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Asolo Power Matic 200 GV Review

Price:  $338 List | $315.00 at Amazon
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Pros:  Durable, supportive, waterproof
Cons:  Long break in period, heavy, not best for long distance hiking
Bottom line:  The Power Matic 200 GV is a beefy, traditional hiking boot that has durable construction and great support.
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Weight per Pair (size 11):  4.13 lbs
Boot Type:  Midweight Hiker/Backpacking Boot
Width Options:  Regular and Wide
Manufacturer:   Asolo

Our Verdict

The Asolo Power Matic 200 GV hiking boot is the most cumbersome and most rugged model we tested in our review. This boot is built with a full-grain leather upper, has superior stiffness and protection, making this one of the best boots for people spending lots of field time in harsh environments. Trail crews, backcountry rangers, and backpackers carrying heavyweight will appreciate the support, comfort, and durability, and they can easily double as a practical work boot.

The weight penalty that you pay for this high durability and support is quite high; however, with so many lighter weight models to choose from nowadays, such as the Editors' Choice Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX, the average backpacker will not find the massive, traditional style backpacking boot to be their number one choice.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Ryan Huetter

Last Updated:
Monday
October 16, 2017

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The Asolo Power Matic 200 GV is the most rugged, heavy-duty boot that we featured in our Best Hiking Boot Review. It most closely resembles the traditional hiking boot that many grew up wearing and have worn for years. The Power Matic 200 performed well in some metrics, notably in water resistance and durability, but poorly in weight and comfort.

Performance Comparison


A day hike with stream crossings and talus piles was no match for the Asolo.
A day hike with stream crossings and talus piles was no match for the Asolo.

Comfort


We awarded the Asolo Power Matic 200 GV a score of 6 for overall comfort. This is a heavy-duty boot that Is adequately padded around the ankle collar and has a good amount of cushioning in the ankle bone itself, locking the foot into place securely, but did not have as much ankle comfort as the Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX. The included footbed is one of the flimsier ones we found in any of the boots - the Best Bang for Buck winning Keen Targhee II has a much better quality insert - so we would recommend an aftermarket Superfeet brand footbed to replace it with.

We liked the lacing system, with the eyelets made of micro pulleys, it is easy to get a secure fit quickly. With a medium weight wool hiking sock, we were able to attain a good, snug fit for a medium volume foot, and Asolo does make this boot in a wide version for those with wider feet.

What we found least appealing, however, was the required break-in time to make these boots genuinely comfortable on long hikes. This is a stiff boot with full-grain leather uppers that needs to be treated with a leather softener. It's also necessary to walk in this contender for many miles before expecting them to loosen up. Users should not presume out of the box comfort that you would find in a modern model like the Hoka One One Tor Ultra Hi WP.

For the casual afternoon hike the stiffness of the Asolo might be too much.
For the casual afternoon hike the stiffness of the Asolo might be too much.

Stability


With a score of 9, the Asolo boot tied our two other award-winning boots, the Quest 4D and the Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX. Support is this boot's strong suit, and in addition to cradling the foot with a high ankle collar and an excellent lacing system, the Power Matic 200 has a stiff sole, which provides a stable platform in rugged terrain. The Power Matic synthetic shank provides long-lasting stiffness without the metal of years gone by, and the thick leather upper provides rigidity to the boot as well as protection for trail crews, construction workers, and others who want the comfort and quality of a hiking boot for days on the job.

Hiking through boulder fields was no problem for the Asolo.
Hiking through boulder fields was no problem for the Asolo.

Traction


The Power Matic 200 GV earned a score of 7 for traction. We appreciated its rugged, durable Vibram sole, that features heavy lugs for providing excellent traction in mud, snow, and scree. The stiff sole delivers a solid platform when kicking steps in firm snow or edging on rock. For scrambling performance, we felt the stiffness hindered its ability to smear, especially when hiking on rock slabs, and we preferred the Scarpa Zodiac Plus for its better functionality.

Walking through slippery creeks and on snow was not a problem for the Asolo.
Walking through slippery creeks and on snow was not a problem for the Asolo.

Water Resistance


We gave the Asolo boot a 9 in water resistance, which tied it with our award-winning Salomon Quest 4D 3. The full leather upper is an incredible barrier to water, and it can be treated year after year with aftermarket waterproofing products like Nikwax or Sno-Seal. In addition to the simple leather outer that has very few seams, Asolo uses a Gore-Tex Performance Comfort waterproof/breathable membrane, ensuring your feet stay dry. With a measured flood height of six inches from sole to the top of the lining, this has the highest waterproof depths of any boot in our review, and the addition of a suitable gaiter could efficiently increase that height.

Durable and waterproof  the Asolo has the tallest collar height in our test  though needs to be treated with aftermarket products like Sno-Seal to keep shedding water.
Durable and waterproof, the Asolo has the tallest collar height in our test, though needs to be treated with aftermarket products like Sno-Seal to keep shedding water.

Weight


Alas, all of these features, waterproofness, durability, and stability come at a price, and that is the weight. With a measured weight of 4.15 pounds in size 11, these tipped the scales at the heaviest boots in our review by a healthy margin, outweighing the Best Bang for Buck Award-winning Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 boots by close to two pounds. An extra pound on each foot adds up over the miles; we would recommend a more durable, supportive boot for novice backpackers (over a lightweight model like the Hoka One One Tor Ultra) and would only grab this boot for trips where we would benefit from the increased stability (along with the support it would give us).

The two tallest boots  the Asolo on the left  and Salomon Quest 4D on the right. With very similar support  the midweight Salomon weighs a full pound less than the Asolos.
The two tallest boots, the Asolo on the left, and Salomon Quest 4D on the right. With very similar support, the midweight Salomon weighs a full pound less than the Asolos.

Durability


Durability was another metric which the Asolo excelled in, scoring a 10, the highest in the review. This is a boot that should be able to last for many seasons with the proper upkeep, namely, treating the leather outer on an annual basis. Asolo gives users a two-year warranty against defects, similar to the Salomon models but better than all the others. The lacing eyelets are all metal and should not fail, though some users did note that sole delamination and crumbling of the EVA/PU material in the heel was also noted.

Best Applications


With so many modern options for good quality boots that are comfortable out of the box and do not require a lengthy break-in time, most backpackers have moved away from the traditional full-grain leather boots with stiff soles. Those who are still dedicated to these heavy-duty boots are foresters, trail crews, construction workers and other people who work in the outdoors as well as recreate in them. These people, and those who desire the stiffness and support for hiking with heavy loads will appreciate the quality craftsmanship and durability found in the Asolo Power Matic 200 GV.

Value


With a list price of $338, the Asolo Power Matic 200 GV is one of the most expensive boots in our review. We feel that it is a quality boot, and it is worth the money for top-notch construction, though the Editors' Choice-winning Quest 4D 3 is a better overall boot for around $100 less.

Conclusion


Durable, rugged and very water resistant, the Asolo Power Matic 200 GV is a top notch, quality boot that will last its owner for many seasons of heavy use when properly cared for. This is a boot best for those seeking the dependability and support of a beefy hiking boot like this one for work or for recreation.

Ryan Huetter

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   Oct 18, 2017 - 06:24pm
Greig Gilchrist · Backpacker · Morpeth,

I paid top dollar for these boots that I expected to be with me for a long time. The previous pair of good mountain boots I had lasted for 12 years. I ordered the boots from the internet and they fitted well which pleased me as I am a 1/2 size and normally need to be tried before I would part with this sort of money. Everything went well for 3 years, I only used them when I was doing proper hill walking so as they lasted. There was about half ware on the tread when I started to feel a slight movement in one of the soles, especially on the occasional boulder. When I looked at the boot I was horrified to see the Vibram sole was starting to separate from the mid-sole. I thought if one is going I should check the other which was also starting to separate. After a few more walks it became so bad I could not ware the boots in the hills for fear of total failure. I emails Asolo who promptly asked for photographs making me hopeful of their recognition of an obvious manufacturing defect in the boot. Wrong! Asolo replied with the web site for a third party cobbler that could fix the sole at my own expense of £80. I put them in the bin and will now look for a reliable make.

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Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.


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