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Zamberlan Latemar NW Backpacking Boot - Men's

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    Great to look at and even better to wear.

    Hand-crafted in Italy, Zamberlan's Latemar NW Men's Backpacking Boot is so nice to look at that it's almost worth purchasing just to put it on a shelf in your living room. If you did that, though, you'd be missing out on serious comfort and performance on the trail. The Latemar's built for heavy-duty backpacking, with a waxed Hydrobloc full-grain leather upper that repels dirt and water, along with a soft calf leather lining that protects your foot and helps pull moisture away from your skin.

    Its smooth, welted construction lends serious durability, and the ZBPK Performance Fit last fits your foot like a glove, so you can cover serious ground without blisters or unnecessary discomfort. Leather boots do take some time to conform to your feet, but once they do they'll feel like a million bucks, with the additional comfort and protection of a TPU insole and PU footbed to cushion your feet from the beating that rough ground can deliver. No matter how rocky and slick it gets, the multi-directional self-cleaning lugs of the Vibram NorTrak outsole will keep you locked in, so you can focus on your beautiful surroundings without worrying that each step might send you on to your butt.

    • Handcrafted leather boot for serious backcountry adventures
    • Hydrobloc full-grain leather upper deflects dirt and water
    • Calf leather lining adds protection and wicks sweat
    • TPU insole and PU footbed cushion your foot on rocky terrain
    • Vibram outsole offers lightweight, surefooted traction
    • Zamberlan products have been made in Italy since 1929
    • Item #ZAM001Y

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    HydroBloc full-grain leather
    Waterproofing
    Hydrobloc
    Lining
    calf leather
    Closure
    lace
    Last
    ZBPK Performance Fit
    Footbed
    Zamberlan Z-Comfort Fit (PU)
    Midsole
    TPU
    Sole
    Zamberlan Vibram NorTrak
    Claimed Weight
    2lb
    Recommended Use
    backpacking

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    Zamberlan Latemar NW Boot

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 8

    I have always wanted an all leather hand-crafted boot but just couldn't bring myself to drop the jackola on them. Looking for new hiking boots on Backcounty.com's website, I saw the Latemar NW's and thought, wow, these are just the boots I've been looking for, time to take the leap.

    As already mentioned, beautifully hand crafted all leather Italian boot. Very firm and they smell awesome. Reminds me of my first all leather lace up Henke ski boots I had in the 60's - minus the weight. Slipping your foot into these calf-lined beauties is such a smooth and soft transition. I wear a size 8 and based on the other reviews, that's what I ordered. Perfect fit. I did supplement them with Montrail Enduro insoles (my favs).

    So, I'm not sure if I'm breaking the boot in or they're breaking me in. Probably a little of both. Laced them up snug - not tight - and went on a 5 miler in the local woods. Had one good nagging pressure point on inside upper right ankle bone. Wore them to work today and felt the same pressure on left ankle. I think the one-piece leather uppers folded tongue is the cause and I just need to continue the break in process until things smooth out. The locking lace hooks - one pair at each ankle - are a very convenient addition! I also purchased via Zamberlans US website the Hydro Bloc leather finish creme and conditioner. Figure it's worth it to take care of these.

    I'm 63 and looking forward to hiking all around the locale here in Kentuckiana and then taking these puppies for a spin up to Mt LeConte, GSM next year. Will follow up after break in. Cheers!

    Zamberlan Latemar NW Boot

    Wow nice boots

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 9 & 9.5

    I am another fan of all leather boots, but not just any boots. They have to be well made .. and these are. So well made they will make you smile just to look at them. In terms of price - yes they are expensive ... so buy one pair of these instead of two pairs of another boots. They are currently on sale as I write this, and I actually felt good about paying for them. Somewhere some one is getting paid a good wage to make these.

    The tricky thing is size. These boots have a roomy toe box, and a well cushioned heel which is great for me because I have a small heel. I can fit anywhere from a 9 - 10 when I buy boots. I do buy a lot of boots that are the "right" size but never fit ... or hurt my feet, and I end up tossing them. Good boots fit ... good boots feel good after a day of walking, and if you get blisters .. you should have thrown the boots out long before you took them in the field.

    I work in the desert borderlands of Mexico and the US and mostly I am hiking off trail in rough country. I back pack a bit and in the winter I do a some elk hunting and scouting up in the snow country. I ordered a 9, 9.5 and a 10 so I would get the right fit. These boots were so well made they all fit. I kept the 9 and the 9.5 ... and will probably get the 10 in the Sella's for winter wear.

    I do use super feet in all my boots and will switch them out to refine the fit. These boots have a well made footbed and some folks will find its just the ticket the way they come.

    I spent a few hours yesterday with the 9's and a heavyish sock around the house ... and thought maybe I screwed up by buying a too small size ... but I went with a lighter weight hiking sock today and just did a 6 mile hike ... they just kept getting better. I imagine when I get a 100 miles on them .. they will do the thing an quality all leather boot does ... and shape to my foot. And become my boots. They felt so good after a 4 mile hike .. I had my wife drop me on the road 2 miles from my house when we drove home, and walked back.

    The 9.5 felt like the perfect fit with a heavy - mountaineering sock, and the 10 felt great with a liner. I was lucky with the 9 .. as I have had a lot of lesser boots that fit - correctly ... but just do not work. A snug boot with proper room in the toe is a risk these days. I blow through a lot of boots, and have been buying a particular all leather boot on ebay - have not seen any for months - so finally decided that I had to find a replacement I could buy in a store.

    And again .. a well made all leather boot ... unless you are in wet snow ... and precarious technical conditions for a couple of days ... is better. Last time I hooked up with some back packing friends we hiked a river with multiple crossings.. and they had their fancy waterproof gortex boots... I got to do the eyerolls and laugh at them when they had 5 lb soggy water balloons on there feet ... water not a big deal for a good leather boot ... and I happened to take an old pair of boots and drill a couple holes in the bottom ... and walk right on down the river .. in and out ... and they shed the water .. always remember water proof means not just no water in .. but no water out.

    Anyway ..

    A Rare Gem of a Boot

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

    I am pleased to see Backcountry selling Zamberlan boots, but the big story here is the Latemar NW. They are constructed with high quality leather and do not have Gore-Tex. We (as consumers) have been fed the Gore-Tex in hiking boots requirement for so long that not many people know how nice it is to have leather backpacking boot without Gore-Tex. After a few hikes you will understand how nice this is. And on an extremely hot day with lots of hiking you might even see your perspiration seep through the leather. Gore-Tex certainly has it's merits (especially in footwear used during the winter or in very wet environments), but for hiking in above freezing weather a boot without Gore-Tex performs better.

    A bit more information specific to this boot... The heel hight is fairly flat compared to many backpacking boots. So it lacks the high-heel feeling when on flat ground. The sole does not have an aggressive look to it. Yet it is long lasting and provides excellent off trail traction. The inside is calf leather and very comfortable. It is important to note that a one piece full-grain leather boot is both waterproof and tough with some care. You do need to maintain the outside leather with a cream and wipe the inside calf leather clean regularly if you have been sweating a lot. As an added benefit these boots can be completely rebuilt if needed. Just ask Zamberlan to recommend a cobbler to replace the sole or make modifications.

    I really hope other manufactures and Zamberlan make more boots like these.