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The North West


ScottTheHooplewrote a review of on November 8, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've worn these on numerous hiking/mountaineering trips over the last three years; so much that the tread is nearly completely bald and many of the seams are splitting. I'm now in the market for a replacement pair, but I will not be buying the Asolo TPS 520 boots again. I believe they are simply overrated and way more boot than you typically need on any hiking adventure. When I was initially breaking them in, they inflicted serious pain on my feet; nasty blisters on the back of my heels, which reappear every season that I put them back on after a hiatus. And later, on a week-long hike in the Sierras, and many trips since, they've given me a nagging pain on the top of my big toe, basically where the bottom shoelace eyelet is. The pain became excruciating, but I never got rid of these boots because I've wanted to get my moneys worth. The boots are very durable; too durable and overly stiff, in fact. One thing I really like about them over more lightweight boots, though, is that they keep water out during ankle-deep stream crossings.