Asolo TPS 520 GV Boot Review

We’re branching out into non-cycling territory a bit, but I figure most readers of the blog are active, outdoorsy people–or at least pretend to be…

In the coming months, I’ll be covering some of my favorite outdoor gear, including Arc’teryx jackets, MSR camping equipment, and today, Asolo boots.

These are the full leather, goretex lined hikers. My path to them was long and winding. For 20 years, I wore either Raichle leather hikers, or the REI knockoff thereof, with great results, until those boots were both discontinued. At that time, I looked and looked, and ended up with a well-reviewed set of Asolo hikers with a leather bottom half and fabric upper, with. Goretex liner. After 2 years, the fabric of the gusseted tongue had completely failed. I called Asolo and sent them the boots. They were kind enough to replace them with the 520s. Here are the boots:

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Full leather, including the fully gusseted tongue. Goretex lined, supportive heel cup and shank, very durable, tractive sole. They are totally waterproof…you can dunk them at will.

The good: they’ve proven to be very durable thus far. 1 year in, with a lot of hikes, walks, camping, etc., and they look like new. They are warm, they keep your feet dry, they have great support for heavy loads (including 40# kids on your back), they are attractive, etc. they broke in surprisingly fast for such a well-made boot, and have been comfy from day 1. They run true to size, with enough adjustment to permit thick or thin socks without hot spots.

The bad: they’re not very breathable. In hot weather, your feet will sweat. Wear wicking socks, and you’ll be fine. They’re full leather with an aggressive sole, so they’re not super light. That’s a trade off for their durability and construction. They’re not cheap, but they’re a very high quality piece of equipment.

In summer, they’re great alone. In winter, if you’re active, they’re plenty warm for any temp hiking. (For stationary activities, they’re obviously not enough). Add gaiters and they’re great in deep snow. They’re subdued enough that I can pull them off with a pair of khakis in the office when the weather is bad.

I plan on having these for a very long time. They’re a great piece of gear…the kind of boots you look forward to pulling on and lacing up. Highly recommended.

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4 thoughts on “Asolo TPS 520 GV Boot Review

  1. Thanks for the review. I love the looks of Asolo hiking boots, and they certainly look durable. I found a bunch of Asolo boot closeouts and am seriously considering a pair this season – hoping the Gore-Tex will translate into ‘breathable’.

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  3. Love the Asolo TPS 520 leather boots. I have had years of great wear out of 2 pairs so far but have also purchased 2 pairs that had complete sole failure; one pair after less than 3 weeks of very light use in dry weather. As much as I love these boots I am considering moving away from them as I cannot risk being stuck in a remote area with boots that fail without warning. I only purchase ‘new’ stock and never buy at sale prices as I dont want to risk old stock boots. I am interested to know if anyone else has had similar experiences with this brand?

    • My wife and I both sport the Asolos–I run the 520 and she runs the 3XX (can’t remember off the top of my head). We haven’t had any issues.

      I have read about tread failure in other reviews, though.

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