EMS Arete GTX—Made by Zamberlan for EMS in 2004…
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: $65
EMS Arete GTX—Made by Zamberlan for EMS in 2004 and 2005.
- Perwanger one-piece main construction
- Incredible build quality
- Superior ankle protection
- The Best Vibram soles ever produced—Vibram Vertige
- Heavy—6 lbs for the pair, but worth their weight
A rare and awesome hardcore hiking and mountaineering boot. Gore-tex lined.
The fit is perfect for my size 11 (45) normal width feet. I have purchased two pairs on Ebay through the years and they are often mis-advertised and usually quite reasonable. These were about $250 when new 15 years ago.
The EMS Arete GTX is without question the best boot of this type I have ever purchased for any price.
Cold, hot, wet, dry, rocks, swamp, etc. These boots perform and spray off to look like new.
I wanted a heartier boot than my last pair (Asolos…
Materials: Stiff Italian Leather/Gore-Tex Lined- Heavy Vibram Tread
Use: All hiking, My boot is my boot.
Break-in Period: Wore Everyday. As slippers, work shoes, Hospital Clogs, and day hikers for three weeks in preparation for Three Days in Presidentials
Weight: Boulder Like, maybe 8 lbs.
Price Paid: $225
I wanted a heartier boot than my last pair (Asolos from 1998-2006). I also wanted the ability to step into crampons for winter trips. Boy did I get it.
I almost baulked at the purchase and went with a "softer" boot for comfort. Don't be scared at the out of box "ski boot" feel. Given the love and attention of a good couple good Snow Seal Massages, continual wear, and stretching, these boots began to loosen after a week.
Three weeks in and I'm confident to ascend. I'll retract as necessary if further tests prove contrary.