User Review: Asolo Men's Power Matic 200 GV
Materials: Leather with Gore Tex
Break-in Period: 2 days
Weight: I weigh 225 lbs, not sure what the boots weigh
Price Paid: $248
Boots were true to size and width. Very comfy out of the box, but I did not have enough time to break them in before hitting the trail.
1st day out with a 50 lb pack we basically went straight up hill for 1200 feet of vert. Noticed that my heels were rubbing a bit, so I put on liners and put a piece of duct tape on the sock liners over the hot spot forming. This helped a lot. Not necessarily the fault of the boot as I was going uphill with a pack on and my heels were jammed in the back of the boot.
2nd day was up and down and kept the same liner/sock/duct tape configuration and had no hot spot issues. Most of the day was spent walking on snow.
3rd day was all snow and mud and wet alpine bogs. No problems with same setup and absolutely no leaks in the boots. Dried out quick at the end of the day. Put 9 miles on em that day.
4th day the boots seemed a bit more broken in and I considered not using a liner, but kept it in. Probably could have ditched the tape. Walked in a ton of mud that day, still no leaks and the boots cleaned up easy.
So after 20 miles, mostly with a heavy pack over snow, rock, mud and water, these boots were fantastic and had no leaks. I am to blame for not breaking them in. I do have sensitive feet and really need some better footbeds as I got some nerve shocks in my toes. Good grip in all conditions, even snow traverses. I scuffed the toes up, but that is what it is, doing stuff a mountaineering boot is better suited for, but this is a great all around boot and not all that heavy really.
Boot always dried quickly and I am anxious to see if I have now truly broken them in. May be a bit pricey, but I'd say my feet are worth it and I never felt like I had a heavy cumbersome boot on. No toe smash going down hill either. 4 days in mud, snow, rock, etc with dry happy feet. Great lacing system as well. Add a set of nice gators and you have a great boot to take on a lot of conditions.