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I love these boots...now. It took some breaking in (a little longer than some of the other reviewers) and a little creative lacing, but now they're great.
I typically wear a size 7 in running shoes, but a 6.5 works perfect with these. I swapped out the insoles and that made things a bit more comfortable. At first I was getting some slipping on the heel , but I looked online for different ways to tie the laces and that has made a huge difference. (http://peakhiking.com/archives/1440)
I love 'em now.
This is my 3 rd pair of Asolo Styngers. I bought my first pair 7-8 years ago and- just as advertised- I was ready to hike in them "out of the box". I had a problem with the Gortex waterproof-ability, so Asolo replaced them free. The second pair fit just as well. I went for my third pair and the sizing is a little different; My foot is a true size 6.5 wide, but I will often go to a 7-7.5 shoe. I have a narrow heel and wide forefoot. The last pair of Styngers I had was a size 7 (which is either 38/39 Euro). I tried 2 pairs which were listed as 39. These were huge. I went back to the 38 (listed as a size 6.5) which were perfect. I would guess that with a normal width foot you should go 1/2 to 1 size smaller. I was able to do a 6-peak, 16.5 mile hike in them after only wearing them a few times prior for short periods as "break-in".
Incidentally, Backcountry.com sent me all 3 pairs with free shipping and returns due to the fit issues.
I bought these boots on the recommendations of other reviews. I went with my regular size 8.5, but when I added my usual gel inserts found the boots too snug in the toe box. Also I could not stop my toes from hitting the front of the boot no matter how tight I tied the boots, even without the inserts.
I could have returned them for a size 9, but did not think that would solve my problem with not being able to tighten them enough.
Too bad as I loved the look of the boots.
Is it possible to get these boots resoled?
Yeah, there're plenty of independent companies that'll do it for you, or you can contact Asolo directly.
I had my Asolo PowerMatic 500's re-soled at:
Dave Page, Cobbler (Seattle, WA)
As I understand it, this is the only place recommended by Asolo in the US.
They did a fantastic job!
Putting the ASOLO Women's Stynger GT boot through its paces at combat shooting school
NO blisters or 'hot spots' whatsoever. After bagging 3 of the 7 Summits and countless other climbs/hikes--have worn MANY other boots...but keep coming back to ASOLO--and the Stynger GT in particular.
Not for extended/technical climbs (although they are crampon-compatible)...but for absolutely EVERYTHING else--there is no comparison!
I wore them on 11 trips to Iraq and two rotations through an intensive 10-day combat shooting school (read: near-constant mud/rain/muck)--and feet were the most dry/comfortable thing on me!
I even bought a second pair to keep in reserve in the event they stop making this particular model (but I hope not!).
Bottom line: These boots are amazing and BackCountry is the place to get 'em!
I wore these boots on a two week backpacking trip and they were great. there was virtually no break in period; i got a blister the first time i wore them and that was it. they're very comfortable and well padded. i carried about half my weight and never had any foot problems. they fit true to size for me (6.5)
This is my 2nd pair...1st pair had a defect and backcountry.com was outstanding in their customer service to take the back and get me my next pair at the same price I originally paid.
Excellent fitting boot. Downside is the break-in period that I've experienced as well only much longer in their leather hikers. But I wouldn't switch to another for this minor adjustment due to the long wear and overall performance of this boot!
Just ordered a pair of Stynger GTX for my girlfriend. She's 5'2", 105 lbs with a small low volume high arch foot. She is a true size 6 so we ordered a size 7. Way to big for her. The boot volume may be a problem too. I have 2 pairs of Asolos (summer and fall) and love them! We are going to try a size 6 and see what happens.
I tried on every pair...i mean every pair of hiking boots... at EMS and these were the only ones that worked for my narrow foot and heel. I am planning to put 500 miles on them this fall and hope all goes well. My husband has a pair of Asolo backpacking boots and they are over 5 years old and still going strong. These are well worth the price and they aren't made in China...Hooray!
The bottom line: superior comfort and durability, the PERFECT boot for short, long, and/or thru-hikes, ideal for narrow feet and ankles
The story: The Asolo Stynger has accompanied me with superior comfort and sturdiness on adventures in the Wasatch, the Pacific Northwest, New England, Tanzania, Italy, Peru, Bhutan, and beyond over the past ten years. I am a complete Asolo devotee; I have at least four pairs of well-worn and well-loved Stynger's, and a few fresh pairs in the closet for future use. The fact that Asolo has continued to produce this boot year-after-year with minimal changes to its structure is, in itself, a testament to the Stynger's superiority. I am complete honest in saying that over the course of 1,000+ miles in the Stynger, I have probably racked up all of four or five blisters. A few notes: these boots are definitely (!) on the narrower side for both foot and ankle. The boots are also true to size, so select your "normal" shoe size. The factory waterproofing job is quite good, and will likely cover you for a few weeks of use. (The boots proved resistant against four or five weeks of Alta snow before I decided to apply a new waterproofing coat.)
I wear a woman's 9.5, is that the size to order? PY
I know this a bit late--but maybe it will help someone else...
I normally wear a women's 7, but took them back and xchngd for a 6.5.
One caveat though..if you need/want room for a super think sock--order your usual size.
Hope this helps. Better late than never??!
Are these boots true to size? I have read two comments and one stated go 1 size down and the other stated true to size. Anyone have their comments about these boots?
I have narrow heels which makes finding boots tough because my heels tend to slide up and down the back of the boots. These boots have a nicely shaped back and great lacing system which arrests motion of the foot inside the shoe. They are also extremely supportive. The boots have a roomy toe box, but I bought a half size larger than I typically wear and found that to be perfect.
I purchased my Asolo Stynger GTX boots in 2007 and from the second I slipped them on, they fit like a glove. I've hiked mostly short trips with them (longest was a 5-day trek), and they've kept my feet happy -- no blisters, no foot pain, dry yet breathable. Unfortunately, on my last longer-distance trip, the sole of my right boot started to separate from the body. This was surprising, since I don't feel like they'd really logged a lot of distance or took an exceptionally hard pounding over time. I took the boots to a shoe repair place and they were able to seal the sole back to the body of the boot, but now I don't feel like the boot is truly waterproof anymore. A big bummer, because in every other way, I love these boots.
Love these boots! I used to hate breaking out my boots and would opt for trail-runners when doing field work. Now, after years trying to "suffer through" a dozen or so different boots, I now happily pull these on anytime I'm going to be spending all day on my feet in the field! Perfect fit, great stability, truly waterproof, extremely lightweight, breathable, durable structural support, and excellent traction. Perfect for fieldwork, backpacking and long treks!
One caveat: If you tend to wear hiking boots 200 out of 365 days out of the year, these soles won't last long. As I understand it, Asolo doesn't resole these boots, but rather they have a "contracted shoe repair shop". For about $100 (and shipping), I may as well buy another pair! It's frustrating to have to buy a new pair once a year because I repeatedly wear the soles down flat to a shiny surface.
I have worn now this boot on one long hike with moderate elevation gain(4000') and one climb(Oregon's Mt Washington). Virtually no break in period(where as Asolo leather hikers def have a BIG break in period).
Comfortable though of course not as supportive as the leathers. Great grip on dicy climbing areas where footing is very limited.
I've had a love affair with Raichles for the last 15 years. They suddenly disappeared from the market and when I had to get new boots I tried these. I've had one foot problem after the other with these Asolos. I developed plantar fasciitis after my first hike in these. Upon resolving that and being able to hike again after two months, these boots cause consistent pain in the tendon on the front of my foot. I've never had foot problems until these boots! And to the reviewer who said these are waterproof, I beg to differ. Sorry to be such a Debby Downer but these boots have caused nothing but problems for me.
I got mine and wore them immediately, had a little difficulty with the ankle height but after the first hike or two they loosened up and have been remarkably comfortable! Went on a 12-mile hike and climbing in Palo Duro Canyon a week ago with them, have never had blisters, and the traction and fit are fabulous!
I recommend these to anyone who does serious hiking, they make a world of difference and I will likely buy another pair if I manage to ever wear these out.