Very Functional Boot

Reviewed by VT Hiker from Vermont on Monday, October 27, 2014
I bought these eight months ago, but waited to review until after I had put the boots through their paces. Just getting back from a “bucket list” hiking trip to Peru, I think I have enough experience in them now.

I have to start any boot review by emphasizing the best lesson I ever learned about hiking boots. I was taught that every manufacturer has their own special last to build boots around and it either works for your feet or it doesn't. Asolo boots fit my feet well, so my review focuses on the features, not the fit.

After 22 years and hundreds of miles of hiking in my Asolo 570's, I updated to the Powermatic 100. I am very happy to write that these boots doing a great job following the legacy of my old fave’s. These new generation boots are extremely comfortable. I find the deep Achilles notch makes these boots feel as comfortable as low tops, yet they have the ankle support of a traditional backpacking boot. The stand out feature, though, is the micro-pulley lacing. When I first laced up my boots I thought they fit too tightly around the top of my foot, but quickly realized that with this smooth acting lacing system I was getting way more tightening than I was used to. You just don’t need to pull very hard to get the same degree of tightening that takes a big tug on normal D-ring lacing. It makes the boot incredibly easy to adjust the fit. I like to take it easy over my arch and then really tighten down around the ankle using the speed lacing. The flex between the ankle and the foot is supple, so this arrangement is both supportive and comfortable. Of course, the better you can fit your boot the better it feels and performs.

I’ve been stuck for hours hiking in rain and the boots have been 100% waterproof. And the outsole gripped like a Vibram sole should! These are backpacking boots so the soles are stiff and do not let any feeling of the rocks or uneven terrain come through. For me they magically cuddle and support my foot firmly while leaving my toes free to move around comfortably without any pinching or sliding. Now all they have to do is last me 22 years like my last pair!
Previous Review “Excellent fit. No need break In.”
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