Zamberlan 760 Steep GT
Source: bought it new
Great boot, very comfortable for long hikes, good ankle support, true to size for me. Used Nikwax for nubuck leathers as a waterproof.
- No heel slippage
- Good ankle support.
- Price, wait for sales would be my advice.
True to my size and very good on comfort. I have a high arch foot bed very comfortable, lacing as in all boots must be adjusted to your foot and needs. I found the lacing good. Ankle suuport is very good however I have other Zamberlan boots with superior ankle support VIOZ 1009 TOP GT RR.
Hiked in the rain, not a real test for these boots, feet stayed bone dry. Good grip on wet un-even surfaces. The coldest weather I was I in with these boots was in teens and 20 degrees no problem with heavy Smartwool socks.
Zamberlan a high end boot great construction and build quality. Used primarily in Northeast winters snow, below frezzing weather, hiking, outdoors, etc.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $270 US
Fairly lightweight backpacking boot with great ankle support. Can be used for on trail and off trail hiking.
- Great ankle support
- Euro styling
- Vibram sole is a bit slippery on wet rocks
- No rand to protect the toe area
I have to say these are the most expensive boots I have ever purchased but the money spent was well worth it. These boots are super!
There was virtually no break-in time associated with them. The first time I took them out, I went on an 8.5 mile hike and did not have any issues. Since then I have hiked in them in the Wichita Mountains, Pecos Wilderness, Wheeler Peak Wilderness and White Mountains Wilderness with the boots. Conditions ranged from dry to mud to snow covered trails. Ankle support is excellent and the Vibram sole worked very well on muddy trail to snow covered talus en route to Wheeler Peak.
They do lose some of their "grippiness" in stream crossings (reason for the 4 rating).
I can't get over how comfortable they are every time I put them on. Even with the stock Zamberlan insoles, they are still comfy. These boots are a little much for normal hiking, but, the protection they provide, especially in the ankle are, is superb. Backpacking with these ATB's will be easy and I have a little excursion planned for these in November in the Lincoln National Forest. Awesome boot.
I noticed they run a little wide. I normally wear an 11 to 11.5 US, D width and I have a pair of Asolo FSN 95's in the wide width because the D width was too narrow. I got the Steeps in an 11.5 and they are very roomy. But, that's ok because it allows me to wear a much thicker trekking sock which adds to the comfort.
I had a small issue with heel lift, but, now that the ankle area has "worn-in" a little more, coupled with a different lacing technique, I no longer have that issue.
You won't be disappointed. Don't let the "steep" price deter you, you won't regret getting them. I have not had issues with the Goretex membrane leaking.
Not much to add except these boots are holding up well in the conditions and environments I have taken them to.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: US$90 from GearTrade
The Zamberlan 760 Steep GT boots are very well made boots. I have been very happy with their performance. They are even more comfortable and supportive than my old Zamberlan Trek Lites boots. That and they breathe better. They are outstanding boots.
- Supportive-particularly around the ankles
- Comfortable out-of-the-box
- Build construction
- Expensive at regular price
- Not fond of the red/grey color
After 8 years of regular used the leather finally split on one of my boots. I found a pair of Zamberlan 760 Steep GT boots and have been very happy with their performance. They are even more comfortable and supportive than my old Trek Lites. That and they breathe better.
They are outstanding boots.
Materials: Leather, Goretex
Use: Off trail, snow fields, trails
Break-in Period: None
Weight: 770 grams
Price Paid: $259
First of all, let me say I feel very lucky to even HAVE a pair of these boots to review. Seems that Zamberlan is having a heck of a time clearing them through customs and most dealers have them on a wait list. I got mine from CCOutdoorsports.com and I was actually on a wait list for a very short time before they came into stock and shipped.
These boots are out of the box comfortable and probably required no breaking in prior to serious use but I put them through a short break in period on stairmills and treadmills at the local fitness club prior to their first actual use.
Their first use was a combination on trail, scramble hike of about 26 miles. I'm extremely impressed with how light they are given their size. I had absolutely not one problem going from the trail to off trail and finally to large talus fields and boulder hopping.
Two weeks later I took them on a five day trip to the Enchantment Lakes and while there pushed them up to the top of Dragontail Peak (on a large snow field without crampons), Little Anapurna (snow rock mixed) and Enchantment Peak (rock). Again nary a problem.
They have excellent traction on summer snow and I never felt the need to put on crampons. Just kept slogging on up some fairly steep snowfields. While the outers got slightly wet even with the waterproof coating my feet inside did not.
My last hike was strictly a trail hike and I forgot to bring along gaiters; the brush was wet, the water wicked in from my socks and my feet got wet but that was my fault. So, as it stands right now they've been everywhere and seen a little of everything except crampon wear.
My one complaint; the leading edge of the toe is leather and not the rubber rand you see on a lot of hiking boots. For the type of hiking I do (a lot of off trail) this has resulted in some scuffs in that leather. I would like to see a rubber rand but of course that would add weight.
Just as an aside, CCOutdoor.com is recommending the Zamberlan 540 Rise as a substitute for this boot. It is even lighter as it has some Cordura in place of the leather but it has the same sole. It's also $15 bucks cheaper.