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jefp5995 wrote a review of on February 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Okay - I have wanted a pair of Zamberlans since I first learned of them in my 20s. I could tell the quality was top-notch, but the high-price always seemed "unjustifiable" to me on my tight budget.
Now I am in my 50s (and still super cost-conscious!) but the Backcountry.com sale price (and easy return process,), FINALLY justified the leap to try a pair.
OMG - had I only known! Just look (and feel) what I have been missing!
I am a professional designer of print, products, packaging, and furniture - and an artist. Rarely - so VERY rarely - do I not say, "Arg! if they had only (done this . . . ) it would be perfect!"
It's fair to say, I'm ridiculously-picky.
So, with that background, I am pleased to say these boots are "perfect! " The leather quality, the absolutely glove-like fit (yet with toe-wiggle room,) the design . . . I love these boots!
Despite all the new manufacturers, and textiles, designs, . . . this "old school" design still works best for me. I have worn through Vasques, Lowas, Obos, LaSportivas, Scarpas, Salomons, . . . ALL great boots . . . but I have a new favorite!
As for size (they don't make that easy - no US-EU conversion charts agree with one another,) here's my size reference:
44 = 9.5
44H ("half") = 10
The color is a deep, olive-green - almost black until you are in the sun. That mid-sole wedge that appears kinda blue - isn't. It's a darker-grey (maybe a hint of blue) - but closer to black (and the photo is too contrast-y.)
The leather is super thick - but the design of the shoe allows for good flex out-of-the-box.
The gusseted tongue and thick leather means this boot DOES NOT REQUIRE GoreTex!
As for weight - depending on what textile-mix you compare it too, this boot is NOT heavy in my opinion.
I'm digging them!

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jefp5995 wrote a question about on October 11, 2012

I have purchased several Arc'teryx harnesses, basing my size choice (Med) on the manufacturer's chart provided. The legs fit fine, but none of the waist belts ends met, in the front. I'm lean with no "gut" so I don't understand. The fit video at Arc'teryx says the two ends of the waist belt should meet, and can even overlap. What's up? If I go to a Large, the legs will be way to big. Anyone else find this problem?

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