User Review: Asolo Men's TPS 520 GV
Materials: full grain, gore tex lined
Use: backpacking, on/off trail
Break-in Period: minimal
Weight: on the heavy side
Price Paid: who cares, it's great
Footwear is very personal I find. You can read about how this and that gets the Editor's Choice Award on Backpacker mag, but that's their feet, not yours. I (unhappily) went through a few boots before I found these Asolo, and I am so glad I did.
The fit is superb, it wraps my feet like second skin. The comfort level is off the chart. Support is incredible. For a week in the Sierra through rocky terrain with 50lb pack and grade 2-3 climbs, on 7 hour days... my feet just kept marching on in these boots with minimal fatigue and no discomfort what so ever.
The grip is excellent also, never slipped on rocks, even on a grade 3 climb (w/o a fully loaded pack), it stuck on the rock face, no problem. I would buy another pair any day. Haven't worn it in the summer, so not sure how breathable these boots are in the heat. Break-in time for me was surprisingly minimal... like almost none!
Remember though, boots are a personal thing, go try them on before you buy. These boots are available pretty much anywhere.