User Review: Asolo Men's Power Matic 200 GV
Use: rough trail with heavy pack
Break-in Period: little or none
Weight: 3.75 lbs
Price Paid: $225
Very solid boot bought for a 2-week Philmont Scout Ranch trek. Probably overkill for that use as these boots are pretty heavy-duty, but I was often very glad I had these because we had some very rough and rocky terrain to cover.
A friend's boot blew out on the same trip and Philmont replaced them with lighter weight Vasque Wasatches, which he was happy with (he asked for minimal break-in boots since we were already halfway thru our trek). I had fewer foot problems than others. Note that 3 of 4 people on the trek had issues with REI branded boots (hardware failures and/or severe blistering).
I found the sizing challenging. I normally wear size 9. I bought these in 8.5 because I felt I was sliding around too much in 9's, but I think they were too small after changing out the wimpy footbeds that come with the boot. My advice is to bring along the footbeds and socks you'll wear with these when trying them on.
These boots are stiff, as they're designed to be. They soften as body heat warms them up, but they never become flimsy. Weight is about 3.75lbs. Not light, but not ridiculously heavy, either.
Break-in was minimal. I never had blister issues during five months of training, but on steep trails with 3500' elevation change and 50 lb pack at Philmont I did get some hot spots and rubbing on the heels, I believe this was due to the coarse internal heel stitching. Nothing major, but it was there.
The rubber toe cap should be bigger. The leather toes on mine are scraped and peeling from rocky Philmont terrain, but some might think that lasting sign of hard effort is kind of cool.
Waterproofing was flawless and highly valued as we had a very wet trek and had to cross a lot of streams.
I got these at REI with my 20% member discount in March for about $225. I will continue to use these as an all-around work boot and on hiking/camping trips. They are a solid boot that will probably last me to my grave.