Zamberlan 310 Skill GT
Materials: gore-tex, 2.4mm one peice leather, Vibram
Use: Casual, short dayhikes through to rough trails w/ heavy pack
Break-in Period: short - one piece leather 'gives' uniformaly
Weight: 610 grams or 1.35 pounds
Price Paid: $240 AUD
I purchased these boots three months ahead in preparation for a two month stay in Canada's Rocky Mountains. I chose the black model and as such was able to wear them with my business clothes to work each day so I could wear them in prior to arriving in Canada.
These boots were so remarkably comfortable that I did not wear my business shoes again before departing! I simply could not put my business shoes on of a morning.
I was attracted to Zamberlan for many reasons; their 80 year three generation family owned heritage, their comprehensive design philosophy and their apparent perfect blend between tried and tested design and modern influence.
When i got to the wilderness of the Rockies, I was delighted with my decision on the Skill GT; they are so protective, snug, comfortable, feel compact yet very sturdy, and make walking a rough trail a treat.
I tested my boots via hiking, scrambling and day touring over surfaces which include ice, snow, gravel, rocks, mud, grass, water. Temperature range i used them in was 30degC (Yes, canada has a heat wave in September 2009!) down to minus 20degC (in a blizzard at 2800m altitude), never were my feet hot or cold - just perfectly warm.
The one piece leather construction (similar to Scarpa's legendary SL M3) manages to use one piece except for the heel. Unlike the slightly taller Zamberlan Vioz the Skill seems to have perfected the one piece leather design. And unlike the Scarpa, the Zamberlan have utilised a far more user-friendly and modern Vibram sole.
I loaded these boots up with a heavy pack and walked some amazing terrain, having owed many taller boots specifically designed for heavy loads I know the Skill GT are perfectly capable of performing as well as a taller boot; the support and strength of this boot is remarkable. And hence I disagree with the limitation that I have read in descriptions that these are a 'day walk' or 'short hike' boot. Disagree completely.
And finally, the Vibram soles perfect this boot. Made with a far more modern design than any other one-piece-leather constructed boot, they offer a compactness which allows the user to enjoy a more agile feel which I appreciated over heavy rocky surfaces and also when i wear them casually.
Make sure you choose the right fit and buy these; you will also find you'll have a wall-of-text to say about them!
Price Paid: $230
Best pair of hiking boots I've ever owned.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
The Zamberlan 310 Skill GT Hiking Boot features a traditional one piece Hydrobloc full grain leather upper - High tech L.H.0.7. Zamberlan exclusive Vibram sole - Zamberlan exclusive Foot Wrapping System to firmly hold the foot and allow a precise fit - GORE-TEX lining for utmost protection and breathability.
- CampSaver.com refers to the men's version
The 310 Skill GT hiking boots combine waterproof protection and the classic fit of Zamberlan for use on tough day hikes and moderate backpacking. Durable 1-piece Hydrobloc(R) full-grain leather uppers offer excellent flexibility and support. Zamberlan Foot Wrapping System incorporates nonbulky tongues and padded cuffs and heels to secure feet and add comfort. Padded and gusseted tongues relieve lace pressure across insteps while also keeping out trail debris. Seam-sealed Gore-Tex(R) liners protect feet from wet weather and allow excess moisture vapor to escape, keeping feet dry and comfortable. Nylon linings wick moisture away from your feet, further ensuring dry comfort. Removable, moisture-wicking insoles are anatomically shaped for extra comfort and are perforated for ventilation and moisture control. Polyurethane midsoles provide all-day cushioning while thermoplastic urethane midsole shanks enhance rigidity and stability on uneven terrain. Exclusive Vibram(R) rubber outsoles deliver durability and reliable traction on rough ground.
- REI refers to the men's version
The Zamberlan Skill GT Boot is a premium choice for long day hikes and light-to-moderate backpacking expeditions. Zamberlan is an Italian outdoor footwear company that prides itself on handcrafting each piece in a single Italian factory, which ensures that old-world craftsmanship meets modern technology.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
Free Shipping. Zamberlan Men's 310 Skill GTX Boot DECENT FEATURES of the Zamberlan Men's 310 Skill GTX Boot Lightweight and durable tough hiker and moderate backpacker Designed for trekking and hiking The 310 Skill GT features outstanding old-world workmanship and modern day technology combined to provide comfort, support, and stability The perforated Leather lining in the heel and ankle areas and one-piece Leather tongue and gusset grip the feet snugly to ensure a great fit The Gore-Tex lining and premium Hydrobloc full-grain, single-Leather upper combines to provide superior water repellency The Zamberlan Vibram L.H.0.7 sole with moderate gauged lugging will ensure stability while traversing uneven terrain and comfort on flat surfaces The SPECS of the Zamberlan Men's 310 Skill GTX Boot Weight: 610 gram Leather Thickness: 2,4 mm Hardware: H.R.T in.High Resistance Treatmentin. Lining: Gore-Tex Footbed: Zamberlan Z-Comfort Fit Footbed Padding: Z.A.S in.Zamberlan Air Systemin. Insole/Shank: Zamberlan Z-Flex GT Toe and Heel: Thermoplastic Sole Package: Zamberlan Vibram L.H.0.7 Construction: GTX Bootee Lacing System: F.W.S in.Foot Wrapping Systemin.
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version