My old Asolo Fugitives* having seen better days, I took a trip on Wednesday to the Alpenstock emporium in
The boot quest had become a little urgent, as I could do with these boots for some upcoming trips. Whether I can break them in in time remains to be seen, but tonight (Thursday) they got their first outing – a 6 km jaunt around Alderley Edge with Andrew. We were the only ones daft enough to turn out for this scheduled evening walk. It was dry and comfy in the Drum and Monkey; not so outside. The boots were ‘well muddied’ so there’s no chance of them going back. They were ‘reasonably’ comfy, and should be ok so long as the ankles don’t rub my tendons, a problem that I’ve encountered in the past (but not with the Asolos). So a few short walks with these new boots will be needed to break them in. This is a slight problem, as some longer walks are on the cards for next week; it looks as if I’ll be carrying a spare pair in the bag!
The walk started just as the overhead tap was turned on, but the rain did ease from time to time, with the moon even coming out for a while. Despite the rain and the canopy of trees, the ambient light (Andrew theorised that it all emanated from the local footballers’ security systems) meant there was no need for torches. This didn’t prevent my esteemed companion from taking a bum slide down a boggy path, causing him to reject any idea of re-entering the pub after the walk; and my muddied new boots – the only footwear I had – probably wouldn’t have been appreciated either. So it was home to an early bath!
Hopefully our forthcoming evening jaunts will be better attended. All are welcome, of course.
Scarpa Infinity report as at March 2014:
A second pair of boots was soon acquired as Alpenstock offered a very good deal on them (£99). They were comfortable from the start and hardly needed any breaking in.
The first pair is still keeping the water out and has covered over 2,400 km (1,500 miles), including two TGO Challenges, the Dales High Way, a trip to Turkey, backpacking in the Maritime Alps, and a week along Markus Petter’s Caledonian Trail route. They have been superb.
The second pair was used, as was the first, for numerous day walks, and for one TGO Challenge and a couple of weeks in the
Excellent boots. I hope that the Mustangs that succeed them will be as good.
*The Fugitives bought in October 2008 have now (March 2010) done about 1000 km and are in good condition but leaked after only a few (albeit very wet) km. The ones bought in 2007 leaked after less than 500 km, and are now starting to disintegrate after over 2000 km of use. Both pairs have been extremely comfortable.