The Asolo Flame GTX/Atlantis GTX is a very well-established model that on first appearance resembles many other boots with a synthetic upper. But flex it between the toe and heel, and immediately it’s clear that this boot is far more supportive and robust than many similar-looking models. That synthetic upper is actually pretty stiff and provides great protection for the feet, even on rockier ground. Also, while there’s a lot of stitching on the upper, it’s mostly double lines so it’s far more durable than lesser constructions. For more durability you get suede leather around the lower areas and a good protective rubber toe cap. That toe box is also extremely stiff, as is the heel cup – and so in many ways the Asolo Flame GTX/Atlantis GTX is far more robust than many leather boots. Underneath you get an Asolo sole unit with widely spaced lugs, although these are not quite as deep as others on test and may wear down quicker, or just provide less grip on softer terrain. The sole is very stiff, though, and ideal for rockier ground. Good cushioning and a generally closer fit than some other boots make this a great all-rounder for general walking on terrain that includes rockier hill and mountain routes.
Upper materials 1.6-1.8mm suede, nylon
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Asolo Matrix rubber, EVA cushioning
Men’s sizes 6-13 (Flame GTX)
Women’s sizes 4-9 (Atlantis GTX)
Weight 1524g (pair, size 11)
The Asolo Flame GTX/Atlantis GTX is a well-established fabric boot with good performance on rockier ground, although a slightly more aggressive outsole would be good for softer surfaces.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2013