Asolo Powermatic 500 GV 2009

Unlike many other 3-4 season boots, the Asolo Powermatic 500 GV boot has managed to hold its price this winter, which makes it a superb buy for the money. You get a one-piece leather upper with a waterproof lining, so even though the upper is going to be tough and very water-resistant, it has a waterproof lining to make it even more impenetrable. This upper is also protected at the toe and heel by a rubber rand for yet more durability. The lacing extends further down the toes than on most boots, for a more precise fit, which will favour performance when scrambling. There is a good level of ankle support too. Underfoot you get a great sole unit with perfect flex for year-round use and a good aggressive lug pattern from Vibram. Cushioning underfoot is very good too, thanks to three densities of rubber in the sole unit.  But I would like the Asolo Powermatic 500 GV to have a deeper heel breast and a more aggressive set of lugs on the outsole to deal with snow and really wet winter mud. Also a deeper sole lug would last longer.

Upper 2.8mm water-resistant full grain leather; Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Asolo Vibram Powermatic triple density cushioning
Sizes 6-13 (men’s); 3-9 (women’s) standard and wide width fitting
Crampon compatibility B1
Weight 2100g (size 11)
Made in Romania
Stores in the UK 50

Verdict
Use the Asolo Powermatic 500 GV on rocky ground and with crampons, and it provides excellent performance. The price is superb too, and for this reason it won ‘Best Value’ in our review.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2009