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Zamberlan Tofane NW GTX RR Boot - Men's

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Tofane NW GTX RR Boot

Made with fine leather backed with a Gore-Tex membrane, the Zamberlan Tofane NW GT RR Boots offer year-round comfort and support for all your backwoods adventures. And because they're handmade in Italy by one of the very first companies to use Vibram soles, you can expect nothing but the very best in terms of quality, durability, and stunning old-school looks.
  • Burly boot built for hiking in wet weather
  • Full-grain leather upper backed with Gore-Tex waterproofing
  • Flex-STM jointed design enhances mobility at the cuff
  • Removable footbed offers cushioning over the supportive arch shank
  • Vibram rubber sole adds multi-directional grip on wet surfaces
  • Item #ZAM0001

Upper Material
Zamberlan Hydrobloc waxed full grain leather
Sole
Zamberlan Vibram NorTrack
Claimed Weight
3lb 15oz (pair)
Recommended Use
backpacking

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>Rating: 5

Amazing boots

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
43

I have been hiking in Alaska for the last 25 years and have been through many boots. I decided to splurge on these and have worn them for a few weeks now. They were comfy out of the box, and their size chart is spot on. I was worried they would be too small based on my past shoe size of 9.5 in almost every shoe. Zamberlan recommended a size 9, and these boots fit like a glove. Plus my toes have plenty of room to move which is what I think makes a difference. I can hike farther with less foot pain and fatigue. I easily hike 50 miles a week, and these are the best for me. I will definitely pick up another pair of these when in need of another pair of boots. This being said, I wouldn't wear these boots if I were doing heavy backpacking for days at a time. Up here in Alaska, backcountry hiking in the interior of the state is usually without trails, and I would wear a heavier boot like the LaSportiva Makalu which is heavier and sturdier. These Zamberlans are for light backpacking and long day hikes.

>Rating: 5

Perfect!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
46
Height
6` 3"
Weight
276 lbs

They fit perfectly and stays completely dry all summer long. Perfect for Greenland conditions!

>Rating: 5

Quality Durable Comfortable Boots

Height
5` 9"
Weight
165 lbs

These were the second pair of Zamberlan boots I've purchased. I've since purchased a third pair because of how comfortable they are. The Tofane is designed for the harshest environments and longest days. Wearing these all last winter they never let me down and still look like new. The rubber toe cap is nice because it saves the leather from scuffs and salt damage. Really looking forward to spending days in the back country hiking in these this summer!

>Rating: 3

Mixed

These boots are beautifully made and look fantastic but I also had the same experience as the other reviewer. The back heel/Achilles tendon area absolute kills me. It got to a point I couldn't wear them. It tears me apart because they are beautiful.

>Rating: 5

A fabulous product

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
10.5
Height
5` 11"
Weight
160 lbs

Every aspect of these boots...ergonomics, materials, esthetics...is at the highest possible level. Seems to me that no other boot maker works to such a standard. These guys really care about giving their customers the best. That said, to get the full benefit you have to have the right size, so you should order several sizes to determine the best for you. I did that and BC was quick to take back the returns.

>Rating: 3

Good boot but not worth the price point!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Height
5` 11"
Weight
140 lbs

I purchased a pair of the brother to this boot, which is the Zamberlan Latemar, the only difference being that the Tofane is goretex lined as opposed to leather. I bought this boot with high expectations, the boot came and looked wonderful out of the box but was a little stiff to put on, which i expected. Now that I have broken in the boots and hike in them regularly, I was doing a lot of uphill climbing searching for antler sheds in my local New Mexico forest. These boots performed well in the snow and kept my feet pretty dry for the most part, but I have some solid complaints that would make me reconsider purchasing the boot if I had to do it again. The factory waterproofing is extremely superficial, water will bead down it right away but it quickly soaks through the top layer of leather after a few hours. My main complaint with these boots however is that the heel area is particularly uncomfortable, almost to the point of being painful; whenever I step to push myself uphill my heel jams into the back of the boot, there is no padding or anything in this area whatsoever and your heel is jamming against a hard piece of leather that will eventually cause blisters and rubbing sores. I'm going to have to supplement this with a small piece of rubber gel placed behind my heel. I'm very disappointed as these boots were very expensive and I expected to have little to no complaints at all about them but they have been one of the most uncomfortable boots I have worn to date, of which I have gone through many. So these are just a few things to consider before purchasing this boot, again if I were to have to repurchase this boot I would select another option.

Thanks for the note about the heel. this is a make-or-break issue with me.

I have had the same problem with these boots. The heel became very painful around my achilles on one hike and forced me to hike 13KM out of the forest barefoot. I've also just returned from a hike in the snow which my feet ended up wet from moisture soaking through and i also have a 2 inch round blister on my heel. The sizing is right on the boots but they just have an uncomfortable heel design. I now need a new pair of boots because i can't rely on these.

I would argue these boots are worth the price for the quality of materials and craftsmanship. That being said - these boots are certainly more for backpacking than hiking due to the rigid heel and outsole (the same is true with the 996 Vioz GTX). I would not recommend these boots for any type of hiking that involves a steep incline or very uneven surface for the reasons listed above. If you are looking for a hiking boot I would recommend the 1007 Vioz Hike GTX RR for its overall flexibility.

>Rating: 5

Best boots I have ever owned

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

I never realized how poorly I was treating my feet until I bought these boots. These are a little heavy, that's what you get with an all leather boot; but they are sturdy and very comfortable, also what you get with an all leather boot. These are wider than average boots at the toe. Which is great because while still snug when initially putting them on, they do allow your foot to expand. This is why I stated I was treating my feet poorly. I switched to these from a pair of Asolo TPX boots, which are narrower. They were comfortable in the mornings, but at the end of the day I'd have some foot pain. The Asolos are still indestructible, but these are much better (for me at least). These aren't an E width, more like a D with a little room. I actually cannot wear my logger boots anymore, or my snow boots because my foot has changed shape so much at the toe. But I can walk farther and faster with less strain. I've been wearing these daily since June 2016 (currently January 2017). The break in time was a week. I am a forester and these are my work boots. In the field, I average 6-12 miles of terrain a day. I should add I live and work in the southern Rocky Mountains, so you can imagine the variations in slope, wet, dry, and snowy conditions I contend with. And after I wear them them all week while cruising timber, I also strap these bad boys on to walk around downtown Durango.

Hey I've had two pairs of Asolo TPS that both dry rotted and the sole fell off. Have you had that problem? I loosely speculate my problem was letting the boots sit in storage for too long. Asking because it sounds like you use your boots non stop. Thanks!

>Rating: 5

There is no contest.... Really!

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
42/8
Height
5` 7"
Weight
200 lbs

I have been eyeing this boot for some time now and finally broke down and bought the boot. I had ordered a pair of Danners Mountain Light II at the same time from a different company and they both arrived on the same day. So the comparisons was on..... I've always been a big fan of Danners and still am but when I put the two to the test the Zamberlan crushed the Danner and that is saying a lot for a boot to run away hands down from a Danner boot is impressive. Where do I begin to convey how great this boot is. The fit right out of the box was crazy I know it saids out-of-the-box comfort, I didn't think it would exceed my expectations but it did fits like a glove and the more you walk in them the better the boot feels. The construction is impressive you can see it is handmade with great care from the boot maker. The lacing is incredible so easy to cinch down nice and tight a great design, a big difference from other boots..... The outer sole is by far the best I've seen from any boot out there. I took them through brush and the type of stuff that usually jams up the sole in between lugs, with these nothing is sticking to the bottom of the sole which for those who dare to go where others won't know how important having the entire sole grabbing on what little terrain there is to grab onto and the mud just does not stick to the soles it's like having self cleaning soles. I really can't do justice to how good this boot is.... If you are considering this boot do yourself a favor buy the boot I assure you won't be disappointed. You get more than what you pay for when we're talking about this boot again it crushed the Danner Mt. Light II so there it is that should sell you on this boot unless you've never owned a Danner Boot. Make no mistake these Boots will be the best you have ever owned. From a very happy customer.......

>Rating: 5

Favorite boots ever

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
11
Height
6` 2"
Weight
183 lbs

I've worn out a few pairs of hiking boots in the $200 range and had stayed with the same brand and model I think through 3 pairs. They were recommended best bang for the buck, etc. Earlier this year, I went with some friends on a 8 mile round trip - Guadelupe NP. A lot of the trail going up has been blasted out - the switchbacks and ridges are steep and the steps are high - it's a rough trail and I work harder there than in most of the alpine backpacking I've done. So these boots I had, about 4 miles in, the sole on the right one just gives up - about 2/3 of it separated from the upper. Just a day hike, so no extra shoes. I know a lot of boots are glued and prior to that, I'd never given it any thought. That day I did though. Luckily, some people coming down - within 20 minutes - had duct tape and paracord. I MacGyvered that sole back on and walked back out. Then I started shopping. I liked these during the research phase primarily because the uppers are sewn on. A close second was because reviews reported that they run narrow. Not having bought boots before without trying them on, I was hesitant. They got in though and holy moly. They run 1/2 size large which I allowed for. Yes, they're narrow, which is perfect. This is one of the best feeling and fitting pairs of footwear I've ever owned. The uppers are incredibly substantial - heavy leather; so much so that I have to pull pretty hard even still to draw to sides together through the upper foot and ankle area when I lace them up. When tightened, the boot tops look to be loose around the calf. They're not though; the interior forms a perfect fit. I wore them around the house, very minor break-in - just the lace up part. Then I took them to Colorado and Central Texas. I swear, I don't want to take these boots off. Durable, light, form fitting, aggressive tread. Everything I wanted, plus. They're pricey, but I learned years ago when I went a little hyperthermia when a desert storm took the temp from 106 to 64, out there, money has no meaning. I get the upper end of what I can afford. With these boots, it was money well spent.

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>Rating: 5

Awesome Boot

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
45.5
Height
5` 10"
Weight
185 lbs

I have only worn these boots a couple of times. They fit like a glove. A seven to eight mile hike in the Adirondacks and absolutely no complaints. Through mud and water my feet stayed dry. They did get scuffed up a bit. Oh well, it's a boot, it's gonna take a beating. I'm not used to the stiff sole,hoping it'll break in in time. Over all so far, the best boot I've owned.

>Rating: 5

Nice Boot for winter

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
44
Height
5` 9"
Weight
200 lbs

I bought a pair of these and went buy everyones "go down a half size" they were too small!! I wear a size 10 D and I ordered the 44. Also upon trying them on I noticed that they felt like they would be really hot to wear. They were shipped back immediately. I ordered a pair of the Zamberlan Latemars in 44.5 and the fit is perfect and NO Gore-Tex!!! much cooler boot!! also after reading many reviews i noticed the toe rand comes off after a bit, Not even one on the Latemar and it's a less expensive boot. Beware of the free two day shipping I received mine in 5 days.from now on I will request UPS. Great Boot, just not what I was looking for.

Thanks for the review and welcome to the Backcountry Community!

>Rating: 5

Best Boot I've Ever Had.

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs large

I just echo what many have said. These things are the best I've had and I've had many boots. It's true they were comfortable and needed no break-in really, but as they age and soften after a fair number of miles they do break in and simply become *better* in time if that's possible. Even as large and hot as they are I find I am often not chomping at the bit to get them off once we make camp - a big difference compared to any other boot I've had. I also wore the Z Vioz GT boots and they're great as well but not the insane quality of these Tofanes. Just love them!

I'd just like to echo these comments. I rarely write reviews, but these boots are extraordinary. Just the quality of the product of the manufacture is artistry. The stitched soles are the quality of fine Italian designer shoes applied to hiking gear. The comfort of wearing these boots compare with any shoes or boots that I have ever worn. Whether you're hiking on difficult trails or walking in a city, these boots never fail to be comfortable and look good, despite the weather. BTW, I have wide U.S. 11 feet, and a 45 fits perfectly, so I'd assume their a bit large with respect to sizing.

>Rating: 5

What an incredible boot. ncredible boot

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs large

I have only had this boot for a couple of months but wow - it is clearly the best boot I have owned. I wore it for several multiple-mile short hikes this summer, and am planning on using it all winter. Just for kicks, I walked through some knee deep streams to see how well they would do -- feet stayed completely dry. I was stunned and excited all at once. I'm a pretty big guy, about 220, and they just feel really substantial walking through rough ground. Love these things. I expect to keep them forever. A couple things to keep in mind are 1) they are warm, so they feel good to pull off at the end of the day...they don't wear like a good running shoe or anything, so you won't be throwing these things on to run around town; and 2) as others have mentioned, they get scuffed up pretty easily, and the leather won't stay looking clean like when you get them. I actually bought several pair and returned them because they don't look super new even right out of the box. But whatever, they're not for the office. They still look great, even scuffed up.

>Rating: 5

Simply the best, period

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

I've long been a Scarpa guy, but these have won me over. They are rock solid from the sole to the upper and everything in between. The hand made construction makes a difference, and the fit and finish are gorgeous. The support is, in a word - perfect. I have mobility where I need it, rigidity where I need it, protection where I need it. I have never put on a better designed pair of backpacking boots, ever. The break in period is relatively short, but necessary. This is especially true if you have a high volume forefoot like mine. be prepared to change your socks on the trail, too. GT surrounded by sturdy leather will never breathe as well as synthetics. That being said, good merinos will keep you comfortable and dry.

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Zamberlan 85th Anniversary Video

>Rating: 5

Beautiful Boots

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

I love these boots, I was hesitant to buy these at first, they are rather expensive but you get what you pay for. Very high quality. Nice and soft interior calf leather on the tongue and and collar area. Very comfortable. No break in required, they just fit great and were very comfortable out of the box. They were worth it. When the soles wear out you don't have to throw them in the trash, they are welted so they can be re-soled.

>Rating: 5

Simply the best

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

These are likely the most comfortable pair of footwear I have ever owned. Have had them now for 2 seasons in everything from hot dessert conditions to trudging through early winter snow carrying 40 pound pack for 4 hours. The boots ooze quality at the level of $400 Allen Edmunds dress shoes. The soles are super grippy when scrambling over rocks and feel "quiet" - a weird description, but it fits. Super supportive without feeling stiff. The goretex liners work like a charm and have not leaked in the slightest even when submitted to prolonged water / snow. Per a couple of the reviews below they are a bit on the heavy side. Also, that gorgeous, out-of the box leather does scuff a bit. But neither of those 2 minor faults is enough to deter me from giving them a solid five-star review. They are spectacular boots!

Far and above the best boots I've ever bought!

>Rating: 5

These boots feel fabulous on my feet...

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

I have difficulty finding footwear of any kind, boots, shoes, sneakers, etc. that fit comfortably. I wear a 14 narrow. These boots were comfortable right out of the box, and have improved over the summer. From hiking in the Adirondacks where I live to doing yard work in them, I just love putting them on and knowing my feet won't start hurting...great boots...

what size did you order?

>Rating: 5

As good as it gets, maybe better

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

First impressions of this gear are what you'd expect and hope for. The boots are immaculate and easily worn in. The sizing definitely seems to favour feet on the narrower side. The support and balance of the boots is impressive. They feel lighter than they are.

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Zamberlan Tofane NW GT RR Boot - Men's

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Do these have a full shank in the sole or do the soles bend at the toe?

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Where are they made?

Where are they made?

Italy

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What kind of leather treatment have people...

What kind of leather treatment have people used on these boots, and how often? Have people used the zamberlan hydrobloc proofing cream and how has that worked? Thanks

I use the zamberlan specific hydrobloc with great results. Nikwax is not a good match with this leather

So far I have used Revivex leather GEL. It has worked great on any leather boots I have owned.

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my feet are 4Es. Would Zamberlan make a...

my feet are 4Es. Would Zamberlan make a shoe last for my feet for this boot? If not do they know any shoe/boot maker who would? This is a difficult problem so i would appreciate your help. thanks

Check with limmerboot.com. If nothing in standard sizing, you can go the custom route. http://www.limmercustomboot.com/cgi-bin/CustomBoot/index.pl No better boots made than Limmer.

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Write your question here...pretty important...

Write your question here...pretty important to get size right buying from Australia...Any suggestions on getting it 100% right?

Normally, I'd say hiking boots, especially full grain leather boots like the Tofanes, need to be tried on before purchase. There are simply too many variables between foot and boot to be able to tell you that these will fit, even if you do choose the correct size. They may be too narrow in the toe box or too wide in the heel. There's simply no way to know. If there's any way to get them on your feet before purchase, take advantage of it.

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In what widths does this boot come? And...

In what widths does this boot come? And sizing? My foot is a narrow size 12 US. What size does this match up with in your chart?

You'd take a 47 for your size-12 foot, but the boots don't come in multiple widths. You get D and you'll like it.