There are a zillion reviews for this boot, which should give you an idea of how popular it is. It fits my foot pretty well, though it is very stiff. I've been using it for 1.5 years strictly for hunting trips, so it's probably incurred 3-4 weeks of use. Still waterproof, I think, which is a big selling point for me. I struggle to find boots that are actually waterproof. It's not insulated so not good for cold weather, but good for everything else!
I have been looking for a new boot for some time. My previous boot was over 15 years old and had walked through 3 continents. It is now in well disserved retirement. After a long research for a replacement, I decided on the Asolo TPS 20. It met the very stringent requirements that I had. 1) The boot had to be well built, strong and long lasting. My last boot lasted me 15+ years, need I say more? 2) The boot had to be wide toed, have strong arc and ankle support. As a cancer survivor with moderate to severe Neuropathy of the feet, I put more weight on my heals as I don't feel my toes to well. Therefore any boot would have to compensate for the change in gait as well as not bite or constrict my front foot. 3) The boot would have to be water proof and have the capacity to survive northern winters and southern summers. I think the Asolos met all my requirements and I look forward to a long relationship with it, as I had with my previous boot. I strongly recommend them.
"The Best Humanity Has to Offer, at least in terms of footwear"
If my experience with the TPS 520s is typical, and I think it is judging from the numerous other glowing reviews, these are the greatest boots ever crafted by human hands. Incomprehensibly rugged (landmine-proof, maybe), superbly water-resistant, comfortable (I once walked 40 kilometers in them on the Annapurna trail in one day and did not get a single blister), durable, sexy, and just about every other positive word in the English langauge. They were incredibly easy to break in and have yet to show any sign of breaking down. My last pair of Vasques got shredded over the course of one summer in the Ladakh region of India, but these have stood up to a year (and about 1000 kilometers) criss-crossing the Himalayas and are still as solid as the day they arrived in the mail. Comfortable enough for running around Kathmandu, but more than up to the task of trudging through ice and snow at 5000 meters. Truly, if God wore boots, He (or She) would wear these.
from D.C., Connecticut, or the Himalayas
Logged many miles backpacking in these boots in the short time i've had them. They've gotten a little scuffed up, but other than that they are fine. Keep my feet warm and dry, haven;t had any problems with blisters/hot spots either.
If you're looking for a mid weight gortex hiker this boot is an outstanding choice, I've had mine for about ten years and they're just now reaching the end of their usefull life. I use other boots for light hiking so it's hard to estimate the mileage on the Asolos, but I think it's safe to say "a bunch". They have remained reliably waterproof, which is more than I can say for a couple of day hikers, and have always been very comfortable. These boots are great for packing about 50 pounds or simply day hiking longer distances 15 to 20 miles.
This boot has weathered 5 years of adventures and the goretex lining is still completely waterproof. These babies have kept my feet cozy on snowshoe treks and desert excursions. The durable exterior can withstand High Sierra granite scrambles. I'm eminently satisfied and just purchased a 2nd pair.
"Comfort right out of the box, good workmanship, works as advertised"
Beautiful fit and finish, zero break-in time. Used on mixed surface trails, granite chips, clay found in equatorial rainforest. Either with no luggage or an 18 kilo back pack. These puppies were perfectly fit out of the box and tuned into foot/limb articulation with no hot spots, binding pressure spots and zero blisters.They're so comfy that i'm using them in the office. A definite keeper.
These boots were recommended to me by an experienced mountaineer as "the best boots in the world." Naturally, I was interested...and skeptical. But they actually are the most comfortable and durable boot on the market. I expect to get 10 years of casual hiking in the Smoky Mountains out of these.
"I can't believe that I have these feelings for a boot."
Just received my TPS 520's (on time, product in great condition, Big up's Moosejaw). Tried them on to see if I'd get the same feeling I did when trying them on in the store. I didn't want to take them off then, and I don't want to take them off now. The fit is true, and the support is unbelievable. Makes me stand taller and erect (Keep clean thoughts, LOL!). Can't Wait till my first hike.
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