The Asolo Fugitive is not a new boot. In fact, at almost ten years ago, it’s a decidedly old one. Despite this fact, however, it remains as popular as ever. And it has a particularly loyal following among soldiers.
Being both the curious, and the sceptical type, I decided to try a pair of Fugitives for myself. Is their following deserved? And does performance in Iraq translate to performance on the trail?
Contrary to what I’ve read elsewhere, these boots do they take a few days to break in. They also run a good half a size large. Provided you get the right size and have a little patience however, they start to feel pretty great after a couple of miles.
They use PU material to add cushioning to what is a relatively thin sole. And this combined with the absence of leather helps to keep the weight down. These two things combine to make a great boot for walking long distances.
Another thing that I liked about the Fugitives is that they make use of Asolo’s patented Duo Asoflex technology. This not only adds stability but apparently helps protect your feet from injury due to misalignment or even trips.
Out of the box, the Fugitives don’t look like they have very good traction but I was actually pleasantly surprised. They provided decent grip on grass, rocks and gravel.
Stability is about what you’d expect for a boot in this class. I rarely carry more than twenty pounds, and the Fugitives held up well under loads of up to thirty. I did however get the impression that anything more than that and you’d want something stiffer.
These boots aren’t just waterproof, they seem to actively repel water. I often hike early in the morning and with some boots, the outsides get absolutely drenched in dew. This simply doesn’t happen with the Fugitives. I’ve also walked through streams twice and my socks remained perfectly dry.
These are some of the ugliest boots that I’ve ever worn. I bought them because I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I discovered that the fuss was very much deserved. But that doesn’t change the fact that they’re the very opposite of stylish.
Personally, I’ve worn these boots for all of two months so I cannot really judge. A quick search on Google however shows multiple reports of up to seven years wear. It’s second hand information, obviously, but there’s a lot of it. And if it’s true, I’m not really sure what more you can ask from a $200 pair of boots.
At the time of writing, these boots have been reviewed over 80 times on Amazon for an average rating of 4.3 stars out of 5. 4.3 isn’t particularly impressive but the content of the reviews very much is. Multiple claims of long term wear, regular repeat purchases and various phrases including the words “most comfortable” and “best”.
They might be ten years old. They might be ugly as hell. But it’s easy to see why these boots have amassed such a following. They’re comfortable, light, water repellent, and ideal for long distance, light weight hikes.