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Asolo Outlaw GV - Women's Review

Asolo Outlaw GV - Women's NEW
Price:   $140 List | $108.99 at MooseJaw
Pros:  Waterproof
Cons:  Not a lot of cushioning, poor traction
Bottom line:  This low-cut hiker fell to the bottom of our list due to a slippery insole and lack of support.
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Manufacturer:   Asolo

Our Verdict

The Asolo Outlaw GW was unfortunately one of our least favorite pairs that we tested in this review. It does have a few things going for it, including a bright color option and a seriously waterproof suede upper, but the shoe itself is fairly low-cut compared to some other models which ultimately affected its waterproofness. There isn't as much cushioning underfoot or arch support, which made this shoe less comfortable to wear over long distances, and the insole was slippery, causing our foot to move around too much. Finally, the lack of traction caused this shoe to fall to the bottom of the pile. It does seem well-made though and should last for miles, and they were not too heavy. Overall, we much preferred the Oboz Sawtooth Low BDry - Women's, which won our Editors' Choice award for its great comfort, support and traction. And if you are looking for a non-waterproof and less expensive shoe, our Best Buy winner, the Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator - Women's has you covered.


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Editors' Choice Award
A great shoe for long or short hikes, with or without a pack.
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Top Pick Award
Perfect shoe for those who want or need exceptional cushion and comfort in their footwear.
75
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Great shoe for people who like to move fast in the mountains without a heavy pack.
73
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Best Buy Award
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72
$120
A great shoe for fast and light hiking.
72
$140
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70
$136
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70
$210
A stiff shoe for those who prefer minimal cushion but lots of durability.
60
$115
Great shoe for those with wide feet who need a hiker for arid areas.
60
$140
This low-cut hiker fell to the bottom of our list due to a slippery insole and lack of support.

Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results

Review by:
Cam McKenzie Ring
Senior Review Editor
OutdoorGearLab

Last Updated:
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March 26, 2017

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The Asolo Outlaw GV has a suede upper, molded EVA midsole, Gore-Tex liner, and Vibram sole. Just a note here that we ordered this shoe in a US size 10 women's, which turned out to be significantly larger than the standard size 10 shoe, and in fact it was labeled a 42.5 European size (most size 10s that we tried were a 41 to 42). We returned the larger shoe and tested a 9.5 instead which was a much better fit.

The Outlaw has some great features  like a suede upper and rubber toe cap  but the sole did not provide enough traction for scrambling around the desert and the shoe lacked cushioning and arch support.
The Outlaw has some great features, like a suede upper and rubber toe cap, but the sole did not provide enough traction for scrambling around the desert and the shoe lacked cushioning and arch support.

Performance Comparison


Here's how the Outlaw compared to the rest of the shoes in this review.


Comfort


This pair was the least comfortable shoe in our review. There is very little cushioning underfoot in either the heel or the forefoot, which meant that we felt every sharp rock and hard surface underneath us. In addition, the insole was very slippery, and our feet were constantly moving around in them while walking. It was really the strangest sensation, which eventually led to hot spots forming from the friction. The insole itself was thin and flimsy, and provided no additional cushioning. While you the insole is easily replaced with an aftermarket one, since we already paid a significant amount for these shoes we don't really want to have to add anything else to them. If you want to feel like you are hiking on clouds, then consider our Top Pick for Comfort, the Hoka One One Tor Summit WP - Women's, with a super thick sole that provides ample cushioning.

Testing out these shoes on rough desert trails. The hard ground really showed us which shoes cushioned our feet and which did not. Unfortunately this pair was the latter.
Testing out these shoes on rough desert trails. The hard ground really showed us which shoes cushioned our feet and which did not. Unfortunately this pair was the latter.

Support


We weren't that impressed with the support of these shoes either. While the firm sole provided adequate support over rough terrain, there is very little arch support in the shoe and we also experienced some heel lift. If you have very flat feet this shoe might suit you, but if you have a regular and particularly a high arch this shoe literally falls a little flat.

While the sole was stiff enough to handle small rocks without rolling over  the shoes have a very flat arch which did not provide us enough internal support.
While the sole was stiff enough to handle small rocks without rolling over, the shoes have a very flat arch which did not provide us enough internal support.

Traction


The thin and stiff lugs did not provide a lot of grip during our traction tests. We were very nervous trying to walk down a steeper section of bare rock in these shoes.
The thin and stiff lugs did not provide a lot of grip during our traction tests. We were very nervous trying to walk down a steeper section of bare rock in these shoes.

The traction on the Asolo Outlaw GV also left something to be desired. While they use a Vibram sole, the lugs are stiff, small, and closely spaced, which when combined together resulted in poor performance on slippery sandstone slabs. If you like to scramble when hiking and need your hiking shoes to stick like a gecko, check out the Merrell Moab 2 Ventilators.

Both the Merrell (left) and the Asolo (right) models have Vibram soles  but they are very different in terms of the softness of the rubber and size and position of the lugs. The Merrells offered great traction  and the Asolos not so much.
Both the Merrell (left) and the Asolo (right) models have Vibram soles, but they are very different in terms of the softness of the rubber and size and position of the lugs. The Merrells offered great traction, and the Asolos not so much.

Weight


These shoes weighed 1 lb 12 oz in our testing size. That's not quite as light as the Ahnu Sugarpine WP - Women's but definitely lighter than the Lowa Renegade II GTX LO - Women's.

Water Resistance


There's a reason why suede is a great material for hiking shoes! Water beaded up and rolled right off these shoes  and didn't even saturate through in our bucket test.
There's a reason why suede is a great material for hiking shoes! Water beaded up and rolled right off these shoes, and didn't even saturate through in our bucket test.

There's no question that this is a waterproof shoe. The Outlaw let no water in during our ten minute bucket test, and the suede upper beads water off like no other. It didn't even appear to saturate at all even after being submerged for 10 minutes, which means it would take a lot of moisture before the Gore-tex liner would even need to come into play. So why did it receive only a 7 out of 10? Because the lowest point of the shoe (at the ankle opening) is only 3.5 inches above ground, and some other models, like the Oboz Sawtooth Low BDry and the Hoka One One Tor Summit WP came up to 4 inches. It might not seem like much, but that extra half an inch could be the reason why a small splash when crossing a stream soaks your sock or not.

The low cut of this show (slightly less than 3.5 inches) offered less coverage than taller models and ultimately affected its waterproofness.
The low cut of this show (slightly less than 3.5 inches) offered less coverage than taller models and ultimately affected its waterproofness.

Durability


We gave this shoe a fairly high score for durability. The whole unit is well-made and we had no wear issues during our testing period, and we found few durability complaints when scouring other on-line user reviews. We do worry about the durability of the tread though, because it is not as thick as some other models.

Best Applications


This shoe is a good option to wear in rainy climates, as the suede upper sheds water like a champ. But the lower cut ankle creates more chances for water to enter when crossing streams and splashing through muddy pools, so keep that in mind.

Watch out when crossing a stream in this pair  as the low-cut ankle can easily let a splash of water into your shoe.
Watch out when crossing a stream in this pair, as the low-cut ankle can easily let a splash of water into your shoe.

Value


This shoe retails for $175, which is considerably more than some of the other pairs in this review, like the $100 Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator and the $115 Keen Voyageur - Women's. Some of this expense is no doubt related to the suede upper and Gore-Tex lining, but it's still a considerable amount to pair as far as we are concerned. Our Editors' Choice winner, the Oboz Sawtooth Low BDry, retails for only $140 and was a higher performing model.

Conclusion


There are some great things to like about the Asolo Outlaw GV, including the seriously waterproof upper and fairly lightweight design. However, there just was not enough comfort and support underfoot for us, and the slippery insole caused us to feel some hot spots after only a few miles.

Other Versions


This shoe comes in a men's version, the Asolo Agent GV ($185).
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