THe Asolo TPS 535 V boot has an outsole that incorporates three shock absorbers that correspond with the areas of the foot that receive highest impact during activity. Gripped with a molded rubber outsole produced in conjunction with Vibram, the balance of the outsole has self-cleaning lugs designed for optimum performance on varying types of terrain.
|Anatomic Footbed:||Lite 2|
|Country Of Origin:||Italy|
|Last:||Asoflex 00 MR|
|Lasting Board:||Asoflex 00 MR|
|Sole:||Triple Power Structure Asolo/Vibram rubber - midsole in dual-density PU|
|Upper:||Water-resistant full grain leather 2,6-2,8 mm|
|Weight:||1 lb 9 oz / 720 g (Single Boot)|
|Asolo TPS 535 V MM||$225.00|
I did a lot of research on hiking boots before coming to the conclusion that Asolo is the best boot for the best price. I live in the high desert of Santa Fe, NM, so moisture is not something of an epic issue, such as the NW region of the U.S. So I opted for the 535 over the Gortex 520 model. However, I did apply a nice coating of Sno Seal to the boots before I wore them. Using the hair-dryer to heat up the leather and the BeesWax has really helped the boot to keep my feet dry in the snow. This past Christmas break, i pulled in 3 cords of wood, tromping through snow, kicking branches and hauling heavy logs up to the trailer. These boots did absolutely fantastic through this rough treatment. At first when I put them on, the tongue seems a bit tight, but after they broke in, they were very comfortable, and I didn't even give a second thought to the protection my feet needed while hauling huge logs up a mountain side to the trailer, through lots of snow and mud.
The shoes fit true to size, and are very comfortable, so comfortable that you forget you have boots on your feet. I'm very pleased with this purchase from BackCountry. They had the best price on the web, and the shipping was quick.
I bought this boot in 2004 and it has made it through every summer and hunting season until 2012. This is one tough boot if you take care of and condition the leather properly. I let them get too dry on a two week excursion through the desert on foot and the leather cracked and split. I was heart broken to see it happen but for the thousands of miles I put onto these boots in 8 years, they were worth every penny. I am replacing them with the same model and have committed my old pair to being by new work boots (they are still in good condition, just no longer water resistant due to the leather cracks). I have a narrow foot and have not found a boot that fits better and has the same support this one does. They are on the heavy side of backpacking boots, but if you want support and a bombproof boot that will last you years, this is it.
Iv worn the same pair since 2006, now considering a resole (not because of rubber failure but upkeep). I have conditioned them regularly which has allowed the success of the leather thus far. They have been used from 14ers in CO to the desert in Moab. They have stabilized me up 8000 meters in the Tatra Range in Poland and Slovakia to the Whites of NH. Fine Piece of equipment.
These boots are very tough and I actually like the fact that they don't have Gore-Tex. They'll breathe better than a boot with Gore-Tex and the full grain leather has been plenty waterproof for my needs. I just treat them with Nikwax a few times a year. They're overkill for hiking without a pack, but I love these for backpacking.
great boot, foot area was stiff at first now seems to be getting softer, the ankle support is still very stiff this will take awhile o work in the boot itself very goodlooking boot and made to last and with the lifetime guarantee you will never buy another boot again