User Review: Asolo Men's TPS 520 GV
Price Paid: $250
I have owned two pairs of these fine Asolo boots. Unlike many hikers, I am a large man...6' and 280lbs. I don't hike long distances, but I do hike frequently. I also fish just about every month of the year.
I live on a small ranch. The terrain on which I wear these boots varies from concrete to pasture land to heavily wooded forests and rocky lakesides. I frequently carry up to 60-70 lbs of gear, or ranch equipment. My oldest pair are about 9 years old, and they are still functional. In fact, I frequently wear them on the ranch, or a trip to Wal-Mart. They're just plain comfortable.
The newest pair are used for hiking, fishing (I frequently fish from the bank, and walk all around lakes and creeks) and working on my ranch. They have stood up to ALL the punishment I have given them, and with the Superfeet custom molded insoles, they're comfortable enough to wear for anything. I even wore them walking all day at the State Fair on concrete.
The place where they wear out for me the most is in the stiffness of the ankle area. I want that area to be really stiff to protect my ankles, and that area of the leather softens faster than any other.
I have NO complaints with the durability of the soles. These boots stand up really, really well for a guy my size. The only areas I don't like to wear them are wet/slippery surfaces or mud. Mud just cakes up in these soles.
If you buy these boots, prepare to have very happy feet. I'd really recommend Superfeet insoles as well.