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BOOTS GEAR CHALLENGE

montrail

VS.

asolo

Montrail Torre vs. Asolo Flame GTX

Avid hiker Jason Collier never thought he would let go of his Montrail Torres. For the past five years the classic rugged boot has been his favorite porter on trails across the country. But we here at BRO think a little change is good. So we decided to give Collier a taste of something new and make him test the brand new Asolo Flame GTX. Like any lasting relationship, it wasn’t easy to let go.

Hard to Say Goodbye

“My Torres and I, well, we’ve had some wonderful times. The classic, supple leather construction was oh-so supportive through pristine, waterfall-laden hikes in the Southern Appalachians. I will never forget how they helped me keep my balance on slippery, mossy stream crossings. From the RipRap Trail in Shenandoah to pounding my way up The Priest, my Torres have always treated me right. I don’t know how I can ever stray.”

CHANGE OF HEART

“’Dizzamn, these are light!’ were the first words out of my mouth when I cracked open the box of brand new Asolo Flame GTXs. Not only did they feel surprisingly light on my feet, but they were also extremely comfortable and stable. My initial reaction was confirmed when I tested the Asolos on varying degrees of terrain: from muddy, rooty descents into streambeds to blistering uphill climbs over loose rock and debris. The soles were just as rugged as the reliable Torre, but with the mix of leather and synthetic materials, these boots were much more aerobically inclined. I could definitely feel a new spring in my step. I was also amazed at the lack of a break-in period, as the Flames were immediately more comfy than any other hiking footwear I’ve ever worn.”

THE BREAK-UP

“Sorry Torres. It’s going to be very sad to let you go, and I’ll cherish the memories we’ve shared. I’ll keep you in my closet for a rainy day, like an old love letter. And I’ll reminisce about you from time to time, and maybe even take you for quick jaunts on the A.T. for old times’ sake. But for now this hiker is moving on.”