Asolo Women's TPS 520 GV

Priced: $173.37 - $295.00 Rated:   - 4 stars out of 5 by 77 reviews.
Asolo TPS 520 GV -

The TPS 520 GV Boots by Asolo is the ultimate boot for your next backpacking adventure. With a full grain leather upper and Gore-Tex lining, your feet will be well protected from the harsh wet weather. These boots are highly breathable so after a day on the trails, you're feet will be dry and comfortable - not sweaty. Walking on rugged terrain can cause you to have blisters on your feet and ankles, but the gusseted tongues and padded ankles collars will soften your movements and help keep debris from getting inside your boots. Asoflex insoles also provide protection against bruising and offer extra stability and control on uneven surfaces. You'll have superior traction and added support on those slippery paths thanks to the Triple Power Structure Vibram outsoles. Whether you're trekking through one of our National Parks or just enjoying the local scenery, you'll want to be wearing a pair of Asolo TPS 520 GV Boots.


  • Nylon linings wick moisture away from feet for greater comfort

Lining and Layers:

  • Waterproof/breathable GORE-TEX performance comfort lining


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


  • Triple Power Structure midsole absorbs shock and improves stability
  • Triple Power Structure Vibram® outsoles 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

Support and Cushioning:

  • Anatomic, antibacterial footbed adds support and reduces odors

Weather and Wind:

  • Gore-Tex membrane keeps feet dry while preventing interior moisture buildup
  • Full-grain leather uppers with Gore-Tex® waterproof, breathable membranes provide long-lasting protection from the elements

Traction and Grip:

  • Rugged TPS Vibram rubber outsole has a strong, versatile grip


  • Water resistant full grain leather upper 2.8, 2.8mm
  • Heavy-duty upper is made from smooth-out full-grain leather


  • Lite 2 anatomic foot bed
  • Asoflex 00 MR lasting board
  • Asoflex® thermoplastic insoles provide torsional stability and control while protecting against impact and bruises on rocky and uneven terrain

A timeless backpacking boot, the Asolo 520 TPS GV women's boots feature burly full-grain leather uppers, Gore-Tex® waterproof protection and enhanced stability and support.


Backcountry Edge

The Asolo Women's TPS 520 GV boot offers complete support and protection on the most challenging types of terrain. Full leather, GORE-TEX construction provides waterproof breathable performance and long term durability for extended backpacking trips, light alpine trekking and rugged backcountry travels.

Appalachain Outdoors
For the woman who is encountering her first through hike or just a weekend backpacking excursion, the Asolo TPS 520 GTX boots will offer you the support, protection and durability that is second-to-none. Make the investment now, so your feet can thank you later!
FEATURES of the Asolo Women's TPS 520 GV Boot.
The soles on the Asolo TPS 520 GV Hiking Boots reduce shock impact while enhancing stability and support.

Mountain Gear
Save your knees by decreasing the amount of shock they deal with on the trail by slipping into Asolo's TPS 520 GV Boots.
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: Men
Average footwear weight (pair):3 lbs. 5 oz.
Crampon compatibility:Strap-on
Fit:Best For Medium Width Feet
Footwear closure:Lace-up
Footwear height:Over-the-ankle
Item Weight:3 lbs 3 oz (per pair)
Lining:Gore-Tex waterproof, breathable membrane/nylon
Material:Water-Resistant Full Grain Leather
Material Family:Leather
Midsole:Dual Density PU with Triple power Structure
Model #:0M20670063500070
Number of Eyelets:Eight Full Metal
Other:Removable Footbed
Outsole:Triple Power Structure (TPS) Asolo Vibram rubber dual-density PU
Recommended Use:Backpacking/Trekking
Removable Liner:no
SOLE:Triple Power Structure Asolo/Vibram rubber - PU (dual-density)
Sizing Scale:US
Sole Material:TPS/Vibram Rubber
Support:Thermoplastic nylon
Type:Waterproof Heavyweight Backpacking Boot
UPPER:Water-resistant full grain leather 2,6-2,8 mm
Upper Material:Water Resistent Full Grain Learther 2.6-2.8mm/GORE-TEX
WEIGHT Gr:820 (1/2 pair size 8.5 US)
Weight:1/2 pair
Widths Available:No
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Asolo TPS 520 GV Reviews:

Positive Reviews:


First of all, my disclaimer: I am new to backpacking. These are also the first hiking boots I have owned and I decided to go top-of-the-line for the sake of longevity, so I don't have any experiences to compare these to.

That being said, I love these boots. After trying on pair after pair of hiking boots and never being satisfied with a fit, I figured it would be worth a shot to try on the expensive pair for the sake of comparison. The instant I laced them up, I knew it was worth it. There was no rubbing, but plenty of ankle support. They were sturdy (and not made in China). I knew they would stand up to my upcoming backpacking adventures in Denali National Park and in the arctic. I closed my eyes, swiped my credit card, and crossed my fingers.

Because I had waited so long to find the right boots, I had very little time to break them in. Two short day hikes and they were packed in my car for the extensive road trip ahead.

Long story short, they survived back country backpacking through creeks, brush, big loose rocks, and ankle-breaking tundra while supporting a very heavy pack. My feet stayed dry and surprisingly comfortable, considering what I was putting them through so early into owning the boots. The only con is their slight heaviness, though that is to be expected with the toughness and support they give. Again, I know I'm not terribly experienced and they're still fairly new, but for what it's worth I can tell they are a very solid investment. And I'm not writing this review just because the boots are good, I'm taking the time because I would highly recommend these to anyone even beginning to consider them.

Plus, I ran into a fellow hiker who said he had the same boots (perhaps just a similar style but at least still Asolo) and had been using them for a decade or more (I think he said fourteen years, although that figure sounds crazy!). He said he absolutely loved his and that he was happy to see fellow hikers with gear like that because he knew they'd be exploring nature in comfort. Can't get a much better recommendation than that!
marissaw at REI on 07/07/2012

PERFECT for many uses!!

I bought these boots thinking I'd try them out but truly did not think they would work for my purposes. Since REI is so good about standing behind their products it was a no brainer to at least give these boots a try. I ride my motorcycle pretty much every where I go, which also includes going across the US and up into Canada. I have bought hundreds of dollars in motorcycle specific riding boots over the years and have been disappointed with their performance from one angle or the other. For instance, I've had ones that are really good while riding, however, when I got off the bike they wore my feet out walking around town or out hiking to do things. The thought had truly never occured to me to go look at a hiking boot. Since I'm headed to Cody, WY this summer to go on a fly fishing trip and will be on horse back up in the well as hiking a lot....I went to REI to come up with a boot that I could hike in, ride on the horses with...and hopefully be able to consider wearing them while riding. I was originally steering clear of this particular boot because I felt they were too big and clunky and would hamper my riding. The sales guy told me I would definately need some good break in time before heading out on a long excursion.However, as I typically do...I did not listen. I had a long motorcycle trip coming up that week so I decided to give these boots a shot. Not only were they PERFECT for riding on my motorcycle but they were extremely comfortable walking around town and doing some hiking....without any break in time!!! I'm certainly hooked and can't say enough good things about these boots. I've read other reviews talking about these boots being heavy, hot and not good for short hikes. I would have to disagree. I wear mine on the bike, then to hike in the woods, then I still wear them when sitting around the camp fire. Pretty much they stay on my feet until it's time to change for bed....they are that comfortable!!You truly can't go wrong with these boots.
TheFlagChick at REI on 06/06/2009

A solid, hard-working hiking boot

I bought these boots to replace my old, beloved hiking boots after I hiked the soles off of them. I have put these boots through a year of hefty hiking and backpacking and I would say that they are almost perfect.

I like having an all-leather upper, which is not common in ladies' boots. The leather is very solid and durable. They scuff more than nubuck, but offer great protection for my toes. The ankles are solid, even for heavy loads. Between the treads and the supportive ankles, I am very confident of my footing, especially on rocks. I wear these for everything from day hikes to backpacking, summer or winter, since they have such great support and foot protection.

The construction is solid. The lasts allow for versatility in lacing for a snug fit. I have a narrow heal, so my foot slipped at first, until one of the sales staff at REI showed me a new way to tie my laces that kept my foot in place. Blisters are rare. These boots did not really need a break-in period, although the leather definitiely got more flexible with more hill hiking.

These boots are on the heavy side though, which took a little getting used to, but after that, I did not notice anymore. I'm very petite, so the Asolo is a lot of boot on my little feet, but they are worth the weight in performance. If these boots were nubuck and a little bit lighter, they would be perfect. Their only flaw is that they are not my old pair of boots, which are no longer manufactured.
runner engineer at REI on 12/12/2013

Best boot hands down!

I would take all of these comments with a grain of salt.

Keep in mind that if you're not hiking every day it's probably your feet that need to be broken in, not the boots. As long as you have a snug fit in the heal and don't hit the front with your toes on the downhill, the boots are doing their job. Breaking in your feet, on the other hand, will take time and include blisters- no matter what pair of boots you put on.

I first bought my pair for a three-month stay in Utah- where it was my job to hike. Once my feet were broken in the boots were amazing! No more blisters and my feet were always warm and dry. Keep in mind that the water proof kind will take time to dry out if they get filled with water- like if you walk through a high river with them on. So bring a pair of sandals for things like that. It was a pain when I drenched mine and had to be able to wear them dry the next day!

Don't worry about the weight or stiffness. They're meant to protect your feet and be durable, you'll get used to the weight. Believe me, it's worth it too! Soft boots just end up tearing your feet apart, no matter how comfortable they might feel at first.

So buy them and enjoy them, because they'll last for years!
hiker7989 at REI on 11/11/2009
LOVE THESE BOOTS! I have very hard to fit feet: wide in the toe box, normal heel and custom orthodics take up a lot of volume. So, I needed to buy the men's 81/2 wide. I usually wear a lady’s 9 or 9 1/2 wide. From the first day I had them, they were the most comfortable ever. Furthermore, I need a very stiff, supportive boot since I carry a lot of weight, even on day hikes, and have very week ankles. After hundreds of miles, I cannot even count how many times these boots have saved me from a bad sprain. I have worn them in snow and very rough trails and the traction and support is just awesome. The waterproofing works, and after full days tramping on snowy trails or through streams, I am as dry and warm as could be. On hot days, they are no hotter than any other boot I have worn. I hope that Asolo never discontinues them so that, in a few years, when these wear out, I can get another pair. (I resole my boots at least three times before they go to recycling.) I saw another customer complain that they were stiff. To me, that is what I love about these boots. If you are looking for a "light hiker" these are NOT it. They are massive and heavy and supportive and make me feel like I could hike anyplace with any sized load on my back.
Anonymous - customer at on 04/13/2009
6 pairs later I'm still buying them - I have owned 6 pairs of TPS 520 GTX boots and am now looking for my 7th. I bought my first pair in Feb. 1994 and they have been my "daily drivers" almost exclusively every single day since, save for sneakers for sports and shoes for dress. I can count on one hand how many times I've taken them on any trail, they are day to day footwear for me. They are the most comfortable boots (or any piece of footwear for that matter) that I have ever owned. No "break in" time has ever been required. I take pretty terrible care of them, I've never treated them with anything and they have always stayed 100% waterproof thanks to the GoreTex lining. I get about 2 years out of them and I look for a replacement pair (which I'm doing now). The single weak point is the soles have worn through before the rest of the boot wears out, however I wear them every day and spend a lot of time on my feet on all sorts of manmade surfaces, I'll bet a trail would wear them slower. I wouldn't call it premature wear at all, I wouldn't buy 6 pairs if I wasn't happy. Buy this boot, you won't be dissapointed.
Aaron M - customer at on 12/14/2005

Favorite footwear

I just orderd my third pair, love these boots! I wear them every day, outside in all kinds of situations and weather. I have short, wide feet which are nearly impossible to find good boots for but these are great right out of the box for me. Perhaps not the best for the coldest weather but I do wear them year-round working in the Rocky Mtns.

I like a lace-up leather work boot. With these the the lacing begins nearer to the end of the toe than most boots... which prevents developing a painful crease across the ball of my foot as happens with countless other boots I've tried.

These boots also do not rub my ankles in any way, which has been a problem with many other kinds of boots for me.

The only improvements I would seek would be a slightly more padded footbed, and a heel more suitable for horseback riding (though I ride in these daily anyway, need to be able to hike out of the mountains even if traveling horseback).

The price is fair for the quality of their construction. I'm still wearing a pair I nearly destroyed by weeks of hard work in water. They are still my favorites though long since past their useful lifespan.
ColoradoCowgirl at REI on 11/11/2008

Great boots for the outdoor enthusiast!

I bought these boots and after using them for a little over a month now I highly recommend them. I wanted a heavier pair of boots for use in the early season when it is still snowy and wet, and found these to be the perfect solution between light hiking boots and heavy insulated winter boots. They are fairly durable, however, if you spend a significant amount of time off-trail, they will scuff up easily. I recommend purchasing a boot treatment product and treating them after each heavy use. The only other negative thing I found in using them regularly for over a month are the laces are not the most durable, but that is easy enough to fix by purchasing another pair when the laces wear out. I also suggest that you try the boots on before ordering them because I ended up ordering a half size smaller than my normal shoe size, but try them on with the socks you will wear when hiking. I spend all summer hiking in challenging terrain off trail for my job and have found these boots are highly suitable for this kind of heavy use. I highly recommend any ASOLO brand hiking boot as I also own another pair of their light backpacking boots.
Ricola2818 at REI on 06/06/2011

Best boots ever

I have used these boots for over five years now, and I can say they are bar none the best boots I have ever put on. My feet are little, wide, and I have a narrow heel.
After my previous pair of Vasque's died (after 7 years of good times), and disappointed to discover they had discontinued the women's version. I tried on so many boots trying to get something that would fit my feet, and I finally decided on this one. I wore them all year long in cold, wet, snowy Syracuse, and my feet were always dry and happy. I disagree with the people who say you can't wear these on dayhikes. Once they are broken in (which does take a while) they are great to hike in.
I used these for work as an environmental consultant, and routinely stood on wet rock at an approximately 35-45 degree angle. I didn't move an inch, and they stayed dry even while standing in a stream for hours at a time after five years of hard wear. I am going to be buying another pair soon, and start breaking them in. Couldn't recommend these boots enough if you are hard on boots.
Alexis outdoor chick at REI on 11/11/2009

Not for Wide Feet - Narrow Toebox

I first bought a pair of Asolo boots in 1994 and they lasted until my foot spread with age and I had to buy a new a pair. Given my history with Asolo, I stayed with this all-leather Asolo boot, and was fitted by two REI boot experts for size and fit. But, in real life, these boots were far too narrow for my flat feet. My forefoot has become even wider over the years, and I was in serious pain where the boot wouldn't allow my toes to spread out. Ended up with blisters on the last 3 toes, and a very painful pinky toe on my left foot that hurt for 3 weeks.This is a great boot for people with narrow feet or those that don't need a wide toebox. I really wish I could have kept these boots, I loved my old Asolos, and these would likely last decades. But, I sadly had to return them for a cheaper pair of boots that will maybe last a few years at most.So, net is - I would recommend these to people with narrow or "normal" feet. For those with flat or wide feet, especially in the forefoot, I would not recommend them.
Random at REI on 08/08/2010

Negative Reviews:

Returning if possible

I guess every person's feet are different, but I agree with the review from 'Pickleodeon.' These boots killed my feet. When I purchased at the store, there was a very helpful employee who showed me useful ways of tying to prevent slippage and blisters. I've tried using her tying method, and also have not used it. I've always worn smart wool socks, and varied the thickness, and then even used a smart wool liner sock (even though I've never had to wear liners previously). No matter what I do, and no matter the length of the hike, I always get awful blisters on my heels, and sometimes on the under side of my big toe. I wore these boots on small hikes many times before using them on a longer 10+ mi day hike in the Smoky Mtns, to break them in, but at the end of that hike I was limping back to my car since my feet were in so much pain. After taking off my boots I realized both heels had bled through the thickness of the smart wool socks! I still kept wearing the boots after that bad experience thinking that maybe these boots just needed more break in time, and now over a year and a half later, worn on many many hikes, I just took another 10+ mile day hike and am giving up on them. This time around I tied them down so tight (wearing the liners as well), that I had marks on the front of my ankle from them being so tight, yet still had massive blisters on my heels by the end of the day.

In addition to the blisters on my heel and underside of my toe, I don't like that these boots do not seem to have very good traction when wet. The main purpose for me purchasing this boot was from the wonderful reviews of how dry they kept people's feet. I was sick of having wet and soggy feet with my old (comfortable) pair of boots, so I bought these. They definitely do keep my feet dry, as I have horrible balance and have stepped into creeks many times while trying to cross, however, after the bottom of the boot got wet, the hard rubber sole was just slipping off of rocks as I tried to continue to cross the creeks.

Also, small complaint that after doing one or two trips where there was a good amount of rock scrambling, the leather over the entire top of the toe is badly torn up. It didn't seem to affect the waterproofing though, but it would have been nice if they had a toe gaurd.
PAhiker86 at REI on 06/06/2010

not fully convinced

I thought I would get these boots and break them in for my 2009 thru-hike of the AT. I wore them around with and without a pack around my neighborhood and on some short dayhikes. After some blisters on the uphills, I wrapped my feet in blister-proofing and tried them for a 3 day, 30 mile hike. My feet were wrecked by the end of it. They ached horribly, I had giant blisters on the backs of my heels, under my toes, I lost a toenail and bruised a few others. The boots are somewhat heavy and I couldn't walk correctly for days afterward due to the soreness and the blisters. I tied the boots tight to prevent the sliding heel on the uphills, but it still didn't help, I felt like I had plenty of room but on the downhills my toes must've been hitting the front. I tried insoles, different socks, I'm hoping that they just need some more break-in, but I'm really not sure if I'll be able to take these on my thru-hike. I'm a little bummed about the results for the cost and my feet have the scars to prove it.
Pickleodeon at REI on 09/09/2008

Asolo Hiking Boots

These boots came highly recommened as I was training for a long distance backpacking trip. I got them six months early to begin the break in process. They left my feet crippled with bloody blisters. I tried everything to make these boots work for me, but have never worn shoes that hurt/destoryed my feet like these. On the trip another participant had the same boots- and the EXACT same thing happened and ruined the trip for him. Luckily REI has an amazing return policy and took the boots back no questions asked. I was so thankful that I had bought a different pair of boots in time or I would have had a much different experience on the trip. Bottom line: terrible boots, excellent return policy from REI.
Sarah44 at REI on 08/08/2012

last chance

I have wore these boots on numerous back country backpacking trips and can not seem to break them in. They continue to give me blisters no matter what I do to try to tighten them up. I am about ready to give up and buy a different boot. Prior to the first trip with these boots, which was two years ago, I took care to wear them on long day hikes to get them ready for the back country trips. They are fine on relatively flat terrain however as soon as I start to climb the blisters form. I think you have to have a wide foot (which I do not have) to fit this boot well.
grace at REI on 08/08/2009

Painful experience

Bought these boots to hike Kilimanjaro. Was on a hiking trip to test them out. Wearing a 30 pound pack they, did well until 13 miles. After that, both my feet became very painful and I felt as if I was walking on concrete. I got bruises around both ankles and on the side of one of my feet. Unfortunately, I had 6 more miles to go, each step was uncomfortable and slowed me down. Maybe good for some, but I will be returning these.
Robin preparing for Kili at REI on 11/11/2011

I originally loved these boots..

Really I loved these boots when I tried them on. After hiking several times, the boots became more and more uncomfortable. I tried changing out the insoles, and nothing worked. So I am sending them back. Sorry to the search is on for hiking boots..
energetic1 at REI on 05/05/2013

This image doesn't look like...

the upper material doesn't look like nubuck leather .it looks like grain leather...
Mario at Mountain Gear on 10/10/2011

Neutral Reviews:

Great Boots but wicked blisters

Bought these boots in March. Took multiple 3-7 mile hikes with a 30-41 lb. pack to break in before taking a long backpack (60+ miles). Break in period put about 40 miles on them (hiking miles, not street miles). Never a blister on the conditioning/break-in hikes, but on day one of the Rockies multi-day trip, got a blister on the first uphill (carrying about 48 lbs). Ended up with two blistered heels over a 9 day period. Boots seemed to slide around a lot at heels - too much room even though they felt great in store and on conditioning hikes. It almost felt like they stretched! I shopped for days/hours at a time and tried on MANY boots and these seemed to fit best. Used same socks for hikes as used for purchase, so I was really perplexed why my feet got so chewed up with these boots. They are a half size larger than my old Sundowners used for 15 years (had to upgrade because of toe cramming). I'll try them again, but with thicker socks. Not sure I'll be able to make them work and that's a total bummer because they are a great product.
Little Badger at REI on 08/08/2009

I really wished they worked for me

I'm new to backpacking and after reading tons of reviews and talking to lots of hikers/backpackers, and trying on about 15 pairs at REI, I chose these as they were the most comfortable and should last a very long time. I liked how supportive they were and even though the toebox is narrow, felt that they were the best fitting.

I have never had a hike without blisters from these boots. I have used moleskin, sock liners, duct tape, alternate tying techniques and I get blisters on my heels. I guess I have narrow heels and they slip around in the boot on all my uphills. This last hike (2300 ft gain in 4 miles) I also got blisters under my big toes. I'm done with them. I'm so bummed about it too. Walking around and on little incline they were great, but I live in Washinton and we have hills. They are going back to REI and I get to try on ton's of boots/shoes again. Sigh.... I really wanted these to work out.
Shellbug at REI on 07/07/2009

Tight toe box

I got these right before I was set to work the cranberry harvest in MA. I was on my feet for at least 16 hours a day for 2 months straight. My feet were always so tired and felt like the bones in my feet were going to break at the end of the day if I didn't get my boots off. The toe box is very tight. I always have to put these little toe wraps on my pinky toes so they don't get scrunched under my other toe. It always feels like mybig toenail is being pushed in and down, too. I don't think I have a very wide foot either. I have since worn them on a variety of hikes and still have the same problems. The last hike I decided I need to find new boots. My toes were hurting for about 2 days after. They are really good quality, I just wish they had a little more room in the toe.
Flower at REI on 09/09/2013