Professional reviewers recommend the Asolo Stynger GTX as an excellent hiking and backpacking boot for women, and it's also the top-rated women's hiking boot in owner-written reviews. We did find a few isolated complaints about the break-in period for these boots, but the majority says the Asolo Stynger GTX fits comfortably from the first day. Check sizes carefully, owners suggest; some found that smaller and wider sizes fit them better. The boots draw regular praise for being supportive yet light, waterproof yet breathable, and for good traction, even on wet surfaces. These boots rated for backpacking loads up to about 35 pounds. For hot-weather day hikes on easy trails, reviewers recommend the lighter, cooler and less expensive Merrell Moab Ventilator (*Est. $90). The Vasque Breeze GTX XCR (*Est. $160) also garners praise from both men and women for its light, supportive fit, although there were concerns about how long its waterproofing lasts.
We found the most recent professional review of the Asolo Stynger GTX women's backpacking boots at Outside magazine's website; Backpacker magazine also tested these boots in 2006. Women owners review the Asolo Stynger GTX boots at five different sites, with the most reviews found at REI.com and Moosejaw.com.
1. Backpacker Magazine
A female tester for Backpacker magazine recommends the Asolo Stynger GTX for its toe protection, roomy forefoot, excellent support and "forgiving fit."
Review: Hiking Boots Review: Asolo Stynger GTX, Steve Howe, March 2006
Based on more than 80 reviews, the Asolo Stynger GTX are among the top-rated women's hiking boots here. Women praise their comfort, traction and durability, but a few complain of a long break-in period.
Review: Asolo Stynger GTX Hiking Boots -- Women's, Contributors to REI.com, As of Sept. 2011
About 60 women give the Asolo Stynger GTX enthusiastic reviews, making it one of the top-rated hiking boots for women at this retail site. Most say that break-in time is minimal.
Review: Asolo Women's Stynger GTX Boot, Contributors to Moosejaw.com
More than three dozen women review the Asolo Stynger GTX hiking boots, with about 75 percent giving them the highest possible rating. Women note that the medium width is actually great for narrow feet.
Review: Asolo Stynger GTX, Contributors to Zappos.com
More than two dozen women review the Asolo Stynger GTX here with great enthusiasm, praising the boots for their comfort, support and durability -- though they don't fit every woman's foot well. Several users say that blisters formed on their heels, even after they tried to break the boots in.
Review: Asolo Stynger Gore-Tex Boot -- Women's, Contributors to Backcountry.com
These reviews are mixed. A couple of reviewers give the Stynger GTX kudos for high comfort with a short-to-nonexistent break-in period, but another complains that her feet "are boiling" in hot temperatures, and another blames the boots for lumps on the front of her ankle.
Review: Asolo Stynger GTX, Contributors to Trailspace.com
7. Outside Magazine
For backpacking boots for a woman, blogger Douglas Gantenbein recommends the Asolo Stynger GTX as "light but tough, waterproof, and built for a woman. Perfect for a light person and a moderate pack."
Review: My Backpacking Gear Got Swiped from My Car. Can You Help Me Find Inexpensive but Suitable Replacements?, Douglas Gantenbein, April 2009