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Trailblazer GTX
Trailblazer GTX Posted: 7/10/16
Reviewer: from Bellingham, WA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

The main positive element of these boots is the sole. It is thick with good sharp edges, which I need since I sometimes hike in spring or fall snow or on loose dirt and scree, needing to dig in. The boot construction has a lot of seams, which may be vulnerable to wear. I decided not purchase these because the do not fit my foot, especially in the heel. My foot is narrow; by inserting my usual arch support inner soles, the arch felt OK. Also, these boots are too high on my shin and very stiff.

Trailblazer GTX
Trailblazer GTX Posted: 7/7/16
Reviewer: Banjo Bob from Souhern Illinois
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Had to return the Vasque Talus UD Hikers- the right boot was too tight in the width, These fit just fine, the colors are spiffy, and ultra comfortable. Obviously well made like my Italian made Zams- these are made in Romania, does not seem to distract. very lightweight- I think they are keepers. Will update. Thanks Zappos!

Vioz GT
Vioz GT Posted: 7/4/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I have had these for 2or 3 years, time flies, I hike up and down hills every day and I wear them for work and aside for some noticeable wear on the soles. The rest of the boots look like new yet, no cracked leather, no loosening of the the rubber rand around the bottom of the boot (much unlike the Kenetrecks that I own). They have been wet hundreds of times and they have not shrunk or cracked. They are very comfortable and fit like a glove, if I can ever wear them out, I can't wait to buy another pair and I would encourage you to try them, you will be happy.

Venice GW
Venice GW Posted: 6/7/16
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Zamberlan recommends ordering a half size smaller. I did and found them still too big. I returned them and ordered down another half size and they fit well (a bit snug in the width but still comfortable).

Vioz GT
Vioz GT Posted: 4/17/16
Reviewer: from Austin
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Fits similar to size 8.5 in another shoe, Renegade GTX in Lowa. Returning as I am undecided about fit.

Vioz GT
Vioz GT Posted: 3/17/16
Reviewer: johnnyjohnny from lake balboa, calif
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Good stuff! I got a not too impressive pair of Zamberlans when I got the 310 Skil, a no-longer made lighter version of this shoe. One of the metal lace eyelets were mispositioned toward the toe, looking really idiotic, and probably had a slight effect on fit of the shoe. Plus that shoe was a half size smaller in the same size as I bought here 46 EU/11.5 U.S. Meaning it was a half size smaller than all Euro high grade hiking boots. So I was rolling the dice when I got this more rugged backpack version of the Skil Hiker and I am glad that I did. These are perhaps the best hiking/backpack boots that I ever bought, or at least as good as my Alicos, Hanwag, Danners, etc. I have no idea why the lighter 310 Skil came with a major defect, and was missized in manufacture, but the vioz is simply great! Comfort, construction, looks, fit and feel. The 310 Skil had an even tighter/narrower toebox (than this Vioz, and than most other hiking/backpack boots), and was pleasantly surprised that this boot has a more normal fuller toebox. good product in every respect, easily wearable right out of the box.

Vioz GT
Vioz GT Posted: 3/15/16
Reviewer: from Indiana
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

These boot are truly made very well. But break in for me is still ongoing.You will be required to break in this boot months before your hike. The boots are expensive and you will not be able to assess if they will work for in a small amount of time and will be nonreturnable. These boots are one of the best I have used and will enjoy them for a long time in the way of stability and support.

Gear GTX®
Gear GTX® Posted: 12/23/15
Reviewer: Brandon from Upstate New York
Overall: Rated:1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:1 stars!

These boots were great for the first three months of use but then they started to come apart. The soles are smooth. No exaggeration, smooth. In seven months they were useless due to smooth soles and zero traction. The upper part of the boot leather has held up well but the sole and everything below the leather has fallen apart. I called Zamberlan three times and sent two emails with no response. These boots are not backpacking boots, they are at best as weekend wear boots.

Zortea NW
Zortea NW Posted: 11/1/15
Reviewer: Sara from NOVA
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I hate superfluous purchases and was looking for a pair of hiking boots to last me a long time. I wanted a pair that could be resoled, that had full grain leather construction, that was lined completely with leather, and that wasn't made in a sweatshop. There are about six boots out there that meet those criteria, this is one of them. For the record, these boots are old stock from 2013. I don't know why Zamberlan discontinued them, or why they aren't currently making another women's specific hiking boot. There are also NO reviews to be found on the web so this one is going to be a bit on the lengthy side. The tag on these gives you both women's and men's sizes, but the manufacturer says that they are built on a women's specific last. They look and feel like men's boots to me and the sizing is off as they are larger and wider than most women's shoes. I wear a US 6.5/7 and they fit more like a 7.5. They are chunky, like work books, and they are heavier than a pair made with synthetic components would be. The exterior leather is robust and the stitching has all been double and triple reenforced where needed. The entire boot is finished well. You can really tell that someone made these boots with a lot of care and that he or she was proud of their work. The leather on the inside of the boot is supple glove-leather and feels very natural against the skin. Overall they are very comfortable out of the box with very few spots that need to be broken in with extended wear. The insole is a pig-skin covered piece of foam and it is absolute rubbish. The shank of this boot is made to be replaced if ever necessary and is accessible directly under the insole. That means that there is 1.5mm of leather and 1.5mm of foam between your food and the fiberglass/micarta? shank. It's like walking on a sheet of rock, which is bearable as long as you keep moving, but remaining stationary for any amount of time is miserable. I replaced the factory insoles with grey Superfeet to give my sensitive feet a little bit of cushion. If you have high-volume feet, this might not be an option as it may take up too much of the toe box. There is no rand on these boots, as you can clearly see from the photos, and so the outer leather is going to require some care to maintain it's integrity. F.Y.I., all leather boots require maintenance to keep the leather in prime condition so that it keeps its functional properties. If you don't ever want to have to treat a pair of boots, then your should probably stick to synthetics. The outer sole is pleasantly tacky has a good grip even on wet, slippery rocks. The laces are generous in length and they come with an extra set, which is a nice touch. These boots were exactly what I was looking for, but they are certainly not for everyone. People with narrow feet should look elsewhere, and so should anyone who isn't up for a couple of extra pounds strapped to their feet. If you're already used to high-quality utility boots like Danners or Whites, then these exceptional, Italian-made beauties might be a good option for you.

Air Round Low GTX RR
Air Round Low GTX RR Posted: 7/10/15
Reviewer: Jim Pearl from Salt Lake City, Utah
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I called Zamberlan to ask about the fit do this shoe and they never got back to me as promised. I ordered half a size smaller then my Nikes and the length and width were just right with a heavy sock. It is very comfortable with some support laterally. It is ridged like an approach shoe. I have not been in water yet but the vortex wrap seems perfect. So far a great, expensive advanced approach type shoe. Not a lot of miles on it yet.

Vioz GT
Vioz GT Posted: 6/30/15
Reviewer: Amanda Thompson from Chicago
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

AMAZING boots! No need to break in - wore them for a 4 mile hike the first day out and no hot spots, blisters, or issues. Sturdy support around your ankles helps with longer hikes and I really liked it. These boots are very solid but not heavy - I never feel like I'm wearing big shoes with them on. Great grip on the trail (can get a little slippery in streams) and totally waterproof. Included footbed is very comfortable and breathable wool. I've never had luxury hiking boots before now but I get it! I'll be keeping these for life.

Tofane NW GT RR
Tofane NW GT RR Posted: 6/25/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

By AZ Weagle on March 24, 2014 Bought these boots in 2011 before I started my first trail crew. Worked 7 months on the PCT wore the boots 80% of the time during that time. Wore them again on doing a trails survey crew. And finally finished up a 14 straight months of trail work and saw crews. I've had them resoled once and need to do it a second time. The only problem I've had is the seem in the back is finally coming undone. It's an easy fix. Point being, I've given these boots just about the hardest ride they could of taken in a 3 year time period. Desert, snow, swamps, NW rainforest, lava fields, warehouses, big burns etc Buy these boots

230 SH Crosser Plus GTX® RR
230 SH Crosser Plus GTX® RR Posted: 6/23/15
Reviewer: Tom Barker from Victoria, texas
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I bought these a few days before a two week trip to Italy, France and Spain where I knew I would be walking several miles a day. I have a total ankle replacement on one ankle and severe arthritis on the other. I was a little worried not knowing these shows but still went all in with them after trying them on. They were awesome. Several others shoes are headed to goodwill after the Europe trip. Highly recommend these. Light weight but very good ankle support.

Air Round Low GTX RR
Air Round Low GTX RR Posted: 6/12/15
Reviewer: Chris A from Lincoln, Nebraska
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I hesitated when I ordered these because, well, they are 'SPENSIVE! But I have a difficult time when it comes to buying shoes, particularly the trail/hiking variety. Hightops rub my ankle and have rubbed it raw before. Many others are WAY to narrow. Vibaram soles have caused me discomfort before, so I was worried that these would be the same. I can say, without a doubt, they are well worth the extra money. They are plenty wide for my fat feet. The GoreTex doesn't seem as stuffy as it was in other Gore shoes I've owned. And the soles are wonderful. The shoe as a whole outperforms anything else that I've tried. You want to drive a Cadillac (or Ferrari, in this case), you gotta pay for gas. But in this case, the price is justified.

Crosser RR
Crosser RR Posted: 5/4/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

I think that you should do size number 9. For example, I usually wear size 9.5 is the width is narrow and 9 if the width is medium, but in this brand 9 & a half is large for me.

Gear GTX®
Gear GTX® Posted: 4/19/15
Reviewer: J.W. from United States
Overall: Rated:4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!

I have tried on a lot of boots in the past several weeks and these Zamberlans were one of the better pairs. I was impressed with the build quality and the precision of the stitching. I have a feeling that they would provide a higher than average durability to weight ratio. Comfort-wise, I felt no hot spots no matter how I tightened the laces. The toe-box area was a little on the snug side, but otherwise I felt the sizing was spot-on when wearing the appropriate, medium to heavy weight hiking socks. My toes did not feel cramped or crushed like on some Asolo pairs that I have tried. I really wanted to keep these Zamberlans, and would have, only I could not achieve a reliable and confident heel-lock. With my very thickest socks and a very particular lacing technique it worked out all right, but only when I tightened the laces as tight as I could. Even then I did not feel any hot spots surprisingly, but still my heel never felt totally secure. You can see the six lace hooks on the boot follow in alignment from behind the toes to the top collar. If this boot had been designed with one of those deeper-set heel-locking lace hooks, then maybe it would have fit the back of my foot better and I would have kept them. Kind of a disappointment for me, but do check them out if you are looking for a mid-weight hiker that can pull some weight-bearing duty.

230 SH Crosser Plus GTX® RR
230 SH Crosser Plus GTX® RR Posted: 2/22/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Nice boots. Very light. Bought for a recent ruk and they performed very well under the weight of a pack.

Vioz GT
Vioz GT Posted: 2/18/15
Reviewer: from
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

Probably the best boots I've ever owned! They are hand crafted in Italy and fit as if they are custom made to my foot. Very good arch support and provide an exceptional foundation for any activity. Fit seems true to size. Would definitely purchase again - although probably won't need another pair for years and years as they are so well made!

Solda NW GTX®
Solda NW GTX® Posted: 2/17/15
Reviewer: Bill from Maryland
Overall: Rated:5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!

I recently purchased the Zamberlan Solda NW GTX boots and I am very happy with my decision. I have been looking for a quality pair of casual/light hiking boots that provided both comfort and good looks. These boots did not disappoint. They were more money than I wanted to pay but you can tell right away that you purchased a pair of high-end boots the minute you take them out of the box. They even came with another pair of laces (orange) in case you want to change the look. Great service as always from Zappos.

230 SH Crosser Plus GTX® RR
230 SH Crosser Plus GTX® RR Posted: 2/12/15
Reviewer: Jay from New Mexico
Overall: Rated:3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:3 stars!

I guess it's all about trade off's?? I wanted a light hiking boot for faster day hikes where I'm carrying under 20lbs. I'm not a fan of ultralight footwear as I weigh 195lbs and hike on rough terrain here in New Mexico. These seemed like they would fit the bill. They fit pretty good right out of the box. I have a fairly narrow foot and I was able to tighten the laces enough to get a nice secure fit, but they are wider in the forefoot than my normal go to brand of boots Lowa. The ankle support was great and good cushioning in the heel but the cushion was minimal in the forefoot. The tread is also very minimal and I can't see these lasting more then a few months of hard use. This is not a boot I would ever use on rough terrain or off trail. Smoother trails it would work out ok. After my first 6 mile hike a rock cut a chunk out of the tread near the heel and I was having to carefully watch where I placed my footing and rockier terrain because I could feel sharp rocks in the forefoot area. I couldn't imaging caring a heavy pack all day in rocky terrain with these boots. If these things were only a bit beefier and used a PU midsole I think they would be perfect. But for now they are going back to Zappos and I'll try the Asolo Fugitive GTX as a light hiker.

Zortea NW
Zortea NW Posted: 1/30/15
Reviewer: Marzanna Grodzka from Wayne, NJ
Overall: Rated:2 stars! Comfort: Rated:2 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!

Returning them because these boots are too big and too heavy. Per information on Zappos website, these boots weight 1 lb 11 oz or if that is the weight is per each boot, two should be 3 lb 6 oz. The accrual weight is 4.2 lbs.

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