User Review: Zamberlan Men's 760 Steep GT
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.