The Asolo Fugitive has been a popular midweight hiking boot for more than a decade, and for good reason. A relatively stiff midsole and forefoot paired up with a tall but flexible ankle collar make it unique. Boots with this much foot support usually have a more substantial upper that stabilizes the ankle more. And that's why some folks love it! The light upper feels great on your foot, the high ankle collar is great for water and snow protection, but the stiff midsole supports the foot like a heavier boot.
The Vasque St. Elias GTX is our favorite midweight hiker; its more flexible forefoot creates a comfortable stride. The Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX provides much more ankle stability than the Fugitive and weighs about the same.