Zamberlan 1020 Nuvolao NW

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Weight 820 g



Very high quality and versatile, though expensive…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $350


Very high quality and versatile, though expensive boot. Will easily last 10+ years but requires frequent maintenance and waterproofing.


  • High quality materials
  • Versatile
  • 10+ year boot


  • Cost
  • Stock insole
  • Needs frequent waterproofing

Well made and beautiful boot (color is baseball-glove brown). Comfortable across a wide temperature range. Sole is not especially aggressive, but has high quality grippy, not waxy, rubber.

Well-proportioned interior with roomy toe box, but stiff tongue needs good break-in to eliminate heel lift. Smooth leather is difficult to waterproof, though old-fashioned Kiwi neutral shoe polish seems to work. Stock insole is too sloppy and should be replaced with custom insert.

Recommended for packs up to 40#. Relatively heavy boots, but very stable and supportive so they still feel good after a long day. Would take a strap-on crampon, though not really intended for high-angle mountaineering.  For everything else — easy mountaineering, multi-day pack trips, 3/4-season day hikes, forestry, weekend home improvement projects, winter travel — this is a very useful boot.  

(I have had these 1 year, worn them year round, and they look new.  Very satisfied and would buy them again.)

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Free Shipping. Zamberlan Men's 1020 Nuvolao NW Boot FEATURES of the Zamberlan Men's 1020 Nuvolao NW Boot Uncommonly comfortable yet very tough and durable boot for mountainous terrain, field or forest Part of Zamberlan's new Norwegian Welted boot line, the 1020 Nuvolao NW is both capable and beautiful Using Norwegian Welted construction to apply a new, lightweight PU sole to waxed Tuscan Leather uppers, Zamberlan has expertly blended old world quality with new world technology SPECIFICATIONS of the Zamberlan Men's 1020 Nuvolao NW Boot Upper: Hydrobloc Full Grain Leather Leather Thickness: 2,6 mm Hardware: H.R.T in.High Resistance Treatmentin. Lining: Calf Leather Footbed: Anatomic Footbed Padding: Z.A.S in.Zamberlan Air Systemin. Insole/Shank: Zamberlan Modular Flex GT Toe and Heel: Thermoplastic Sole Package: Zamberlan Vibram NorTrak Construction: Norwgian Welted Fit: Men's This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.

- Moosejaw

The Zamberlan Nuvolao NW hiking boots have a classic look but are packed with modern features to keep you on track, no matter what the trail throws your way. Waxed, full-grain leather uppers have a distinctive, handsome look and are water resistant. Welted construction creates boots that are durable enough to withstand years of hard use; interior is lined with soft leather. Anatomically-shaped removable footbeds provide cushioning and support, wick away moisture and have an active carbon middle layer to help control odor. Dual-density thermoplastic urethane is used to create midsoles for a solid foundation underfoot, adding stability and control. Polypropylene shanks are added to bolster arch protection and increase support. Exclusive Zamberlan Vibram(R) outsoles feature large toe and heel contact patches, self-cleaning design and small, multidirectional lugs to increase traction. Zamberlan Nuvolao NW hiking boots feature a D-ring lacing system.


Zamberlan hiking boots are a glorious blend of old craftsmanship and new technology. The Men's Nuvolao NW Boots are no exception. These boots are made in a family-owned Italian factory, where close attention to craftsmanship and detail is top priority. The boots' sturdy leather uppers offer an old-school look and impressive durability, while techy components like Vibram outsoles and molded footbeds bolster comfort and performance.