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Zamberlan Collina

rated 5.0 of 5 stars

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These are very impressive boots. I got them just about a week before my first multi day backpacking trip and I haven't looked back. I wore them mostly around the house for just a few days before the trip, and I never had any trouble. They are very waterproof with their gusseted toungues. They have very nice Vibram soles. I have had traction on very steep, sheer granite, enough so that I can walk where my friends are sliding down on their butts. I don't know if that's just me or them, or if it's really the soles, but either way I'm still impressed. I scuffed them up significantly during a trip to the presidentials where I spent a lot of time above treeline in all that rocky scree around the summits of Washington, Jefferson and Adams, but this is only aesthetic. I've had them for a year and a half and they are showing thier age as any boot will, but I am not expecting to buy new boots for a few years yet.

Materials: Full Leather
Use: Backpacking and Heavy Dayhiking
Break-in Period: A couple days around town
Weight: Heavy compared to others
Price Paid: $95

Pros

  • Comfort and longevity

Cons

  • None

I bought my Collinas in 1997 at either Whole Earth or REI for $95.00, and I still wear them to this day.  I day hike maybe three dozen times a year --and I deer hunt in them once a year-- but they still fit me like a glove.

This year I used a boot-stretcher and Kiwi Select Universal shoe stretch spray to lengthen the right boot.  At 66 I guess my feet are flattening out a bit.

I love these boots.

Dante Cominotto 

Background

27 years with Zamberlan

Many years prior with Vasque

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 95.00

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