User Review: Asolo Men's TPS 520 GV
Materials: leather gore-tex
Use: back country hiking, short hikes, every day wear
Break-in Period: relatively short
Price Paid: 230 USD
Hands down these are some of the best boots I have ever owned. In the past I have always had Vasque Sundowners but replaced them a year ago with Asolo 520s due to the better fit and comfort. I also was put off some by the newer Vasques being made in China while the Asolos are still made in Europe (Romania).
I live in Mid-Norway and wear these boots probably 360 days out of 365 for everything from getting to work and around town to back country hiking and have not once been disappointed. We get a lot of rain, wet snow and ice here and my feet have always stayed dry and warm when paired with a good set of Thorlo or Smart Wool socks.
For some people the weight might be a deterrent, especially if wearing them all the time. But I am used to it and prefer boots over shoes any day. Even that being said though, the weight and support is just right for back-country use. They strap tight to your feet and give a lot of support to the ankle.
While a bit stiff at first, they broke in quickly and the overall fit is great. I used to have a pain in my arch from other boots that seemed to persist no matter what I wore. After a month in the 520s it disappeared. Given my experience with them I suspect that when I eventually wear these out I will replace them with another pair.