User Review: Asolo Men's TPS 535
Break-in Period: not completely broke yet
Weight: less than four pounds
Price Paid: $180
I have long been a fan of Merrell boots since 1993 when I bought a pair in Sister's Oregon on a Monday and climbed South Sister on the following Tuesday. I had no blisters and no issues. I had the same experience with two more pairs until the last pair I bought three years ago for a Grand Canyon trip. About 400 miles on them and they are still not right. Eight days ago I had foot surgery and have been barely able to walk.
A Grand Canyon hike is coming up in October and I bought my son a pair of ASOLO's for the hike. He and I wear the same size and after only six days since surgery I tried his boots on and I could walk with out pain! I have eight quarter inch laser cut holes in my foot and these 535's are so comfortable I cannot feel any pain! I went out and bought a pair for myself and I will report back after I log fifty miles.
The reviews I have read said these boots get better after break in, I cannot imagine how that is possible?
Update: July 15, 2007
I first reviewed this pair of boots on June 23, 2007. Nearly four weeks of use and 85 miles they continue to impress. The lacing system is very effective and adjust well when tight spots turn up. No blisters and only one hot spot on the ball of my left foot that has been resolved by wearing two socks on that foot. I am currently hiking in Rockwood Reservation on the Greenrock trail that winds up and down steep Ozark hills. The boots grip extremely well on the rocky soil and protect well from any bruises.