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  • Constructed around the Zamberlan Backpacking Last (ZBPK) for an excellent heel lock, comfortable wrap around the top of the foot and a roomy toe box
  • Waxed Tuscan leather uppers with rubber toe rands and calf leather-lined collars hold up to hard use on the trail
  • Uppers are treated with Zamberlan proprietary Hydrobloc technology to ensure the leathers stay supple and strong
  • Gore-Tex® Performance Comfort membranes offer waterproof breathable protection and durability
  • Vibram 3D outsoles have wide lugs for easy debris removal, and a forward rocker for enhanced mobility uphill and excellent downhill braking capability
  • Dual-density polyurethane midsoles offer the right mix of cushion, lightweight performance and durability
  • Robust nylon midsole shank offers excellent support and assistance for steep terrain when carrying heavy loads
  • Includes 2 sets of laces: one flat and one round
  • Boots can be resoled


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Best Use Backpacking
Footwear Height Over-the-ankle
Footwear Closure Lace-up
Waterproof Yes
Upper Waxed full-grain leather
Lining Gore-Tex Performance Comfort waterproof breathable membranes
Midsole Dual-density polyurethane
Support Nylon shank
Outsole Vibram rubber
Can Be Resoled Yes
Average Footwear Weight (Pair) 3 lbs. 9.9 oz.
Gender Men's

Size chart

Rated 5 out of 5 by from How desperate are you for a review? People seem to want some sort of review of this really new product. I can give you some sort of review. I received my pair yesterday. They are gorgeous! I think the toe rands and the calf-leather collars are worth the price premium over the regular Vioz. The uppers are stiff in the right places but supple enough in some other places that they are much more comfy than, say, my old Scarpa SL's. There's no lace lock halfway up, so if you want your lacing tight in some areas and loose in others, you're going to have to be innovative. The sole looks to be essentially the same as the regular Vioz: pretty stiff, but with a good rocker and with a little give near the ball of the foot. The tread is unusually aggressive at the front of the heel block; maybe that design causes stresses that the material can't always handle, and that may be the reason for some tread failures reported by Vioz owners. I tried on the regular Vioz at the local REI and ordered my Vioz Lux in the same size that fit me there, which is the same size I get in almost every shoe I purchase.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Improvement over the reliable 996's I really like my 996 Vioz GTX's. They have been an outstanding hunting boot that I have finally just wore the tread off of them (lasting longer than any other hunting boot I've used). I had seen that the 1996's are an upgraded version of the 996. They defiantly are... the uppers are a much better system with a better constructed system at the bottom of the laces. The rubber toe will be a big help in the rocky high country. Same great comfort despite being very stiff. Break in will take a little while but well worth it. Very happy with purchase.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Hiking & Backpacking Boot I am getting back to hiking and, hopefully, backpacking after not doing much of either for 25 years or so. When I started thinking about a new pair of boots to replace my 39-year-old backpacking boots, I had not even heard of Zamberlan. A sales lady at the Issaquah REI showed me the regular Zamberlan Vioz boot saying it was “a beautiful boot.” I tried them on and they felt great, but I felt they were out of my price range. The more reviews I read about them and the more times I tried them on in various REI stores the more I agreed that they were indeed beautiful boots. I then came across the Zamberlan Vioz Lux boot on REI’s website. I went to the Seattle REI store to see a pair in person as that was the only store in the Seattle-Tacoma area that carried them. I first thought that the regular Vioz in dark gray was “prettier” than the waxed brick Vioz Lux, but they are both beautiful, well-made boots. As did an earlier reviewer, I concluded that the Vioz Lux was worth the extra money over the standard Vioz to get the protective rubber toe rands and the calf leather ankle linings. The small weight difference seemed insignificant to me. I ended up purchasing a pair of the Vioz Lux boots at the Seattle store. I have only worn them on one 4 1/2 mile day hike with a light pack and about 6 miles around my neighborhood so far, but I think they are great boots. I did get a small blister on one heel on my hike, but I think that problem could be fixed by wearing a slightly thicker pair of socks or tying the boots a bit tighter and will likely not be a problem after more break-in walks. Others have noted that the Vioz boots do require some breaking in. In summary - beautiful, well-made boots, very sturdy yet comfortable with excellent ankle support. These boots do cost more than some other backpacking boots, but they should last me a long time. They can also be resoled which is a plus. The sizing seemed to be true at least for my size 12 feet. Try a pair on if you’re in the market for a good backpacking boot - I think you will like them.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bury me in them I have a pair of Vasque boots. They have a few hundred miles on them and are 10 or so years old. Two weeks ago I was at a climate change protest, and came home with a very sore left heel. I bought some super feet, thinking a new insole would solve the problem. They did not. I ordered a pair of these Zamberlan boots. I got up this morning, and my foot felt pretty good. I thought, well, maybe I will just send the Zamberlan's back. No no no. I put those Vasque's on, and my heel immediately complained. I went to get my new boots, and let me tell you, my feet are smiling. I ordered the boots on Wednesday, delivered to store, and they came on Saturday. That is fast. These are high quality boots. They have a hard leather upper. The boot as a whole supports the entire foot, so all of your weight is not on just one bone (which is what happened with the Vasque when it wore down). I am wearing them now, just to work them in. I'm not sure but what I could not go hiking in them as is, new out of the box. My left heel is really happy. These boots have a soft white leather upper inner lining on the cuff, and then a full gortex lining on down. It has a nice lace pattern, and I am using the flat lace that they came with. The boot is heavy duty, but attractive enough to be worn out to a nice restaurant. If I had only one shoe to wear, it would be this pair of boots. I am retired now, and life for me is mostly shorts,T shirt's , hat and dark glasses. These boots complete the outfit. The bottom of my heel is now pain free. I have dealt with fasciitis many times, and it is alway the shoe that causes it. When you have right footwear, the pain goes away fairly fast. Between shoes, when my foot is in pain, I wear a set of Birkenstocks until I can find the next shoe/boot. These Zamberlans are just the best boot I have ever had, hands down, and I am not cheap when it comes to foot wear.
Date published: 2017-05-06
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This boot is also made in black. Why is this color not available at rei?

Asked by: Franta Procházka
As of May 2017, we do not plan to stock the black color. All available colors are on our website.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-15

Do they come in wide size? My previous boots were Asolo Power Matic 200 GV - size 10.5 wide and were a perfect fit.

Asked by: Strixo
​Zamberlan does not make these boots in a wide width.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-27

I am interested in this model but there are no review comments. Is this a new model? how long REI has been offering this model?

Asked by: Alan
These boots are new for REI. We have been carrying these since January 2017.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-26

Where are these made?

Asked by: JGoody
This item is made in Italy. Please keep in mind the country of origin can change over time and some items are sourced from multiple countries.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-02-24

It's now 1/12/17. I was just wondering if you knew when the black color was going to ship?

Asked by: 421Mike
As of January 2017, we do not plan to stock black. All available colors are on our website
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-01-27

Do these boots come in a b width or narrow width

Asked by: Shotgunjoe
No, we only carry these boots in the men's standard D width. Zamberlan does not make this model in narrow widths.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-17

Hello there. Could you please tell me the actual Zamberlan 'Model' number for this boot? Thank you very much.

Asked by: Ecuador2017
The Zamberlan model number for these boots is 1996.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-07

The specs say that these boots can be resoled. Are they typically sent back to the manufacturer for resoling? If so, do you know the typical cost and turn around time to have the work completed?

Asked by: NH Walkingman
These boots do not have to be sent back to the manufacturer to be re-soled. We recommend Dave Page who is one of our repair partners.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-13
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