores in the UK 60
Verdict: The Asolo Flame is great for scrambling and rocky mountain walks, but some others have a more aggressive outsole for mud and boggy ground.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2009