Two days out of the box, the Asolo Sasslong is the best pair of mid-weight boots I’ve used in over ten years. This is my third pair of Asolo back-county boots and I have no desire to use any other brand. In the past I’ve used Asolo for multi-day trips and mountaineering. I’ve also used La Sportiva, but prefer the versatility of my Asolos. The Asolo gets me from the trailhead to the summit and back in relative comfort without the need to carry another pair of boots, which allows me to carry more fuel. Plus, I don’t do a lot of technical climbing anymore and never used them for ice. They will receive a crampon, however, and perform well through one or two pitches of technical mixed and crossing hard snow, but I wouldn’t use them for a day of vertical ice.
I live on the southern Oregon Coast, where the temperature and the weather are relatively consistent, “mostly sunny with a 40% chance of showers by mid-day, highs in the 50’s,” year round. These days, my boots perform more utilitarian tasks. For example, yesterday I split two cords of wood and cut a path through three and a half inches of asphalt with a wet-saw in the rain. I only mention the wet-saw because it shoots a rooster-tail of water out the back and when used in this position the operator tends to get drenched.
It is spring here on the coast, so it rains and at times showers… in sheets...all day. My feet stayed dry and warm inside this fortress of a boot. By the time I drove home, about half an hour, the leather upper was 90% dry after being submerged up to the ankle a number of times.
This morning when I put them on my foot slipped easily into an already familiar pocket. I can’t wait to take these tanks out on the trail and try them out under true back-country conditions. The camber of these stiff souls naturally rocks the foot forward, making walking on hard surfaces slightly different than a typical trail-shoe. The soul is stiff, but that’s the point. In my opinion, a mid-weight boot should be stiff.
Going vertical, I have confidence the toe of the boot will cling to small shelves because of the stiff soul. 3lbs. 8oz. per pair sounds like a lot, but they perform like a boot much lighter and just glide along. A boot this burly that fits this well out the box only gets better with age.