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Asolo 520 GTX

22 reviews
5-star:   19
4-star:   1
3-star:   0
2-star:   1
1-star:   1
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I really wish that I could give these boots a better…

Rating: rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather-gortex liner
Use: daily, hunting, heavy backpacking
Break-in Period: brief
Weight: ?

I really wish that I could give these boots a better review, because I loved these boots while they lasted. I have backpacked some serious, off trail, mountainous terrain with heavy loads and never had a complaint. My feet were always dry and comfortable, but after only ten months the soles have delaminated quickly.

Three days ago I noticed some delamination near the toe, nothing serious, and in three days the sole has come half way off. They are done and I am still searching for the best boot I can find.

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I have a fairly narrow foot, so finding the right…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather w/Gore-Tex
Use: Rough trail with or without pack
Break-in Period: Roughly 2 weeks
Weight: 2.5 lbs
Price Paid: $185

I have a fairly narrow foot, so finding the right boot was difficult, until I found Asolo. I knew I wanted a Gore-Tex liner and the 520 GTX was just what I was looking for. Fortunately for me, the color I was looking for (dark brown), wasn't going to be made again until spring. I guess Anthrasite is the other color used. Anyways, when I ordered the boot I received the new 1998 model. This new model is a little stiffer than its predecessor. As well, it offers quit a larger sole design with better traction. The sole is still made by Vibram. If you can wait, buy the new 1998 model.

Being very impressed with Asolo as a company, I threw away my Timberlands that I wore for casual use and replaced them with Asolo's Rainier boot. ($100) I've owned these boots for about a week now and their great.

Asolo makes an outstanding boot for whatever your needs may be. If you're looking for a new boot, try Asolo first. It will be the last company you ever buy from. Try Superfeet insoles as well. They make your Asolo boot all the more comfortable.

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These are great boots! Among other duty, these boots…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather
Use: Day hikes and/or moderate backpacking
Break-in Period: Absolutely none
Weight: < 3 lbs.
Price Paid: $150 (year old model)

These are great boots! Among other duty, these boots just returned from two weeks in the Canadian Rockies where it even snowed on July 3 (50-60cm), along with plenty of rain. Many of the trails were still snow-covered and most were very wet and/or muddy -- my feet stayed bone-dry.

The traction is very good on all but the most slick surfaces. Support and comfort is great as well. They needed absolutely no break-in period -- I never got a single hot spot or blister.

The only gripe I have with this boot is that there is no toe guard -- they get very scuffed up around the toe area (maybe I just can't walk properly).

I highly recommend these boots for any hiking and/or moderate backpacking.

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I have had these boots for seven years and they have…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $250

I have had these boots for seven years and they have yet to fail me. Great fit from the day I bought them. Nothing bad to say!!

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I bought these boots last year for a volunteer postion…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather w/Gore-Tex liner
Use: On and off trail with packs over 65lbs
Break-in Period: one week
Price Paid: can't remember

I bought these boots last year for a volunteer postion at Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area. They performed great with no problems or blisters ever. I put 700 miles on them in three months. Then off to Gates of the Arctic NP in the Brooks Range. The total test. Boots one year old over 700 miles, they had to give out under the extreme demand of the arctic. So far with 300 miles of water, heat, snow, and bushwacking they are still kicking wanting more abuse. They have been soaking wet for the majority of the time as well. They will go for many more miles of life. The last boot I will ever own. Just do proper boot maintenance. They are tops in my book.

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I have narrow feet; I generally wear an A width. I…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather with Gore-Tex liner
Use: backpacking, long dayhikes, rough trail
Break-in Period: short
Price Paid: $210 USD

I have narrow feet; I generally wear an A width. I tried a ton of boots on at REI and finally decided on these along with SuperFeet insoles. These boots are absolutly awesome, on and off the trail they can take a pounding and keep your feet protected perfectly. The craftsmanship that goes into these boots is superb.

I recently wore them in Yosemite on a hike to Half Dome, 18 miles round trip, not a single blister and dry as a bone. Asolo has a customer for life. I highly recommend you check these out. They are every bit worth the price I paid and more. Get yourself some NikWax for them and they break in, in no time at all.

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Some of the best boots on the market. Been using them…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars

Some of the best boots on the market. Been using them for 9 years+. Everything else falls apart. Work on a ski hill cutting/trimming trails and other Rocky Mtn Ski area stuff (it's some rough stuff under all that snow). We wear out the sole before the leather. The company buys us a new pair every year (so no reason to get resoled). If you consider we are in them 40 hours a week all summer (June-Oct.) they last plenty long enough for someone hiking on the weekend on worn trails. Very waterproof but treat them when new to get it to last and retreat as needed to keep them going.

Also have used the 650. A little heavier but better ankle support.

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Terrific boot. I'm 59 years old, feet aren't what…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather, gortex, tlc
Break-in Period: 2 short hikes, but none really required
Weight: approx 3 lbs a little on the heavy side but worth the sacrafice
Price Paid: $135, lightly used ebay

Terrific boot. I'm 59 years old, feet aren't what they used to be, and these boots were flawless. Used them for three hikes in one month, latest was Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa!

Boots helped me all the way to Uhuro Point which is 19,340 ft. asl. No blisters, no moisture, none of the -15f cold either.

Best boots I've ever worn. Recommend.

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This boot is everything an outdoorsmen is looking…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: all leather, Gore-Tex and Vibram
Use: super heavy trails, high peaks and deep snow
Break-in Period: 2 days
Weight: super light
Price Paid: $200, $150 REI

This boot is everything an outdoorsmen is looking for in a boot. When I put these heavy duty leather monsters on I feel like I can kick holes in trees... My pair have taken me to the PEAK of the Gudalupe Mountains and the Continental Divide. My Asolo GTX 520's still look brand new and my feet have been warm dry and happy all along. They only have one down side: THEY MAKE ME AGGRESSIVE. I feel like I am stronger and tougher. I love my GTX 520's so much that I even sleep with them.

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My feet blister easily and I have a high, but these…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Full grain leather
Use: Rocky trail, 35 pounds
Break-in Period: short
Weight: ???
Price Paid: $189

My feet blister easily and I have a high, but these boots felt great right out of the box (I did add superfeet insoles). I did blister on my first trip out in them, but that was due more to the sock I was using. After switching to a polypropylene liner with wool sock, I haven't had any problems. My feet have stayed dry (great Gore-Tex! Don't ever buy a boot without it) and comfy, and the footing has been sure. Great boots.

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WOW! Through the bogs of the outer Hebrides to the…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather/GTX
Use: med/heavy w/heavy pack
Break-in Period: ouddabox
Weight: 2.75+
Price Paid: $179

WOW! Through the bogs of the outer Hebrides to the lower altitudes of the Jim Bridger range these boots take it all. Although still a little funky on wet snow (better than previous Asolo soles) this boot chews up the worst of terrain and keeps you BONE dry. Bootie bunched once or twice on severe downhill slopes but that was the only trouble so far. Put my Vasques away in reserve. I will never buy a different boot. I may never need one!

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-Beautifully crafted Italian boot with Gore-Tex bootie…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather
Use: Heavyduty/rough trail
Break-in Period: 2 weeks??
Weight: ~3.0 lbs
Price Paid: $185

-Beautifully crafted Italian boot with Gore-Tex bootie

-Easy break in and good support, very comfortable

-Extremely waterproof and durable

-Good for 2 to 7 day backpacking trips

-Needs better footbeds though such as Spenco etc.

I have C width feet and am stuck between regular and narrow sized boots.

These Asolo 520 GTX's fit my feet very well with a new, thicker footbed and I would recommend them to everyone! I've worn them in snow, mud, heat and rain without any problems!

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I used the Asolos in the Spanish Pyrennes and they…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather Gore-Tex
Use: Moderate trail
Break-in Period: 2 weeks
Weight: 2-3 lbs.
Price Paid: $180 approx

I used the Asolos in the Spanish Pyrennes and they performed wonderfully. The toe area on the outside of the boots are somewhat scuffed up but I guess that's to be expected. I've really enjoyed my Asolo 520 GTX's however. They're the most comfortable boot I've worn. I sometimes just wear them around town also and have had no problems with them. I highly recommend these boots. Thanks.

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These boots are superb! I bought my first pair in…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Gore-Tex
Use: Extended heavy packing
Break-in Period: none
Weight: 2lbs. ??
Price Paid: $185

These boots are superb! I bought my first pair in '95 and hiked about 800 miles on the AT. My partner wore a pair of Sundowners and complained of soggy feet and blisters often. I stayed dry and had NO blisters. After putting over a thousand miles on that pair, just caught a sale and bought my second pair for $130! Can't wait for spring!

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I use these boots for everyday use on the job and…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: every day
Break-in Period: short
Weight: 3 lbs
Price Paid: $200

I use these boots for everyday use on the job and for hiking somewhat. They broke in easily and conform to your foot which makes them very comfortable. Best boots I ever owned and that's lots. They are four years old now and need a resoling, but uppers are in good condition. Highly recommend!

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Great boots. Very comfortable, needed no break-in…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather with Gore-Tex liner
Use: on/off trail with and without pack (weighing about 40 lbs)
Break-in Period: none
Weight: ??? about 2.5 lbs?
Price Paid: $130

Great boots. Very comfortable, needed no break-in period. Very waterproof -- I crossed streams and even stepped in the Chesapeake Bay without even a drop seeping thru.

Great support -- my feet felt fine even after a 4-mile uphill hike with a pack! No blisters, either.

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Worst pair of boots I've ever owned. Caused bruising…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather with Gore-Tex liner
Use: rough trail w/heavy pack
Break-in Period: Did not break in
Weight: don't know
Price Paid: $199

Worst pair of boots I've ever owned. Caused bruising and abrasions on the front of my ankles and I had to dump them out after moderate rain.Finally returned them. Very surprised and disappointed due to the reputatiuon of Asoslo boots.

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I've trashed a pair of Vasque leather boots in the…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Leather w/ Gore-Tex
Use: Moderate backpack
Break-in Period: 2 day hikes
Weight: 2.5 lbs
Price Paid: $185

I've trashed a pair of Vasque leather boots in the Adirondacks in one season. So far these boots support and wear better than the Vasques. They are absolutely waterproof which is a real plus when you hike in Adirondack mud.

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Absolutely the best feeling boots you will ever put…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars

Absolutely the best feeling boots you will ever put on your feet. Your feet stay perfectly dry in any weather. I have worn mine all winter and they are still good for another season, at least.

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Very durable, I've recently returned from a two-week…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Gore-Tex
Use: 2-week backpacking trip and future use.
Break-in Period: 4 or 5 hikes
Weight: 3 lbs. 12 oz.
Price Paid: $215

Very durable, I've recently returned from a two-week backpacking trip in the Northern Cascades. I summited three peaks with these boots so far and they preformed suberbly.

I would recommend these boots to anyone.

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Best pair of boots I've owned!!!! They usually last…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: Gore-Tex
Use: Rough Trails, heavy packs, Long Periods of time
Break-in Period: week or less
Price Paid: 215

Best pair of boots I've owned!!!! They usually last me over two years for heavy use and backpacking for long trips (week long)!! I'm purchasing my third pair this XMas ('05). Excellent BOOT!!

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I hiked Isle Royal in these. Simply perfect. The best…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Materials: leather
Use: trail with/without pack
Break-in Period: none
Weight: 2.5lbs
Price Paid: $185

I hiked Isle Royal in these. Simply perfect. The best hiking boot there is.

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Asolo 520 GTX

Discontinued

The 520 GTX has been discontinued.

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