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Asolo Power Matic 200 Review

   
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Overall avg rating 5.0 of 5 based on 2 reviews. Most recent review: December 20, 2012
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Pros:  Great support, comfortable, durable.
Cons:  Heavy.
Best Uses:  Backpacking (particularly with heavy loads,) canoe tripping, rescue work.
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Manufacturer:   Asolo
Review by: Atherton Phleger ⋅ Review Editor, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ February 8, 2012  
Overview

The Asolo Power Matic is an extremely well built all-leather boot. We loved it for its snug fit, well-padded insole, and great support. If you are looking for a hiker to keep your ankles safe on any terrain, this is the one. It's also incredibly durable. After over three months of constant, brutal use, it carries only minor aesthetic damage. It's a lifetime investment.

Being all leather, these are rather uncomfortable for warm weather hiking. If you are mostly backpacking in summer climes, we recommend something more breathable, like the Moab Ventilator. They are also extremely heavy. If you want something lighter without totally compromising support, try the La Sportiva Eco, or eschew support in favor of the cotton alpaca cloud fluffy love-muffin comfort of the Keen Targhee. There are definitely cheaper options out there (the Asolo retails for nearly $300), but for pure burliness, nothing beats the Asolo Power Matic.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review

Likes
Of the boots tested, none could parallel the Asolo Power Matic in support. The interior is incredibly comfortable and the footbed and heel are well padded. One of the things we liked most was the tightening system. Every rivet is equipped with a tiny pulley, helping you get a fit a snug as a New Yorker in an 8 a.m. subway car.

Perhaps our favorite thing about the Power Matic was its durability. We dragged it through the woods of northern Ontario and Quebec for seven weeks of canoe tripping and it performed beautifully, suffering only minor aesthetic damage (scuffing around the toe). In similar conditions, the La Sportiva Eco lost a rivet and the Scarpa Kailash started falling apart at the seams. The Asolo's construction is unquestionably solid. Every rivet has been driven deep into the leather and all high-wear areas are seamless. This was the only boot we tested that we felt could legitimately last for generations.

Dislikes
Our only qualms with the Asolo Power Matic were weight and breathability. At three pounds twelve ounces per pair, they were the heaviest tested. They are definitely not for those concerned with weight. As for breathability, what can you expect? They are leather. Don't wear them on a hot day, don't wear them in the desert, and always bring a banana to a party.

Best Application
We recommend the Asolo Power Matic for backpacking with heavy loads, lumberjacking, canoe tripping, working with heavy machinery, and unicorn hunting. These boots will protect your feet and ankles against twisting, rolling, axes, rocks, logs, horses, liberals, and/or unexpected holes in the ground. We recommend the Asolo Power Matic for anything that requires uncompromising protection.

Value
Retailing for nearly $300, the Asolo Power Matic is among the priciest of the boots tested. That said, it can take more than its share of abuse and could last more than a lifetime. A worthy investment.

Atherton Phleger

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Most recent review: December 20, 2012
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   Dec 20, 2012 - 10:14am
Patrick Caulfield · Hiker · CANON CITY
Great boot. I have used them for going on three years for peakbagging, daily hiking and SAR work. I have had them resoled once (Rocky Mountain Resole) and had rubber toe caps added for protection.

I weight in at 195#. My 24 hour pack is minimum 30#.

This may be splitting hairs, but I would probably classify this boot in the backpacking vs. hiking category.

Fit is great. Had minimal break in. Replaced the insoles a few times as the standard ones didn't work that great for my high arch.

I have used them with snowshoes, crampons and in crossing streams the waterproofing is bomber.

Only con (and its not much of one) I have is the lack of a rand to protect the leather upper around the sole, which gets abused in the rocky environment of this area.

Having said that and in looking at buying a replacement it will probably be the same boot the Powermatic.
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