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The Zamberlan Skill GT Boot is a premium choice for long day hikes and light-to-moderate backpacking expeditions. Zamberlan is an Italian outdoor footwear company that prides itself on handcrafting each piece in a single Italian factory, which ensures that old-world craftsmanship meets modern technology.

  • Hydrobloc waxed leather uppers repel the elements and stand up to all the abuse the rocky trail can throw at them
  • Vibram L.H.0.7 outsole's moderate gauged lugs ensure stability on uneven terrain and comfort on flatter surfaces too
  • Waterproof breathable Gore-Tex membrane won't let your feet get wet in the occasional stream crossing or rain storm
  • Z-Comfort fit footbed with Z.A.S. (Zamberlan Air System padding) cushions each step
  • A foot-wrapping lacing system incorporates durable outer hardwear for a just-right fit, and the boot's leather molds more to your foot each time you wear it
  • Perforated leather lining in the heel and ankle and a one-piece leather tongue and gusset create a super-smooth, secure fit
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Great boots

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size
  • Size Bought: 9 usa

I wear boots everyday for my job, I used to get Danner boots but decided on a more hiking boot. The funny thing I searched the web for the most comfortable boots and zamberland "popped up" so I ordered a pair eight months ago. Now I am ordering my second pair of boots today, not because the other pair is wore out, just because I like the boots that much. All I can say is , I use them for construction work and I recommend giving them a try!

Very comfortable and sturdy

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I bought these as a replacement for some worn out pairs of Vasque Sundowners, now relegated to yard work. I have a long narrow foot and these fit really well. Initially, the tongue was rough on my upper foot as well as the stiffness of the boot itself, but I have been climbing the Presidential's with them with either a pack with all my and my boys gear on them, or a pack and a boy on my shoulders, so I really need the support. I've had them filled with water and dryed out while hiking. I agree they aren't too good on wet slippery surfaces, but I even have felt soled wading boots, and I can't say anything works under those circumstances. I don't like the gold tags, and I don't believe the go through the leather, but I don't like they they could and are unnecessary.


  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I have arthritis in my ankle. I was looking for support. It was okay for that. There was a long break in period. I wore my boots for work. I am on my feet 8 to 10 hours a day. After 6 months my boots started smelling like a cat peed in them. In the beginning the traction was great. Now I can't wear them on rainy days because it's like walking on ice. For some reason my right boot started squeaking on every step. Very irritating. So I'm thinking take them into shoe repair. Why waste the money I'm sure I can find a better pair. I spent a lot of money on these boots. I expect no wear problems for years. Very disappointed. Maybe they think you wear them once or twice a year for hiking they will last for years. Wrong. I'm giving these boots 2 stars because no ankle pain after I started wearing them.

Own a cat or leave your boots on the porch? I say that in jest because I've owned two pairs of Zamberlan Voiz 996 and a pair of these for some years and never had that unfortunate 'cat peed on them' smell experience. I also had a right Zamberlan 310 boot start squeaking and then the left to a lesser degree. Guess it was the leather stretching and breaking in. In applying Zamberlan hydrobloc cream and walking through the squeak stage it went away. Not sure how anyone else has dealt with that?

Comfortable boot

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs small

A very comfortable boot. Leather uppers are great quality. However the soles have poor traction on hard wet surfaces.

The soles started to come loose from the leather uppers after 4 months in the instep area. The little detail highlights on sides of the soles also started to peel off. Disa pointed in the durability of this $200+ pair of boots.

Hanging out on a rock.

The Zamberlan Skill GT boot is a light weight, mid high, full-leather hiking boot that set's the bar for mid-weight full-leather hiking boots.

The keys to these boots is quality leather, light weight with excellent craftmanship.

If what you are looking for is a lightweight full-leather well made mid-weight hiking boot;then this is your new boot. Look no further. This boot allows for agile movement which is one of the best features of the boot.

P.S. The sole of these are some of the grippiest Ive ever owned. Dont look to aggresive but put your boots on; walk outside, plant your feet & either turn left or right a 180 degrees. Might have to buy a patch of turf to fix the hole you just made. Super Gripy.

Get em N enjoy!

Hanging out on a rock.

Excellent boot

    As you would expect this boot is of the highest quality. Waterproof, supportive and durable. As with any good hiking boot, this boot requires that you give yourself a big break in period before you plan to do a week long backpacking trip.

    Highly recommended :-)

      Love them...I have had 3 pairs of Scarpa SLM3 prior to these; although the SL's are great boots for off-track walking with heavy loads they are like walking in cinder blocks when on a track & they are very heavy. These Zamberlans provide comparable support IMHO & are so much lighter that they reduce overall load & hence fatigue. They are about as comfortable as a cushioned set of sneakers & waterproof to boot (pardon the pun). I will not go back to Scarpas now, these Zamberlans will be my go to boots for years to come. In my group of Peak Bagging buddies we are almost all now wearing these boots...couldn't be happier :-)

      I bought these cuz they look cool

        While I certainly enjoy being active outdoors, I am not really a hiker and have never had a pair of hiking boots. I wanted some though, and these looked cool, so i bought them. I have not had them long enough to tell you about comfort (they are not yet broke in) or durability, but I can tell you about fit. I usually wear between a 11.5 and 13. My Nick's Hotshots (wildland)are 11.5, my Globe bunker boots are 11.5, my Danners are a 12 and my Nike's and Asics are 13. I tried on the 12 and 13 in the Zamberlan Skill GT, and the 13 fits perfect. So I am telling you they run a bit small, at least in my experience.

        I bought these cuz they look cool


          Out of the box hiked 20 miles with 40 pounds in the rain...very comfortable, good ankle support without restriction of movement, waterproof,good on rocks, mud, trail, cross country...well worth the money...I would like to buy another pair for casual but they cleaned up so nice afterwards, I dont have to...These are the kind of boots that could last one a lifetime...You can also put the Italian sizing myth to bed on these...sizing is accurate, not narrow...

          Unanswered Question

          A friend just bought a pair of these boots from Backcountry on my recommendation and while walking around his house noticed the right boot began to squeak a lot with each step and then the left but to a lesser degree. I never had this issue with my two pair of 996 Voiz so I said I'd contact you gearheads. I don't want to steer him wrong and see him go through some warranty issue. Got any suggestions? He wants to exchange them but I thought I'd contact you good folks first.

          I just got a pair of these from you and...

          I just got a pair of these from you and tried them on for the first time. My big toes are rubbing a bit on the side, but everything else feels fine. Should I go a size bigger or will this go away in time? My foot isn't wide, btw.

          Best Answer

          Just go half a size up. It's a process, so if you need to, go up another if that doesn't work. These are tough boots that will break in and stretch slightly, but probably not enough to take care of making the toe box work for you, and definitely not before you walk a long way with blisters and toenails dying. Make sure you have on the socks you're going to be using.

          If this one doesn't work out, try to find the Zamberlan Steeps or the Vioz +. Same sizing needs apply, but they're both ready to wear and incredibly comfortable. I own the Steeps, and I'm thankful every time I wear them.

          Thanks. Backcountry's sizing chart for Zamberlan had a US Mens 10 1/2 and EURO 44.5 being equal, which is what works for me. Unfortunately, what arrived was a US 10 and EURO 44.5 and is small. The chart has US 10 equaling EURO 43.7.

          Are they available in a wide?

          Are they available in a wide?