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Asolo Power Matic 200 GV Boot - Men's

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    Give long lasting power to your stride with Asolo's Power Matic 200 GV Backpacking Boot.

    The Asolo Men's Power Matic 200 GV Backpacking Boot has a waterproof Gore-Tex lining and fatigue-reducing technology to keep you moving for your hardcore winter hikes. The Power Matic sole's front density gives you maximum support, and a heel density that reduces shock and fatigue. Cylinders throughout the outsole and midsole absorb jarring from your steps, so you can take on the trail and have more energy for the long haul. The waterproof Gore-Tex lining protects your feet from those soggy spring days, and provides high breathability for the long haul. A wide fit gives your feet more comfort without sacrificing support—less squashed toes and more stability.
    • Item #ASO0014

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    full-grain leather
    Waterproofing
    Gore-Tex membrane
    Closure
    lace
    Footbed
    Lite 2 insole
    Midsole
    triple-density PU, Asoflex
    Sole
    Vibram
    Claimed Weight
    (single) 1 lb 11.7 oz
    Recommended Use
    backpacking
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

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    Great fit, poor durability

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10.5

    I buy a pair of these every 2 years. I bought my first pair for 36 bucks from an REI garage sale, and they are so darn comfortable I keep coming back. That said the durability of the tread is horrible. At the end of 2 years the tread is basically smooth. It is a little softer (I would guess to help with wet rocks) than the average tread, and probably lasts only 1000 mi; great for a weekend warrior, but pretty poor for someone who uses them professionally. That said, the rest of the boot is solid, so if you wanted to have them resoled, you could, but it doesn't really make sense price wise.

    Spectacular performance

      These boots are untouchable. Great comfort, grippy no hot spots when you lace it tight and the roller system is amazing. I would like a little more tread but my every day shoe is a salmon speedcross 3 so I'm not the best judge for that.but this boot never stops in snow, mud, water or rock

      Love

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size

      I love these boots. I have had many others, including old-school logger style Hawthorns for fire. The Asolos are durable, comfortable, and look good.



      Good:

      Fit - I have the normal width. My feet are painfully uncomfortable in normal width Vasque boots. They are almost perfectly comfortable in the Asolos. I have just enough room so that when my feet swell I don't feel constricted.



      Durability - They are leather, and they will get scuffed up. I took a nice chunk out the other day on an easy afternoon hike. However, if you invest in some Obenaufs or comparable leather grease, you can hide most of the damage. Plus, scuffed boots look better.



      Aside from the leather, these things are tanks. I can roll over nearly any terrain, side hill may way up a muddy slope, huff it through snow, ice, and slush, and still have dry, comfortable feet.



      Waterproofing - I said it above. They are very effective. I stood in a running creek to wash them off at one point. My feet were bone dry after.



      The only problem is that, on a warm day, the boots don't breathe as well as you might like. Bring a second pair of wool socks if you are overnighting.



      These are awesome 4-season boots. They fit just fine in snowshoes. They don't breathe as well as, say, a pair of Chaco sandles, but they aren't Chaco sandles, so that's not a fair comparison!

      only boot I'll wear

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size

      went on a trip recently. my friends all had "waterproof" boots with gore tex liners, etc. I was the only one with dry feet by the end. great boot, relatively light, supportive, good for high-volume / semi-wide feet. only complaint: no rubber toe rand. the front leather got all scratched up on the first trip! I built a rubber toe cap using polyurethane glue made for boots. That fixed the issue right up.

      After 8 hard years they finally died

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size

      Bought a pair of these in 2006. They took a long time to break in, but eventually they were perfect. I've used these boots to climb 14'ers in colorado, hunt elk in the high country, go on a safari in africa, and wear almost every day in the winter...after 8 years, the soles finally started to come apart. Last year I made a minor repair with some shoe goo, but this year the different laminations on the sole itself finally failed. I'll be buying another pair of these boots for sure. I've got several other "high end" hiking boots, but I always went back to my powermatics. I have a relatively narrow foot, and the lacing system on these allowed me to really cinch them down to where I could haul 80lb. loads of elk meat off the mountains without any blisters. Fair warning...it took me a year to break them in...but getting 7 more years of happiness after that is just about priceless if you value your feet and use (abuse) them regularly.

      Mid Sole Rotted into Grey PU crumbles

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size

      Ok so I have stomped in mine for 8 years since 06. Blistered a few times due to super long miles and heavy (skis/boots and overnight gear) so the leather was well worn. I am chaffed that the PU Grey midsole foam has turned to a dry rot. like powder, while the treds have a 100 miles and the leather uppers have 100's of miles to go. I wanted to get more out of them. I had the wide version and did not buy them at backcountry.





      If I had known the gimmicky grey PU or EVA midsole would turn to crumbly powder and cause my sole to delam hiking (or in my backyard) I would have went with another boot. Wish more boots were resoleable. Unfortunately my midsoles rotted apart and delamed the treads several hundred meters above Zermatt in August. Bad timing.



      Probably expecting too much of value these days when most things are built to fail. But with a full grain leather upper that still has lots of life and tread that still bite and stick, I am disappointed with what is a material failure of the gimmicky Grey foam PU or EVA midsole that you can see as little grey wedges when looking at the tread from the side. If the sole hadn't rotted out from the inside, they would still be my go to heavy backpacker hiker despite the occasional loss of flesh.



      They probably were never heavy duty enough so maybe it is a blessing.



      I always end up with heavy packs so maybe a heavier duty backpack or summer weight mountaineering boot will suit my short legged heavy footed 210 lbs better.

      Unmatched Durability and Support

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size

      First off I'll say that if you're looking for an ultralight or breathable hiking boot then these are probably not the ones. They're heavy and Goretex+full grain leather=little breathability. What separates these boots from the pack is their ruggedness and support.



      I have only had these particular boots for a couple of months but I've been using them a lot. Previously I had a pair of Asolo TPS 520 GV's which are so similar it's hard to tell the difference. I had those boots for almost 8 years and used them for everything--hiking, snow, mud, hunting, backpacking, etc. I abused the hell out of them and they never let me down. I've never had a pair of shoes/boots that lasted nearly that long and held up that well. Long story short they were stolen and when I went shopping for a replacement I decided to try these boots because they felt slightly more comfortable. So far they have completely lived up to my expectations. I actually like them a little better than my old TPS 520's. Though in hikin I can't tell a difference, the lacing system is a little nicer (these have rolling/pulley-style eyelets) and this is the biggest difference I can notice. The pulley lacing system makes the pressure of the laces more equalized, and hopefully it will keep my laces from getting torn up as quickly (on my old TPS 520's I went through a pair of laces every year).



      So overall, if you're looking for something that will last long and stand up to abuse these are simply awesome. Sure, they're heavy and don't breathe but that's the price you pay for this kind of ruggedness, and nothing waterproof is going to breathe well. Though they're best suited for long backpacking trips, heavy loads, and rough or wet terrain, I've been using mine for just about everything and couldn't be happier.



      Also, do yourself a favor and buy some Obenauf's Heavy Duty Leather Protectant.

      Every Penny, and then some

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: Runs small

      I have had these for a couple of weeks now, and they are about as broken in as they are going to get. That said, I love these boots. They are a bit hot, but with the 90+ degree temps I have been outside in, anything will be hot. Cut, height, fit, I would put these on par with my Lowa Ticams. I do think they are perhaps a bit more comfortable as far as the footbed goes. I do like the lace system in the ticam better. My Ticams though have started to show signs in the leather of wear, because of it being a waxed split leather. These are a full grain leather, so I am hoping that I will not have any such issues. I think these are even more comfortable than my Tibet Pros, though the tibets are not nearly as hot. The soles are great, I have even tested these out on a 12 hour shift at work, which was on hard tile floors. I did a coat of Nikwax before I took them out, and during the past few days of rain I have had no issue what so ever. I have seen else where, where they advertise to go up a 1/2 size. I would agree with that. Especially if you were a ticker sock. Great boot over all, and I will be looking for more from Asolo in the future. For size info, I wear a 8.5 wide in Lowa, and went with a 9 wide in these.

      Beast mode

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size

      Best hiking boots I've owned. Definitely worth the money. I used these over the summer in Colorado and they held up to the Sangre De Cristo trails. Not light or breathable but they are rugged and rough! Would buy again!

      Rugged is an understatement

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size

      Best boot purchase ever made. I am a professional tree climber in the south east and these boots have held up longer than any other. I can usually get about 4-6 months out of a decent pair of hiking boots but these have lasted longer than a year with daily abuse. The durable leather has withstood handsaw cuts, climbing rough barked trees, harsh rain and deep marsh muck. They provide great support and traction, even when working on spikes. They truly have kept my feet happy and dry.

      Rugged is an understatement

      These are simply amazing

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size

      I've been backpacking for over 12 years. Have gone through 5 pairs of boots since and these have been by far my most comfortable and reliable boots. I've used them for work, I've used them through mud, I've used them through snow, I've used them with 50lb pack. Amazing boots!

      Limited Experience But Excellent

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size

      Bought these on the reviews of a lot of people. Clearly the Power Matic 200 GV has rock star status. I took a hard look at Zamberlans which are also amazing but decided on these based on fit. Hiked all over Yosemite for 4 days - very comfortable.

      Amazing Boot

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size

      I have owned these boots for 5 years. I am in the market for a new pair of boots and I keep coming back to these. They are totally waterproof. I find them to be plenty warm in the winter, as long as your socks are not too bulky - then you may lose some circulation. They are comfortable to wear all day without a problem. They breathe well enough that sweating is almost a non-issue. Worth every penny. I am taking up snowshoeing this year because I can't ride/ski anymore due to an injury. If anyone has any experience wearing these with shoes - I would love to hear how they fared!!

      BAD ASS!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size

      I wore my pair out! I had owned them since 2008 and put numerous miles on them between Tennessee, North Carolina and Colorado. Fit great, easy break in and I couldn't have asked for a more comfortable fit. Also, spent two winters/falls working construction in them with nothing to complain about. Killed them a little faster than I would have liked, but worth it to have comfy feet.



      Took the step down to the Asolo TPS 535 for my new next boot when my soles finally wore out...mistake! I miss my Powermatics and just waiting for the moment when I pull the trigger for my second pair!

      2nd Pair

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size

      This is a great boot. My first pair saw numerous trail miles all over Idaho and Oregon. Great fit, easy break in, great traction on rocky or muddy trails. If you are looking for an all leather boot that will go the extra miles with you this is it.

      So Far, So Good!!

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      Tried these boots for the first time on a rough gravel road for 4 miles. The boots felt fantastic! They were much lighter than I expected. I am also glad I ordered 1/2 size larger to accomidate my slightly wide feet. My feet felt perfectly comfortable and the boots gave my ankels the support I will need when I backpack with 40 pounds. I also will be putting the waterproofing to the tesy on my planned hike. I also need the breathability due to I prespire allot. I am very happy with this purchase!

      How should I measure my foot to be sure I...

      How should I measure my foot to be sure I get the right size? I wear a size 10 shoe with normal dress socks. Should I go to a 10.5 for this boot to allow for thicker socks? Also, my foot is wider than a normal foot and I have a high arch. Whic h size should I order?

      Best Answer

      Hi Dean,



      Don't get me wrong, the Power Matic is a fantastic boot, but with a wide foot, it might not be the right one for you. It would be a real disservice to not tell you that you would probably be better off if you could at least get to a local outdooor store and try on several boots from different manufacturers, in a couple of different sizes. The right boot is an incredibly subjective and personal thing...the wrong boot and nothing else really matters. You might also have to do the buy and return thing a few times before you hit on a winner. Trust me, the time and effort will be well worth it.



      So, basic advice and caveats out of the way- Your size 10 is a good starting point, but a dress sock is about as thin as the liner I usually wear under my heavier sock. You'll want to at least go with a 10.5 and maybe an 11. You also need to choose the socks you want to wear, and if you're fitted locally, have them on when you try out sizes and models. A good mid-heavy weight Merino wool hiking sock is a wonderful thing. Your high arch is easy- plan on adding an aftermarket foot bed like the green Superfeet or something similar to whatever boot you end up with. You'll not only get better arch support, your whole foot, legs, and even your entire mucsuloskeletal structure will benefit.



      Bottom line: If you go ahead and order the Power Matics, start with the 10.5 and know that it might take a few tries to get it right. Backcountry will make the process as easy and painless as possible, and they'll dance with you as many times as it takes...even if you wear the boots you choose for as long as you need to and decide that, after all, they're just not working out. In the end, you will be happy and find the perfect boot.



      Good luck! Hope this helps.

      Which boot is heavier duty the Asolo 200...

      Which boot is heavier duty the Asolo 200 or the 520?

      Best Answer

      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.

      How long should the sole on these boots...

      How long should the sole on these boots last? I bought mine 14 months ago and have already worn a hole in the sole.

      How much do these boots actually weigh?...

      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.

      Can someone speak in everyday terms about...

      Can someone speak in everyday terms about the difference between this and the TPS 520? I've seen plenty of citations of the difference in soles, and then a description of the materials of those soles right off the product page. But can someone explain the difference in how they feel? Is one better suited to backpacking with a load vs one more geared toward lighter hiking or something?

      I'm looking for boots for backpacking, and they'll be replacing my TPS 535's (same as the 520 but they're just leather, no gore-tex). Never had a problem with water proofing on those.

      In addition to how the sole feels, is there a difference in breathability between this and the TPS 520?

      The TPS 520 is going to be a heavier boot with less technology advances - simply put. Both would be good for backpacking - and it depends more on preference than it does load to a large degree. Both are heavy backpacking boots. The 520, along with it's weight, has a slightly deeper lugged sole.

      Old school thought is that backpacks have to be heavy and you need a heavy boot for support - been down that road. I can speak from experience I like to carry no more than a 45 lb pack and even over the roughest terrain for longer distances, I like a boot that weights less - every step you have to take expends less energy with a boot / gear that weights less - light is right. That said, some people still prefer a traditional boot (I have a pair of 520's - they are bomber) and some people prefer a boot that incorporates more technology ie: the 535 (they are going to provide support with a little less weight and have a slightly different feel).

      If I were to make a recommendation, if you don't already know why you WANT the 520's, go with the 200's.

      How breathable are these boots? I've got...

      How breathable are these boots? I've got my choices narrowed down to these, the Zamberlan 996 Vioz, and the Asolo Fugitive GTX. I know that the Fugitives are most likely the most breathable, but I really like the classic look of the 200 GV's.

      Primary use would be spring-fall on/off trail hikes in the mountains of Colorado, in all conditions including snow.

      My shoe size is 8.5 D. Should I buy a size...

      My shoe size is 8.5 D. Should I buy a size 9.0 D boot?

      what is the difference between the 520GV...

      what is the difference between the 520GV and the 200 GV ?

      Best Answer

      The big difference is in the sole. The 200 GV uses a "Power Matic" sole which consists of a rubber bottom, Asolo/Vibram midsole in PU triple-density. The 520 GV uses a "Triple Power Structure" Asolo/Vibram rubber sole in PU (dual-density). The 200 GV is also slightly lighter.

      This is from the manufacturer about the 200 GV: "Highly technical and one-of-a-kind, the Asolo POWER MATIC sole is comprised of three different PU densities that are co-injected and molded together. The high-density front portion secures and guarantees maximum stability. The medium-density heel reduces shock and resulting fatigue during take-off and landing. Further shock absorption is obtained through the four strategically placed low-density cylinders that are linked from the outsole to the midsole. Gripped with a dual-density molded rubber outsole produced in conjunction with Vibram®, the arch area uses a very high-density rubber to maximize support over the long-haul while the balance of the outsole has self-cleaning lugs designed for optimum performance on varying types of terrain."

      This is from the manufacturer about the 520 GV: "The new TPS sole, designed by Asolo in partnership with Vibram®, incorporates three shock absorbers that correspond with the areas of foot that receive highest impact during activity. These shock absorbers can be identifi ed by their different color respect to the sole. The shock absorbers are created by combining two polyurethane layers - one of high and one of low density. These layers are individually coloured using a new and innovative technology. The TPS sole improves comfort, stability and has a very distinctive look."

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      I purchased a pair of these boots two days...

      I purchased a pair of these boots two days ago at a local outfitter. These are the first hiking boots I've purchased since I was a teenager while in Boy Scouts (I'm 46 now). I wanted to get back into the nature scene for that's where I have some of my fondest memories. Ok, enough of my history.
      My question is in regard to sizing. When I initially began trying on these boots I tried on a size 10.5. Almost immediately I felt my toes touching the inside end of the boot; not that they were curled under but still, I knew enough to know that wasn't good. So I tried on a size 11 and my toes didn't touch the end of the inside of the boot. They felt comfortable and I purchased them. As I walked around in them that day I began to concern myself with the size and thinking about once I got on a trail and actually hiked on differing types of terrain if my toes would start hitting the end of the inside of the boot (although at the time they weren’t). So the next day I went into the store and asked to try on a size 11.5 so I could ease my concern one way or the other, but they didn’t have one in stock and if they ordered one it wouldn’t be in the store for a week. Well, I went ahead and had them order one and they will contact me when it arrives. So, now here I am waiting for this size 11.5 to arrive while I am at a standstill not being able to go on a trip to the Southwest for a few days like I had planned. I suppose all this boils down to the question of whether I am overanalyzing this size issue and perhaps the size 11’s I have right now will be just fine. They fit nicely and my toes don’t touch or hit the inside of the end of the boot unless I over exaggerate going downhill on stairs and then my toes may hit the end of the inside. I don’t know…HELP!

      Question on Asolo Powermatic Boots. I...

      Question on Asolo Powermatic Boots. I have one foot size 9.0 and the other 9.5. I typically wear 9.5 shoes and boots. Should I go 9.0 or 9.5 on these?

      Best Answer

      I have the same problem you do. My right foot is size 11 while my left foot is 11.5 wide. My answer was to buy the shoe that fits the larger foot and wear a second sock on my right foot. Don't forget you should always buy a slightly larger shoe size than you would normally wear, about half a size, to allow for you foot to expand while on the trail. These are excellent boots and they will treat your feet well for hundreds and hundreds of miles.

      How warm are these boots? Has only put...

      How warm are these boots? Has only put them to the test in winter conditions?

      Best Answer

      they're not really designed to keep your feet any warmer in the winter than any other full-grain leather boot. the goretex membrane does keep in some residual warmth but if you're going out in some real cold, you may want to look at some insulated boots. all this being said, they work fine for me in the mild winters of the Southeast.

      anyone use those boots with crampons?...

      anyone use those boots with crampons? work's well into snow?

      I placed an order thru Amazon and I recieved...

      I placed an order thru Amazon and I recieved a message the order was cancelled. I am still keen to purchase these have shipping to Australia
      Size 9 US dark grafite in medium last
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      megan lay

      Do you think these would be too hot hiking...

      Do you think these would be too hot hiking the Grand Canyon or should I go with the FSN 95 GTX?

      Do these boots fit to size, i.e. foot...

      Do these boots fit to size, i.e. foot length in inches equals the boot size? Thanks!

      Can these boots be resoled ?

      Can these boots be resoled ?

      Best Answer

      with any boot that now has several layers built into it. This boots has three alone. The cobbler is going to one. hate you if he tries to resole these successfully And second. Charge you a pretty penny. I once had the same question. I got a quote from the cobbler for these. 120$ to resole these. Might as well get a new pair!

      Could these boots be fitted with crampons...

      Could these boots be fitted with crampons for hiking on ice or snow? Nothing too hardcore like ice climbing, just hiking?