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The Asolo Power Matic 200 GV - The Best All-Round Hiking Boots You Will Ever Own

Updated on February 12, 2013
A hiker’s nightmare – hiking boots that let you down.
A hiker’s nightmare – hiking boots that let you down.

A Hiker's Nightmare

Every hiker has an experience that either makes or breaks them. For me it was a hike through the beautiful Knysna Forest in South Africa that turned into my own personal hell when my hiking boots let me down - badly.

I found out, too late, that they were sort-of waterproof, sort-of comfortable and sort-of reliable. Not a good thing to find out about your boots in the middle of nowhere. No, by the time you find yourself in the middle of a forest you need to know that all your equipment is 100% reliable. I ended up with wet feet, hiking boots that needed to be duct taped and blisters that felt like I’d stepped on hot coals.

I really came to appreciate my feet and this developed into an obsession with keeping them happy and comfortable. I soon set off to find the best hiking boots ever. I didn’t have the money to spend on hundreds of different types of shoes so, speaking to fellow hikers, reading reviews from other hikers and finding out what makes a good pair of general all-purpose hiking boots, I made my way through the quagmire of advertising claims, customer reviews and my gut instinct.

I didn’t have to try very hard as every person that I spoke with or read about recommended different makes and models of boots. However, the owners of Asolo hiking boots were almost always more passionate about their boots than anyone else.

Now that’s what you need to look for in a pair of boots, or anything in life really; something that sells itself.

Why Buy A Pair Of Expensive Hiking Boots?

When you are trekking through the mountains or a rain forest in a pair of soaking wet hiking boots, your feet are blistered and you feel like you are walking on hot lava, this is when you realize why soldiers spend their own money buying the best boots they can get. Nothing will ruin your day more than the unending pain in your feet from boots that just aren’t doing their job; and by this time it’s too late to wish that you had bought a pair of good hiking boots.

If you survey seasoned hikers, hunters, outdoor workers and other all-round outdoorsmen, they will tell you that these are simply the best hiking boots available and that they wouldn’t consider going out without them.

Every hiker has his or her personal favourite hiking equipment ranging from backpacks, to socks to tents, etc, which they would recommend to others and anyone who has tried the Asolo GVwill never recommend another hiking boot; and here’s why.

1. The Asolo Boot Is Heavy Duty And Built For Comfort

These boots are heavy duty, made with full grain leather and with the best hardware; and yet they are exceptionally comfortable. The padding around the ankles is comfortable, giving good side-to-side and forward support. You will need this when you are going over rocky ground or going up or down hills.

Despite being heavy duty hiking boots, they are narrow and won’t feel like snowshoes on your feet. They weigh in at only about 3.75 pounds; not light but not heavy either. They will handle your weight with an 80 pound backpack and have been known to comfortably go for 30 miles in one go and thousands of miles over a lifetime.

Users describe them as stiff, but they soften with body heat when you put them on and they won’t get all flimsy on you in the middle of your trek. Most wearers describe them as boots for life. One guy I heard of even put a chain saw through them, but they carried on going.

It’s good to know, that in the age of disposable clothes, something is still made to last for a lifetime.

The Best Hiking Boot You Can Get - The Asolo Power Matic

2. The Asolo Boot Is Waterproof

Whether you are on a two week long trek through the mountains or a day hike, wet and soggy feet will put a damper on your trip. Most hikers will take wet weather gear on their trips but will assume that it is natural and normal for their feet to get wet.

With the Asolo GVthis is not the case. The waterproofing is flawless; with Gore-Tex right to the top of the boot, water won’t be sneaking into your boots.

These boots have stayed dry through many a muddy and wet trek and have remained dry and comfortable throughout. I know because I’ve worn them through some pretty horrible weather conditions myself.

3. With The Asolo Boot Hot-Spots And Blisters Will Never Be A Problem

No matter how highly recommended or how famous the brand of hiking boots, some users will always complain about blisters and hotspots; even when they have broken in their boots.

The Asolo Hiking Bootsare the only ones where users never complain about them. They seem to be ready for action right from the get-go with very little breaking-in time.

4. Break-in Time

Although it is highly recommended that you break in your boots before a hike, some users of the boots have not had time to break in their boots for whatever reason; yet they did not encounter any difficulties. These are highly exceptional circumstances. A while ago, on a hike with a group of friends, one hiker’s expensive brand name boots came apart during the hike and we had to stop off in a nearby town to buy new boots before we could carry on.

Luckily he found a pair of Asolo Power Matic 200 GV’s and continued on his hike without breaking in the boots or suffering any discomfort from blisters or hotspots.

Now that’s what I call the perfect hiking boot!

Making sure your hiking boots have the best lace-up system and are waterproof, heavy duty and comfortable is your top priority.
Making sure your hiking boots have the best lace-up system and are waterproof, heavy duty and comfortable is your top priority. | Source

5. The Lacing System

Nothing can give you more trouble on a hike than when the lacing system on your boots breaks. Most hikers bring spare laces with them, but with the lacing system it is a more difficult problem to remedy especially when you are far away from civilization.

The power-matic lacing system is made with top of the line hardware and you won’t find your lace loops bent because of inferior material. These laces are designed for quick removal and it makes putting on the boots quick and easy. Not something you want to struggle with when your fingers are chilled to the bone.


Enjoying the great outdoors, whether for fun or work, should be endured in the greatest comfort possible and you can only do this if your feet are comfortable, dry and secure from blisters and hotspots.

My personal opinion is that it is well worth it to spend a little extra on good quality boots like the Asolo Power Matic 200 GV’s and avoid the hassles of damaged feet during a hike, or the long-term expense of having to replace your hiking boots every so often. A great pair of Asolo’s will last you a lifetime; allowing you to enjoy your passion pain and blister-free.


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    • Trinity M profile imageAUTHOR

      Trinity M 

      6 years ago

      Thanks Rajan :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I agree Trinity, Walking or hiking, the right shoes are an absolute must. I make it a point to see to that. Thanks and you too have a great day.

    • Trinity M profile imageAUTHOR

      Trinity M 

      6 years ago

      Hi Rajan, I would say that walks are just as good as hiking; it’s all bout getting out and being one with nature that counts (just don’t forget to wear a good pair of shoes or your nice walk can turn into a nightmare! Lol!)

      Thank you so much for your incredible and continued support, it is truly appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Trinity, this is a wonderful review of the Asolo hiking boots. Very useful in fact awesome. Voting it up as such.

      I'm not really into hiking but am more into early morning and late evening walks.

      Thanks for sharing. Sharing this hub.

    • Trinity M profile imageAUTHOR

      Trinity M 

      6 years ago

      Thanks billybuc, maybe I’ll do one about my 4 month adventure in the Amazon, I’m sure you’d love to hear all about that one! :))

      Christy you live in a beautiful country so I’m sure you have many beautiful places to explore, and you are right, without a good pair of hiking boots you can miss all that beauty because you are so focussed on the pain in your feet! Thanks for your wonderful support; always appreciated.

      @jennzie even if you can’t get out into nature right now it’s something you can plan and look forward to, and at least now you know that you need a good pair of hiking boots for when you get there. Thank you so much for stopping by and for your support.

      @chef-de-jour thank you so much for your valuable comments! You are SO right about the socks! Socks are almost as important as the shoes, I think they deserve a hub all of their own. Thank you for stopping by and for your support.

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      Andrew Spacey 

      6 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Thanks for this hub, useful and spot on. For long distances and mixed terrain you need the best you can get and these Asolo look the business. Gear you can trust is vital for successful journeys - gives confidence. I like to buy quality socks too, smartwool and ultrawool and other thicker toehuggers. With waterproof boots on rain,mud,slush and deep puddles haven't a chance of getting through!

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      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Good information! Unfortunately I haven't done a lot of traveling and I don't live in the most scenic area, so I haven't done much hiking. I enjoy nature though, so I know it's definitely something I want to do.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love to walk and hikes are no exception. You explain the importance of a good pair of hiking boots well here Trinity. I vote up!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is pure magic no matter what you do....good for have hiked in parts of the world I can only read about. Looking forward to more hubs from you about your hiking adventures.

    • Trinity M profile imageAUTHOR

      Trinity M 

      6 years ago

      billybuc I would love to swap stories! As for climbing, no I’m not a great climber. I enjoy the walking and taking in the sights and sounds; I love how my spirit feels free when I’m out in the wild. I love the sound of running water and the birds chirping. More of a tree hugger than a climber I’m afraid. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Trinity, we will have to share stories sometime. Have you climbed? In my younger days I climbed all the local mountains....Rainier, Baker, St. Helens, Adams....I adore the is my church!

    • Trinity M profile imageAUTHOR

      Trinity M 

      6 years ago

      billybuc you must be my soul brother! It’s wonderful to know that you love the great outdoors as much as I do and that you own a pair of Asolo hiking boots too! Thank you so much for taking the time to read my hub and for sharing your experiences. A BIG {hug} for you my dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I didn't' know you were a hiker! So am I, an avid hiker for forty years. I have a pair of Asolo boots and this is an excellent hub, a must-read for anybody just starting out hiking. Well, now I have one more reason to like if I needed anymore reasons. :)


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