Always on the hunt for spectacular views, you plan to get out on the trail as many days as possible now that the snow is melting. The Men's Asolo Agent Evo GV Shoes take you to each summit with durable protection and weatherproof comfort. The water-resistant suede uppers don't mind encounters with sharp edges or muddy situations, and they're lined with a Gore-Tex membrane that keeps water out but still lets your feet breath during hot, heart-pounding ascents.
The Agent Evo GV comes with a rubber toe cap for rock protection, and rugged Vibram lugs that can tackle dry rocky roads or winding muddy paths without a hitch. The supportive midsole keeps fatigue away on longer treks, with a cushioning insole for underfoot comfort to keep you going even as summer wanes into fall.
- Durable hiking shoe for summer treks and winter walks
- Gore-Tex lining provides breathable, waterproof protection
- Suede uppers offer rugged durability against wear and tear
- Sturdy lugs give you the grip you need for variable terrain
- Supportive insole and midsole provide responsive cushioning
- Lace closure lets you micro-adjust for the perfect fit
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- Q & A
Would buy again
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: 11
- Height: 6'1"
- Weight: 175lbs
I tried on a lot of shoes and boots after my old pair of hiking shoes wore out. I mean a lot - probably more than a dozen. I just returned from 9 days of backpacking on Isle Royale and now feel ready to comment on the Asolo Agent Evo GV. I had about 170 miles walking flat ground with them prior to taking them out to the wilderness. Here’s what I liked:
I love how the longer lacing allows for greater flexibility in getting the right fit. On flat surfaces I changed the lacing to have a “window pane” at the bottom of the lacing. This offered a somewhat looser fit and more wiggle room and comfort for my toes. However, on the very rocky and root-filled tread of most of Isle Royale’s trails I went back to a criss-cross pattern for the full length. This pulled the shoe tighter across my toes and helped keep my feet from shifting inside the shoe when navigating the constant uneven terrain and the climbing up and down. That alone is worth the price of admission. The only blisters I got were on the outside of my big toe and baby toe on one foot when I had the lacing too loose. After I tightened them up all was well and the blisters healed quickly.
These shoes are very comfortable to wear and look good as a bonus. However, get a real insole and replace the insole that comes with the shoe. I put in the Trailblazer Comfort insoles from Superfeet and I’d highly recommend doing something similar.
The shoes are very light but durable. The Vibram soles gripped long stretches of slanted exposed rock well, even when it was wet from a recent storm. The reinforced toe box and suede uppers took all the beating a rocky trail can offer without any problems.
The waterproofing works like a charm. Before taking them into the woods I walked through a lot of puddles on the street when walking. One was 80 yards long and an inch to an inch and half deep. No matter how long the puddles were the result was the same - dry feet.
The only negative I have are the laces. They are a very hard material which is probably great for ensuring they don’t break. The downside is they are so hard you get calluses on the outside of your pinkies from pulling the laces taut. Also, when double-knotting you want to provide a very solid tug. Otherwise the knot will get loose as the harder surface doesn’t provide as much friction between laces.
Note - I sized down a half size on these and that was just right.
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: True to size
I've been looking for a sturdy, low-top, hiking shoe--something more sturdy than a trail runner-- with ample room in the toe box. These were quite comfortable and the toe room was excellent (size 9). But the shoes themselves were extremely light both in the sole construction and in the lateral support. I can't imagine using them either for a long day hike or for any hike over rough terrain. If you're doing 3-5 miles on well worn paths, these should be great; otherwise, I'd try other options.