Summary

We spent 9.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Reviewers in droves, including professional ones, have found a richly comfortable piece in the Asolo Stynger GTX hiking boot.
  • This astonishing boot-type trail companion stuns critics with its jaw-dropping lightness.
  • Many users celebrate the super-short break-in phase of this footgear.
  • Shoe bloggers by profession find an unyieldingly waterproof hiking boot in this product.
  • Its superbly protective toe bumper mesmerizes gear pundits.
  • The Asolo women’s Stynger GTX has impressed several wearers with its remarkable ankle support.
  • About a handful of outdoor enthusiasts rave about the boot’s enamoring looks.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few owners, which include a footwear journalist, don't like the Stynger GTX’s inability to expel heat effectively in warmer conditions.
  • Someone who writes about hiking shoes for a living decries the outsole’s lackluster performance over muddy terrain.

Bottom line

There are hikers who need day-one comfort and lightness above all else in a boot. Then there are those who cannot see themselves venturing into the great outdoors without being in something powerfully waterproof. Thankfully, all such fantastic qualities come in spades in the Stynger GTX. Where this incredible Asolo hiking boot falters, however, is in the area of breathability. Nonetheless, the Stynger GTX comes out strong thanks to its slew of positive traits and trail-ready features.

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A top rated hiking boot
A top rated Asolo hiking boot
A popular pick
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- The Stynger GTX is a supportive and protective Asolo offering built for multi-season use. Its armor-like upper is nested on the Duo Asoflex Lady lasting board which provides enhanced stride performance and comfort underfoot.

- Asolo engineers doubled down on its water protection. They did so by lining its water-repellent leather upper with a waterproof membrane from Gore-Tex.

- Its heavy-duty sole unit, which consists primarily of a single-density midsole and Asolo’s exclusive outsole, has a generous toe rocker. The inclusion of this forefoot feature translates to smoother push offs.

A mid-cut, relatively true-to-size Asolo boot for the female crowd is the Stynger GTX. It is offered in full and half sizes in standard width. Users can achieve a customized and secure fit in it via the shoe’s lace-up closure.

The Asolo Stynger GTX’s grippy proprietary outsole called Syncro is made with a combination of polyurethane (PU) and rubber. It uses multi-shaped lugs to give the wearer a secure footing on the trail, especially over parts where the terrain is either soft or mushy. The brand designers gave it a heel brake—a feature responsible for mitigating slips and skids during downhill traversals.

This hardwearing component slightly covers the footgear’s toe bumper for even more frontal protection. The ridges engineered on it may help hikers negotiate narrow ledges with extra sticking power.

When it comes to cushioning and stability, the Stynger GTX relies on its mono-density midsole. It is made of polyurethane or PU, a highly durable material capable of withstanding great stress and weight. The construction of its heel part is noticeably thick for improved shock absorption.

For even more comfort underfoot, designers from Asolo topped this robust yet cushy component with the Lite 2 footbed. It has a kind of contour that gives the adventurer extra rearfoot and medial support.

The ankle-supportive upper of the Stynger GTX is a combination of high-tenacity nylon and water-resistant suede leather which has a thickness ranging between 1.6 and 1.8 mm. It is lined with Gore-Tex’s Performance Comfort technology (also seen in the Asolo boots Drifter GV and Shiraz GV), making the shoe adequately breathable and watertight at the same. The reinforcement present at its forefoot, the footgear’s toe cap, is made of long-wearing rubber.

A round lace and combination eyelets make up the Stynger GTX’s lacing system. The lace is fully synthetic, while the lace tunnels and open hooks are metallic.

Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.

paul@runrepeat.com