Asolo Men's TPS 520 GV

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Asolo TPS 520 GV
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The Asolo TPS 520 GV Hiking Boots will give your feet total protection and support so you can tackle the most versatile terrain. Its full-leather and Gore-Tex construction ensures you set out in a very durable pair of boots and can move all day with ease and comfort. The Gore-Tex construction keeps these boots waterproof as well as breathable so you can stay dry and comfortable on those extended trips. You'll have the Triple Power Structure Sole for incredible traction over the most rugged terrain. You might be carrying a heavy load on your shoulders which means your feet will be pounding on the ground pretty heavily so Asolo has outfitted these TPS 520 GVs with a Lite 2 Footbed as well as shock absorbers so you can go longer with less fatigue and greater comfort. When you need a tough boot for rough terrain then you want have a pair of Asolo TPS 520 GV Hiking Boots on your feet.

Collar:

  • Gusseted tongues and padded ankle collars keep trail debris out; Achilles notches prevent collars from digging into tendons on descents

Support and Cushioning:

  • Asoflex® thermoplastic supports provide torsional stability and control while protecting against impact and bruises on rocks and uneven terrain
  • Anatomic, antibacterial footbed adds support and reduces odors

Weather and Wind:

  • Full-grain leather uppers with seam-sealed Gore-Tex® linings provide waterproof protection from the elements
  • Gore-Tex membrane keeps feet dry while preventing interior moisture buildup

Sizing:

  • WEIGHT Gr 820 (1/2 pair size 8 UK)
  • SIZE Mens 8-14 US (8-11.5 in half sizes)

Midsole:

  • Triple Power Structure midsole absorbs shock and improves stability
  • Triple Power Structure midsoles combine low-density polyurethane cyclinders in a high-density polyurethane midsole to increase propulsion and support
  • TPS high- and low-density polyurethane midsole incorporates three shock absorbers to improve comfort under areas of the foot that receive high impact during activity

Lining and Layers:

  • LINING Gore-Tex performance comfort footwear

Traction and Grip:

  • Rugged TPS Vibram rubber outsole has a strong, versatile grip
  • Vibram® rubber outsoles provide dependable traction on rough terrain

Upper:

  • Heavy-duty upper is made from smooth-out full-grain leather
  • UPPER Water-resistant full grain leather 2,6-2,8 mm

Features:

  • ANATOMIC FOOTBED Lite 2
  • LASTING BOARD Asoflex 00 MR
  • Sole Triple Power Structure Asolo/Vibram rubber - PU (dual-density)
  • The Asolo TPS 520 is in the NOLS Outward Bound gear checklist for incoming participants
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In a world overrun with light hiking and trail running shoes, the Asolo TPS 520 GV stands firm against the tide: it is a big, bad, backpacking boot and it makes no apologies for the fact. For serious backpackers and outdoor professionals who need a boot that can carry big loads and last through years of heavy use, the TPS 520 GV is ready for the challenge.


TPS stands for Triple Power Structure, and it refers to the construction of the sole that supports the boot's burly full-grain leather and Gore-Tex upper. The TPS sole features three shock-absorbing cylinders of made of high-and-low density polyurethane in the areas of the foot that receive the greatest impacts during activity: two of them are in the heel, and a third is under the metatarsal region. In addition to the cylindrical shock absorbers, the sole as a whole has three elements: a high-density polyurethane midsole that can support heavy loads and won't pack out over time like lighter-weight EVA foam midsoles will; a low-density polyurethane element to absorb shocks before they are transmitted through the high-density midsole; and the Vibram ® rubber outsole which provides traction with the ground. 

Features and Specs:


Rock/Creek Outfitters

The TPS 520 GV is part of Asolo's backpacking line. Their backpacking line has been developed to meet and exceed the demands that backpacking and high level trekking can put on a boot.
The TPS 520 GV features a combination of craftsmanship and innovation, with the best quality of leather and other materials. This ensures a superior standard of durability, performance and protection.
Comfort and rigidity are key features of the Asolo TPS 520 GV.


Backcountry.com
Serious backpacking trips call for serious footwear. Luckily for you, the Asolo Men's TPS 520 GV Backpacking Boot takes on long distances and heavy loads with ease. If the weather turns nasty, you can count on the waterproof breathable Gore-Tex insert to keep your foot dry every step of the way. Asolo used a durable full-grain leather upper to ensure maximum durability. The TPS 520 GV Backpacking Boot also comes with a top-of-the-line Vibram sole for excellent traction on any type of terrain you encounter.

FontanaSports.com
The expertly designed soles on the Asolo TPS 520 GV Hiking Boots reduce shock impact while enhancing stability and support.

Features:
• UPPER: Water-resistant full grain leather 2,6-2,8 mm.
• LINING: Gore-Tex performance comfort footwear.
• LASTING BOARD: Asoflex 00 MR
• ANATOMIC FOOTBED: Lite 2.
• SOLE: Triple Power Structure Asolo/Vibram rubber - PU (dual-density)
• FIT: MM/MW
• WEIGHT Gr: 820 (1/2 pair size 8.5 US)


Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
Need durability? Ankle support? We recommend you take a close look at the Asolo TPS 520 GV Hiking Boots. Ideal for trekking with a heavy pack over uneven ground.

Country of Origin: Imported


Moosejaw
FEATURES of the Asolo Men's TPS 520 GV Boot.

Appalachain Outdoors
Asolo TPS 520 GORE-TEX(R) Boot features: Upper - mm 2,6-2,8 water resistant full grain leather. Inner lining - GORE-TEX. Sole - Triple Power Structure Asolo/Vibram rubber - PU (dual-density). Fit - MM - ML - MW.
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Developed for the demands of backpacking and high level trekking. Footwear that will allow you to tackle the most tricky ascents and descents in confidence!
A combination of craftsmanship and innovation, with the best quality of leather and other materials, ensures a superior standard of durability, performance and protection.
Water resistant full grain leather uppers.
GORE-TEX® inner lining.
Contains a revolutionary Triple Power Structure (T.P.S.) sole designed by Asolo in partnership with Vibram®
T.P.S. incorporates three shock absorbers that correspond with the areas of foot that receive highest impact during activity thus providing greater shock absorption, comfort and a more dynamic walking solution.
Shock absorbers are created by combining two polyurethane layers – one of high and one of low density.
Shoe weighs gr. 780
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Also available for: Women
Activity:Backpacking
Anatomic Foot Bed:Lite 2
Average footwear weight (pair):3 lbs. 13 oz.
Avg. Weight (Pair):3 lb. 6 oz.
Crampon compatibility:Strap-on
Fit:MM/MW/ML
Foot Volume:Low
Footwear closure:Lace-up
Footwear height:Over-the-ankle
Forefoot Width:Medium
Forefoot Width Measurement:3.711 in.
Heel Width:Wide
Heel Width Measurement:2.803 in.
Insulated:No
Lasting Board:Asoflex 00 MR
Lining:Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane/nylon
Material:Water Resistant Full Grain Leather
Midsole:Dual-density polyurethane
Model #:0M20660063500090
Outsole:Vibram rubber
Shank:Asoflex
Sole:Triple Power Structure Asolo/Vibram rubber-PU (dual-density)
Sole Material:Vibram Rubber
Support:Thermoplastic urethane
Type:Boot
Upper:Water resistant full grain leather 2,6-2,8 mm
Volume Measurement:695 ml
Warranty:One Year
Waterproof:Yes
Weight:781 grams/shoe
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Asolo TPS 520 GV Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Good Boots

I have bought cheaper boots in the past, but they do NOT Hold-up. So in the long run - you end up paying more money because of having to frequently replace the cheaper boots, it also is a waste of your time and aggravation! You are better off just to spend more money "up front" for something that will last! These Asolo boots have been "a good friend to me and my feet"!

People complain that these boots are Heavy. Well they are a sturdy all leather boots - what do you expect? I would rather have a sturdy all leather boot than a lighter boot (maybe people are wanting to run in them), they are boots - Not shoes. Personally, I would rather have a solid sturdy leather boot that is durable and last for a long time. I have used other boots that were lighter and they do NOT hold-up.

Pros:
Comfortable Boots
Good ankle support
Several Lacing hooks to tighten up the boot around your ankle.
Easy on and off
Sturdy/Durable
Water Resistant

Yes, they might Scuff (mark-up) easy - but like someone else said - that just gives them character.

I also ordered my boots 1 size bigger to compensate for swelling/thick socks/Possible Boot Shrinkage/Boot "curvature"

of the toes/etc. When they would measure my feet in the store - they would swear that I should Not get a boot bigger

than 12, but everytime I conceeded to get 12 - I was sorry; with size 13 - I gives my feet a little extra room so my toes were NOT cramped.

I have had a lot of problems with other boots having "boot shrinkage" (from wet boots ), I haven't seem to have this happen (much, if any) with the Asolo boots.

2 people (at outdoor stores) have told me NOT to use Mink oil - because it actually deteriates the leather.

I have had my Asolo boot Since March 2006, wearing them in all kinds of weather, warm days, rainy days, through the snow, mountain hiking, desert hiking - they have been great!

However lately, the right boot is cracking and starting to let water enter the boot (when I cross creeks, etc).

Besides, this fact, they rest of the right boot and also the left boot is still in good condition - even after all this time (and I haven't been very good about putting the leather protectant on it every year).

These boots have been very good to me and I have been so pleased with them that it is sad to think about retiring them! I think I will keep them as a Workboot (they are still good if you don't wade through water), they are still comfortable, sturdy and they would still get used (as a workboot).

It is getting time to get some new boots, I am going to buy the same "Asolo boots".
smhiker at REI on 04/04/2013

Good friend to me and my feet"!

I have bought cheaper boots in the past, but they do NOT Hold-up. So in the long run - you end up paying more money because of having to frequently replace the cheaper boots, it also is a waste of your time and aggravation! You are better off just to spend more money "up front" for something that will last! These Asolo boots have been "a good friend to me and my feet"!

People complain that these boots are Heavy. Well they are a sturdy all leather boots - what do you expect? I would rather have a sturdy all leather boot than a lighter boot (maybe people are wanting to run in them), they are boots - Not shoes. Personally, I would rather have a solid sturdy leather boot that is durable and last for a long time. I have used other boots that were lighter and they do NOT hold-up.

Pros:
Comfortable Boots
Good ankle support
Several Lacing hooks to tighten up the boot around your ankle.
Easy on and off
Sturdy/Durable
Water Resistant

Yes, they might Scuff (mark-up) easy - but like someone else said - that just gives them character.

I also ordered my boots 1 size bigger to compensate for swelling/thick socks/Possible Boot Shrinkage/Boot "curvature" of the toes/etc. When they would measure my feet in the store - they would swear that I should Not get a boot bigger than 12, but everytime I conceeded to get 12 - I was sorry; with size 13 - I gives my feet a little extra room so my toes were NOT cramped.

I have had a lot of problems with different boots having "boot shrinkage" (from wet boots ), I haven't seem to have this happen (much, if any) with the Asolo boots.

2 people (at outdoor stores) have told me NOT to use Mink oil - because it actually deteriates the leather.

I have had my Asolo boot Since March 2006, wearing them in all kinds of weather, warm days, rainy days, through the snow, mountain hiking, desert hiking - they have been great!

However lately, the right boot is cracking and starting to let water enter the boot (when I cross creeks, etc).

Besides, this fact, the rest of the right boot and also the left boot is still in good condition - even after all this time (and I haven't been very good about putting the leather protectant on them every year).

These boots have been very good to me and I have been so pleased with them that it is sad to think about retiring them! I think I will keep them as a Workboot (they are still good if you don't wade through water), they are still comfortable, sturdy and they would still get used (as a workboot).

It is getting time to get some new boots, I am going to buy the same "Asolo boots".
smhiker at REI on 05/05/2013

Great boot

I traditionally do tropical trekking and didn't have a heavy hiking boot prior to these. I bought them (in late Dec 09) in preparations for a four day Grand Canyon hike that we did at the end January 2010. As luck would have it, the GC got four feet of snow the week prior to our hike so I'm glad I went with the Gortex boot. Additionally, I only had four weeks to break in the boots and was a bit worried that I` wouldn't have enough time. However, after putting in 50 miles of training hikes and stair master work, the boots preformed flawlessly. I never got one blister from the boots and only had some sore spots for the first two hikes of about 3 miles each. After that they seemed to form to my foot. The decent down the Grand Canyon was fast and spectacular, we took the South Kaibab trail down and it took about 5 hours (we did use micro-spikes for the first two miles due to snow). As a side point, I took my best pair of running shoes down to the Phantom Ranch, as a precaution, in case of I got blisters from the decent. The next morning we decided to hike to Ribbon Falls (12 miles round trip) despite our caves feeling like they were about to explode. To give my feet a rest I decided to wear my running shoes. That a MISTAKE. I got a blister on my little toe and my feet hurt like hell after-wards. I could literally feel every stone and rock I stepped on. The final morning, we hiked out of the Grand Canyon via the Bright Angle route and it was glorious. The temperature was about 45 F at the bottom and about 25 F at the top. The ascent took us about 5 hours as we had a bet with some others from our group who took the mules out (they bet us that we couldn't beat the mules out), but we did :). The boots, incredibly, are my most comfortable footwear, even more so than my running shoes and everyday work shoes. I got a size larger than my standard shoe and bought the SOLE Ed Viesturs Signature Series Custom foot beds. I expect these boots to last the next 10 years. They are great product and I'm planning on buying them for my wife.
Redrock14 at REI on 02/02/2010

Excellent investment for your feet

I bought these boots for a backpacking trip to New Zealand in January 2010 that I knew would involve carrying heavy packs over unpredictable terrain with schizophrenic weather. With an all-leather upper, I knew I should give them some time to break in, so I wore them almost daily for a few months before the trip.

Prior to the trip they broke in pretty well. I say "pretty well" because you can't really break in a boot like this until you wail on them. My only complaint is that the leather scuffs really easy, showing bright scuff marks on the toes just from things like running into the leg of my office chair or stubbing my toe on a curb, and polishing them with a traditional polish can kill the breathability. After using some leather conditioner and aqueous waterproofer on them, they're mostly brown again but you can definitely tell the damage spots. But I'm not going to take points away for something purely asthetic; these are hiking boots, not dress shoes.

During the trip, these boots performed like a champ. They've been through rain forest, on a glacier with crampons, up a volcano, through rocky alpine valleys, and even for a dip in the Tasman Sea, which was the only time the leather got water logged. I will say that the boots fit even better after soaking them (just my personal experience, don't take that as advice), but because of the leather construction, they took about 2 days to completely dry out.

Overall, the comfort was outstanding. My feet never felt sweat-logged or fatigued and I never had any hot spots or blisters (I wore SmartWool warm weather socks). Even during portions where we were carrying no weight, the boots didn't feel inordinately heavy or uncomfortable. The soles are very rugged and stiff, making sharp terrain feel about the same to your feet as walking down a sidewalk. I also enjoyed the ankle protection. They seem to be particularly forgiving of the occasional misstep that might have ended up in a twisted ankle in a lesser boot.

Now that I'm a month removed from my trip, I still find myself wearing these boots everyday. I would buy these boots again in a heartbeat and highly recommend them.
Pete at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 02/02/2010

best shoes Ive ever worn

first a little about me and how i use my "hiking boots"
i am an electrician working on concrete most of the time. and often on rebar witch almost always kills the sole of your foot. i am up and down ladders a lot and also have spent many days standing sideways on a ladder almost all day, working lots of 10 hr days too. i have also worn them on many hikes from desert to poring rain and a bit of snow. and Ive had them for more than 3 years now. and wore them for about two years straight, to work then home then hiking on the weekend, everywhere all the time.
so how do they stand up? well they were the most comfortable thing i had ever worn for about 2.5 years until the sole started to wear out. i got inserts and now they are back to 90%. they never got wet until about 2 years after i got them, but that's because as part of my job i spend a lot of time on my knees, not that working on plugs. because of this the right toe wore out, and eventually after working in mud the right toe got wet, but that took at least 3 hrs of work. my foot was NEVER wet from sweat and until year 2 Never wet from water even when my foot would go in 2 feet of water only the top was wet and it dried out quickly. the traction is incredible too. Ive spent many days running across wet rocks around tide pools and the only tome i slipped was when there was almost a pile of seaweed on the rock.
really Ive loved these boots since i tried them on. and im still wearing them to work and hiking so wear them out then wear them some more!!
also i never treated the leather until after they were already leaking and other than the hose every few weeks to months never washed them. really looking back i kinda abused them and all i can say is that i cant wait for my next pair. also to give them a lot of extra time for me at least im gonna get the toes dipped in plastic.
kylekyle at REI on 08/08/2009

I put the Asolo Tps 520 to the test of 50+ days on trail in the High Sierra, here is what I found.
The ankle support on these boots is superb. Due to an injury I have an ankle that is prone to rolling, and in the past I have had trouble finding a boot that gave me enough support. The Asolo does not dissapoint, there were times when my ankle would start to give, and the boot would refuse to let it. This saved me multiple times on trail and will keep me using the TPS 520 in the future.
The boots are waterproof to the point where I could wade up to the laces without getting my feet wet. I never had a problem with my feet getting wet when I didn't want them to.
The boots have a hard shelled toe, that is incredibly durable. I used this pair of boots to do trailwork, and this feature came in handy time and time again whether using the boot to kick rocks off trail, or to stop a log from crushing my toe.
The Ability to slip in and out of the boot and the ease of lacing them up may not seem like a huge factor, but its a detail that I appreciated time and time again. There are rolling ball bearings used to make cinching a breeze, and the width of the boot while unlaced makes putting these on so easy a 2-year old could do it.
And last but not least, the Power Matic Goretex/vibram sole has such insane gripability that you will start bleating like a mountain goat in no time.
Unfortunately I can only give this boot a four star, it was amazing in every regard except for the fact that I was constantly experiencing hot spots and blisters while wearing them. I never tried using a different insert, so if you experience the same issue that may be a fix. It also could just be the way my feet are shaped contrasting with the shape of the boot.
Pro's
-Legendary ankle support, somebody tell Tanner Hall
-Incredibly water resistant
-This boot has some serious sole
-Hard shell protects your toes from all sorts of stubbery
Cons
I battled blisters pretty often. Mole skin!

Garrett Shephard at Backcountry.com on 11/26/2013

strong, sharp looking mountain boots

I had been wearing Rachlies for 24 years...but alas they went. I was looking for sharp looking, well built,boots to wear both at work and play both in Hawaii and in the Cascades.
Since I suffered knee injuries I was looking for a boot that had the rocker sole with shock absorbers in it....That laced high to support heavy loads and gave good "feel" on trail or off.

I must have tried on 10 pair in REI Tacoma and another 10 in Seattle before I found the fit and the design. All the boots I have used in tough places all had several traits ..1. one piece heavy leather, No exposed seams, Heavy welt construction for crampons use or walking on AA lava.
They stand up to beach sand and muddy marshes or snow pack like tanks.
I tried lite boots.... but in daily use I trashed them in 3 weeks with my level of usage... Penny wise was pound foolish... I would rather carry 3 more pounds on my feet and feel comfortable and secure that get a glorified tennis shoe. They do need careful breaking in, I use Mink oil to superchage the leather and let it dry before I polish them....
I work in the parks and so I also need a boot that looks professional without MTV colors all over it.
I like these boots better than any I have seen in the past 2 years....What I consider critical is they hold my foot and heel rock solid when laced carefully. The Gortex and heavy woll hiker sox work in all climates for me...
I have bought another pair to rotate on a daily baisis for this year. In a normal year I will easily put on 300 miles of hiking and wearing them almost 2000 hours a year...from Rainier to Kiluea, scree to snow, hot to cold ...I trust them above all other that I have seen at any price......"Foot Tanks"
Rangerdano at REI on 05/05/2010

Comfortable, supportive, quality

These are the best boots (so far) that I've owned. I'm an avid recreational backpacker (at least one good one or two day outing every month, 185 lbs usually 40-55 lbs pack), and I had been tearing through a ton of inexpensive ($100 - $150) run of the mill boots every 6 months, which I managed to shred and wear down to nothing in no time (or which had lousy ankle support). These are like owning the equivalent of a Cadillac in terms of comfort and quality in boot, and seem so far (6 months in) to be far more durable than anything else I've owned. They're also really, really supportive - no ankle twisting here -- and can really handle rugged terrain (rocks, boulders). I ordered a half size larger which appears to be perfect to handle hiking socks/swelling/etc.

There are three things to watch, however, with these boots. The first, is they do take some serious break in time. They were, frankly, pretty painful to break in, and probably took 5 miles of local day hikes to soften up a bit. That break in time might be a bit intimidating to those use to throwing on a new pair and hitting the trails. However, once broken in, these really do fit like socks - never gotten a blister after breakin, and they are COMFORTABLE. I actually tend to wear these everyday now because they're that comfortable (yeah, folks ask me where I'm planning to hike to all the time...)

The second thing, is they ARE heavy. Not an issue with backpacking, but for day hikes they're probably overkill. I use them anyway, but they're not lightweight.

The last thing, is the shoelaces aren't so hot. I just blew through my laces (5 months in of pretty much daily use)--because of the grommet design it tends to shred the stock laces fairly quickly every time you tighten them down. I replaced them with paracord.
backcountryguy at REI on 03/03/2012

#1 Piece of Gear I own

Hands down these boots are the best gear investment I have ever made.

I have owned these boots for about 7-8 years. I have taken them on countless hikes and climbs in New England including Mt Washington in Winter, I climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa with these, hiked in the Caucus Mountains in Russia, and used them for the approach hike on Aconcagua in Argentina, I have worn them travelling, and just worn them around for everyday use and they are still holding up strong after extensive abuse. I have hiked in heavy rains and my feet stay dry. The ankle support and rugged vibram sole are great for even the most rugged terrian or just walking around town.

I have never got blisters with these boots even on long treks.

The Leather, Vibram sole, and GoreTex model of the Asolos is clearly the way to go. Don't go with the cloth model as they are more likely to leak and also wear out faster.

I have recommended these to many people - my wife has a pair and loves them too, and any friend that asks what hiking boot to buy I recommend this one.

I actually love this boot so much I bought a second pair of these at REI when they were on sale about 2 years ago figuring with the way I abused my first pair they would eventually give out and I loved them so much I was paranoid Asolo might discontinue the model someday. The first pair hasn't worn out yet so the second pair still sits around at my house pretty much unused.

When you are spending any money on outdoor hiking gear the investment in the right boots is the most important investment. You can usually deal with other minor inconviences but if your feet are not comfortable you will be miserable.

I highly recommend these boots.
tigo at REI on 03/03/2010

THE DEFINITIVE BACKPACKING BOOT

Don't pay attention to boot reveiews by people who havn't had their boots a while. I bought these a year ago and deliberately waited to write a review till I had put these things through the ringer. I can find nothing wrong with these boots. They are super comfy, durable, and tuff as nails. I've tried the cheaper Asolo's without the Vibram soles and they don't even come close to these. I'm kind of a stocky guy, 5'8'' 190lbs. and for me the Vibram soles make all the difference in the world. But if you've spent big money before and still suffer from blisters and foot problems here's a word to the wise. 1st off all heavy duty boots will give a novice blisters. Why? Becuase infrequent hiking in new boots do not create the kind of callouses your feet need to withstand the punishment of hours on the trail. I used to be the guy who had to keep stopping to treat my blisters before I got these. Also, listen to seasoned backpackers when they tell you to get at least a half size larger. After a few hours on the trail under a backpack your feet WILL swell and expand. I do beleive these are the best boots money can buy. However there are some things I did to ensure I wouldn't have any problems. Before I ever took them on the trail I wore these to the gym and even jogged in them for months to break them in, soften the leather, and build callouses on my heels. I looked silly jogging on the treadmill in boots but I didn't care. It may sound silly but callouses are good not bad for backpacking. Now these are pure bliss. Comfort, support, weatherproofiness, you name it, not to mention being bombproof. Before this strategy my trips were ruined by blisters, regardless of the boot, now my feet are no longer an issue.
Jormar6 at REI on 01/01/2009

Negative Reviews:

Good While they lasted

I bought these boots last april, so it has not even been a year.(im 22 weigh 170-175 lbs on avg) Over the course of april, march, and may I wore them casually a few days a week as i went around the city of Boston, and on a couple day hikes up in Maine and down In North Carolina. For the style and type of boot I would think they should be good for all the uses described, and they were just not in the long run. Starting in june i worked trail maintenance in the colorado rockies. wearing the boots everyday hiking 3-10 miles a day on average (carrying 25-50 lbs) about 6 days out of the week. and what ever time not spent hiking was still walking around out on the trail construction site The outer leather may have taken a beating from some of the rock work we were doing but by october their sole had worn down considerably but was still good. Then i finished trail season and started hiking and hitch hiking the west coast for a month and half or so. After that they started to get a little less use between mid nov till early dec. Now in colorado again i wear them for my ski bum job and despite the goretex lining when working the lifts and mucking around in the snow my feet get soaked. The sole by this point is literally only a good month hike away at most from losing a good half of its tread surface. For the price these boots do not last the long haul. Although I do have to say they are really comfortable, and with that little bit of time spent wearing them in, i only got one blister all trail season. For how long they last they are not worth the money.
Trail Maintenance Rob at REI on 03/03/2012

Sole disintegration

I have a pair of Asolo boots (either they are Asolo TPS 520 GVs or they're in the same model line), purchased in Australia in early 2010 and used for trekking in South East Asia between March and October of that year. During that time they remained in very good condition, despite substantial treks through hard country in hot weather and a few times where they were waterlogged with both fresh and salty water. On my return to Australia, they appeared to be in excellent condition in every way. Since then, I have worn them rarely, mainly to ensure that the leather upper remained pliable, and have regularly maintained them.

In the last week, I put the boots on again as my everyday work shoes were being repaired, and I noticed that the soles of the shoes were severely damaged. This damage affected the the rubber cushioning material between the Vibram outsole and the insole, but only became visible as wear forced the cushioning to collapse to the extent that the welt disintegrated.

All other parts of the boot are still in excellent condition. The boots are even still comfortable to walk in, although are now unsuitable for trekking.

Not sure if this is a defect of the cushioning material in the boot, but I am surprised that while the exposed parts of the boot still have much life in them, an internal part of the boot has completely fallen apart.

I think that these were excellent boots and would definitely look to buy similar Asolo boots in the future, but would need to be assured that normal conditions during treks in tropical areas would not result in this sort of damage.
SE Asia Trekker at REI on 07/07/2012

I wanted to love these, but......

I tried and tried to love these boots. The felt great in the store, and I wore them all over town and on short hikes trying to break them in. They felt good on those, but every time I went on a longer hike with a pack on the uphill I would notice my heel slipping out of the heel box. I had these boots for a couple of years and I made sure that I wore them extensively around town and on short hikes to break them in.I finally couldn't take it anymore and after I hike in a remote range of Northern Utah where I had to deal with thick forest, downed trees, and to top it off my heels heating up and blistering I decided to return them. I think that for most people if they get the proper fit these boots are awesome, but I ended up trying on about 9 different boots and I decided to give the Vasque Breeze a try. Even with blistered heels I was able to treat them and go on a pretty good overnight hike with no wear near the trouble in the heels.
I hate blisters at REI on 09/09/2011

Kinda Wide

I like the shoes. They have good support both in the arch and around the ankle. I really like the lace eyes. They let you cynch it up tight without the risk of breaking a lace. The tred holds a lot of mud in it but it falls out easily. Better than some shoes I have had with nice tred. They never let go of the mud.

I have a really narrow foot with a high arch. I usually wear an A width. Don't be surprised if you have never heard of it. Not many people make boots in A width, or even B width for that matter. I thought I would give Asolo a try to see if I can make them work. These shoes fit fine in the heel up to the arch but then the toe feels like it splays out and there is nothing there. I had to put a small in-sole in them to make them fit. They are still a little large in the toe area but I think they will work for me.
Valkerie at REI on 05/05/2013

Disapointing

Bought these boots 3 years ago and waited before writing review to give it a fare shake. Very disappointed with product. First off, if you are a sweater like me, forget these boots without some sort of sock for wicking out the sweat. When hiking on hot rainy (muggy) days, my feet were as wet as if I had not been wearing them. Second issue, traction was very very bad on wet surfaces. Can not stress this enough for anybody who would wear these for back packing excursions. Walking on wet grass or rocks was seriously like walking on very smooth ice. Fell once on a climb and have been very cautious since then. I wish I would have bought the Asolo fugitive GTX series like I did for my wife 2 years prior. In fact she told me I should buy them before I bought these. She has always braging about them. Wish I would have listened. They are great back packing boots.
MGM61 at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 04/04/2012

Good boot, just not for me.

Tried a pair of these after my old Vasques gave out after 5 years and hundreds of hard miles and after reading all the great reviews, I gave them a shot. I went about 2 miles in my first break in walk and barely made it back to the house. I understand they are a stiff boot with a long break in but the way the ankle support is set up, they had me hobbling back to my house. Gave it a rest for a few days and tried it again and barely made it a mile before I was done.
Sent them back and got a pair of Lowa Terek GTX from the discount side of REI and even though these shoes are stiffer in the lowers, I loved them. Logged 8 miles and could have gone 20+ right out of the box with a stiffer boot than the Asolo's which seemed like a good boot but just not for me.
lono at REI on 10/10/2013

Stiff and ankle twisting

I bought these because of the reviews I've read and I was seriously disappointed. I put over 800 miles on these boots and turns my ankle 5 times, once a serious sprain. they are nice boots comfy, waterproof, but the sole is too stiff for those that like barefoot. Step on a rock in these boots and your ankle is going to regret it. The sole is like a wood plank, step on anything round and you will have an accident.

I have done hikes in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, N Carolina with these boots and they are NOT good for rugged terrain. I May be wrong because I prefer barefoot hiking and I wanted a boot for cold weather. I returned these with no problem, and still looking for a boot for cold weather that is more of a barefoot feel.

For those of you that like the feel of the trail on your feet, don't buy these boots.
JaceB at REI on 01/01/2014

I bought this boot after wearing my FSN 95s for 3 years and finally wearing through the sole. Wore the boot up Mt Hood, backpacking in the gorge and a few other hikes. 3 months after getting the boots, the sole completely delaminated from the right boot. After looking online, I saw this was a common problem with ASOLO boots. Contacted customer service and they told me to ship them back, at my own cost, and wait a month for processing. I work outdoors and need gore tex boots everyday for work, so it is extremely inconvenient to be without my boots while ASOLO decides whether or not they will honor their warranty. Customer service not helpful at all, between the cost of shipping and the processing time, I will just buy some epoxy and fix them myself. I don't think I'd ever buy another pair of ASOLO boots, La Sportiva is better quality.

Mason P at Backcountry.com on 10/10/2013

Did not meet expectations

I received the Asolo TPS 520 GV boots as a Christmas present last year. I wore them doing yard work around the house after realizing they are too heavy for hiking! "A pound on your feet equals five pounds on your back." They feel a half size too big. After a year my boots still look new and the trade mark imprints are still visible on the bottom of the treads.I never wore these boots with weight on my back. They have great quality leather and water resistance.

Bottom line, my boots have less than 100 miles use, I weigh 178 LBS,and the tread is coming off the bottom of the boot! A lot of people are experiencing this same problem with these Asolo boots. I have never owned a boot that fell apart this quickly. Avoid Asolo boots, they do not quality attach the soles/tread. This is a known issue.
Soalive at REI on 01/01/2013

Not the boot to buy

I bought these with the intention of using them for a thru hike of the Colorado Trail. I found them to be uncomfortable at first but told myself they'd break in and be better. I wore them everywhere for 3 weeks and went on several 4-6 mile day hikes with them during this time. At the end of the 3 weeks I loaded up my gear with 40 pounds and went on a 12 mile day hike. I had on smartwool socks and silk liners, and I stopped and adjusted the laces several times during the hike. I ended up with blisters on both heels and feet hurting so bad I took them back the next day. I ordered the Zamberlan viox GTX (my REI doesn't stock them) and couldn't be happier. They feel great straight out of the box and I can't wait to get on the trail with them.
trailerpark at REI on 07/07/2010

Neutral Reviews:

Hate/Love relationship

So, I'm in the minority on these it would seem. Much like some other reviewers, I ALWAYS get heel blisters no matter what I do. I also get blisters under both big toes. This is after owning them for 3 years and about 250 miles on them. Oh, they're broken in...they have to be by now. And like another reviewer mentioned, casual wear isn't a real issue. The issue is, I didn't get them for casual wear.I'm doing all the right things. I tried them on at REI and did the rock walk before I bought...they're a perfect fit. I powder my feet first, wicking liner next, wool hiking socks on top. And I get blisters every time I hike with them. I've done 50 miles in the past month, and blisters every time.Contrary to what some have posted, it's not a matter of building callouses on my feet. Here's where I'm on the fence. I sweat, a lot, and my feet sweat a whole lot. If non-Gortex boots were available in my teeny weeny size, I'd have gotten them to try to help with airflow, but they weren't. So...if someone can tell me how I can build callouses on my always wet feet, I'd love to hear it. Yesterday I did 6 miles. Within 1 mile I had to put molepad (skin doesn't cut it) on my feet, and my feet were already soaked. (Usually I start w/the molepad on, but someone suggested trying just wool with no liner, so I wanted to try au natural.) Wet feet tear like crazy. Just ask me, I'll tell you. So, I'm on the fence because maybe it's a personal issue and maybe the other reviewers that feel like me also have the same issues. I don't know. I do know that even when I start out with molepad on, I still blister. The skin softens, so it doesn't matter what rubs it..it's the rubbing that causes the blisters and molepad rubbing is the same as boot rubbing.The love part comes in the fact that my feet don't fatigue. Previously, good ole Rocksylvania would put such a hurting on the bottoms of my feet that I were tire very easily and quickly. The thick soles make carrying loads a breeze, and these puppies are like little tanks on your feet. Fully waterproof and nice tongue. So the toe gets scuffed..big deal. I think these will last me another 5-8 years, at my current pace. The question is, can I take the blisters that long?I'm on the fence about returning them. Since these are my first pair of real backpacking boots, I'm afraid I'll return them only to have trouble with the next pair I get. Every time I read the negative (or neutral) reviews on here (and I do frequently trying to figure out what the heck I'm doing wrong) I reallllyyy want to take them back.For now the burning and blistering is the trade off I make for being able to go much longer. Unfortunately, every step hurts.If ANYONE had any ideas at all, please email me [@] I'd really love to hear what I could possibly do to end the pain.Just previewing my own review makes me want to take them back...maybe I just should.
da7703 at REI on 07/07/2011

Not impressed

Over two weeks ago, I wanted a pair of water proof, durable boots for the upcoming two backpacking trips scheduled in September. My requirements were 1. my toes will never touch the front of the boots, 2. I want them in wide. Besides that, I didn't really expect much, other than what I had read in the reviews here on the REI site. Overall, this model stood out and give them a go. Of course, I personally went into a Santa Monica location to try them out, and they fit perfectly. However, the problem began when I put them on for a not too difficult hike on the following day. The ankle support is way high, I wasn't comfortable with it although I really thought the high cut would provide an amazing support. It is one of those things where your personal preference dictates. I strongly thought that it ain't for me. Next, because I had been told at the store before I made the purchase that REI has recently changed the return policy on the shoes/boots. No more break-ins are allowed to return. So, I was extremely careful walking in them. And let me tell you. These are really durable boots, but also very stiff and rigid in a way that you wish you were wearing something else. I ended up having two blisters. One of them was just a matter of getting used to the boots, but the other was a serious issue. Basically, the part where one of the hooks was attached was pushed in a slightly and started pinching my right big toe. I was in pain half the hike, which took probably not even 3 hours in total. So, I ended up returning the boots in the following evening. And while at the store, I tried out a pair of Asolo Fugitive GTX, which also came in wide. And a week later, I just finished a long hike in them this Labor Day weekend, also part of the training for the backpacking trip next weekend. This hike was over 9 miles and the elevation gain of 2,740 feet, and guess what? My feet were in heaven! I love my new boots. Asolo Fugitive GTX is here to stay!
SoCal nature lover at REI on 09/09/2013

Not the Droids I was Looking for

I really wanted to love these boots.They are built like tanks, and made for backpackers who carry a lot of weight on their backs. After a number of urban hikes to help break them in, I took them for some day hikes, and then into some deep wilderness for two to four days camping trips. During one of my early adventures, I tripped on a small rock and sprained my ankle. How could this have happened with such fancy boots that supposedly have excellent ankle support? Well, the soles are rock-solid and highly inflexible, which helps to greatly reduce the impact of terrain upon your soles, but at the cost of a notable compromise to your stability and balance. Soft soles will bend along with the trail, but these soles do not give whatsoever. As a result, I found myself slipping a number of times and catching myself from spraining again and again, even with the other foot.At first I felt that it couldn't be the boot, but when I compared results with my other, softer-soled shoes, there was noticeable difference on the same trails. I never found myself slipping with other boots. The Asolos are heavy and clunky, and make for some awkward steps.That said, the boots are very well made (although after fifty or so miles the left heel began to squeak), waterproof, solid, and attractive. Backpackers who carry serious weight may certainly benefit from the hardness and stiffness to protect their feet. But you need to know what you're getting into. I bought these boots because of the rave reviews, and it is very surprising that few others have experienced the same doom as I. If you carry less than 30 or 40 lbs on your back, or if you stick to day hikes, these boots are really overkill. I give them 3 stars for the danger inherent in the design.Lastly, when I cleaned up these boots and brought them back to EMS eight months later, their staff was very understanding and issued me a full refund. EMS customer service is really top notch.Happy trails.
Randy at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 02/02/2011

Not the Droids I was Looking for

I really wanted to love these boots.They are built like tanks, and made for backpackers who carry a lot of weight on their backs. After a number of urban hikes to help break them in, I took them for some day hikes, and then into some deep wilderness for two to four days camping trips. During one of my early adventures, I tripped on a small rock and sprained my ankle. How could this have happened with such fancy boots? Well, the soles are rock-solid and highly inflexible, which helps to greatly reduce the impact of terrain upon your soles, but at the cost of a notable compromise to your stability and balance. Soft soles will bend along with the trail, but these soles do not give whatsoever. As a result, I found myself slipping a number of times and catching myself from spraining again and again, even with the other foot.At first I felt that it couldn't be the boot, but when I compared results with my other, softer-soled shoes, there was noticeable difference on the same trails. I never found myself slipping with other boots. The Asolos are heavy and clunky, and make for some awkward steps.That said, the boots are very well made (although after fifty or so miles the left heel began to squeak), waterproof, solid, and attractive. Backpackers who carry serious weight may certainly benefit from the hardness and stiffness to protect their feet. But you need to know what you're getting into. I bought these boots because of the rave reviews, and it is very surprising that few others have experienced the same doom as I. If you carry less than 30 or 40 lbs on your back, or if you stick to day hikes, these boots are really overkill. I give them 3 stars for the danger inherent in the design.
Randy at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 02/02/2011

Great fit, did have glue problem

I have been wearing this model of boot for a few years, and have put the boot to the test. The Gore-tex works great to keep the water out, the boot is very light, due to the running shoe-like midsole. The leather is great. I have used the water-based wax on them that was recommended.

The best way I can characterize the boots is that they are a very high quality leather and gore-tex upper on a mountain running shoe bottom, since the midsole is not rubber, but polyurethane. You could run in them if you had to, but don't think you could out-run a bear.

The problem I have had with this boot model in the past is the bottom un-gluing from the midsole. Two previous pairs I had of these barely made two years before delamination. Re-glueing the sole as a repair only works temporarily because it is difficult to get the Vibram rubber to stick to the polyurethane midsole, which gets crumbly in old age.

I read a few posts in various online forums that indicate this was a known issue that Asolo was aware of.

Certainly be careful not to dry them near a fire, woodstove, or heater.

I am hoping that Asolo fixed the glue problem with this current pair that I am wearing now, because everything else about the boots has been superb. So far, so good with this current pair, I have had them a couple months.

With REI's unconditional guarantee, one can't complain too much, but I don't like making the long drive to the store, and I feel a bit like a lizard when returning a pair of boots I have worn for two years.

I could see the leather and vibram sole on these boots lasting 5 years, easily.
Anterior Tibial Osteophyte at REI on 12/12/2012

Not all that great for the price...

I bought these boots based on reviews after a pair of Vaques blew out on me after only 4 back country trips. I'm an ultra-light minimalist backpacker, but I was looking for something that would last. I was wrong to buy these boots! These boots are not designed for rocky mountainous hiking.

Pros: They are waterproof, especially if you treat them yourself. Rugged, you're not going to wear these bots out soon. Fit is just perfect.

Cons: Takes forever to break them in. Had these boots for 10 months and put 300 miles on them and they were still stiff in the foot area. The soul of the boot is so stiff it's like walking on a wooden plank. Twisting your ankle is easy in these boots. Get on a rocky trail and twisting your ankle is sure to happen MANY times. No toe-cap, scuff easily. Heavy as you can get. Heavy AND stiff? I'd rather go back to my old combat boots than wear these clunkers.

Don't waste your money on these unless you're going out for months at a time. I prefer to use gore tex trail runner shoes for all my hikes up to 2 weeks. I have Adidas tr 3 gtx that are light (less than a pound, 2.5 lbs lighter than these boots), waterproof, comfortable, and a lot easier to put on! 1/3 the price too.

Forget getting these boots. The reviews are over-rated, and outdated. Trail running shoes are the best way to go. Cheaper, lighter, flexible, and a lot more comfortable.
JaceB at REI on 02/02/2011

mixed review after 4 years of use

I have used these boots for 4 years in 4-season hiking. Break-in was easy, although I decided to eliminate the laces in the lowest 3 lugs to get more toe room. I have water-proofed them once a year, and they have kept out water in shallow stream crossings. They are good in cold weather, keeping my feet warm over 2-day winter hikes. They work well with microspikes (see picture), snowshoes, and strap-on crampons.

Drawbacks are three. First, the traction has decreased over the years. I think the soles harden and are less effective at gripping rocks. Second, the interior lining has worn significantly, so that I now gingerly insert my foot so as to prevent further damage (see photo). Finally, both soles separated from the boots this fall. Photo shows complete separation, which started in the middle. Eventually, I pulled off the remaining adhered part at the toes and reglued them with slow-curing epoxy, which seems to be holding.

Overall, for the price, I think these boots are nice, but I thought that they would hold up better. I continue to use them. If I was to buy new boots, I would choose another kind because I think they should have worn better.
knightway at REI on 01/01/2013

Great boot, super fit, but not perfect !

I've bought this boot half a year ago and used them several times with a good outcome. However, on 2 serious hikes (one in summer - 6 miles, one in winter - 12 miles) I got big blisters on my heels. It might have been in connection to how tight I've laced the boots, what kind of insole I was using, if I bought the right "backpacking" boot size, etc. I really tend to say, that a great boot won't cause blisters whether you lace them tight or not.
I read above about another customer who has exact experiences like me, and getting those huge heel blisters. It could be the boot indeed, but I tend to say that the problem lays in the choice of socks. I also wore the Asolo boots with SmartWool hiking socks. I think these socks are not performing properly and I think they are the cause why I got blisters.
Next serious trek will be done with different socks and then I'll be able to say exactly if the boot is the problem or the socks.
Leo_M at REI on 11/11/2009

Still on the fence...

I've owned these boots for exactly one year to the week. They took about 4 months of pretty solid use to break them in. Very rugged boots.

Things I like:
Waterproof beyond all belief. I live in the PNW and that's a must. Very happy with that.

Very sturdy tread, good grip, but slippery in the wet. Probably due to toughness/non-stickiness of the tread blocks.

Comfortable with my Superfeet (which also took a while to break in).

Things I don't like:
Rubber around soles to leather bond became unbonded in three spots on both boots.

Stitching is coming undone on the heel of one boot.

Gore-tex logo got torn off. No big, but now there's a hole in the leather.

I just returned them today. I wanted to get them repaired but they said it'd be six weeks and who know's what'll happen with the rest of the glue. I opted for new boots but now it will take 4 months to break them in and it's hunting season...
Captain Starbucks at REI on 09/09/2009

Fabulous but flawed

This boot is fabulous in every way except the key category of dependability. I love the fit and the way they walk over the protruding portions of granite baseballs on less maintained trails. HOWEVER, the sole is poorly bound to the boot and detached on my 5th backpacking trip. This is unacceptable for an expensive boot, and unfortunately, does not appear to be an isolated experience given the other reviews. Therefore, I will now shop for a different brand. If you own a pair, then be sure you carry some 1/8" diameter cord with you so you can thread it through the groves in the bottom of the sole and wrap the cord up and around the top of the boot to keep the sole and footbox together. This wrap-up got me back to the car which was 10 miles away when the sole departed.

To note, REI's customer service was great at addressing the issue after I returned. An internet retailer would have likely done nothing because technically the warranty had expired. You get what you pay for.
Peak Lounger at REI on 09/09/2013