REPOST Owner Review Asolo Fulcrum hiking shoe
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I thought the bio section was too long but I didn't know about the
100 word limit. Bio revised and I think I'm below the word limit.
Asolo FULCRUM hiking shoes
Name: Edwin Morse
Height: 5' 8" (173 cm)
Weight: 143 lb (65 kg)
Email address: ed.morse@...
City, State, Country: Grawn, Michigan, U.S.
I started backpacking in 1979. First trip was two weeks in northern
Michigan. Gear was cheap, heavy and sometimes painful. Starting pack
weight was just over 70 lb (32 Kg), with food but no water. Since
the first trip I have backpacked in Michigan, Maine, New Hampshire
and Pennsylvania. After about 12 years I started slowly reducing my
pack weight. The last trip in New Hampshire my pack, including food
and water was 35 lb (16 Kg ) for a week. Amazing what a change of
attitude can do. Very slowly obtaining lighter gear. I only know
what works by trial and error.
Year of Manufacture: 2006
Listed weight: 445 g (15.7 oz), « pair size 8
delivered weight: 459 g (16.2 oz), « pair size 10
Weight with Superfeet insoles: 493 g (17.4 oz) « pair size 10, as I
wear the shoes.
On their website these shoes are listed under their Enduro line.
According to the website
"Balance and flexibility. True multi-purpose shoes.
The Enduro Line represents the meeting-point between comfort and
performance, technology and
These low cut models are very versatile and offer a completely
revised line for both men and
women. All models use the revolutionary Asosorb System, the latest
innovation form Asolo's
Again, according to the website, the Fulcrum model is :
Upper water resistant suede mm. 1,4-1,6 +Polyester
Inner lining Polyester
Sole Asolo/Vibram Olympus (rubber-Eva)
Size 6-13 U.K.
Weight gr. 445 (1/2 pair, size 8)
Reference 0M5302 383/402/436/642
I've been wearing trail runner shoes for about 9 years, after many
years of full grain leather hiking boots. I decided to try light
weight hiking shoes after a meeting of our local hiking club where
the owner of the local backpacking store reviewed his gear with
emphasis on shoes.
I went back a week later planning to buy shoes. We spent nearly 2
hours trying on different models and brands. I can be hard to fit.
The Asolo Fulcrums were the ones that fit, after he noticed that I
had Superfeet insoles in my old trail runners, and put the same in
the new ones I was trying. I bought the shoes a half size larger
than the outfitter recommended. I like to wear heavy socks and when
conditions get wet I will wear light socks with Sealskins over the
I've had these shoes about 3 months now. I am generally out 3 or 4
times a week doing day hikes, covering 8 to 15 miles each time. My
hikes are both on and off trail, lately in the hilly areas of NW
Lower Michigan. I hike for exercise, sometimes going all day as fast
as I can manage, or off trail, looking for mushrooms or wild
flowers, or testing gear to see what works for me. I've tried to
wear these shoes as hard as I can for this area and the weather we've
had this spring. I have planned routes over as many hills as
possible, both on trail and off. Partly this has been to see how the
shoes work for me and partly to get my body in better hiking
condition. I am looking for comparisons and differences with both my
heavy hiking boots and my trail runners.
The Asolo Fulcrums have a stiffer sole than any trail runners I've
used. They appear to be narrower than the Brooks trail runners.
Actually the sole is 0.9 inch (2.29 cm) narrower when measured at
the widest part. The Fulcrum at 459 g (16.2 oz) is slightly heavier
than the Brooks trail runners at 448 g (15.8 oz).
I do feel more "in control" with the Fulcrums when hiking on side
hill trails with too much out slope. The Vibram soles don't have the
deep lugs that my heavy leather boots do, but they still provide
good grip and good control on side hill trails.
I have probably hiked over 300 miles (483 Km) with the Fulcrums by
now, on both wet and dry trails, and wet and dry oak leaf-covered
hills off trails. My day pack has been intentionally heavy, about 25
lb (11.3 Kg).
The Asolo Fulcrum is a solid, low cut hiking shoe. It will do well
for any day hiking I will do in Michigan. I still have not decided
if I will use them for backpacking. Leather dries very slowly and my
shoes always get wet backpacking.
Things I like:
1. Durable, stands up well to my hiking, with no visible signs of
2. Comfortable for all day walking.
3. Good foot control - they stay where I put them.
Things I don't like:
1. On sandy trails I get sand inside. Low gaiters do solve this
2. Going down hills my toes are against the shoe if I forget to
tighten the laces
before starting down.