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Zamberlan 310 Skill GT

rated 4.5 of 5 stars

The 310 Skill GT has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best backpacking boots for 2024.

photo: Zamberlan 310 Skill GT backpacking boot

I purchased these boots three months ahead in preparation for a two month stay in Canada's Rocky Mountains. I chose the black model and as such was able to wear them with my business clothes to work each day so I could wear them in prior to arriving in Canada.

These boots were so remarkably comfortable that I did not wear my business shoes again before departing! I simply could not put my business shoes on of a morning.

I was attracted to Zamberlan for many reasons; their 80 year three generation family owned heritage, their comprehensive design philosophy and their apparent perfect blend between tried and tested design and modern influence.

When i got to the wilderness of the Rockies, I was delighted with my decision on the Skill GT; they are so protective, snug, comfortable, feel compact yet very sturdy, and make walking a rough trail a treat.

I tested my boots via hiking, scrambling and day touring over surfaces which include ice, snow, gravel, rocks, mud, grass, water. Temperature range i used them in was 30degC (Yes, canada has a heat wave in September 2009!) down to minus 20degC (in a blizzard at 2800m altitude), never were my feet hot or cold - just perfectly warm.

The one piece leather construction (similar to Scarpa's legendary SL M3) manages to use one piece except for the heel. Unlike the slightly taller Zamberlan Vioz the Skill seems to have perfected the one piece leather design. And unlike the Scarpa, the Zamberlan have utilised a far more user-friendly and modern Vibram sole.

I loaded these boots up with a heavy pack and walked some amazing terrain, having owed many taller boots specifically designed for heavy loads I know the Skill GT are perfectly capable of performing as well as a taller boot; the support and strength of this boot is remarkable. And hence I disagree with the limitation that I have read in descriptions that these are a 'day walk' or 'short hike' boot. Disagree completely.

And finally, the Vibram soles perfect this boot. Made with a far more modern design than any other one-piece-leather constructed boot, they offer a compactness which allows the user to enjoy a more agile feel which I appreciated over heavy rocky surfaces and also when i wear them casually.

Make sure you choose the right fit and buy these; you will also find you'll have a wall-of-text to say about them!


Materials: gore-tex, 2.4mm one peice leather, Vibram
Use: Casual, short dayhikes through to rough trails w/ heavy pack
Break-in Period: short - one piece leather 'gives' uniformaly
Weight: 610 grams or 1.35 pounds
Price Paid: $240 AUD

Superb compact, world class quality boot that equals a heavier bigger backpacker boot with a much lower profile.


  • Full on hiker despite compact design
  • Great looks with jeans, for not just hiking
  • Super quality second to no other boot i've seen


  • Only con is that these are no longer made

Just got these. Use them for everyday running around in an urban environ plus photo treks that go from messed up alleys and sidewalks to malls to desert to trails to beach sand to demolished urban areas—anything in other words.

Haven't had a chance to test the durability as I just got them, but I've got some pretty expensive euro backpacking boots such as Hanwag, Alico, etc. and these are more compact on the foot as stated in another review.

However, their fit and support are on a par with the heavier, taller counterparts. I love that I can have a more compact shoe without the heel jutting back another half inch in the back, or ankle collar coming up another 2 inches...and still have the comfort, cushion, and support.

But as well as the full function in a more compact package (still with thick leather 1-piece construction), these look great if you want to throw on a pair of jeans. My favorite go-to hiker at this point. World class quality.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $138

One piece of Italian leather for the upper? Yes please!

However, they had to be resold in less than one year and I don't even do much more than day hiking.


  • Leather
  • Goretex
  • Vibram


  • Sole wears out quickly
  • Sole becomes unlaminated
  • Zamberlan couldn't care less

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $250

Best pair of hiking boots I've ever owned.

Price Paid: $230

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