User Review: Asolo Men's TPS 535
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $165
I recently tested these on a two-day trip coupled with Smartwool hiker socks.
- Construction: Should last many years
- Waterproof: Kept water out very well. Never worried about a leak.
- Appearance: Classic look with new technology.
- Insole: Needs to be upgraded.
- Lack of toe cap
- Lack of traction on slick rock
As stated earlier, I tested these out on a two-day, 19-mile backpack trip at Greenleaf State Park in Eastern Oklahoma. I carried a 39 lb pack. The terrain was rocky. It was muddy in the morning but dried up well in the afternoon. There were some good steep ascents and descents. In short, I felt like they were tested well. I wore them for about two weeks daily to break them in for this trip.
They are slightly heavier than other comparable boots, but I think that has to do with the better built construction. They kept water out great at crossing streams.
I wish they had a toe cap. The only part that looks roughed up is the toe. They do clean up well though. They were comfortable until about mile 10. They could use a better insole. I plan on upgrading that very soon. I felt like I was hiking on a very stiff insole. I had to watch my step in the slick wet rock. They did not feel as stable as other boots I have had.
That was the Con list so now the Pro list. These boots make you feel that you can go anywhere. They feel indestructible. I was looking for a boot with a classic look and these are it. I like the all leather. They provided great ankle support. I never had to worry about that. The toe makes it feel that it rolls your foot forward for you making each step easier.
Overall, I enjoyed this boot. With an upgraded insole, this boot would be near perfect. Now... where is the next trail marker?