A design feature that leaps out on the Power Matic is the lack of a rand around its upper – a touch which helps it feel less stiff both in hand and on foot than other boots of the same category. It’s midweight at 822g (UK9) and is capable of carrying a flexible C1 crampon. This leads to a very pleasing dual-styling, where the full-leather upper and well-cushioned build make it a viable choice for bagging peaks in the summer months, but the technical Vibram sole and Gore-Tex lining point to a viable winter tool. There’s less technical capability here than others in the roundup, and likewise less padding too, but the middle-ground it occupies should be ideal for a fair number of readers. In use I found it very easy to slip on and forget about, whether I was scrambling on an autumnal ridge or stamping across a snowy mountain shoulder. The lack of toe box or rand should be borne in mind on very rough ground.
VERDICT: A nicely judged option that does credit to Asolo. It could be all the boot you need.
BEST FOR: General use.
Review by Dan Aspel @mountainmeeple