The Asolo Powermatic 500 GV was competitively priced in 2009 at £160 and it easily took the ‘Best Value’ award. However for 2010 the price has jumped by £40, but the features stay the same. You get a one-piece leather upper with a waterproof lining, so even if you don’t look after the upper properly you have a good chance of keeping your feet dry. This upper is also protected at the toe and heel with a rubber rand for more durability. The lacing extends further down the toes than on most boots, which enhances the fit and makes the boot better for scrambling or climbing. The ankle cuff is a good height for general use to protect the foot and provide a little support when traversing slopes. The outsole has great flex for year round use when you want stiffness as well as comfort. The outsole has three densities of rubber for cushioning and durability and the result is a very comfortable ride. But the Asolo Powermatic 500 GV’s sole unit has shallower lugs than the Scarpa Manta, for example, which is fine for the short term, but it will tend to wear down to a very shallow grip more quickly than deeper lug patterns. I’d prefer a deep lug pattern for grip in the snow and mud too. The 2010 price means that it is no longer the bargain it once was.
Upper 2.8mm water-resistant full-grain leather; Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Asolo Vibram Powermatic triple
Sizes 6-13 (men’s); 3-9 (women’s) standard and wide width fitting
Crampon compatibility B1
Weight 2100g (pair, size 11)
Made in Romania
Stores in the UK 50
The Asolo Powermatic 500 GV is ideal for rocky ground and use with crampons, but a deeper lug pattern on the sole would make it better.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2010