User Review: Zamberlan Men's Vioz GT
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $270 on Sale
Great boot, super tough and very comfortable.
- Extremely durable
- Very comfortable
- Adapts to a wide foot.
- Long break-in period
I bought these boots before a trip to Papua New Guinea to walk the Kokoda track. Having wide, short feet finding comfortable boots was a nightmare. After trying on at least 20 different types I bought the Zamberlans and haven't looked back since.
It took about 30km of hiking to break the full leather in (and stretch them around my wide feet) but after that initial period they have been super comfortable with even the heaviest of loads. The ankle support is excellent without being restrictive and the aggressive soles make excellent use of whatever grip they can find.
Over the last few years these boots have made it through Kokoda, to the base camp of Everest and the summit of Kilimanjaro as well as numerous local hikes and are still in fantastic condition. The only sign of wear is some slight scuffing of the leather on the toes (Mainly from kicking mud steps on the Kokoda track and scree running down Kili.).
One downside to these boots is that being full leather they don't breathe as well in the hot humid places of the world as a fabric/hybrid boot would. If you're not travelling to warm locales or don't mind a sweaty foot at the end of the day then you would be hard pressed to find a more comfortable, better made boot.