A Brief History About Asolo Company
Asolo was started out by the Zanatta family in the year 1946. This was a family business and each member of the family played a significant role in designing the footwear. After World War 2, the Italian economy was not very stable and there was a huge demand for footwear. This is when the Zanatta family business started to grow at a very fast pace when the following generation of Zanatta family took over.
The name Asolo was branded in the year 1975 when Giancarlo Tanzi made the first trekking boots using Cordura materials. This innovation was a break-through in the footwear market and this really changed the perception of how people perceive footwear. Giancarlo Tanzi and his team developed another breakthrough outdoor footwear which was the first Gore-Tex lined.
In the year 1998, the third generation of Zanatta family took over the business. They carried over the family values and their work ethic. For the Zanatta family, it’s all about designing the “perfect melding of tradition, quality and innovation” footwear. With these values, the Zanatta family business has achieved phenomenal feet in the footwear industry. For example, in the year 2017, Asolo received recognition of the Hall of Fame by American Backpacker Magazine.
Since we have got a little history about how the Asolo company have developed from a small family into a multi-millionaire company. It’s now time to analyze one of their hiking boots for men and it’s the Asolo TPS 520 GV.
Firstly, in terms of appearance and durability, full-grain leather is the real deal in my opinion. It is very strong and at the same durable. What makes full grain leather great to use in hiking boots compared with top grain leather is how it is very breathable but at the same time contains less moisture.
On the other hand, top grain leather has a sanded away which is very good at removing blemishes. The downside to this is how top grain leather is not that strong compared with full grain leather. This tells us that it’s not very good at dealing with tough conditions and trails.
Secondly, with aging and character, I think full grain leather stand out. The reason why I say that is because wearing this type of leather often makes the boot more beautiful and polish instead of wearing out. In order words, the more you hike with these boots, the better the material looks. Top grain leather, on the other hand, is not very good with aging. However, it’s good at preventing stains that can destroy the material.
The only drawback I can think of this boot with the full grain leather upper is how it can make the boot feel heavy to wear on your feet. But apart from that, I think Asolo did a great job in using a 2.8mm full grain leather upper for the boot.
Breathable And Waterproof
Underneath the 2.8mm full grain leather upper, there is a gore-tex lining. This Gore-tex lining makes the boot waterproof and breathable.
What this means is that the boot prevents your feet from getting wet in rain and at the same time keeps it warm. This shows that you are guaranteed to have your feet dry even when you are hiking in a heavy rain.
The ankle support of this boot is well-made. The ankle support is soft inside the boot but at the same time very firm. This is to give you stable when you are hiking on the trail and stops putting pressure on your ankle. If you are someone who has ankle issues, then you will enjoy wearing this Asolo TPS 520 GV.
The lacing structure of this boot is kind of similar to the Lowa Tibet GTX and Manta Pro GTX. This Asolo TPS 520 GV has got ten rivet eyelets. These riveted eyelets can last for a long time compared with standard fabric eyelets. These riveted eyelets are looks like paper clips which makes it difficult to pull your laces through the holes.
However, the good news is once you managed to pull your laces through the holes, it gives your boot more stability and comfort as you hike with them.
At the top of the boot, there are six-speed lacing holes. These are the final touches to the laces and it gives you the freedom to lace the way you prefer. Either diagonal or straight line.
One thing I noticed when I looked closely at these boots laces are the fact that they are bigger than normal laces for hiking. I think the reason why Asolo made it that way is to make it slightly stretchy which gives you expansion at the top of the foot for more comfort as you hike.
The toe box for this box is simple compared with other hiking boots such as Manta Pro GTX which has a rubberized toe box that goes around the boot. Asolo TPS 520 GV has a black rubber toe box. This is very hard and solid. The good thing about this toe box is how it prevents your feet from getting a serious injury when you hit a rock, for example.
The Outsole, Midsole and Insole
Now let’s take a closer look at the outsole. The outsole is a triple power structure (TPS) EVO outsole. This means that the outsole was designed by Asolo and Vibram together. This type of material used for the outsole makes this boot very strong and prevent the sole from wearing out quickly.
When you look very closely at the outsole, you could see that it has a grippy traction and deep lugs. This is very good at biting the trail hard and giving you good stability as you hike. The beauty of these lugs is how they are self-cleaning. This means it clears out all the debris out as you hike through the trails. There are three shock absorbers with different densities PU. This means that the trail that hit the shock absorbers are likely to get more cushioning.
And one last thing with the outsole, there is a braking system which gives you enough grip as you climb the hills or mountains. This is because the braking system is aggressive and really deep. Another great news about the outsole is that you can get it re-done when it wears out. This way you can maintain the boots even longer.
The midsole of this boot is made of dual density PU. Dual-density PU is a high -quality material which is durable and at the same time water resistant. Another key strength of this material is how firm it is compared with EBA. This is fantastic to have because it will give you the stability, support and shock absorption you need as you hike.
In addition, the midsole is built on Asolo flex lasting board which makes this boot unique from other midsoles in different hiking boots. These are specifically made for the size and gender. This is to give more flexibility and support to the hiker wearing the boot.
And lastly, the insole of the boot is made of the robust exterior which gives you the support and comfort that you need as you hike.
Fit and Size
This boot comes in different sizes. If you live in the UK, the sizes available for this boot are from 6 to 16 and 1/2. On the other hand, if you are living in the US the sizes available are 6 and 1/2 to 17. Overall if you are living anywhere in Europe, there are different sizes options as well.
- Long distance hiking
- Trekking on technical terrains
As we come to the conclusion of this post about Asolo TPS 520 GV. It seems this boot is perfectly good to use for long distance hiking, backing and trekking on technical terrains.
In addition, this boot will be great to use in rain, snow and mud because the materials used for this hiking boot are of high quality. The materials used are like wine, they get better with age. This means that the more you use this boot the more it looks.
This will really give you the comfort, stability and grip you need to hike on the snow, rain and mud. Furthermore, the outsole, midsole and insole of the boot is excellently designed. For me, these are some of the key strengths of this hiking boot. The outsole matches with the rhythm of your walking and this helps to clear the debris and the mud away quickly.
One weakness of this boot is how heavy the boot can be. Although I got to see I love the materials however the 2.8mm full grain leather upper can but a lot of weight on your feet as you hike with them. This means the comfort reduces as you hike for a long time. Despite this weakness from this Asolo tps 520 gv, the ankle protection and the gore-tex lining inside the boot could make it a little smooth for you.
I hope you have really enjoyed reading this post on Asolo TPS 520 GV. If you have any questions or thoughts on the Asolo TPS 520 GV, please do not hesitate to leave me a comment below. I will reply as soon as I can!
And as always have a fantastic and wonderful hiking trip. 🙂