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Asolo 520 TPS – Leather Hiking Boots

Manufactured:
Philip Werner
Version:
1
Price:
314.00

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Rating:
5
On January 13, 2008
Last modified:August 13, 2016

Summary:

Asolo's 520 TPS hiking boots are fantastic. I bought them after I started to get planar fasciitis in my right foot. Since buying these boots, my planar fasciitis has disappeared 100%. I logged about 500 miles of trails last year without any foot pain whatsoever.

Asolo TPS 520 Hiking Boots
Asolo TPS 520 Hiking Boots

Asolo’s 520 TPS boots are fantastic. I bought them after I started to get planar fasciitis in my right foot. I went to REI for a boot fitting with one of their boot experts (these are people are hard to find but priceless). Since buying these boots, my planar fasciitis has disappeared 100%. I logged about 500 miles of trails last year without any foot pain whatsoever.

The boot…It’s a leather boot with gore-tex lining. I recommend that you replace the thin factory foot bed with a green Superfeet liner. The boots need about 50 miles of break-in but are comfy out of the box. They have a slightly unusual Vibram sole pattern but it does not affect traction in any negative way. I am just beginning to see some wear on my soles, but expect to get a few hundred miles out of them before I need to resole. The last is not steel, but is stiff without being heavy. Heel snugness is excellent, and the lace lugs are positioned in such a way that you can really crank them down if heel lift is a problem for you.

The boots are very comfortable. I wear them with a single medium weight wool sock and have NEVER gotten a blister – but your mileage may vary. Weight is not bad, at 3lb 7oz for a size 9, mens and they feel very light. Even though they have a gore-tex liner, I do recommend that you waterproof the leather with Snowseal periodically to protect and moisturize the leather. I also use these boots in winter for snowshoeing at low elevations and they are comfortably warm.

Disclosure: The author owns the Asolo boots reviewed here product and purchased them using his own funds.

Written 2008. Updated 2015.

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10 comments

  1. Haven't had a chance to try these boots yet but I thought I'd link up a place to get them a bit cheaper for those not wanting to spend over 200$ on a pair of boots. army navy superstores has them for about 185. There is alot of other fun stuff on that site besides boots. Its where I got my supply of 550 paracord at a decent price and I plan on buying some ammo cans from them for storage in my truck eventually.

  2. These boots are worth every penny. I am on my third pair. They are better than any other boot made, hands down.

  3. Just had mine resoled by Dave Page Cobbler, after maybe 1500 miles and 240,000' of vertical up ( and down).They were not worn out by any means, but losing a little traction. $85, but they are as good as new, and fine for another 5 years of mountain hiking and snowshoeing.

    Comfortable like no other boot I have ever worn , or tried on. And solid for backpacking with 45lbs aboard. Highly recommended for those with a medium to narrow foot/heel, although plenty of room in the forefoot to allow wiggle room.

  4. That's good value. I get about 300-400 miles on a pair of trail runners, but 1500 miles of hiking. That's really exceptional.

  5. A well made boot, but only good if you have the feet built for it. I was impressed with the craftsmanship, couldn’t wait to try them out. … Ended up with bleeding blisters within the first 3 miles, lol. But I’m a Zamberlan footed gal, it turns out :)

  6. Asolos have been my go-to boot for the last 5 years and the 520’s my winter boot. As you say, they are very comfortable. On my last trip to Mt Rogers the left boot heel delaminated but luckily I brought a small tube of McNetts seam-grip to fix it. The pic can be seen in this link:

    http://www.trailspace.com/assets/3/c/6/762822/TRI-132-267.jpg

    Sad to say they were nearly new.

  7. I have an interesting but not so uplifting update to my winter 520’s. I believe one pic will suffice—

    http://tipiwalter.smugmug.com/Backpacking2013-1/18-Days-in-the-Cohutta/i-XkRSdqb/0/L/TRIP%20142%20617-L.jpg

  8. They fit my feet and are far more comfortable than the “one size fits medium width feet” of most boots carried by REI. Excellent support for packing.

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