Zamberlan Men's 996 Vioz GT Hiking Boot

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just got these today been wearing em for 7 hours and they fit perfect and feel like Ive owned and worn them for 2 yrs.
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  • Leather
  • Rubber sole
  • Hydrobloc Full Grain Waxed Leather Upper
  • 2.6 mm thick Leather
  • High Resistant Treatment Hardware
  • Z-Comfort Fit Footbed
  • Zamberlan AirSystem Padding

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Zamberlan Vioz GTX WATERPROOF Hiking Boots. Italian handcrafted comfort and quality for the long haul! And we mean "long haul" literally.. .as in, these were designed for extended backpacking, long treks, and four-season hikes! The Zamberlan Vioz GTX is a masterwork of comfort and performance, with features that make it truly all-day - even all-week - comfortable. The GORE-TEX lining provides the utmost protection and breathability, while the Microtex moisture-wicking nylon collar lining helps control excess moisture. The ankle features the Zamberlan Flex System, allowing your ankle to bend forward comfortably without compromising support laterally. Read on for more about what makes these some of the best Hiking Boots money can buy... Superior Craftsmanship: Vioz GTX RR Hiking Boots are hand-crafted in Italy by Zamberlan's expert staff, combining premium components with equally exceptional boot-making know-how. The finished product is a boot of the highest quality and value, with attention given to every stitch, every detail. A Little More About Zamberlan: Zamberlan is a third-generation, family-owned company based in Italy. They're not a huge company, and they don't aspire to be. Staying small allows Zamberlan to maintain excellent quality control and extensive field-testing, ensuring the boots that get to you are perfect in every way. When they put Zamberlan on a pair of boots, it isn't just a brand - it's their family name. Simply the finest: Hydrobloc full-grain leather upper is rugged and water resistant. At 2.6mm, it's thicker than average boot leather; GORE-TEX 100% waterproof, breathable construction for sure-dry, no-sweat comfort; Vibram 3D sole providing excellent grip, superb downhill braking, wide lugs for easy debris removal, and an energy producing, rock-forward motion; As with all Zamberlan Boots, the Vioz GTX Boots are resoleable for long life; Zamberlan Z-Comfort Fit footbed - another cushy layer underfoot; Z.A.S. Zamberlan Air System provides extra

Stay sharp out there in the woods with the 996 Vioz hiking boot from Zamberlan. Sleek leather offers a supple, strategically flexible fit and a crisp look while the Gore-Tex lining keeps you dry while maintaining breathability. The lug pattern is designed for optimal tread over a range of surfaces.

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  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 13 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B004478KHK
  • Item model number: 961 Vioz GT-M
  • Date first available at July 25, 2011
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,749 in Shoes (See Top 100 in Shoes)
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    Owned for 11 months now. Spent the first month breaking them in on Alaskan trails, the last 10 have been in Eastern Afghanistan. They arn't very pretty any more, but I have not gotten a blister to this day. Still as water proof as the day I got them despite looking like they got thrown in to a blender. Rocks take a toll on the all leather construction, but it has no effect on the performance of the boot. Anyway, I doubt anyone looking at a hiking boot like this cares about their looks. I have humped 120 pounds of gear for 6+ miles for 5+ days operations, through soaked fields, rivers, and up and down 10,000 ft mountains made out of shale rock. Not once have these boots let me down. I have seen multiple Asolos, Solomans, issue boots, garmonts, vasques all torn to shreds in these last 10 months, and I am still wearing these. If you need a serious boot, do not look elsewhere. (and if the shiny black isn't to your liking, nothing a little spray paint can't fix)
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    Size: 10.5 D(M) USColor: Dark Grey Verified Purchase
    I researched these boots carefully on their website, REI and here, and also looked at many product reviews. I am in my 40s, and invest in great footwear for running, hiking and everyday use in order to take care of my body, which doesn't bounce back like it did in my 20s. My choice, from scores of higher-end boots (Danner, Merrell, Vasque, Asolo, et al) , came down to 2 Zamberlan models, this and the Zamberlan 760 Steep. I chose the Vioz because of the slightly softer, tackier (IMHO) vibram sole and aggressive heel which I wanted for a better grip on wet rocks. If I backpacked in a drier environment, I probably would have chosen the Steep.

    So far, so great. Out of the box the gusset felt slightly snug, and the sizing was spot on. I walked around the city a few days with them to let them conform to my feet, which they did; the snugness melted away and the boots seated nicely around my feet. I went hiking with my Boy Scout troop a few days later over about 6.5 miles of trail with a change in elevation of about 1000 feet. The boots felt great. The traction was much improved from prior boots and I walked down a steep grade over some wet rocks without mishap. Now to be sure, I slipped some - these don't chemically fuse with wet rock or allow me to walk upside down or anything. But compared to my previous boots, also with a Vibram sole, I felt like I had a better footing.

    These boots are a little heavy in order to achieve greater ankle support and a thicker sole, particularly in the heel. That support is very helpful when carrying a 70 Lb pack over rugged terrain. The sole is on an arc in order to have a smoother roll to the gait, but I'm not sure I noticed mcuh of a difference.
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    Superb fit and comfort. BUT - Troublingly slippery on rock if the rock or boot sole is even slightly wet. On snow or ground, or 100% dry rock (and 100% dry ground along the way) they are great.

    The sole rubber feels a bit soft and gives the impression that it would have very good traction. But in practice, this is not the case.

    They are not extremely slippery at all times, but they will just suddenly let go several times on a hike. In most boots you can feel when the traction is starting to get marginal on smooth rock, so you can adjust accordingly. But these go from seemingly solid traction to completely letting go with no warning.

    I have stopped using them except on snow and ice with micro spikes. It is just not worth the 5 or 6 sudden slips on a descent on each hike.

    Too bad, because the Zamberlan fit is amazing. Nice and stable in the heel and mid-foot, but with plenty of room in the toe.
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    I spent at least 6 months trying to find a solid all leather, waterproof hiking boot that I could put miles on, and really beat up. I have a really high volume, and wide foot and its seemingly impossible to find a boot that is comfortable. I tried Asolo 520's(i think thats the model), Merrel's, Timberlands, Lowa's, Keens, and none of them were anywhere near ideal. The Asolo's were aesthetically what I was looking for but I could barely even get my feet in the wide version. As luck would have it I went to an REI in North Carolina and found these boots and decided to give them a shot. I wasn't going to with the price, but I slipped them on and they fit so perfectly that I could not leave with out them. A year on I've hiked through Northern West Virginia, Western PA, and Western NC and I have very few complaints. The Vioz's are a bit on the heavy/hot side, but tied tightly they hug your foot like a glove and will take a beating. The leather is superb, and very flexible both at the ankle and fore foot like it should be. The lugs are solid but the shape of the boot lends itself to movement so well that you dont notice the stiff footbed.
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    Size: 11.5 D(M) USColor: Dark Grey Verified Purchase
    The shoe is very high quality and has a great sole; it performed very well hiking in Yosemite. When I first started wearing them I immediately noticed the top of the shoe around my ankle/calf was very loose. The looseness only slightly improved when I wore heavy weight hiking socks. I also was only able to wear the boots for about an hour until they got slightly broken in. After a few days of wearing around the house I was able to use them working out on an elliptical machine and wear them for my 24 hour shift at the firehouse - all trying to get them broken in.
    I wore these boots on a 15 mile hike with 3000' of elevation gain and then back down 3000' - Clouds Rest, Yosemite. I found these shoes fit well in the foot bed but not around the ankle/calf. While hiking the steeper segments up and down I found my heel slipped a significant amount and I ended up with a tremendous blister on one heel and a minor one on my other heel - I have never had a blister on my feet ever before, even when I have worn brand new hiking shoes on long hikes.
    I was pleased with the shoe otherwise and am hoping to figure out how to get the shoes to fit a bit better...on the other hand the company I bought the boots from was horrible and would recommend never buying from them: Sport shoes unlimited - terrible service.
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