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Zamberlan
Baltoro Lite GTX Backpacking Boot - Men's

4 out of 5 stars
2 Reviews
$349.95
Color:Graphite/Black

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Why We Like The Zamberlan 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.


Details

  • Leather backpacking boots 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] 1lb 6oz
Activity
hiking, backpacking
Manufacturer Warranty
limited 1 year

Overall Rating

4 based on 2 ratings

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3 out of 5 stars

September 6, 2021

Updated - 3 overall, still pretty great

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought:
10.5
Height:
5' 10"
Weight:
140

Updating after a full 16 months or so of heavy use - I think I logged close to 300 miles in these things. The folding issue I mentioned below stopped after about a year, but the sides are now folding and I'm starting to get blisters on the balls of my feet, and even just got some on the side after completing Wilson Peak, Mt. Wilson, and El Diente in the San Juans of Colorado, which has never happened before. I think they've just worn out - they're much lighter and thinner than my Vioz GTXs, which is a good thing, but at the same time, I think that impacts their durability. These boots are still amazing and very comfortable - and they would probably last longer for someone doing more casual hikes. I have used them almost exclusively on very rugged 14ers (I think I've done about 20-25 of them in this pair alone, plus 50 miles in Glacier in July 2021). So I think I'm gonna go back to the Vioz GTXs and just buy a new pair. Those are such heavy things but I never once got a blister in them so I trust them more. **** 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 C
5 out of 5 stars

August 31, 2021

Burly & dependable with solid support

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought:
9.5
Height:
6' 1"
Weight:
170

Zamberlan has surpassed my wildest hopes and dreams with this boot. I purchased these to guide a 45 day backpacking trip in the Brooks Range of Alaska. I went with the 1110 Baltoro Lite GTX RR to replace my worn out pair of Zamberlan 996 Vioz GTX boots, hoping to to shave significant weight while retaining unparalleled ankle support, aggressive tread, and durability. I was extremely impressed; these boots stood up to the brutally demanding terrain of off-trail travel through the Brooks. The Perwanger leather and generous tough rubber rands withstood beatings from rock and gravel bar walking, thick willow brush, and sharp talus, all while constantly soaked from frequent river crossings. Rain, snow, ice, or shine, the tread provided excellent, dependable traction. The lacing system of these is easy, secure, and reliable with the tough laces and hardware. As a wilderness backpacking guide, I have seen other big brands' boots succumb to the rigors of the tough terrain of the tundra. From my experience with these (lightweight) tanks I cannot recommend them highly enough!

Parker L