Asolo Flame GTX 2011

The Asolo Flame GTX is a well-proven boot that is ideal for many hill-walkers. On first appearances it looks like many other boots, but as soon as you get it on your feet you notice the difference. Although it looks like a normal fabric boot, that upper is very stiff, supportive and protective of the foot. Also the toe box and heel cup are exceptionally stiff again for maximum protection. The outsole too is very stiff and again ideal for rockier ground. There is good cushioning and a waterproof lining, plus the lug pattern on the sole is good for general walking. The result is that the Flame is great for rockier hill and mountain use as it really is built to protect the foot and withstand use on tough terrain. But some boots do have a slightly more aggressive outsole lug pattern than the Asolo Flame GTX for keeping a grip in mud. While this is a durable example of a fabric boot, a leather boot with less stitching may well be even more durable.

Upper 1.6-1.8mm leather, nylon, Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Asolo Matrix
Sizes 6-13½ (men’s); 3½-9½ (women’s)
Weight 1552g (pair, size 11)
Made in Romania
Stores in the UK 50

The Asolo Flame GTX is an excellent boot for general hill-walking if you want a good fabric design rather than a good leather design.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2011