Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer
Likes: The TPS 520 is the best fitting boot that I have ever owned. This is my 2nd pair of the 520s. A friend was so fearful that Asolo might stop making the 520 they bought an extra pair to be covered for years to come.
Dislikes: I like everything about the boots
– El Paso TX
Likes: Great all around hiking boot. Most of my hikes are on very rough desert terrain; The Asolo's take me on a smooth ride.
Dislikes: A little on the bulky side limiting everyday wear. Leather seems to scratch and show wear easier than past hiking boots...easily overlooked when you see what these boots can do.
– Tallahassee FL
Likes: I got these boots extremely fast after ordering. I was worried about how they would fit because I read so many mixed reviews before ordering these. I read a lot of "get it in wide" and "order a half size bigger" but I didn't listen to them in the end and just got my normal 9.5 normal width and glad I did. They fit like a glove when I first put em on and walked around the house with them. I went straight to some trails and hiked 6 miles with no problem. They are very sturdy and supportive.
Dislikes: The only thing I may change is out better laces on and maybe some superfeet insoles, not because the stock ones are bad I just like superfeet insoles.
– Everett WA
Likes: Great quality boot. Comfortable fit, holding up well under almost daily use since purchase. Average break in time that is to be expected from a leather boot like this.
– Lake Village IN
Likes: These are fantastic boots. I've probably logged well over 200 miles in them. Including Yellowstone backcountry and Porcupine Mountains and they have performed flawlessly. Great support, great traction and overall comfort. FYI im 6`4" and 315lbs and still supported me fine with a 60lb pack.
Dislikes: As to be expected with full leather boots, the break in period was rough. They finally started to feel great after mile 40 or so. Been smooth sailing since..no blisters, no hot spots.
– sedona AZ
Likes: These boots are Rock solid - literally. In addition to all of Sedona's wonderful Red Rock hikes there are many back country areas loaded with black basalt terrain that bash lesser made boots to smithereens.
Dislikes: A bit on the heavy side
– Pikesville MD
Likes: I gave these boots 80 miles (30+ on some rocky very portions of the AT) before I wrote this review. I bought these mainly for backpacking trips while carrying heavy gear, but they have become my main boots for most hiking situations. Great upper construction due to minimal amount of seams. Waterproof as can be as tested through tons of mud slogging and ankle-high stream crossings. Terrific ankle support and sole stiffness to protect you from twists and pointy rocks. The lugs on the sole shed mud very quickly. I love these boots!
Dislikes: Soles lost alot of rubber in certain areas due to the rocky sections of the AT that I hiked. Not sure how this will affect the long term durability of the boot. The boots are on the heavy side due their stout construction so keep that in mind.
– Oak Harbor WA
Likes: Overall construction and design of the boot was the reason I purchased the TPS 520's. I have used them on multiple day hikes and a 26 mi two night trip in the North Cascades. They are strong, durable and definitely waterproof! They provide so much support that when I rolled my foot on a rock or root I felt it in the knee not the ankle.
Dislikes: Break in period is no joke! I'm by no means an avid backpacker but I've owned several heavy duty leather boots (Danner's & Cabela's) used in rugged hiking during elk and deer hunting trips. I've never had blisters like the ones I got from the Asolo's (in the heels). Comparing my old boots to the Asolo's there is a drastic difference in the stiffness of the sole. This worked great in supporting the heavy load of the pack on level ground. Once I started climbing or descending the hounds started to bark! I did take them off half-way through our trip and flexed the boot a bunch of time by hand. That seemed to make a big difference. I'm going to give them one more try.
– Saint Johns FL
Likes: My first pair of boots. They look great and were super comfortable right out of the box. I did a lot of research before buying and can confirm the great reviews.
– Brentwood TN
Likes: My second pair of Asolo's. I bought these for my son and he loves them, he wore them to school everyday for a couple of weeks to brake them in. We've been on two 20 mile weekend hikes since then with no trouble over extremely rocky trails. We are training for a 10 day trek at Philmont this summer and I have total confidence in these boots. They are both sturdy and comfortable. I have about 150+ trail miles on my pair and they are perfect.
– Mount Desert ME
Likes: These boots are simply awesome. The are the most comfortable boots I've ever worn straight out of the box, and they look great too. I got a great price from Backcountry Edge, which only made me love them more!
Dislikes: Absolutely nothing.
– Brentwood TN
Likes: Very comfortable well made boot. As with every good leather hiking boot, make sure you break them in before the trail. Wear them everywhere for at least two weeks before hiking. Also pre-treat the leather before taking them out and on a regular basis, it will add years to there life.
– Chesterfield MO
Likes: Very comfortable. Spend time breaking them in before a trip.