User Review: Asolo Men's TPS 520 GV
Materials: Leather and Gore-Tex
Use: Backpacking, any long hike over rough ground.
Break-in Period: Minimal (wore them to work for a few weeks).
Weight: 3 lbs/pair?
Price Paid: $172
I'm compelled to write a review of these boots, 1) because I love them, and 2) because reading these reviews helped me in my purchasing decision and I want to give back to the community.
I can't praise these boots enough. I've worn them this year in as diverse of terrain and loads as possible. From Arches National Park in Utah with a daypack, to 14,000 feet up in Colorado's San Juan mountains with 50 pounds on my back, to the old stone of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. Through heat, cold, mud, and water these boots have kept my feet comfortable and dry. The ankle support is superb, the grip on rock (wet or dry) is phenomenal. Break-in period was minimal.
For the past two seasons I've had serious pain along the sides of my knees and shooting down into my calves while on long descents. I thought I would need surgery to get past this. But X-rays showed no deterioration of the bone. This year, with the Asolos, the problem disappeard. The $172 I paid (on sale) for them is a lot cheaper than surgery! They probably just lined up my anatomy better than the old boots.
For any hike where the footing may be uncertain, I can't recommend these boots enough.