The cuff of the Asolo Powermatic 500 GTX may rub slightly on your lower shin at first, but this soon softens, making them very comfortable indeed. They are quite narrow at the toe, but lace up easily, so eliminating any toe banging. They out-perform the competition with a crampon on, but lose out by a whisker for general high-level walking.
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Verdict: The Powermatic 500 is a superb example of a 3/4-season boot that could be worn all year round for rugged and demanding walking.