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A highly versatile, incredibly durable boot with old-school Italian looks too.

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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5 5

Great boots

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 9"
    Weight: 185 lbs
    Size Purchased: 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!

4 5

Very comfortable and sturdy

  • Gender: Male
  • 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.

2 5


  • 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.

3 5

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.

2 5

Initially really pumped...

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

Well, thats what i get for buying boots online. Initially they felt great and there wasn't any break in period. Now when I hike I experience a pinching sensation on the soles occasionally, as if the sole weren't rugged enough. The fit is excellent, like a glove (or boot...) but when I step on a sharp rock just the right way I feel it through the boot. The soles and leather are beginning to wear alot even though I treat the leather after every use with a bees wax/lanolin paste. I've done about 60 miles of hiking in them and I just don't think they are rugged enough. At this rate I will be lucky to get 200 miles of hiking out of them before they disintegrate... I got a 45.5 my left big toe initially rubbed but i just smushed the toe area from the top to widen it and that took care of the problem, I wear a size 11.5D new balance, 12 nike, 11D red wing. 2 stars because of the fit and looks, would have been 1 stars if they were ugly. Definitely a throw away boot (can I return them?), which sucks because I really liked them at first. Americans probably shouldn't buy dainty Italian hiking boots.

Responded on

Knowing this reviewer wears Nike and Red Wings is all I need to know to throw this review in the trash. These are amazing boots for hiking and backpacking - and as a side note, they don't need bees wax treatment after every hike. That's FAR too often. I recommend sticking with your Red Wings...

Responded on

Could not care less if you are a marine engineer or a dry cleaner. I stand by my comments. The beeswax/lanolin application after every use is only a small part of what made it a laughable review. The other part was the grammar. And I didn't have to assume that. It was right there in front of me...

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 Responded on

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.

Responded on

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.

Responded on

Same size foot for me. I went to the 45 and wear a heavy Merino wool expedition sock and poly liner sometimes. I also threw in some green Superfeet. Heel locks in nicely, no width or jamming problems in the toe box, no slop, works great. Good luck.

Are they available in a wide?

Are they available in a wide?

Responded on

Not that I'm aware of. The boot has a all around fit. Maybe half size up.
Boot will require 50-60+ miles of break in. Leather will stretch over time.

Hanging out on a rock.

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!

5 5

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.

5 5

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 :-)

4 5

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
5 5


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...