With legendary Italian quality and comfort, the Zamberlan Vioz GT boots offer waterproof protection and burly construction to handle everything from easy day hikes to backcountry adventures.
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Rated5out of5byAltitudeAdjustmentfromBest Backpacking Boots. Ever -- So Far AnywayHands down -- everything I wanted in a backpacking boot and more. I broke a cardinal rule with these boots -- I only broke them in on a five mile hike five days before taking them on a backpacking trip along the Lost Coast Trail. I know -- bad idea. But with these boots -- in just that short 5-mile walk -- I knew I wouldn't need anymore break-in. They felt perfect on my feet on day one.
Once on the trail, they felt the same way. They conformed to my feet and provided great stability on the sand as well as many of the creek crossings, etc. I never once came close to falling.
I also didn't get any blisters in the usual places. I'm 6'4" and usually suffer from heel and toe blisters. With these boots, none. I didn get a small blister on the bottom of my foot, but that came from a small pebble I dealt with on my last three miles. *sigh*
These boots are a little heavier than most boots, but they make up for that in support -- especially with a heavier pack. That's a huge benefit for me.
Will be interested to see how they hold up -- I have Salomon Quest 3Ds that have suffered from a lot of deterioration due to wear.
If you are on the fence -- I'd suggest buying these boots. Just remember -- every foot is different.
Date published: 2014-04-15
Rated4out of5bymrtoby'sbuddyfromYep ! They are awesome.Last year, I purchased an expensive made in the USA brand hiking boot and wasn't pleased with the fit and feel. Recently bought the Zamberlands and have to echo the other reviewer's praises. The fit was amazing right out of the box and my 10H (45's) fit my 10.5 D USA feet with great comfort and support. It kills me to recommend the Italian made Zamberland boot over the USA contender, but these boots win hands down. The only minor complaint is that this men's model isn't available in a simple brown color/style. I expect to have many more comfortable miles on the trail and around the NOVA are wearing these pillows. I am not affiliated with any shoe/boot manufacturer or retailer. REI is my first choice of purchase due to their member refunds, competitive pricing and liberal return policy. They do stand behind their products. Shipping to my current location in the sandbox was fast and at no additional cost. I will see how they feel during the upcoming hot summer months.
Date published: 2014-04-11
Rated5out of5byDesertdreamerfromPerfect fitI've bought a lot of hiking boots in my 57 years. This pair is by far, the best I've ever owned. I'm not usually someone to gush over a consumable, but this is truly a quality boot, well made, excellent materials, great design, awesome performance. I'd be surprised if anyone went wrong with a purchase of this boot.
Date published: 2014-04-02
Rated5out of5byjmbk10fromAmazing bootsI must pay these boots the respect they deserve. First, i have had these boots about 2 years and have put hundreds of miles on them from both hiking and wearing the in the streets. This is not a review from someone who just bought these.
The boots are absolutely amazing and extremely comfortable and completely water proof.
I wore these boots the day that the storm sandy hit and my entire basement flooded while i was down there, and not a drop of water got through. I have hiked through rivers in them, and not a drop of water got through. I have full confidence that these boots will not fail me.
As far as durability, I'd like to see them have a rand, but aside from that they are extremely durable. Obviously you have to care for them, and i always treat them with wax to seal them. My dog got a hold of the boots and was able to chew off a portion of the back of one of them, and while it is a noticeable chunk missing, the boots still perform flawlessly and remain completely water proof. (And for the record no boot would have repelled my dogs teeth).
I highly recommend these boots
Date published: 2014-03-24
Rated5out of5bybgmacfromThese are great bootsI put these on and out of the box thought they were the most comfortable boots I've ever worn. a year later and about 500 miles later it's still true. I even wear them in the muddy fields goose hunting, they are warm, reasonably wieghted and water resistant. Buy these Boots.
Date published: 2014-03-17
Rated5out of5byjaredkozfromThe BESTThese are the most comfortable and tough hiking boots I've ever worn. Worth the high price tag in my opinion. They required ZERO break in time. I've used them heavily the last two weeks, taking them though lots of deep snow, creek beds and mud (as well as sidewalks), and now don't even think about them. They are completely waterpoof and comfortable and allow zero hesitation or care of where best to step. The ideal boot!
Asside from the high price tag - ONLY minor issues I've noticed are that their laces are very thin and are somteimes difficult to lace with gloves on. The exterior tends to scuff easily, which actually makes them look a little better in my opnion.
Date published: 2014-03-05
Rated2out of5byazprohikefromNOT MEANT FOR ARIZONAI bought these boots Nov/13 on the recommendation of the rei salesman and was thrilled with the boot, comfort,breakin time, support,traction,but after just a few hikes in very rocky terrain, the thrill was gone. these boots were very badly scuffed on the toes and down the sides,they look far worst than my 2 year old,$100 boots,which have been hiking in the same terrain in az.
Date published: 2014-01-31
Rated5out of5byMexicanoBrasileirofromExpensive And Well Worth ItThese are great hiking boots. I wore them on 3-week trip to Europe, which included a two-week hike along the Rota Vicentina, on the southwest coast of Portugal in the fall. We had all kinds of weather conditions including several days of heavy rain. The boots don't leak! Also, we had all kinds of terrain, including some rock scrambles, sand dune hiking and loose scrabble...the boots have great traction.
Finally, these are fashionable and they were the only shoes I took on the trip. They don't look overly "backpacky" when worn under a pair of jeans in a decent restaurant.
I highly recommend these!!
Date published: 2013-12-14
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