User Review: Asolo Men's TPS 520 GV
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $220
Probably some of the best boots on the market. If you plan on hiking/backpacking a lot, they are worth the investment.
- Water protection
- Ankle support
- Laces can loosen over time
I've taken these boots all over North America and the longer I have them the more I appreciate them. I purchased these boots as a relatively new hiker. Many reviews I read said they were very comfortable and didn't give many blisters. However, if you are in the same position, you should probably know that many hiker's feet are probably tough and calloused over, which prevents some blisters from occurring.
Anyway, for quite some time these boots did give me some blisters (mainly on my big toe and the back of my heel) after miles of hiking...though they do feel very comfortable. Once your feet become accustomed to a sturdy boot, these boots will be perfect for your feet. In the meantime, wear sock liners along with your wool socks in order to prevent blisters. With sock liners, the above mentioned problem is hardly a problem at all. You can also buy a better pair of insoles which can help also.
These have great ankle support. With a pack at 50lbs+ I have nearly rolled my ankle many times but these boots have allowed me to "catch myself" with no injury. They very waterproof. You can step into a stream that comes up above your ankle without any seepage.
Lastly, the shoelaces can loosen over time. It's not a big problem. However, the shoelaces' eyelets are quite small. So if you try to buy different laces (perhaps leather ones which grip better) you might have trouble finding some that will fit.