I too tried the sasslongs for about 50 miles and just couldn't get used to the hard heels... I bought a pair of Hanwag Dakotas from STP and they are the MOST comfortable pair of boots I've ever worn. Better than Rocky's, Kenetreks, Asolos, and Irish Setters that I've worn... I think either way you go you'll be happy! I doubt I'll ever go to another brand unless these start falling apart after a single season or two.
I just bought a pair of Hanwag alaskan and I can say the they function better then any boot I've had, but they're not more comfortable then my Kennetreks when I first bought them. The downside to Kennetreks is they broke down after a few season and were no longer comfortable.
I wore my Hanwag Alaskans through much of archery season in North Idaho. The pros I found were. Limited break in time, very comfortable, excellent stability and lateral support (I have very bad ankles from too much basketball early in life, durability looks to be excellent. I prefer an all leather boot for added stability and waterproofness. The only downside I found was traction was just average. I dont think you can go wrong with either set. Good luck in your choice.
I too have both. However I have a LOT more time in my Alaskans than the mountain lites. I posted up a while ago the weight difference between the two and its not that much. I seem to recall the mountain lites are only like 10% lighter than the Alaskans, so its more of question of you what the toughness of the full grain leather vs. the quick dry of the non-leather boot in case you go over the boot tops. I'll be taking my Alaskans to Kodiak tomorrow with me for two weeks. My buddy that drew a goat tag will be taking my Mountain lites (lucky he's my exact shoe size) a week later when I pick him up on Kodiak to help fill his tag.
For me thus far I'll take the more wear resistant Alaskans as suck up the extra 10% weight over the mountain lites. But we'll see as I get more time in the mountain lites if that will change.