These are $375 Asolo hiking boots. I was 3 miles off trail scrambling a peak in the Cascades, (American Alps), when the entire tread pealed off the midsole of the boot. The boot and midsole were sturdy enough to make my way down, in fact the smooth midsole was an ok friction shoe for scrambling down the rock (but slippery as heck on the wet muddy trail to the car). An hour later the second tread peeled off! WTF!....... How's that for planned obsolescence? I made it down.
Even though they had just 10 or 20% wear on them neither the REI flagship store (#1) in Seattle nor Asolo would do anything for me (not even a partial credit), as they were more than a year old. They sat in my garage for the last year. Last Monday I came across an old ~6 oz old tube of 5200 that I've had for 10 or 15 years and thought; why not try this demon sperm that everyone talks about. Here they are mummy wrapped in split (single layer) roadbike inner tube strips. I'd have preferred black, but the goo I had was white. Pfffft. After 6 days curing I unveiled them this morning and will be taking a ~4 mile walk on moderate trail this afternoon to see it the devil sperm works. Planning on a 5 day outing on Monday with them (with trail shoes just in case......) Maybe I'll report back on the results.