Zamberlan Cristallo Gore-Tex
Materials: Nubuck Leather
Use: Moderate off-trail w/ medium-heavy pack
Break-in Period: One 3-day trip!
Weight: Between 2-3 lbs
Price Paid: $240 Cdn
These boots are pretty darn good. Despite the goretex, I treated them with nikwax and even after standing in puddles, water would run off the surface - excellent leather.
One small problem (depending on how you look at it) is that some cuts and scrapes went pretty deep. On the plus side, the leather is thick enough for this not to be a big problem.
If you have REALLY high arches, they might not be good for you, my arches are sorta high, and the boots are a little tight there, but if you lace them properly it's no big deal.
Ankle support is great, vibram soles allowed me to walk up very steep inclines (up to sixty degrees for short stretches + fun!)with a pack on.
Good cushioning - feet were rarely sore, never got blisters even during first hike.
These are available at MEC, and for the price, are excellent. Unless you need leather thicker than 3mm or super stiff soles that won't budge in your hands, I'd recommend these to anybody!
The dry feet at the end of the day are a great feature!
Materials: Classic leather with Gore-Tex
Use: Rough trail with medium pack
Break-in Period: 1 week
Price Paid: $208
My backpacking is mostly in the Colorado Rocky mountains in wilderness areas, and I don't stay on the trails a lot. My feet are average volume, size and width and these boots fit my feet very well. I ordered 4 -5 pairs of mostly different brands and tried them all out. These offered excellent stability under 35 lb. pack and very good traction and comfort.
Added Super Feet insoles to make them almost perfect.
The toe box gives plenty of wiggle room and the heels set in nicely. Downhill no toe jamming. I highly recommend these boots.
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