User Review: Asolo Men's Power Matic 200 GV
Use: hiking, walking, rocky approach hiking
Break-in Period: 1 day (get the wet, it helps)
Weight: Very light and narrow
Price Paid: $195
I've had these boots for a week now and I needed them immediately for my hobby (outdoor photography). Now, we do not have the Sierras here in Indiana but we have miles of trails, some rocky areas and lots of mud, water run-off and general brack to trip through and in the last week I've put these boots through all of it and covered about 20 miles of trail and off trail hiking right out of the box. (I also do need to get them ready for my Southwest trip coming soon--Arches National Park, Utah.)
They were comfortable in the store while wearing them for 20 minutes and I was pretty sold right there. The "pully" lacing system in the lowers is sweet and the hardware is top notch, none of that cheap bent metal for the laces.
One other thing I like about these boots is that they are light and narrow vs. the large blocky boots that feel like sandbags. They are strong yet allow me to feel nimble getting up rocky faces and have great tracktion and good edges.
I went from shop to the trails and they were great. Initially I had a little leather binding on my right foot just above the big toe area (why not on the left as well I have not idea). However that passed after about the first mile. I got them wet and muddy by mile three and my feet were dry and warm and the boots loved the wet mud and broke in even more and felt great from there out. Once home, I just rinsed them off and let them dry and I have not had any binding problems again. I did about five miles that first day and have done about 15 since then.
Another great thing about these boots is the comfort around the ankle, great padding and very nice support forward and side to side for those with weaker ankles. I lace the top a little loose usually just for comfort, but I tightened the heck out of them (like I would for rocky terrain) and they were still comfortable. All in all a great boot and I am not a full-grain leather guy. I had a pair of full-grain Vasque boots that took forever to break in and they still left my feet sore daily. When I hit camp, I could not wait to get them off.
Enjoy, hope my opinion helps. By the way, I ordered several boots from differing makers online trying to find the right boot and sent all 5 pairs back after wearing them in my kitchen. Indiana is not what you would call the hiking boot capital of the world, so it is not easy finding anything great here outside of Timberland:). Low and behold there is an independant shop here called Extreem Outfitter that had these in stock and a great price.
Take care and happy hiking.