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4 5

Nice but Not Again

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.

Nice but Not Again