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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
    calf leather
    ZBPK Performance Fit
    Zamberlan Z-Comfort Fit (PU)
    Zamberlan Vibram NorTrak
    Claimed Weight
    Recommended Use

    Tech Specs

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    Solid Boot

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    These boots are solid and will take a bit to break in. The soles have grip that you can trust, and look like they will last a very long time. The boot is not light, so if you are counting ounces, then they probably aren't for you.

    First Impressions and Fit

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

    The first impression on opening the box: These are bulletproof, heavy leather boots, but beautifully crafted. They even smell wonderful.

    Fit: My old boots (Asolo fugitive GTX) are size 11. When I bought them they were a great fit, but I over time my feet must have gotten flatter, because my toes are now dangerously close to the front of the boot, even when I'm wearing medium weight socks. So I sized up to an 11.5 for the Zamberlans, even though I read a few reviews that said they run large. In the Zamberlans, my big toes are just over a half a thumb width from the inside of the boot. Which feels perfect.

    On first wearing: The boots felt really comfortable the first time I tried them on. The glove leather on the inside feels really welcoming and is much more comfortable than Gore-tex liners. The sole of the boot is fairly stiff but curved, so your feet roll when you stride. Very comfortable right out of the box. Some people mentioned they had problems with the heel shape. Fortunately, the heel cup feels perfectly sized for my feet. Coupled with the leather lining/padding the fit feels custom made and gently grips my heel.

    I'm guessing it will take a while to fully break these boots in. Probably at least a dozen 3 mile walks. But, I get the impression once I do these boots will be incredibly comfortable and will last a long time, even with really hard use.

    If you are looking for lightweight boots, these are not for you. However, if like me you are looking for a heavier boot to give you confidence on tricky mountainous trails, or you don't want Gore-Tex liners, or you don't want flashes of neon, or even if you just want an old school boot, you might want to consider the Latermars. I think you will be impressed.

    Worth the effort...

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: US13

    Superior design, materials, and construction. Be prepared to spend some time working with lacing to get the proper fit and for many break-in miles.

    Size is true for US13 for length, width, and volume. I usually wear US12.5 or US13 (low volume foot with small heel with medium width in the forefoot) but since US12.5 is not available I sized-up and then made adjustments. Added "Oboz O Fit Insole Plus Size 13/14" to reduce volume and provide a better heel cup. This insole fits the last perfectly - no trimming needed.

    1.) Rock-Solid construction
    2.) Best soft leather lining that I have had
    3.) Heel-toe offset is minimal - this is good as adding the insole increases the heel stack

    1.) Lack of a US12.5 option
    2.) The included laces caused rub burns on fingers when tightening - otherwise well made (could just be me during the first cold snap of the year).

    Nicest Hiking Boots I've Owned

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    Great boots so far. I've worn them around the house and for two short hikes and they keep getting more comfortable. I learned a few things about choosing the right size hiking boot when thinking about this purchase, and realized I have been wearing boots that were too small for my feet for years. When trying on the boot make sure, before you lace them up, that you can slide a finger down behind your heel easily. When laced up this provides some extra toe room for your toes to move forward a bit without getting jammed up as happens when going down hill. When I first tried on my size 10s I thought they might be too big, but as I've worn them I've come to understand the design and and how it benefits the toes. My heel stays in place just fine, and the rest of my feet are supported nicely. Not so many miles on them yet. I'll report back after the season with more impressions.

    Zamberlan Latemar NW Boot

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 8
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 185lbs

    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'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!

    9/28/17 Update:
    I've logged about 30 miles on these now and that pressure point on the upper left ankle is still present and nagging. May have to return these. A shame really as this is such a well made boot. Down graded from 5 to 4 stars.

    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
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 137lbs

    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 ..

    I just wanted to follow up. The tale of these boots is very much in the dicken's tradition of the best of boots .. and the worst of boots. I kept the 9 and the 9.5. The 9 fit very, very snug, and I wore them with midweight smartwool hiking socks. The snug tight fit of the 9 boots made them very easy and agile to walk in difficult off trail terrain. And the heavy solid design gave one an extraordinarily solid and sure footing. The other thing about these boots is - if you are having back ... knee ... joint ... feet problems ... they help. I am 63 and things are starting to go - but I felt like these boots gave me back 15 years in terms of what I could do. And bla bla ... if you have not figured out that a good leather .... and especially a good leather lined boot are better than anything out there ... well you have probably not tried one that is ... on the fine end of the craft.

    I would like to say ... best boots available on the market. In term of form and function ... they are. Alas in terms of durability and customer service there are problems. I did 30 days of break in … around the house and flat trail walks … and then 60 days in the field. The 60 days was in mongolia ... 5-20 miles a day ... carried 25 lbs (photo gear) ... mixed terrain alpine to desert ... but a lot of grasslands open country. At the end of the trip the sole had wore out and through the bottom, mid layer and into a heavy plastic layer on the toe ... and another couple of weeks and the toe would have worn into the stitching. These would not work as expedition boots where you depended on them for an extended period of time. And again I am an old guy and weigh only 139 lbs ...

    Honestly I would still buy them for the form and function ... there is no hiking in the lower US or Mexico ... where you would depend on a boot for three months. I thought I could just get them resoled by Zamberlan ... and be back to where I started - and happy with everything about the boot. Not a chance ... They do not make the original sole/midsole available to cobblers, and they have spent 6 months trying to figure out how to do it. The customer service has the feeling of a groundhog day - nice person who says nice things ... and then a month later it is back to the beginning. I just talked to one of the cobbler's .. and he expressed the same frustration ... he has never been able to get the replacement soles for the boots ... and yet zamberlan customer service just told me he could. The reason I want the original sole is the boot is really agile in rough off trail country ... my worry is a heavier vibram would be clunky. The 9.5 I bought which I wear with heavy socks for elk hunting and winter wear are great but fell just a little less agile then the glove fit of the 9.

    I have finally decided to send them off to be resoled ... I will let you know how they function after a resole.

    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.

    Unanswered Question

    How much do these boots weigh? One of the most important things to know about a boot is the weight. The website should always list this under the specs ( just sayin’). ;)