User Review: Asolo Men's 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.