This is the Gore-Tex version of the Powermatic 250 3-season boot that came 5th in Trail April 2006. Like its brother it has a PowerMatic sole, which is a triple-density PU sole, which means you get cushioning where you need it and the cushioning won’t degrade with use. The boot has a feeling of being close to the ground too and it generally felt well profiled for the foot while being stiff enough to make rocky ground comfortable. The upper is a virtually stitch-free leather design with a solid toe box and lots of support for the foot. You get that waterproof lining too, so this is ideal for a wide variety of conditions. The outsole has an aggressive lug pattern and lots of stiffness. This puts up a fierce challenge to the higher rated boots, so definitely try this alongside them. But some may not want a Gore-Tex lining, and they should try the £130 Asolo Powematic 250 NBK. The fit is perhaps a little slimmer than some, so this may not suit everyone’s feet. There is no rubber rand around the boot, so durability is not as high as some others that do feature such a rand and the winning boots have a slightly deeper lug pattern too.
Upper: 2.8mm full grain leather, Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole: Asolo Vibram triple density PU Powematic
Sizes: 6-13 (men’s); 3-9 (women’s)
Trail fit profile: forefoot 1; heel 2; volume 2; length 2
Weight: 1184g (pair, size 11)
Made in Romania
Stores in UK: England 30; Wales 20; Scotland 10; Ireland 5
Verdict: Buy it if you want a quality leather boot for hill-walking and don’t want a waterproof lining or the extra durability provided by a rubber rand.