[amazon_link id=”B000HXEOBG” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ][/amazon_link]Recommending hiking boots is a difficult thing to do. There are so many different brands and types on the market today (reference part 1 of our hiking boot guide), not to mention so many different aspects to finding the perfect fit (reverence part 2 of our hiking boot guide). Even though there are so many options out there, I have been using a pair of backpacking boots for several treks, and they are simply amazing. I decided to review these boots and give them my seal of approval. The are the Men’s Asolo TPS 520 GV backpacking boots. Let’s look at the features of these heavy duty boots below.
Features Of The Asolo TPS 520 GV Boots
For starters, these boots are made with a full grain leather upper, which provides a nice water barrier as well as a durable upper. They are lined with a Gore-Tex liner, which adds additional waterproofing, but allows adequate breathability. The cushion is a soft Lite 2 anatomic footbed. The outsole is Asolo’s triple power structure vibram rubber dual-density outsole. Here is an image of the different layers of the bottom of the boot.
The boots are a light 28 ounces each, which feels light for heavy-duty boots built with full grain leather. They also feature a higher cut upper, which will keep out most trail debris.
- Upper: Water resistant full grain leather 2.6-2.8 mm
- Lining: Gore-Tex performance comfort footwear
- Lasting Board: Asoflex 00 MR
- Anatomic Foot Bed: Lite 2
- Sole: Triple Power Structure Asolo/Vibram rubber-PU (dual-density)
- Fit: MM/MW/ML
- Weight: 1/2 pair: 820 grams
Backpacking Samurai Thoughts
Out of the box, I have never had a pair of boots that were as trail ready as the Asolo TPS 520 GV boots were. The break in period was almost non-existant. They are very comfortable as well. One review I recently read stated the following:
“built like a tank, feels like a mink coat”
That pretty much sums up these boots. They are very durable, as I have been on several hikes already with minimal wear. I fully expect to get 10+ years of service out of these boots. They are also built very sturdy, offering great ankle support when carrying heavy loads on uneven terrain. And best of all, they are very comfortable. That same reviewer also said:
“If there is only one piece of gear I could save from a fire,
it would be my Asolo boots.”
The funny thing is I think I agree with the reviewer! One downside of these boots is their price tag of ~$280, but for 10+ years of service, this is a worthwhile investment. You need to take care of your feet, especially when hiking with a heavy load. The Asolo TPS 520 GV boots are, in my opinion, the best backpacking boots on the market.
Make sure you get the right fit. Don’t be afraid to return them if they don’t fit right. The come in men’s and women’s. Click on one of the following links to purchase yours today!
[amazon_link id=”B000HXEOBG” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Men’s Asolo TPS 520 GV Backpacking Boots[/amazon_link]
[amazon_link id=”B000XRFWV2″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Women’s Asolo TPS 520 GV Backpacking Boots[/amazon_link]