Give long lasting power to your stride with Asolo's Power Matic 200 GV Backpacking Boot.
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Love these hikers! I'm a scout leader and these have seen at least 15 weekend campouts with all kinds of activities, a week of mid-summer backpacking the Porkies, and countless times being the winter boots. I tossed the insole that came with the boots as recommended by another reviewer after the first campout and noticed a big difference. The boots are warm for summer, but I have found that wearing sock liners only during the summer helps a lot.
These are the bees knees of hiking boots. I use them for hiking with family and for hunting in the rugged outdoors of Alaska. Hands down worth every penny. One added item I bought that was recommended was a $20 cushion in-soul that makes the boot the best!
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Great boot. Took them out of box and put 6 trail miles on them with my dog. Very comfy for a full leather boot that has not been broken in. Time will tell but great fit. It is true that this boot will make you want to hike and keep hiking.
Cool close-up video of the Power Matic lacing
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
While backpacking, your feet are one of the most important things to keep healthy and comfortable. These boots do both. I've put countless miles behind me with these boots, including summiting Olympus and Rainier (as well as many other peaks in the Wasatch and Northwest, and have zero complaints.
I've never had a blister, never had a bruised toebed, nothing. They've kept me completely dry and warm. When these boots finally give out, i'll be purchasing another pair.
Good boots for cold weather/water. But they are heavy and still caused blisters. Also the tread was not as aggressive as I would have liked.
When I first bought these boots my mentality was, "If I'm spending this much money on a pair of boots they had better last FOREVER and go ANYWHERE!" And the latter is definitely true! I've only had these boots a couple of months, so I cannot yet comment on how long they last. However, they are waterproof, and they do go anywhere.
I did a two-night hike which included going over Roan Mountain, TN; descending into Hughes Gap; and descending into Iron Mountain Gap where I put these boots through snow, ice, mud, leaves, pine needles, roots (both wet and dry), rocks (both wet and dry), dirt, gravel, grass, and every combination above--and I do mean EVERY combination. To top it off, I did all this with my dog tied to the hip belt of my pack and pulling me up the climbs and down the descents. These boots held their own! They didn't slip on anything. Even on slick, wet, rugged descents when my dog yanked the leash right as I took a step, these boots kept great traction.
If you face the same dilemma I went through where you can find the TPS in stores, but you can't find a store with the Power Matic in stock anywhere, this is my advice to you: The TPS is the same sizing as the Power Matic. So, go into a brick-and-mortar store and try on the TPS. Once you know what size fits you in the TPS then order the same size in the Power Matic. The Power Matic is definitely worth it!
Another thing to note about this boot, the arch support is noticeably more prominent in the Power Matic than in the TPS. This being said, the way the arch support is constructed in the Power Matic will force your feet into a proper gait and stride--especially with YOUR TOES POINTED FORWARD! If you walk with your toes pointed inward (pigeon-toed) or if you walk like I used to with your toes pointed outward (duck-footed), then your feet will throw a fit. Once you point your toes forward and assume a proper gait and stride then these boots will be one of the most comfortable boots you'll ever wear.
The micro-pulley system is great for keeping even pressure around the foot, and it does wonders in helping you get your foot in and out of the boot on cold mornings when the leather is stiff.
These boots do take some time to break-in, but all boots do. If you need to treat them at all, use Sno-Seal.
Last but not least, before I bought these boots I read many reviews talking about how the toes scuff easily. The scuff marks don't change the functionality of the boot. If you are the kind of person who does not like to get your hiking boots dirty, these are not the boots for you.
Which boot is heavier duty the Asolo 200 or the 520?
They are actually similar in construction. Both use the same thickness leather (2.6 - 2.8mm thick). Both are lined with Gore-Tex. Both use the same lasting board. The difference is in the sole. The 520 uses the TPS (triple power structure) which uses shock absorbers in the areas of the foot that receive the most impact. The sole of the 200 uses 3 different densities of PU that are strategically located for different things: stability, comfort and shock absorption. The 200 has pulleys in the lacing system, and are a bit lighter in weight than the 520s. Lastly, the 520s have a deeper lugged sole. I would give a slight nod to the 520 as being a bit heavier duty.
I don't like reviewing boots when I haven't worn them much, but I have to put out there, for my fellow wide toed hikers out there, but these boots might not work for you. I special ordered a pair in 15W and although the quality of the boot is very apparent, my two smallest toes smash up something fierce against the side. I've walked a few very unobtrusive miles in them, not enough to show any signs of wear(enough to accidentally step in dog poo tho), but the narrowness of the toe box is too much of an issue to keep them. It's to bad too because they really are a handsome boot.
Love the fit, hate the grip. That's the short version.
I bought these (exact same model) back in July of 2006 and they've been begging to be replaced for a couple of years now. The boots I wore extensively before these were the Italian made Vasque Sundowner but when production of the Sundowner moved to China that boot never fit me as well so I moved on.
I was happy to find another GoreTex, full-grain leather boot that fit well in the Asolo Power Matic 200 but within the first few months of use I was missing the grip of the Sundowner and from there the grip of the Asolos slowly went down hill.
I put a lot of miles on my hiking boots and the Power Matic 200s haven't held up as well as the boots they replaced. Just over 5 years, with a few years of me slipping and sliding is not going to let me consider these again. I give them 4 stars rather than 3 because they are very comfortable and a more fair weather hiker on dry trails will have little or nothing to complain about.
I will move onto Zaberlan, Scarpa, etc.
How long should the sole on these boots last? I bought mine 14 months ago and have already worn a hole in the sole.
HAD MY PAIR FOR ABOUT 3 YEARS
It depends on how many miles you put on them and what terrain you are on but that is pretty fast. I have had mine for 2 years now and I still has ok tread, definately some worn spots but no holes.
Very nice boots.. just replaced my GTX's that were 10 years old and this was a great upgrade. Fit great right out of the box. The full leather means fully waterproof.. a nice 4-season boot if you don't get too gnarly with the mountaineering. Compatible with universal crampons, although wouldn't use them on ice. Great for everything from snowmobiling, hiking, whatever. Used them for roughly a year and although the leather toe area shows signs of wear, that is expected with 120+ days on the trail. The sole is in great shape still and I'm confident these boots will outlast the previous pair!
R.I.P 8/26/08 - 12/16/11 I DID ALOT HIKING IN THESE AND WORE THEM ALMOST EVERY DAY TO JUST HANG OUT. CHANGED THE INSOLE TO DR. SCHOLLE GELLIN WORK.
Hiking on a warm wet winter day
I've been hiking and snowshoeing on some pretty varied terrain with these. They're great for mild scrambling, stiff enough to keep rocks from hurting your feet and are even good with strap-on crampons (not stiff enough for good front pointing though).
I've owned Asolos for the last 15 years and have never been let down. From hiking to working for the USFS, I've put all four pairs through the ringer and am not let down. This pair, just like my others, the TPS 520 and and the predecessors of that boot are comfortable and enduring. I have had the Gore-Tex waterproofing component of one pair kind of falter after four years, but generally an annual mink-oiling helps fend that off. Like my rating states, I love Asolo.
How much do these boots actually weigh? The site here says 785 g for a pair which is obviously a misprint. The Lowa Banff that I had were something like 3 lbs.11 Oz.(1678 g.) and made my ancient knees hurt after 8-10 hours.
The 785 grams is per boot.
On Asolos website, a mens US8.5 weights 1lb 11.6oz. Which makes the pair weight just over 3lb 7.38oz.
These are a durable thick full grain leather boot. They are going to be quite heavy.