User Review: Asolo Men's Power Matic 200 GV
Price Paid: $168 (thanks REI Sale and dividend combo)
Fresh out of the box, I used these boots to climb up the "hardest trail" on Mt Washington in NH - the Huntington Ravine Trail. The entire up and down resulted in about 9 miles and I was carrying a pack weighing 22 pounds.
At first, I was wearing Smartwool light hiking socks. I started developing hotspots on my heels after about 4 miles, which actually was expected of the new boots. However, after putting on liner socks under the Smartwools, that issue was completely neutralized, and I did not have any further problems.
Other than that, these boots were extremely comfortable through the entire trip, and scrambled very well up the wet, nearly 50 degree slabs.