Asolo Power Matic 100 Gore-Tex® Hiking Boots - Waterproof (For Men)

Asolo Power Matic 100 Gore-Tex® Hiking Boots - Waterproof (For Men) in Walnut
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Information about Asolo Power Matic 100 Gore-Tex® Hiking Boots - Waterproof (For Men)
Closeouts. Asolo's Power Matic 100 GV hiking boots infuse your backcountry adventures with the optimized climate control and wet-weather protection of Gore-Tex®. The triple-density polyurethane midsole combined with the Vibram® Power Matic rubber outsole provide support, cushioning and grip.
  • Gore-Tex® waterproof breathable membrane
  • Water-resistant Perwanger nubuck upper
  • Wire-brushed rubber toe and heel guards
  • Gusseted tongue locks out debris
  • Asoflex 00 MR lasting board
  • Triple-density polyurethane midsole
  • Vibram® Power Matic rubber outsole with self-cleaning lugs
  • Limit 6 per year
  • Made in Romania
  • Visit our Hiking Footwear Guide
Specs about Asolo Power Matic 100 Gore-Tex® Hiking Boots - Waterproof (For Men)
  • Waterproof (All),Non-Insulated,Waterproof (Gore-Tex®)
  • Waterproof materials: Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane
  • Gusseted tongue
  • Upper: Nubuck
  • Lining: Textile
  • Removable insole
  • Midsole: Polyurethane
  • Outsole: Vibram® rubber
  • Height: 6"
  • Heel height: 1-1/2"
  • Weight (pair): 3 lb. 8 oz.
  • Made in Romania
  • Visit our Hiking Footwear Guide

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Reviewed by Daniel J from Alabama on Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Just received the Asolo Powermatic 100's and WOW! I got these after returning the Alico Guide Mountaineering boots which killed my feet. The Powermatics are comfortable right out of the box. I did get a wide and it's a perfect fit. THESE BOOTS RUN VERY NARROW. I wear a regular in all other boots... Read More
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  • Reviewed by XXXXX from Greensboro, NC on Friday, February 27, 2015
    These were recently bought to replace an earlier version of this boot which was essentially the same. The updates I see in the new boot are all improvements. I liked the other boots or I wouldn't have ordered these. If I'd known about the changes I might have ordered sooner!

    The boot still runs narrow so you may want to order a "wide" unless your foot is truly medium or more narrow.

    The lacing system is slick on these; it works better than before. Pull the tension you want in the bottom laces and use the speed hooks to finish....easy and fast. The release is equally easy so getting the boot off is no problem.

    The gusseted tongue is softer/more padded and the upper has a little easier flex than my old boot. These should break in quickly. They're pretty comfortable right out of the box but I wouldn't start a long hike with 'em just yet.

    BTW...the boot is a little darker than the photo. My old boots were that tan color but what I got was a little more brown than the tan color shown..

    I hope these hold up as well as the first pair I had. They lasted a long time and remained waterproof even after the soles finally separated from the upper.

    If you like a firm sole and need a tough boot with good ankle support, these are worth a look in my opinion.

  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by 12teachscience from Wyoming on Wednesday, February 18, 2015
    I order Asolo boots almost exclusively. I have been pleased with all of them and this pair is no exception. Asolo boots last. Almost all of them have a stiffer sole than say a Hi-Tec but that is appropriate for my feet. They are comfortable.
  • Reviewed by OdinWiski from Arizona on Wednesday, February 18, 2015
    I have 2 pairs of 520 TPS GV that I've been using for backpacking trips or even long day hikes on rocky terrains. And they are built like tanks and I have not had any problems with them. The lowest sales price I've seen on those was $180 (with sales AND an additional $50 off for first purchase over $200). The Power Matic 200's can be had for $250 when they are on sale. I bought a pair of these when they were on sale at STP for $136, just because.

    I've worn these on a number of long day hikes, a snowshoe day trip, and a cramponed climb in snow and ice. Overall I'm very happy with this boot.

    I could be wrong, but I feel this boot has a ever so slightly different last than the 520 TPS and perhaps just a tiny tad smaller? The color is not really walnut, as a lot of reviewers have pointed out. The color is very light - much lighter than the pictures show here. The first thing I did after I took them out of the box was to apply Nikwax - not so much to soften the leather, but to make it darker. Now their color looks like what's shown in the pictures.

    The boot is built very solid:

    - The "legendary" power matic sole is sturdy and stiff because of the full shank polyurethane mid sole and tough Vibram outsole, as a backpacking boot should be, so that you won't feel every little rock under your feet. I personally feel the TPS on the 520 feels just a tad more burly under my feet.

    - The Vibram sole and the tread design offer very good traction on reasonable slippery surfaces of rocks and mud. Please don't be unrealistic and expect any boot to offer adequate traction on snow and ice without putting on traction devices. When people tell you that, they are either lying or they just feel so good about their boot and they THINK or dream that :)

    - The micro pulley lacing system does allow you to cinch the front portion of the boot down very easily. Although personally I wouldn't really miss it if I didn't have it on this boot. Plain old lacing system found on the 520 TPS and another boots works just fine. And there are lacing techniques to help you cinch your boot just the way you like it. I hope my concern of those micro pulleys being clogged up and rusted out by mud and water and thus rendered non-functional is unwarranted. I haven't had the boot long enough to tell.

    - The boot top, when laced down well, offers excellent ankle support, as a backpacking boot should. The gusseted tongue is nicely padded just like on the 520 and prevents water and debris from getting inside.

    - I love the toe box protection on this boot. I don't know why Asolo did away with the toe box protection on their Power Matic 200 from its previous incarnations (I think it might have been Power Matic 500???). Same thing with the 520 TPS. Yes, full grain leather is very durable and the wear and tear on the toes is nothing but a badge of honor. But those boots without the toe box protection gets scuffed up on your very first trip - guaranteed. It's not a big deal, but I just don't quite understand the reasoning behind the design change.

    - The nubuk leather is very good. It is not full grain and should not be expected to perform like full grain leather does. Nubuk is essentially less quality leather usually with cosmetic blemishes so one side is buffed out to make the leather have a supple and nice look to it and does not show the blemishes. That is essentially removing top layer material from the leather. So the leather is always just a tad thinner and does not have as good water proofing ability as full grain leather. I was quite impressed, however, after a few hours of snowshoeing and a full day of snow/ice climbing in crampons. After the full day climb/descent and a lot of postholing (with full gaiters on), portions of the boots seemed to have absorbed quite a lot of moisture content - you could tell visually portions of the boots got darker from the wetness and retained that wetness. But the goretex liner worked great as the second line of defense and my feet were dry. And the next day, I couldn't tell those portions of the boots were ever darker and retained wetness. They dried out well. The boot leather did not sustain any damage from the tie down mechanisms on the MRS Evo Ascent or the BD Contact Strap Crampons. I've seen them do that to other boots :)

    - As the result of different sole construction and the nubuk leather used, I think this boot is a tad lighter than my 520 TPS.

    Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend this boot, especially at the sales price STP places it at. It is definitely a very strong and worthy alternative to Asolo Power Matic 200 or 520 TPS GV!

    p.s. Don't be fooled by all the manufacturers or by people who have already been fooled by manufacturers - goretex does not make anything breathe better. It's purpose is to stop moisture and water from getting inside and that always sacrifices breathability. And full grain leather does not have great breathability. Nubuk is perhaps just a tad better, but not by much or probably even noticeable, and that is at the expense of less water proofing capability. I personally do not have a problem with goretex and full leather boots - I actually love them. I just find those claims misleading and don't want people to have the wrong expectations :)
  • Reviewed by Bushy Horrell from Northern Arizona on Wednesday, February 18, 2015
    Received my Powermatic 100s just before a backpacking trip in the Superstition mountains in Arizona. I was amazed by the comfort right out of the box but i really found out what these boots were about when i got my pack on (Somewhere around 45 pounds). For me i wear a wide in everything and after warming them up on the trail they seemed to be alittle roomy which was fine, just need to put on some thicker socks. These boots have supreme stability, support and durability they are most definitely Power houses on trail. Break in takes a while but if you can stand it youll have one pair of amazing boots. Have fun out there!
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Brian from Upstate NY on Friday, February 13, 2015
    These feel exceptionally well made and I like the that they are waterproof. I could not be more pleased.

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    • Answer I have not worn my Power Matic 100s over the summer yet so I can't say for certain they are not hot. However, I can say I own seven pairs of Asolos and none of them have ever been too hot. Please note that I wear nothing but merino wool socks year round and feel this helps with moisure and temperature regulation as well as the breathabilty of the boot.
      Answered on 2/25/2015 4:05:03 PM by Wild Bill Hiccup from Oregon
    • Answer Hi Sharon,
      I think you are right in saying the Neutrons might be slightly better in the hot weather and maybe slightly lighter but the power matic in my opinion are a better heavy duty boot. They will handle most conditions where I think the Neutron will fall apart in the wet muddy conditions. I was like you and couldnt decide between a full leather boot and a composite boot like the Neutron so I brought both and the full leather boot lasted twice as long. I live in my boots pretty much every day of the year and I love the goretex so the only time your feet get wet is if the water goes over the top of your boot. We are in our summer now and it is 30 degrees Celsius and my feet dont sweet in the boots not like the old fashion leather boots. I hope that helps
      Answered on 2/25/2015 4:20:34 PM by Kiwi Farmer from New Zealand
    • Answer Both shoe has no big difference in breathabilty of whole boot. Fabric shows less durable waterproof function than all leather. (method of waterproof treatment between fabric & leather are different.)
      Additionally mud can be more easily removed on leather than fabric.
      So I would like to recommend to choose Power matic.

      For your reference.
      I worked Goretex footwear tect team for 12years as an product support. Per my experience, warmth of shoe is mostly decided by rooms of inside shoe. So please choose boot having enough inside room. Go shop. - Wear winter sock. - Try target boot. - Stand on slope & check weather touch toe end to inside shoe - Choose not touch boot.
      This size will guarantee enough room of boot. Use thin sock when actual use Under hot weather.
      Also clean boot after use, &do waterproof treat after 20 ttimes use. Hope this help your choice. Have good day always.
      Answered on 2/25/2015 4:44:23 PM by kiddary from korea
    • Answer I live near in San Francisco and hike the Bay Area hills. They are fine boots for rain and mud. For heat I think it depends on how hot...I get some heat rash when it is real warm but I am used to lower temperatures. I don't know about the Neutrons but think most things are trade offs. Overall these boots are good for every weather and very sturdy.
      Answered on 2/25/2015 5:25:04 PM by neal from ca.
    • Answer They're good in wet and mud at keeping my feet dry. The sole is great on rocky terrain. I haven't had them long enough to wear in hot weather but they sure are comfortable. I don't know anything about the Neutrons.
      Answered on 2/25/2015 5:34:56 PM by Old Timer from Idaho
    • Answer I purchased two pair of the Asolo Power Matic boots. I was surprised to find that my feet did not get sweaty in them like they did in other "Waterproof" boots. I use them for hunting and wearing to work on snowy days. They did not get wet in the very muddy conditions in the Texas panhandle goose hunt. They did build up mud like a mud magnet! So did my rubber bottomed paks, for that matter.
      Answered on 2/25/2015 5:37:57 PM by Gary from Colorado
    • Answer Constructions that use quite a bit of fabric simply cannot compare with full leather construction when it comes to water proofing capability. Full leather construction, however, cannot compare with fabric construction when it comes to breatheability. Relatively speaking, there's no such a thing as super water proofing capability with very good breatheability. It really depends on your priority and your environment. Leather is much easier to clean and a lot more durable also. Is this particular boot going to be hot to wear in the summer? I've no doubt it's going to be hot! That's why I don't wear this boot everyday. But I will wear it on a hike, even in the summer.
      Answered on 2/25/2015 6:00:47 PM by OdinWiski from Arizona
    • Answer While I am in Wyoming right now I spend about 5 months a year in Louisiana. I have owned both these and Asolo Neutrons. Both are great and will remain waterproof. Of course the more mud and water you are in the more damage you do. I ran a very extensive irrigation system wearing the Neutrons a couple of summers ago that required me to be in water daily for 5 months. The Neutrons only lasted the Summer. This was extremely Harsh! I don't believe anything but rubber boots would have held up longer. I preferred the comfort. The Neutrons would probably be cooler and I would prefer them in Louisiana.
      Answered on 2/25/2015 6:34:00 PM by 12teachscience from Wyoming
    • Answer I've got a pair of both the Asolo Power Matic 100 and the Neutron. The Power Matic is a heavy mountain boot and is great. However, based on your described usage I would go with the Neutron's. They are much lighter, more breathable and very impervious to very wet conditions. The Neutrons also dry much faster than a totally soaked Power Matic. Good luck.
      Answered on 2/25/2015 7:29:20 PM by Dirtworm from Great Falls
    • Answer Any of the asolo products will be good for rainy/muddy conditions. The Power Matics are taller than the Neutrons. They are also a heavier boot. Some of the Neutrons are goretex lined like the Powermatic, and some are not. The non-goretex neutrons would have significant issues in the wet conditions you describe.

      I have worn many different goretex asolo boots in the field on research projects and I have yet to have any issues with the cordura fabrics having issues with wet conditions over the leather. In some ways they are superior because they dry faster than the leather versions. A good pair of wool socks with either should do fine. If you are in seriously rugged rocky terrain then perhaps the Power Matics are the best choice. if not and especially in warmer weather the goretex Neutrons may breath better. If you choose the Neutrons just make sure they are the goretex versions. Hope that helps.
      Answered on 2/25/2015 7:48:21 PM by hiketeach from Missouri
    • Answer I have found with the Power Matic boots that wet weather, mud, snow and slush do nothing to slow these fabulous boots down. Since the exterior is leather over the Gore-Tex, it is my opinion that treating the leather with mink oil will significantly improve the life of the boots. There are many leather treatment options out there, but mink oil gives leathers at least double their normal life in the roughest of conditions. I decided on the Power Matics over the Nuetrons and couldn't be happier!
      Answered on 2/25/2015 9:45:52 PM by Outdoorsman from Lower 48
    • Answer I love my Asolo's as they breathe nicely and, being 70 with fussy feet, are easy to take on and office and lace tightly. I would certainly buy them again. I have NOT tried the Power Matic's in warm, rainy/muddy conditions. When the weather is not icy, I wear the Power Matic's. When it is cold and icy I wear my leather Asolo's. I don't think you can go wrong what the Power Matics, especially at Sierra prices.
      Answered on 2/26/2015 6:55:09 AM by KEAW from Indiana
    • Answer I think you need to observe the old saying "A muddy day is better met by those that don't mind getting wet"!

      There is going to be good and bad either way...you ought to pick one and experiment w/ it. Over time you'll develop a routine and preference.

      Nubuck and Fabric are both going to give you issues with staining in mud. Muddy boots don't breath well, no matter what they are constructed of.

      If you do choose the powermatics, seal them frequently with your choice of conditioner/sealer. I used Obenauf's LP even though some said it's not meant for nubuck. I'm very happy with the result and stains from mud seem easier to release. This is because the leather is now less nappy so mud doesn't stick to it and absorb in as readily. The color did darken up, which is great (see pic).

      Mud is tough on all boots. It requires a vigilant owner though to cancel out the ill effects.
      Answered on 2/27/2015 10:59:55 AM by Sam from Georgia
    • Answer Powermatic is a great boot. It runs hot. They are heavy, stable and supportive for rough terrain. Waterproofing is excellent. If the weight is too much, they have other models with Goretex waterproofing...Spyre, Synchro and Symbio...they are lighter weight but still great boots.
      Answered on 2/27/2015 10:54:18 PM by Jimmy2Trails from Monterey, CA
    • Answer I love my Asolo 100's. Before I bought them I also compared them to the 200's. Not much difference at all is what I found. Same movement in the sole, same quality and I saved more than 100 dollars. I have used them for the last three months volunteering on the AT rebuilding trail and hiking. My feet never got wet and I never obtained one blister, not one, and they were brand new when I started. I think it is an excellent boot. Before I bought them I compared them to Lowa, Solomon and a couple of others. Most of the others said they were water proof but the reviews said they were not, also the other boots did not have the flexibility of the Asolo. I am 57, done a lot of hiking and I'm afraid I have to say this but they really are the best boot I have ever worn. Hope that helps.
      Answered on 9/14/2014 4:48:41 PM by Tim from Roanoke, VA recentlty of the AT
    • Answer The price. 200 is a newer model.
      Answered on 9/14/2014 6:29:35 PM by Noodles from Afghanistan
  • Question “are they sized in US sizing??
    Asked on 9/4/2014 12:35:49 AM by pandasport from New Zealand
    • Answer Yes. The sizes are US sizes.
      Answered on 9/4/2014 6:04:57 AM by Rich from Ohio
    • Answer Yes the sizes are US measures. And they are true to size.
      Answered on 9/4/2014 6:34:50 AM by Martin the volcano climber from Guatemala
    • Answer Good question. Yes, sizes are US standard shoe/boot sizes. Sierra's website has a UK and EU conversion table on their website, if applicable.
      I'veve too made the mistake of ordering a US size only to discover it was a EU size.
      Answered on 9/4/2014 7:54:29 AM by Dirtworm from Great Falls, VA
    • Answer Yes, the sizes shown are US sizing. Great boots.
      Answered on 9/4/2014 9:50:51 AM by SC Cyclist from South Carolina
  • Question “What is the correct product to treat the Perwanger leather?”
    Asked on 3/22/2014 8:00:05 AM by Pepperking from Michigan
    • Answer I use Nikwax Aqueous Wax Leather Waterproofing.
      Answered on 3/22/2014 8:13:57 AM by LDARCH from CT
    • Answer Sorry mate, in Kansas I don't often run in to enough water to have had to treat my powermatic boots. I have been climbing trees in them for 4 months and I found they are still nicely watertight .
      Answered on 3/22/2014 9:52:02 AM by Josh, Arborist from Kansas
    • Answer hand soap and warm water, then any waterproofer you like, awesome boots, going on a 54 mi trek with my son starting tomorrow, will be wearing power matics
      Answered on 3/22/2014 11:26:20 AM by rob from arkansas
    • Answer I dont know for sure but, I always soak new GORE-TEX boots with pure spray silicone then wear them until the soles fall off. never had a problem with the leather.
      Answered on 3/22/2014 5:13:44 PM by my main ridw is a motor cycle from ohio
    • Answer The only differance I can see is the soles. I have a pair of each, the sassalon, I bought two years ago and have put allot of miles on them. They are a great boot for the money. I do a bunch of hiking in the high country and they have held up very well. The soles are worn almost smooth so I tried a pair of the Powermatic this time with the rubber sole to see if they would hold up better walking in the scree fields. I like them so far but haven't give them the ultimate test yet.
      Answered on 12/31/2013 2:57:40 PM by Alaska Brad from Interior Alaska
    • Answer I bought these on the recommendation of a family member who has been backpacking for 30 years and has owned many pairs of Asolo boots. Both boots have merits , I like the micro pulley system for the shoe laces on the powermatic ,makes them super easy to remove and tighten. I hike the mountains of Colorado and so far these boots have proved superior to any other boot I have had.
      Answered on 12/31/2013 7:46:00 PM by Ghaw from Colorado
    • Answer i have some problem in my heel those are hurt and have some pain , what are more comfortable for me power....100 or sasslong?
      Answered on 1/24/2014 9:23:09 PM by mahdi from tehran
  • Question “What's the difference between the medium and wide width?”
    Asked on 12/4/2013 12:21:39 PM by Mike from Canada
    • Answer I have a D width foot and I ordered the regular. I was concerned about it too but, these boots fit really well. Unless you have an extra wide foot, order the regular.
      Brad
      Answered on 12/4/2013 5:21:19 PM by Alaska Brad from Interior Alaska
    • Answer I do not know the exact measurement difference between the two, but I chose the wide width after trying on similiar Asolo boots at different outdoor shops. If you have this option then I suggest that. I have what is considered a wide foot and the wide fit my foot much better. The Newer Powermatic(200) is a similar cut boot. I could not find it in the wide anywhere but found another similar Asolo boot that came in wide and felt that the extra width made a big difference. It allowed me to order a 10.5 instead of an 11. They are a great feeling boot. I have been out on two hikes and they felt good. They replaced a 40 year old pair of Raichle's.
      Answered on 12/4/2013 5:57:46 PM by lifetime hiker from North carolina
  • Question “Are the sizes listed the US equivalent or the UK size? Which would be a US Mens 10?”
    Asked on 8/24/2013 11:59:46 PM by Jason from Canada
    • Answer They are US sizes, you would order the 10.
      Answered on 8/26/2013 2:34:58 PM by Prod. Spec. Kevin from Sierra Trading Post
  • Question “are these as stiff as the sassalong boots”
    Asked on 8/10/2013 4:59:53 PM by worker from calif
    • Answer They are not as stiff as the Sasslong.
      Answered on 8/12/2013 10:46:36 AM by Prod. Spec. Kevin from Sierra Trading Post.
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