The Asolo Flame is a well-proven synthetic and suede leather boot with a Gore-Tex waterproof lining. What sets this apart from many similar-looking boots is that it combines fairly standard-looking styling with some really important functionality. So it is reasonably lightweight compared to some similar options. The upper is more supportive than most with a solid toe box that has a large protective cap, which is ideal for tackling rocky mountains. There is a good, stiff sole unit that is easily capable of taking the strain out of rocky mountain terrain, and the lug pattern has enough bite to keep the wearer moving over mud. There is good cushioning too. The result is that the Flame is a really hot pair of boots that have proven themselves to be able of transporting the wearer up rocky hills and down muddy dales year after year. But I’d prefer a slightly more aggressive outsole lug pattern, and some boots do offer a little more in this department. As with any fabric boot that is covered in panels and stitching I would expect simpler designs to last longer, although this is of course only an issue if you wear boots regularly on really hard terrain.
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 50
The Asolo Flame is an excellent, well-proven boot for general hill-walking, but some others have a more aggressive outsole for mud and boggy ground.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2010