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Asolo TPS 520 GV (2015) Backpacking Boot


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Item # ASLS1203M
The Asolo TPS 520 GV boot offers complete support and protection on the most challenging types of terrain. Full leather, GORE-TEX construction provides stability and waterproof/breathable performance for longer backpacking trips with a full pack.



The Asolo 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.

Weighing roughly 3 pounds, 6 ounces per pair, the TPS 520 GV offers complete underfoot protection and stability from rocky and rooted terrain. A water-resistant, premium full-grain leather upper provides durability and support. The AsoFlex lasting board supports your foot under the all-day strain of a heavy pack and Asolo's Triple Power Structure technology incorporates three shock absorbers that correspond to high impact areas of the foot. A dual density Polyurethane outsole and Vibram rubber ensure durability and traction on a variety of surfaces. NOTE: The sturdy construction of the boot requires a gradual break-in period.

Sold in pairs, the Asolo TPS 520 GV boot is available in men's full and half sizes. To keep the leather on this boot in good shape and to prevent water absorption in the upper for the life of the boot, you should apply a leather conditioner or wax paste waterproofing treatment (both sold separately).

  • Water resistant full grain leather upper 2,6-2,8 mm
  • GORE-TEX performance footwear comfort lining
  • Asoflex 00 MR lasting board
  • Lite 2 footbed
  • Triple Power Structure sole with Asolo/Vibram rubber-PU(dual density)



Best Use Backpacking
Warranty One-Year
Upper Material 2.6mm, 2.8mm Full Grain Leather/Full Gore-tex Bootie
Type Backpacking/Trekking Boot
Outsole Vibram
Other Removable Footbeds
Number of Eyelets 8 full metal
Midsole Triple Power Structure/PU
Item Weight 3 lbs 6 oz
Fit Best for medium width feet


Real Customer Reviews

Average Rating:
(based on 15 real customer reviews)

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Excellent all leather hiking boot
Reviewed by Rodney S. - July 13, 2015

Likes: Great support, very comfortable.

Dislikes: Can be a little warm, but that's to be expected for an all leather boot.

Reviewed by Inside Edge Member - December 20, 2014

Likes: Best price, fast service! I do things backward...hiked two weeks in Sinai, two weeks (twice) in Grand Canyon, a week on the AT, all in sneakers, when I tend to value things that showed good wear for these, bent them at the ball 90 degrees 9 or 10 times, crushed the heel cup with my palm a few times, laced them loose for a week, and now they feel Ike "old favorites". Pretty light duty, tho, walk an hour a day for "clearing the decks" and maybe 3 otherwise so around 6-7 miles a day and the occasional day hike with my nature loving wife...don't regret spending the premium for this well built pair...plan to buy them for my globe trotting daughter, too.

Dislikes: no complaints at all

Reviewed by Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer - December 11, 2014

Likes: The TPS 520 is the best fitting boot that I have ever owned. This is my 2nd pair of the 520s. A friend was so fearful that Asolo might stop making the 520 they bought an extra pair to be covered for years to come.

Dislikes: I like everything about the boots

Reviewed by Tony K. - December 1, 2014

Likes: Great all around hiking boot. Most of my hikes are on very rough desert terrain; The Asolo's take me on a smooth ride.

Dislikes: A little on the bulky side limiting everyday wear. Leather seems to scratch and show wear easier than past hiking boots...easily overlooked when you see what these boots can do.

Reviewed by Austin C. - October 8, 2014

Likes: I got these boots extremely fast after ordering. I was worried about how they would fit because I read so many mixed reviews before ordering these. I read a lot of "get it in wide" and "order a half size bigger" but I didn't listen to them in the end and just got my normal 9.5 normal width and glad I did. They fit like a glove when I first put em on and walked around the house with them. I went straight to some trails and hiked 6 miles with no problem. They are very sturdy and supportive.

Dislikes: The only thing I may change is out better laces on and maybe some superfeet insoles, not because the stock ones are bad I just like superfeet insoles.

Reviewed by Inside Edge Member - September 17, 2014

Likes: Great quality boot. Comfortable fit, holding up well under almost daily use since purchase. Average break in time that is to be expected from a leather boot like this.

Dislikes: N/A

Reviewed by Brian C. - August 26, 2013

Likes: These are fantastic boots. I've probably logged well over 200 miles in them. Including Yellowstone backcountry and Porcupine Mountains and they have performed flawlessly. Great support, great traction and overall comfort. FYI im 6`4" and 315lbs and still supported me fine with a 60lb pack.

Dislikes: As to be expected with full leather boots, the break in period was rough. They finally started to feel great after mile 40 or so. Been smooth sailing blisters, no hot spots.

Reviewed by David G. - January 19, 2013

Likes: These boots are Rock solid - literally. In addition to all of Sedona's wonderful Red Rock hikes there are many back country areas loaded with black basalt terrain that bash lesser made boots to smithereens.

Dislikes: A bit on the heavy side

Reviewed by Brian S. - September 13, 2012

Likes: I gave these boots 80 miles (30+ on some rocky very portions of the AT) before I wrote this review. I bought these mainly for backpacking trips while carrying heavy gear, but they have become my main boots for most hiking situations. Great upper construction due to minimal amount of seams. Waterproof as can be as tested through tons of mud slogging and ankle-high stream crossings. Terrific ankle support and sole stiffness to protect you from twists and pointy rocks. The lugs on the sole shed mud very quickly. I love these boots!

Dislikes: Soles lost alot of rubber in certain areas due to the rocky sections of the AT that I hiked. Not sure how this will affect the long term durability of the boot. The boots are on the heavy side due their stout construction so keep that in mind.

Reviewed by Keith D. - July 2, 2012

Likes: Overall construction and design of the boot was the reason I purchased the TPS 520's. I have used them on multiple day hikes and a 26 mi two night trip in the North Cascades. They are strong, durable and definitely waterproof! They provide so much support that when I rolled my foot on a rock or root I felt it in the knee not the ankle.

Dislikes: Break in period is no joke! I'm by no means an avid backpacker but I've owned several heavy duty leather boots (Danner's & Cabela's) used in rugged hiking during elk and deer hunting trips. I've never had blisters like the ones I got from the Asolo's (in the heels). Comparing my old boots to the Asolo's there is a drastic difference in the stiffness of the sole. This worked great in supporting the heavy load of the pack on level ground. Once I started climbing or descending the hounds started to bark! I did take them off half-way through our trip and flexed the boot a bunch of time by hand. That seemed to make a big difference. I'm going to give them one more try.

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