Asolo Power Matic 400 GV
Materials: Leather, gTex, Vibram
Use: hiking, packing
Break-in Period: 10-20 miles
Price Paid: $189.50 US
This is a top quality crafted boot with great balance, so they don't feel heavy at all. You can run in these babies. 45lb pack, no problem. The toe is shipped with a bit of curl. They make you want to walk forward, with a rolling action. This is nice.
Wearing them with Smartwool (med thick) I experienced no parts of the heel or tongue pressing on my foot. I broke them in with a 9 mile hike through root infested muddy creek crossings and hard packed terrain. At 95 degrees in the sun with Smartwool my feet were not sweaty. Thank you Gore-tex.
The Vibram outsole is very rugged and forgiving to small sharp rocks. Although I don't recommend them for creek hopping as they will slip on slimey or mossy rocks.
I would give them 5 but I had to purchase Superfeet and Montrail five irons for the volume fit. This raised the price to $230 US. They don't have the built-in arch support from my previous packers (Garmont Vegan) and they weigh a tiny bit more. Though I have a narrow foot and the Garmont has a more narrow fit and smaller toe box (European style).
All this was fixed with the previous upgrade. And the Superfeet inserts will most likely help me in ways I will never know.
Materials: Leather and Gore-Tex
Use: Rough trail and heavy pack
Break-in Period: A little long
Price Paid: $189
Awesome boots!!! I bought a pair of these to replace my favorite Merrell boots. I was used to lighter boots but started getting sore heel bones with a 47 pound pack. These boots require a longer break in period and you should wear a good quality liner sock and mid to heavy hiking sock.
I just completed a hike from Front Royal, Va. to the Pennsylvania border in 5 days (100 miles) and had two small blisters that caused no issues. One was on the heel and one on the toe. These boots are fantastic!!!! I had no other discomfort at all!!!!!! Great support in the rocks, too! If you need to haul a big pack these are the boots to do it... I really like the one pull lacing with the pulley system.
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CLOSEOUTS . Asolo Power Matic 400 GV backpacking boots are rugged and ready to tackle tough backcountry trails, with a Gore-Tex(R) waterproof breathable membrane that keeps moisture out, and a tough Power Matic rubber outsole for excellent traction and power transfer. Gore-Tex(R) waterproof breathable membrane Water-resistant 1.6-1.8mm suede upper with Cordura(R) nylon reinforcements for extra strength Gusseted tongue keeps rocks and debris out Removable EVA-cushioned insole resists impact Polyurethane triple-density midsole Vibram(R) Power Matic rubber outsole for extreme traction and durability Height: 6" Weight: 3 lb. 8 oz. pr. Made in Romania Width: M (medium) W (wide) Visit our Shoe Sizing Guide Available Colors: SAGE/SAGE, NICOTINE/BLACK, LIGHT GREY/BLACK, SAGE/TORTORA, DIRT/GRAPHITE GREY. Sizes: 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 10, 10.5, 11.5, 12, 13, 14, 9.5, 11.
- Sierra Trading Post
On Sale. Free Shipping. Asolo Men's Power Matic 400 GV Boot (Spring 2010) The Men's Power Matic 400 GV Boot by Asolo is a rugged yet hi-tech Gore-Tex lined Suede and Cordura 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. SPECIFICATIONS of the Men's Power Matic 400 GV Boot by Asolo Upper: Water-resistant suede 1,6-1,8 mm + Cordura Lining: Gore-Tex performance comfort footwear Lasting Board: Asoflex 00 MR Anatomic Footbed: Lite 2 Sole: Power Matic. Rubber bottom Asolo/ Vibram - Midsole in PU triple-density Fit: MM Weight: 715 grams (1/2 pair size 8 UK)
The Aslo Power Matic 400 GV Hiking Boots for Men feature a suede water-resistant cordora upper. Sierra Gore-Tex lining and asoflex 00 MR lasting board. Lite 2 anatomic footbed. Power matic sole with rubber bottom Asolo/Vibram -midsole in PU triple-density.
- Altrec Outdoors
The Power Matic 400 GV Hiking Boot by Asolo is a trustworthy, innovative boot made for all types of multi-day hiking and backpacking. Constructed with the Power Matic sole that is highly technical. Comprised of three different PU densities that are co-injected and molded together. The high density sole secures and gives maximum stability. The medium and low density heel reduces shock, which in turn helps ease fatigue. The Asolo Vibram rubber outsole has self cleaning lugs designed for varying types of terrain, and better contact with the ground. The Power Matic 400 GV has a micro pulley system that offers effortless lacing with maximum durability while remaining lightweight. Easy to use with gloves, or bending over with a heavy pack on. These Asolo boots are lined and protected with the highly reliable GORE-TEX waterproof material.