Zamberlan 1020 Nuvolao NW
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Very high quality and versatile, though expensive boot. Will easily last 10+ years but requires frequent maintenance and waterproofing.
- High quality materials
- 10+ year boot
- Stock insole
- Needs frequent waterproofing
Well made and beautiful boot (color is baseball-glove brown). Comfortable across a wide temperature range. Sole is not especially aggressive, but has high quality grippy, not waxy, rubber.
Well-proportioned interior with roomy toe box, but stiff tongue needs good break-in to eliminate heel lift. Smooth leather is difficult to waterproof, though old-fashioned Kiwi neutral shoe polish seems to work. Stock insole is too sloppy and should be replaced with custom insert.
Recommended for packs up to 40#. Relatively heavy boots, but very stable and supportive so they still feel good after a long day. Would take a strap-on crampon, though not really intended for high-angle mountaineering. For everything else — easy mountaineering, multi-day pack trips, 3/4-season day hikes, forestry, weekend home improvement projects, winter travel — this is a very useful boot.
(I have had these 1 year, worn them year round, and they look new. Very satisfied and would buy them again.)
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $350
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Historic Range: $251.93-$359.95
Reviewers Paid: $350.00