User Review: Zamberlan Men's 760 Steep GT
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.