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Zamberlan Baltoro Lite GTX Backpacking Boot - Men's

$324.95
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Baltoro Lite GTX Backpacking Boot

When you’re spending consecutive days – or weeks – in a pair of boots, the attention to detail in the boot’s technology should match your own attention to planning a backpacking trek of epic proportions. Zamberlan’s Baltoro GTX Backpacking Boot makes no sacrifices when it comes to quality, utilizing a Vibram outsole for superior traction while maintaining a lightweight feel for long-distance ventures.

  • Leather backpacking inspire confidence with comfort for remote adventures
  • EVA midsole offers stability while navigating rocks and roots in demanding terrain
  • GORE-TEX lining is waterproof yet breathable for any conditions you encounter
  • Full leather construction is highly abrasion-resistant against obstacles
  • Vibram outsole offers superior traction in wet, sand, and uneven terrain
  • Rubber toe cap protects you from unexpected encounters with hard surfaces
  • Item #ZAMI014

Upper Material
Hydroloc Perwanger leather
Waterproofing
GORE-TEX
Closure
lace
Last
Zamberlan backpacking fit
Midsole
EVA
Sole
Vibram Starlite
Claimed Weight
[single shoe] 1lb 6oz
Recommended Use
backpacking, hiking
Manufacturer Warranty
limited 1 year

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 4

5 stars going uphill, 3 going down

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
10.5
Height
5` 10"
Weight
140 lbs

I love Zamberlan boots and wanted desperately to give this 5 stars, but I'm experiencing some issues with this pair. First, the pros: The vibram sole is super grippy and seems to be much more durable than the type found on my previous pair, the Zamberlan Vioz GTX's The ankle and arch support is phenomenal. Every time I've come close to rolling an ankle, the boot's structure seems to keep things in check. The bottoms of my feet feel great even after 10+ mile slogs. They are much lighter than the Vioz's and the craftsmanship feels superb. You can cruise through scree, sharp rocks, boulder fields, anything a 14er might throw at you, and trust you'll be fine. Alas the cons: Going uphill, they feel perfect. But going downhill, the boot must fold in such a way that it makes contact with the top of my foot an inch or two below the base knuckle of my big toe - and it hurts quite a bit. Zamberlan boots don't typically require a break-in period, and I've worn these on at least 4 hikes, and probably 40-50 miles, and it's still happening. I worry it's going to be a permanent thing. I wear thick Darn Tough socks (the best out there) for hiking, and still seem to be experiencing discomfort. I'm going to keep at it with these boots and hope the downhill issue goes away, but if not, it could mean going for a different pair much sooner than expected, which would be a real shame as these are pricey.

Ryan, Any updates?

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Do these boots have a full shank?

Vincent, I do not see any information on our site nor on Zamberlan's website of a shank in this boot. This is odd as most backpacking boots do have some sort of shank to increase life of the boot.