The mid-weight Asolo Power Matic 200 GV all-leather backpacking boots earn praise for their stiff support, excellent traction, Gore-Tex waterproofing and pulley lacing system. One user comments that the boots really are waterproof: "no problems just walking through streams, no sissy rock skipping." The Power Matic 200 GV are consistently among the best-rated boots at almost every retail website we surveyed. They're very sturdy and durable, yet quite a few owners find them comfortable, with minimal break-in (a few day hikes) required. The main trade-off for the sturdy support is that these boots are definitely heavy. Although the TPS 520 GV (*Est. $280), isn't quite as popular, it weighs about the same and draws positive reviews from both users and experts.
We found excellent professional reviews of the Asolo Power Matic 200 GV backpacking boots at Backpacker and Outside magazines. Owners also review and rate these boots at several retail websites, including REI.com, Moosejaw.com and Backcountry.com. We also found useful owner-written reviews at Trailspace.com.
1. Backpacker Magazine
Based on tests of dozens of hiking boots, editors like the Asolo Power Matic 200 GV boots for backpacking loads up to 80 pounds, adding that the "waterproofing proved infallible." Editors recommend the medium width for narrow feet and the wide width for most men.
Review: 2007 Gear Guide issue, March 2007
2. Outside Magazine
Outside magazine's Gear Guy blogger recommends the Asolo Power Matic 200 GV hiking boots for backpacking or rugged day hikes where support is a concern. He notes that you can add crampons for hiking on snow or ice.
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The Asolo Power Matic 200 GV hiking boot receives a 4.4-star rating from nearly 60 reviewers. High points include great traction, water resistance, comfort, support and durability. The main drawback is this boot's hefty 3.75-pound weight.
Review: Asolo Power Matic 200 GV Gore-Tex Hiking Boots -- Men's, Contributors to REI.com
The Power Matic 200 GV earns mostly positive reviews here from more than three dozen reviewers. Users like the pulley lacing system and praise this boot for its comfort and support. However, a few point out that it can take a few day hikes to break the boots in and get used to their weight. The waterproofing is reportedly excellent; one reviewer reports "no problems just walking through streams, no sissy rock skipping."
Review: Asolo Men's Power Matic 200 GV Boot, Contributors to Moosejaw.com
Two dozen reviewers give the Asolo Power Matic 200 GV a near-perfect rating. The boots are described as rugged and durable but also comfortable, at least after an initial break-in period. "Cruise around in them for a couple of days and you'll agree," one says.
Review: Asolo Power Matic 200 GV Backpacking Boot -- Men's, Contributors to Backcountry.com
More than a dozen owners review the Asolo Power Matic 200 GV boots, which are among the top-rated mid-weight leather hiking boots at this site. Most users praise their comfort and minimal break-in time, and two users say they're still fine after three years of hard use.
Review: Asolo Power Matic 200 GV, Contributors to Trailspace.com
7. Eastern Mountain Sports
More than two dozen reviewers give the Asolo Power Matic 200 GV an average rating of 4.4 stars, praising them for their great traction, water resistance, and comfortable fit.
Review: Asolo Men's Power Matic 200 GV Backpacking Boots, Contributors to Eastern Mountain Sports