Asolo Power Matic 200 GV

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The Men's Power Matic 200 GV Boot by Asolo is a rugged yet hi-tech Gore-Tex lined leather hiking boot. The new 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 mid sole 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.

FEATURES of the Asolo Men's Power Matic 200 GV Boot.

Support and Cushioning:

  • Full-length Asoflex shank provides underfoot support on rough terrain
  • Asoflex® thermoplastic supports provide torsional stability and control while protecting against impact and bruises on rocks and uneven terrain
  • Water-resistant full-grain leather uppers deliver durable flexibility and support while remaining breathable
  • Powermatic sole uses three densities of PU strategically placed to optimize cushioning and stability

Weather and Wind:

  • Waterproof/breathable Gore-Tex membrane keeps feet dry
  • Seam-sealed Gore-Tex® liners deliver complete waterproof protection while allowing ample breathability for comfort in wet conditions


  • Anatomically correct Lite 2 footbed for comfort


  • Asolo/Vibram outsole


  • Backpacker Magazine said it best in the 2006 Gear Guide - "an all around top performer and one of the best fitting full-grain boots we've seen"
  • Generous toe box combined with a snugger instep fits more feet than ever - plus widths!
  • MicroPulley patented lacing system allows efficient performance for easy pulling, reduced abrasion, plus improved fit and comfort


  • Low-density cylinders linked from the outsole and midsole provide additional shock absorption
  • Power Matic midsoles use triple-density polyurethane, co-injected in key areas for superior stability, shock absorption and supportive performance
  • Removable footbeds add cushioning and comfort to one-of-a-kind Power Matic midsole technology


  • Water-resistnt full-grain leather exterior material
  • Wicking nylon linings absorb and disperse excess moisture for fast drying


  • Padded and gusseted tongues keep out trail debris and moisture while relieving pressure from laces across instep
  • Scree tongues and padded ankle cuffs add protective comfort at ankles and shins

Traction and Grip:

  • Durable Vibram® outsoles with higher density arch area and high-traction forefoot and heel area tracks easily through rough and steep terrain
  • Vibram sole for extra grip on rough surfaces
  • Vibram dual-density rubber sole for dependable, long-lasting traction
  • Self-cleaning lugs help maintain traction on varied terrain


  • 2.2 - 2.8 mm full grain leather uppers
  • Nicely tailored full-grain-leather upper stands up to prolonged use


  • Asoflex lasting board
  • Power matic rubber bootom
  • Micro Pulley lacing system offers lightweight, effortless lacing with maximum durability
  • Micro Pulley Lacing system for an even, easy cinch
  • Micro-pulleys replace traditional eyelets to ease lacing
Rock/Creek Outfitters

The Power Matic 200 GV Boot by Asolo is a feature filled backpacking boot with superb stability, cushioning and comfort.  The Power Matic is considered one of the best fitting full grain boot out on the trails.  Seam sealed Gore-Tex® liners provides ultimate protection while giving your feet ample breathability for comfort in wet conditions.
With a MicroPulley patented lacing system that gives you ease on tightening up your boot while relieving pressure from laces across instep.  The Power Matic 200 GV is equipped with scree tongues and padded ankle cuffs  to give you protective comfort at ankles and shins, as well as protecting your feet from trail debris and moisture.
The Asoflex®  thermoplastic supports provide torsional stability and control while protecting against impact and uneven terrain.


The Asolo Power Matic 200 GV Hiking Shoe packs performance into every square inch. The Power Matic sole uses three different densities of PU to enhance the stability, grip, and shock absorption of the shoe allowing you to take on more treacherous terrain without trouble. The entire shoe is backed by the GORE-TEX® membrane making it completely waterproof, and the MicroPulley system makes it simple to get an even cinch on the laces without slip-back.

The Asolo Power Matic 200 GV Men's Boot boasts a water-resistant full grain single leather (ranging from 2, 6-2, 8 mm thickness) upper, Gore-Tex lining for complete waterproofness, and a technical sole. The sole consists of an Asolo/Vibram rubber bottom and a triple-density PU midsole.

Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
With steadfast ankle support and an outstanding midsole/outsole combination, the Power Matic 200 GV is Asolo's pinnacle backpacking boot. Their best ride ever!
"Bottom line: an all-around top performer and one of the best-fitting full-grain boots we've seen." - Backpacker Gear Guide March 2006

Country of Origin: Imported

Oregon Mountain Community
The Asolo Power Matic 200 Gore-Tex boot is the follow-up to Asolo's highly regarded TPS 520. A new midsole design, improved ankle flex, and a refined fit make your feet happy for long-haulers.
2.6-2.8 mm water-resistant full grain leather upper.
GORE-TEX® Sierra lining.
Lite 2 anatomic footbed.
Made of four different materials (Zinc-alloy, brass, steel, and zamac), the Micro Pulley lacing system offers effortless lacing with maximum durability while remaining extremely lightweight. And because each pulley works independently with reduced lace abrasion, the result is overall improved performance, fit, and comfort.
Highly technical and one-of-a-kind, the new 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, and 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.
Asoflex 00 MR lasting board.
Weighs 785 g. (1/2 pair, size 8.5).

Multi-density Power Matic midsole technology delivers superb stability, cushioning and comfort in these waterproof Asolo® backpacking boots.


Mountain Gear
The Asolo Powermatic 200 GTX provides unquestionable support and comfort whether you’re climbing Mexico’s volcanoes or traversing serrated ridges in the Sierra.
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Average footwear weight (pair):3 lbs. 12 oz.
Avg. Weight (Pair):3 lb. 7 oz.
Circumference:12 3⁄4 in
Country Of Origin:Italy
Crampon compatibility:Strap-on
Foot Volume:Medium
Footwear Type:Hiking/Backpacking
Footwear closure:Lace-up
Footwear height:Over-the-ankle
Forefoot Width:Medium
Forefoot Width Measurement:3.638 in.
Heel Height:1 3⁄8 in
Heel Width:Medium
Heel Width Measurement:2.708 in.
Insole:Lite 2
Last:Asoflex 00 MR
Lining:Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane/nylon
Material Family:Leather
Material Technology:GORE-TEX
Mid Sole:Polyeurethane
Outsole:Asolo/Vibram molded rubber
Removable Liner:no
SOLE:Power Matic. rubber bottom Asolo/Vibram - midsole in PU triple-density
Shaft:6 in
Shoe Stability:Stability
Sizing Scale:US
Support:Thermoplastic urethane
Upper:Single piece leather. Water-resistant full grain leather 2,6-2,8 mm
Volume Measurement:760 ml
Weight:1 lb 12 oz / 785 g (Single Boot)
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Asolo Power Matic 200 GV Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Hardy, durable, as advertised.

This boot has served me well in a variety of environments, while hiking with and without heavy loads and equipment. I probably have well over 300 miles logged on my pair since I got them.

Stability - Unparalleled - I have yet to so much as roll an ankle in these, and a vast amount of hiking in my line of work is done at night under NVG's in rough terrain. Carried heavy loads - typically 65 pounds or more while on duty - no issues at all.

Traction - Small pebble-sized loose rocks underfoot on a steep descent are the only times I can remember slipping in these. Otherwise, I've been supremely confident on all terrain, from snow to rock, to scree, to mud.

Waterproof - Absolutely. Have forded tons of streams, and walked in feet of melting snow and mud, and stayed dry as a bone. Granted, I tend to work more in arid climes - 3 days of straight rain might change this assessment I suppose.

Lacing system - works well, easy to tighten the entire boot at once, even with thick gloves, and the laces actually stay tied. Minimal problems with loosening - usually more to do with my feet swelling and/or shrinking as I go.

Toe: Definitely not scuffproof - you'll get scuffs and scars on the front almost immediately, but it doesn't seem to affect anything, and I don't really care as a result. Performance matters more.

Fit and break-in: I have a fairly high arch and and I over-pronate. The boots fit like a glove and required next to no break-in when new. Sometimes I get hotspots when descending quickly, but I can't recall ever actually getting a blister in these, despite wearing them for 36 hours or more without taking them off on occasion.

Rigidity: Nice blend of stiffness and flexibility. Moderate scrambling and non-technical climbing is no problem, yet they flex just enough to keep walking and running comfortable. Minimal foot and arch fatigue, if any.

Weight - fairly heavy as hikers go, yet all the other stuff makes up for it in my opinion.

Breathability - As long as you wear the right socks, these do okay. You can't expect to not sweat in extreme temperatures, yet I've found that my feet are never soaked or overly hot - if they didn't breathe, I'd have been getting blisters all this time most likely.

Ankle and foot protection: Nice and high, without restricting movement. Padding on the ankles is just about right. Toe is nice and solid, though not steel-toed. No issues on this front.

Durability: The shoelace eyelets have begun to rust after 4 years, and the boot is pretty scuffed up at this point. Traction on the sole is finally beginning to look like it might be wearing down a bit (for a couple years I began to wonder if the soles would ever look used). Still, they are more than serviceable - just hiked the Teton Crest Trail in them, and they continue to deliver the performance I've come to expect out of my go-to hiking boot.

Bottomline: I wish the military would issue these - best boot I've ever owned or used, period, and I've used quite a few over the years.
Ralefenn at REI on 07/07/2013

These Boots ROCK!!!!!

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.
Lion King at REI on 03/03/2012

Traction like Spiderman, Easy first Wear

FIRST OFF: Thanks to REI - they went out of their way on multiple levels to make the details of this order and its logistics (no problem with the boots, just the order/shipping) right. Very excellent service.

As to the boots ...
I did a lot of research. They really are comfortable out of the box. I'm a paramedic and chose to do a basic fit test during my 24hr 911 shift Saturday before taking them on the trail. My partner remarked how after 8 hours in my well-broken-in and well-liked duty boots, I'm always swapping into base slippers for comfort. I did 16 hours on the truck with the Asolos out of the box, no problems.

Then I took them for their virgin hike on about 14 miles climbing Whiteface and Passaconaway ... when I lost the Blueberry Ledge Cutoff, I loved their stability for bushwhacking and managing surprise rocks under leaves. On the ledge, as noted in my summary above, grip was like Spiderman ... could not believe to what and how well they held. I got no blisters though felt a little heel rub to be expected ... and, because of getting lost, I was hiking very fast and aggressive to make up lost time so they got a very intensive blister-test (used thick hiking socks with thin liner socks). Once again, the Asolo's helped there with their strong lateral stability and strategic flexibility.

No water testing yet, but Gortex is Gortex.

I'll keep my eye out for wear issues such as I've seen in reviews here and elsewhere, but no signs of anything but dirt on these. Oh, and the folks whining about scuffs ... REALLY?? It's a HIKING boot ... not club wear for young urban professionals. I'll report back on this after a few months more climbing. Only reason for 4-not-5 stars is I've only used them once, so durability and water have not been fully tested.

A note about sizing and my feet, since everyone is different:

SIZING: In distance running shoes, I wear a 10.5, and the 11's for Asolo fit perfect - with room for winter socks and lace-tightenability for thinner summer ones.

FEET: Mine are a trainwreck of past injuries from playing way too hard in too many sports, and having flat feet to start with. I have collapsed arches, have destroyed the cartilage on a medial malleosis, and cracked both large tarsals, as well as pulled both plantars. I used my green superfeet on top of the Asolo insole and they were awesome for support and comfort.
PranaMedic at REI on 11/11/2012


I bought these for an upcoming trek through the Alaskan range, so I needed something: waterproof, quick to break-in, and use in steep terrain. When I first tried them on, my average size fit like a glove; I immediately knew these were the boots for me.
I used these boots in addition to the SuperFeet soles found @ REI, along with medium wool socks and a liner. I hiked up steep (65-80 degree),uneven, grassy terrain and found these boots kept my feet in place; no rubbing at all! Going downhill was NO different, as my feet remained in-place and my toes didnt rub.

I never once needed to remove these boots during my 25+ mile, 2 day hike. My feet stayed dry the entire time (it was so foggy and wet we couldn't see more than 20 ft. ahead). When negotiation a steep, rocky climb (with trekking poles), I found these boots didn't grip the flat, wet rocks as well as they should have (but I never once fell). Also, when carrying my 75 pound pack (I'm a cinematographer) heading downhill over rocks, I found it difficult to dig my feet in to keep from gaining momentum (but that could just be my knees weakening from the steep climbing plus my pack weight). There were several times where I could have twisted my ankle while down-hilling steep, uneven, loose rocks; but, these boots saved my life and prevented my ankle from reaching the point of rolling over (also, trekking poles are worth the [$])

I tested these(on accident) through several shin high water-streams, and got water in the boot only once (from the top). Even then, the boots felt dry and normal after only 5 minutes. However, learning my lesson, I tied them tighter, and never had the problem again.

One of the only things that depressed me was a deep frontal scratch my righty picked up while stepping up onto sharp rocks; but, this is to be expected with all boots if you don't watch where you plant them. In retrospect, these boots are amazingly scuff and scratch resistant (or they would have more than just one).

It's the day after our return, and everyone is surprised I have ZERO blisters or sores. Not once during the trip were my feet ever achy or tired, but always full of energy and wanting to go further.
I would recommend these boots to ANYONE carrying a heavy load through steep, un-even, and wet terrain. Actually, I would recommend these Asolo's to ANYONE looking for a great pair of boots.
MatanuskaThunder at REI on 07/07/2008

solid boots

For the past 5 years I have worn my Vasque Wasatch hiking boots until they wore through on the sides near the ball of my foot. I spent a lot of time trying on different boots trying to find a replacement. The power matic 200 boots have great reviews so I ordered them online. I normally don't order boots without trying them on, but they were not available at my local store. I wear a regular width men's 13 in all of my footwear and that's what I ordered the power matic 200 in. When I first tried them on the right boot fit very comfortably, but the left boot felt too narrow. I wore them around the house for a little while, but it did not get any better. I thought it was strange that only one boot didn't fit correctly, so I ordered another pair to see if it was a possible defect. The second pair of boots arrived a couple days later and I had the same result. I returned the second pair of boots and decided to try superfeet insoles to see if they changed the fit of the boots. I purchased the green super feet and they completely changed the boots, for the better. With the new insoles, these are probably the most comfortable pair of heavy boots that I have ever worn. The original insoles are very thin and offer very little arch support. With the super feet, the boots feel larger around the areas of my feet that need extra space.

I immediately took the boots on a 7 mile hike without any real break in period and the boots remained very comfortable throughout the trip. The hike had multiple climbs and descents with lots of rocks and roots. The stability of the boots was great. I was only carrying a day pack, so I can not say how the boots feel under a heavy load, but I don't anticipate any problems. It was a cool day (~50 degrees F)with some light rain and my feet remained warm and dry. I didn't have any problems with traction.

Overall I am very satisfied with the boots. Its a shame that I had to purchase after market insoles to make them wearable, but the rest of the boot is bomb proof. I would not have kept the boots if I didn't like their construction and quality.
jman at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 10/10/2013

I love these boots

Before this boot I had the Asolo FSN 95 which I mostly used for day hiking. I moved to a new boot because the other non-Vibram sole wore out, but mostly because I wanted a more heavy duty boot for the backpacking that I was getting into. I bought this boot and the *essential* (in my opinion) Superfeet insoles and have now done about 100 miles of hiking/backpacking in the last few months in conditions from 50F and muddy to 95F, sunny and dry.

These boots are great! The break-in is not instant, as one would expect from full grain leather boots, but it not excessive either. Several day hikes and a short backpack trip and I feel like I'm most of the way there. My wife got these too (she loved the lace pulley system on my pair) and she's having more trouble on the break-in. Her feet are the kind of feet that get a little warmer and sweatier than mine, and she's blistering more on the heels. I'm getting hold of some leather conditioner to help her boots soften up a bit, and hoping her feet harden up a bit too. :)

There really is no substitute for a sturdy boot like this when it comes to backpacking with a decent load (say 35 pounds+) over variable terrain. My old boots had significantly more flex to the sole (they were a day hiking boot) which is not conducive to a happy foot when you arrive at camp. Also, the shock absorption of this boot is amazing - it really does feel quite supportive under the heel, while remaining stiff enough in the front so that you actually feel like the boot has become part of your foot. When arriving to camp in my old boots my feet would be sore all over and I would throw off my boots. Now, I'm not bothered at all by the boots and often just leave them on.

The only issue is the one that others have mentioned. The lack of a big rubber cover on the front can make them scuff a bit after a while. This is purely cosmetic, and that should be way down on your list of concerns for a good backpacking boot. However, if Asolo is out there and listening, maybe they'll make this small improvement in the next generation?
nwbackpacker at REI on 07/07/2008

Play date for my feet

Awesome Boot and Asolo got my vote. I. They are a more expensive boot however they seem to be worth the investment. Also Asolo has a one year warranty on these shoes and will replace them,Sweet Deal!I wear these shoes on a daily basis for work. Anyway they have a medium break in time about three weeks of continuous wear. As another member mentioned they scuff fairly easy at the toes, but that’s from tromping through blackberries. Over all pretty solid construction, the powermatic lace system is great that was one of the reasons I got these. Makes tightening simple and fast. Have had them for about 6 months and overall with continuous use on a daily basis they still look and function well. I would replace the typical insole and replace with the super feet green version. I am hoping to get many years out of these boots.Only flaw they mine pair is that were the boot meets the sole seems like the glue is coming apart. Also at times the place where my heel meets the back of the boot can get a little irritated, something is rubbing just the wrong way. But that problem could just be from my feet or the way I position my foot in the boot. They also run a little warm after a long day in the field, great pair with smart wool sock, I like the adrenalin hiking socks as a good everyday/hiking combo. As far as size goes I would definite try on before you buy. When I was shopping for these boots originally I have a burse on foot, and these boots did not make it feel the comfortable almost got a different pair, keeping your feet happy is probably one of the more important things in hiking. Anyway I typical wear a 10.5-11 in most all shoes, but with these boots I believe I am in a 10, I shocked me how big they run/feel. Again try before you buy.Great but if you are in the market for a new pair of boots, I would get these again and recommend them to a friend who was looking for a quality product.
wolfhair at REI on 06/06/2008

talk about top of the shoe chain

I am very tough on equipment, and usually with a pair of boots or shoes i am lucky to get a year out of. I just punish them so badly. If i wear them they better be able to do it all. I have had these over a year, and they have two extreme hikes on them and countless day an all around adventures on them, and they feel like they are just getting broken in. Now these were a bit pricey. But with the pulley design on the lace supports they kept my foot bed in check and in place without binding me anywhere! all the pressure was evenly displaced and handled the pounding i could dished it, without wearing on top of my arch, or heels for that matter. I liked the way they are built so heavy duty and light wieght for how tough they are was another selling factor for me. I need a boot that will make it there and back and then some. We back packed in for a week and two days. all we had was on our backs, our packs weight almost eighty pounds. and the trail was rated out of easy to most difficult , you got it most diff. This hike in WA. State, up to Jerry's lakes and Jerry's glacier, and Crater lake. It is a very gruling ! but well rewarding once you get there. You need good boots, with that kind of weight on your back, and with that tough of a trail. Plus you never know what kind of weather you will get in the mountains, rain sleet snow. and if you loose your feet, your done period ! I had some brand "D" last year, and my feet hurt and got blisters, within the first three miles. Even with heel pads and liners. Last summer and last week we did this trip twice, with the Asolo's , and let me tell you it don't get no better than this, as the ole saying goes. Thanks so much Asolo and for suggesting them, well worth the buck when your feet are involved.
cowtownbrown at REI on 09/09/2007

war tested

I ordered these boots while in Afghanistan. I've used them for every situation imaginable while here including: climbing mud walls, climbing rocky mountains, knee deep snow, water crossings on a frosty log at 3 am. I typically wear these boots while wearing roughly 80 lbs of armor, ammo, water and weapons. These boots provide the needed support for all of these situations.

As you can imagine, these boots have been pushed. Certain situations don't allow for proper care for these boots and they have been more durable than I initially expected. Some people have mentioned the lack of a toe cover and the scuffing that results. I have not experienced scuffing to the point it affects the functionality of the boot - merely character markings to remind you of the adventures.

The Gore-Tex lining has been a great feature since the winter months and snow has arrived, however, I do plan to buy the 250's which are nubuck and non-Gore for the summer months.

The pulley lacing system is a neat feature which seems to equalize the pressure of the laces throughout the system and I think it works really well.

The footbeds that come with the boot are pretty cheesy, but that's pretty much the standard for all boots. I use the superfeet blue.

I've also owned Asolo's FSN series and their Fugitive boots which were nice but they weren't near as nice as the Powermatic 200's. You get what you pay for.

I'll be honest, I normally don't get in to writing reviews about products because I sense that most people write them immediately after buying a product and they're fighting off buyer's remorse so they are trying to sell the product to themselves and therefore don't give matured and accurate reviews. However, after 6 months on these boots and countless kilometers, I feel the boots are worthy of some praise. I look forward to lacing them up each time. Cheers.
mr mike at REI on 12/12/2009

Great boot

It was about time to buy new boots, and I do a lot of hiking around New Jersey, I wanted them ready and broken in for an annual 10 day summer trip I do (different location every year, usually in the Rockies). I picked up these after trying them on and reading mass reviews (my previous pair were Scarpa Mustang GTXs, and while a good boot, never quite got the fit right with the European sizing - Asolos are Italian, made in Romania, but have American sizes here in the States). Out of the box, they are not 'good to go' as some reviewers have noted... the guy working at the EMS store noted his Asolo 520s came very stiff as well. That said, these are obviously sturdy, well crafted boots. I have already stuck a new pair of green Superfeet in them - this is not a reflection of the manufacturer insole, but just more the fact I do it to every pair of hikers I own. Wearing around the house to begin the break-in process, they feel stiff, but to be expected with full grain leather boots. The lacing system rocks (Instead of d-rings, they have little 'rollers' - you pull on end of laces and it tightens quicker than any shoe I've owned. The first set of speed rings is designed tight to 'lock' in the lace.) - although I can see where I'm going to provide some extra care there, because I can see dirt and grime becoming an issue in the roller.

Anyways, feels like a great boot, definitely sturdy, and hopefully long lasting to match some of the reviews I've read over the internet.
NJ Hiker at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 12/12/2008

Negative Reviews:

Incredibly comfortable, but fall apart

These are by far the most comfortable boots I have ever owned, and the lacing system is phenomenal. I really really really loved them at first.

BUT, they have absolutely no durability. It was obvious to me when I bought them that their beautiful smooth finish would be scuffed up very quickly, and I was willing to accept that. However they were not only scuffed, but completely gouged around the toes the first time I took them off trail. Then, before the first year with them was up, the seam in the back of one of them started splitting.

I have a friend who has two pairs of these that have the same problem, and a housemate who works in the REI boot department, who says these get returned all of the time.

So bottom line, these are absolutely unsuitable for any kind of rough trails (let alone off trail use). If you are going to hike around the city, or very gentle trails, they will be ok.

All that Asolo really needs to do put a some rubber around the lower part of the boot, like many other boots have. This would protect the vulnerable smooth leather, and their exposed seams in back.
Pmatt at REI on 10/10/2013

Failed to meet my expectations

I bought these boots a few years back (so maybe it is a newer model/glue), but I had previously had 2 similiar pairs of ASOLO boots and loved them, so when my previous pair had a flat sole (after about 7k miles), I had to get a new pair of Asolo's, well after starting a new family and 6 months of not really hiking but using them every now and then to break them in the soles fell off. I brought them into REI and complained but was told "Those look nicely worn." They were no where near "nicely worn" they failed prematurely. I tried to reglue them as that was the REI reps recommendation, but that failed and they really aren't usable. I would say I received around 10% usage out of these compared to my previous pairs. Maybe I got 10 times as much usage out of my previous pairs, but they both had over 5k miles on each; while these had less than 500, probably closer to 250.
HikingThe603andWorld at REI on 09/09/2012

slick tred

I was overall very disappointed in this product.

I rotated this boot with tecnica galaad gtx boots every other day over the coarse of an 18 month period. I do this hoping that I will always have a fresh dry pair of boots every day. I am still wearing the tecnica's and the asolos should have been retired at least 4 months ago.

On rainy snowy days surveying in the mountains of colorado these boots never lived up to my feet were always wet and I never felt I had the same traction i enjoyed with the tecnica boots.

definitely not worth the money.
colorado surveyor at REI on 03/03/2011


Great construction, very durable, good looks.Cons:Poor ankle support, lateral roll out potential...the boot was a factor in my recent incident with breaking my fibula and tearing tendons and ligaments in ankle....8 weeks in a cast. Although I am fully recovered, I will not dare hike without a laced up ankle brace. Even experienced roll out with other ankle but no injuries. "No, I do not have weak ankles. The good news: told me they will return my money or issue a store credit. That's all I can expect and will continue to be a loyal customer.
Iron Feet at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 05/05/2007

Defective Boot quite rare in Asolo

I use Asolo Boots for their quality and durability

I have a Pair of the model 520 in Brown color I bought 2 years ago. I use them 2 to 4 days a week and they look and feel pretty good

I bought the power matic some months ago, and the left one its quite well, but the Right one look too bad as it where 10 or 20 years old (I still have an old pair of boots more than 20 years old, so I know what I´m talking about)
Jose at REI on 11/11/2013

Comfortable at first problems later.

I hiked 4 time 6 miles each time out with a full pack for brake in. Then 60+ mile trip I had blisters on back of my heels going up and ball of my feet going down. my first blisters ever. I'm going back to Danner's.
unhappy camper at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 08/08/2009


Loved the boots due to great fit. One year after I purchased them, the sole started to delaminate.
Weber at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 05/05/2011

Neutral Reviews:

Bomb proof boot

Think hard before you chose this boot. I just returned it after a year. Here's why; Out of the box this boot is very comfy and feels great on day hikes. However during several backpacking trips (Sierras & San Gabriels)with moderate loads (30-40 lbs.) I experienced horrible blisters on my heels. Each trip I would regroup and try moleskin, foot powder to keep feet dry, changing out socks on trail, and even a sock liner. To no avail. These boots are VERY hot and do not breathe, my feet were on fire after a few miles on the trail. Also very stiff. This is an old school backpacking boot made for long hauls and heavy loads in bad weather. But if your doing short trips (several days- weeek) with moderate loads (30-45 lbs.) then this boot isn't for you. I would even seriously consider getting a boot without gore tex. Asolo IS however a great boot maker so I traded them in for the Asolo Fugitive, a lighter cloth boot. If your a three season trekker get something cooler and lighter.
Jormar6 at REI on 09/09/2007

Great at First

I was pretty excited about these boots after I purchased them. They fit like a glove and I loved the pullies in the lacing system, makes for really easy tightening. I normally do day hikes and snowshoeing. Nothing over 8 miles at a time usually. However, last week I went on a backpacking trip. Was supposed to be a two night trip, but because of extremy foot pain I had to head back after only one night.

See the pullies in the lacing system that I loved so much turned out to be a nightmare. When I had the shoe laced tight one of the pullies from the lacing system would press into the top of my foot. While hardly noticable on short day trips, it turned into agonizing pain on this longeer trip. I tried loosening the boot, but that just made my footslide forward and smash my toes into the front. It was probably the worst experience I have ever had with any boot. Each step was painfull.
ahoutman at REI on 06/06/2011

Wear down fast but good boot anyway

I carry a heavy pack full of rock samples all day 5+ days a week through tough, rocky terrain for work, on days off I get into the mountains and spend a lot of time climbing peaks. I am very hard on boots and typically wear through a heavy duty backpacking/mountaineering boot every year. When I say I wear out boots I mean all the stitching is blown, the bottoms are worn flat, and there is hardly enough left for the dog to chew on.

This boot wore through the bottom in 6 months because many of the rubber lugs are hollow and not filled with rubber. Will I buy this boot again, NO. The price is pretty high for only 6 months. But I will say the upper leather has held up better than any other boot I've had and I would highly recommend it to casual/recreational hikers. Even with the rear stitched piece completely blown out the boot stays together and is still waterproof.
Random Geologist at Mountain Gear on 10/10/2011

Good support but poor durablity

I used these boots for two days on rocky trails in Glacier National Park and on the Rocky Mountain Front of Montana. I also wore them for a one day of mountaineering.

These seem like good boots for long distance backpacking are are very comfortable right out of the box. BUT the toe area wore quickly and was severely scuffed by rocks after only 3 days of use. I would limit use of these boots to trails and areas where there are no rocks. Rocky trails result in rapid scuffing of the toes. Scuffing was so bad that I feel the toes will wear through and lose water proof ability if I keep using them. I'm returning these boots.

These would be really great boots for heavy duty work if they had a toe rand to protect the inferior leather.
Ear Mountain at REI on 06/06/2010

So So

I have spent over 30 days in the field putting in 5 to 10 miles each day with these boots. I have used the boots hiking trails, blazing trails, in the mud and granite of Colorado to sand and slick rock of the Utah desert. Overall the boots have held up well and perform as advertised.

My issue with the boots, and why I would not buy them if I had to do it at again, is breathability; it seems that my feet are either hot and sweaty or cold as ice cubes. I have tried multiple different sock and sock combinations that has not helped. I don't mind the heat so much as the cold! I'm looking in to getting heated insoles to see if that will help?
Slipshot at REI on 12/12/2011

Good performance, poor tread life

Follow up review. I trekked in these in the Nepal Himalayas for three solid weeks carrying my own pack. They were very comfortable and easily adjustable. I did have to adjust them many times, ie how tight to lace them up and where. I got some blisters initially on my heals, but that's fairly typical for me. But by the end of the trip, the tread life was markedly reduced! I'm talking about half way.

Overall they were a good pair to have on the trip, but I don't see them lasting more than one more trip of similar trekking, hiking over rough terrain.
boris the bear at REI on 01/01/2010

I bought it twice but not again

I wore out my first pair in one year. I hike over 500 miles a year with lots of it off trail. The leather scuffs easily but it is durable. The laces wore out on my first pair in about 8 monhts. The biggest concern was the sole. I had several chunks of the rubber sole missing on both boots along the edges. I thought it must have been from some sharp rocks, so I bought a second pair. The same thing happened to the sole. They are about wore out after another 500 miles, so I will try another brand this time.
losman90 at REI on 11/11/2007

Was hoping for better

After wearing a pair of Asolo 520's for 12 years and having them resoled 3 times due to sheer mileage, I was looking forward to these. After a year the outer sole came loose. Seems Asolo quality in this respect has gone down since my 1st pair (this appears to be a common issue). Beware pivoting movements as this will peel the sole from the mid-sole. Once sole was glued back on - its a solid boot, comfortable, tough. After the loss of sole - I moved on to Zamberlain as a primary hiking boot.
SZR at REI on 04/04/2013

Good looks, slow break in, broken D-ring

I've had this pair for several months, breaking them in slowly for an upcoming 2 month trip to Nepal. I'm leaving in a few days and when lacing them up to break them in more yesterday, one of the D-rings broke! I've never had a D-ring fail in the 2 decades of using boots heavily. Fortunately I was able to get it replaced with a non Asolo D-ring at a local boot seller and repair shop. But I am a bit nervous about having these on the mountain now. I will update after the trip.
boris the bear at REI on 11/11/2009