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  • ASOLO Men's TPS 520 GV Backpacking Boots

    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.

    Features/Benefits:

    • Triple Power Structure midsole absorbs shock and improves stability
    • Rugged TPS Vibram rubber outsole has a strong, versatile grip
    • Heavy-duty upper is made from smooth-out full-grain leather
    • Gore-Tex membrane keeps feet dry while preventing interior moisture buildup
    • 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
    • Asoflex shank provides underfoot stability
    • Anatomic, antibacterial footbed adds support and reduces odors
    • The Asolo TPS 520 is in the NOLS Outward Bound gear checklist for incoming participants

    Country of Origin: Imported

  • ASOLO Men's TPS 520 GV Backpacking Boots

    Foot Volume Low
    Volume Measurement 695 ml
    Forefoot Width Medium
    Forefoot Width Measurement 3.711 in.
    Heel Width Wide
    Heel Width Measurement 2.803 in.
    Outsole Vibram rubber
    Shank Asoflex
    Upper Full-grain leather
    Midsole Dual-density polyurethane
    Waterproof Yes
    Avg. Weight (pair) 3 lb. 6 oz.

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ASOLO Men's TPS 520 GV Backpacking Boots
 
4.7

(based on 118 reviews)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great traction (85)
  • Comfortable (83)
  • Water resistant (82)
  • Ankle support (69)
  • Sturdy/durable (64)

Cons

  • Heavy (13)
  • Long break-in (8)
  • Too stiff/not flexible (5)
  • Poor traction (4)
  • Not durable/ wears easily (3)

Best Uses

  • Long-distance hiking (64)
  • Wet / rain (62)
  • Day hiking (61)
  • Harsh terrain (61)
  • Heavy loads (57)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      94% 

      (96 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      100% 

      (74 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Comfort:
    • Breathable (7), Broken in (5), Cushioned insole (3), Supple (3)
    • Arch Type:
    • High arch (23), Low arch (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid adventurer (51), Casual/ recreational (38), Outdoor professional (9), Environmentalist (6), Military/law enforcement (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (50), Yes (6)

Reviewed by 118 customers

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(23 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent investment for your feet

By Pete

from Upstate NY

About Me Recreational Adventurer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Excellent protection
  • Good breathability
  • Thick sole

Cons

  • Leather scuffs easily

Best Uses

    Comments about ASOLO Men's TPS 520 GV Backpacking Boots:

    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.

    (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best medium-hiker out there

    By Rock Jock

    from Midland, TX

    About Me Field geologist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfort
    • Durability
    • GTX lining
    • Outsole grip
    • Weight

    Cons

    • NONE

    Best Uses

    • Medium backpacking
    • Medium to heavy hiking
    • Skree surfing

    Comments about ASOLO Men's TPS 520 GV Backpacking Boots:

    Bought these about 4 years ago and they have been through 3 field seasons. Most work was at the front range in Montana where the Madison Limestone will rip up any other boots. Was out there with others who wore Vasque's, North Face, and Montrail and their boots hardly lasted a month. The Asolo's lasted 3 separate seasons! They are rugged, well balanced, and feel great after 15-20 miles of hiking over rugged terrain. Plus, a little skree surfing is fun in a pair of these (gotta get down from those outcrops sometimes). They have done right by me and I will be buying another pair the next time I do more field work, and I won't wait for a sale. These boots are worth every penny.

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Going to get pair #5

    By Jim

    from Western New York

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Ankle Support
    • Comfortable
    • Good Arch Support
    • Great Traction
    • Sturdy/Durable
    • Warm
    • Water Resistant

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Cold Weather
      • Day Hiking
      • Everyday
      • Harsh Terrain
      • Heavy Loads
      • Light Loads
      • Long-Distance Hiking
      • Wet Conditions

      Comments about ASOLO Men's TPS 520 GV Backpacking Boots:

      I'm heading out to pick up pair number 5, I have worn this boot since I discovered them in the mid 90's. Simply the best all around hiking boot on the market. I still have all 4 other pairs which I use for heavy dirty jobs around the homestead. even the 15+ year old pairs have perfect uppers. I used to wear them for just hiking but find them so supportive and comfortable that now they are my daily wear shoes for work and home. I destroyed my right ankle as a young man in sports an suffered with frequent twisted painful ankle. Since I bought my first pair of TPS 520's I have never twisted even under a 45-48# pack. That coupled with my 250# frame tell me that these are incredible boots. My biggest fear is that Asolo will get dumb and stop making them or change the design. I hope they realize they have achieved greatness and leave them alone. My single complaint isn't even really valid but when the soles are SIGNIFICANTLY worn the wet traction is no longer there. But then it's time for new ones anyhow.

      • Width:
      • True to size
      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Arch Type:
      • Low Arch

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice boots, bad laces

      By SAR

      from White Mountains, NH

      About Me Professional/Guide

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Ankle Support
      • Arch Support
      • Comfortable/No Break-In
      • Great Traction
      • Sturdy/Durable

      Cons

      • Difficult Laces

      Best Uses

      • Day Hiking
      • Harsh Terrain
      • Long-Distance Hiking
      • Wet Conditions

      Comments about ASOLO Men's TPS 520 GV Backpacking Boots:

      Great boots, just need to tune them up a bit. The laces should be replaced, they will loosen quickly and can be annoying to constantly tighten them. Get either leather laces or one with some grip. I noticed that the eyelets were pretty stiff and made lacing difficult. You can fix this by working them back and forth with a small tool. Also, make sure you put a coat of boot grease on them before heading out. I'd do this once a week for the first month, then as needed. This helps protect the leather and increase waterproofing. Remember your buying a nice pair of boots, they need a bit of maintenance but it is worth it.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Boot for whatever

      By Ramble~ON

      from Hiking on a trail somewhere

      About Me Avid Adventurer, Environmentalist, Professional/Guide

      Pros

      • Ankle Support
      • Comfortable/No Break-In
      • Flexible
      • Great Traction
      • Sturdy/Durable
      • Warm
      • Water Resistant

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Day Hiking
        • Everyday
        • Harsh Terrain
        • Heavy Loads
        • Light Loads
        • Long-Distance Hiking
        • Wet Conditions

        Comments about ASOLO Men's TPS 520 GV Backpacking Boots:

        Over many years I've collected four pair of these boots and I currently have a pair sent off to Colorado being resoled. I was happy to stumble across this site and eager to review this boot.I've had a pair of these on my feet for the pastseven or so years and pretty much everyday. When I got the first pair for backpacking they amazed me to the point that I wore them at work as well.I worked in a casino and on my feet, not a sit down job, for four ten hour shifts, often more per week - never had sore or tired feet. For trail, I've logged thousands of miles with these boots in a bunch of states while carrying heavy and not so heavy packs. If you're shopping for backpacking/hiking boots and know that you like full grain leather with ankle support - your search has ended! I can't say enough positive things about them. As I hiked the soles off a pair I'd replace them with a new pair.After many miles the uppers are still in great shape as is the interior. You can get a new sole for $80 [...]...Asolo website recommends two places in US - I sent mine to Colorado..with new soles these boots are good to go for a couple more years and I'm starting another thruhike of the AT in 3 weeks. These will be on my feet. Some praise trail runner shoes lightweights..but these boots are a little over a pound each and designed for carrying a pack all day everyday, provide ankle support, waterproof and the traction is solid.Some women have extensive shoe collections - I have boots - many, and these are tops!

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Cadillac of hiking boots

        By Tony

        from Syracuse, NY

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Effective
        • Performs As Advertised

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Camping
          • Everyday Use
          • Travel

          Comments about ASOLO Men's TPS 520 GV Backpacking Boots:

          I purchased these boots two (2) days before making a short hike in the Adirondack Mountains. I read numerous reviews, and it seems not one person had a bad thing to say. I decided to give them a try on my hike, even though I had not given them any break-in whatsoever. I hiked Ampersand Mtn (a short 3 mile one way, with ~1800' of vertical), and decided to pack my old faithful boots just in case. I have to say, after the hike was done (including a significant portion in Grivel G12 crampons, and 36" post-holing in off-trail snow)I was AMAZED! With zero break-in time, my feet felt GREAT! By far, the most comfortable and capable hiking boots I have ever owned!! DEFINITELY worth the price!

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My favorite all-around hiking boots

          By staratio the trekker

          from Westport, CT

          About Me Avid Trekker

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Performs As Advertised

          Cons

          • Started leaking year 3

          Best Uses

          • Hiking

          Comments about ASOLO Men's TPS 520 GV Backpacking Boots:

          Fantastic Hiking Boots - been all over the Alps, White Mountains, Green Mountains, Appalachians and
          Adirondaks with these boots and they have stood the punishment. Comfortable from the first wearing. Rubber toe starting to delaminate and right foot started leaking after two days of rain - but not bad for three years of hard use. Not for Alpine hiking, as these are not the stiffest boots, which is why they are so comfortable.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          ROCKIN boots dude!

          By Little Joey

          from Aberdeen, NJ

          About Me Professional/Guide

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Ankle Support
          • Arch Support
          • Comfortable/No Break-In
          • Sturdy/Durable
          • Warm
          • Water Resistant

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Cold Weather
            • Day Hiking
            • Everyday
            • Harsh Terrain
            • Heavy Loads
            • Light Loads
            • Long-Distance Hiking
            • Wet Conditions

            Comments about ASOLO Men's TPS 520 GV Backpacking Boots:

            I'm the owner of Northeast Mountain Guiding and this is one of my TOP boot purchases in my 15+ years of backpacking, mountaineering and climbing approaches. Very comfortable, EXTREMELY durable, practically waterPROOF and have a nice solid design and feature. I recommend these boots for anyone for dayhikes, backpacking, long distance backpacking, light mountaineering and for climbing approaches!

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size, Feels true to size

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great boot after they're broken in

            By Jack

            from Manchester, NH

            About Me Avid Adventurer, Environmentalist

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Effective
            • Great ankle support
            • Incredible Traction

            Cons

            • Long Break-in Period

            Best Uses

            • Camping
            • Everyday Use

            Comments about ASOLO Men's TPS 520 GV Backpacking Boots:

            Let me preface this review by saying: these are the most comfortable shoes I've ever owned. I've hiked multiple 15-20 mile hikes through the Whites in these guys, and the only time my feet felt any kind of pain was on the 22 mile Pressy Traverse. Granted this was my second hike in them (only hiked 10 miles prior) and my first career 20+ trek. There was an issue with numbness and pain due to some pressure points within the boot, but the shoe techs at EMS taught me a new lacing method that took care of that. I really like these boots and I can bet they'll be with me for a few more years. I highly recommend wearing these boots around for a week or two before going out on a short hike, and working up to longer ones. That way the break-in period isn't so much a nuisance.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            GREAT boots

            By Dave

            from NYC

            About Me Avid Adventurer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Ankle Support
            • Arch Support
            • Comfortable/No Break-In
            • Flexible
            • Great Traction
            • Sturdy/Durable
            • Water Resistant

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Cold Weather
            • Day Hiking
            • Harsh Terrain
            • Heavy Loads
            • Long-Distance Hiking
            • Wet Conditions

            Comments about ASOLO Men's TPS 520 GV Backpacking Boots:

            Sad to replace my beloved old pair of Asolo's - but these new ones are fantastic.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size

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