You wouldn't wear a pair of stilettos on a multi-pitch climb, so why would you wear anything but the Zamberlan Women's Vioz GTX Backpacking Boot when taking on a multi-day backpacking trip in uncharted territory. The Vioz features a women-specific construction, so you don't have to worry about the whole "pink and shrink" situation that often occurs in women's backpacking boots.
The upper's Hydrobloc-proofed full-grain leather and Zamberlan Flex System not only offer a classic look, but assures just enough flex without sacrificing lateral support. A waterproof breathable Gore-Tex Performance Comfort prevents water from getting the best of your adventure, and the Microtex lining wicks moisture and dries quickly. Additionally, the Z-Fit Comfort Footbed and PU midsole ensure trek-long comfort and support, and the TPU shank provides extra torsional stability as you walk. The Vioz also boasts a rockered curve, which allows for a natural forward motion in your stride. A rugged, Vibram 3D sole sports a variety of heavy-duty lugs that offer unrivaled traction in otherwise slick situations.
- A rugged hiking book for multi-day trips in uncharted territories
- Hydrobloc-proofed full-grain leather upper
- Waterproof breathable Gore-Tex Performance Comfort membrane
- Microtex collar wicks moisture and dries quickly
- Z-Fit Comfort Footbed and PU midsole provide trek-long comfort
- TPU shank ensures torsional stability
- Thermoplastic toe and heel details provide added protection
- Rugged Vibram 3D sole offers ample traction, no matter the terrain
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- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: 42
- Height: 5'7"
- Weight: 148lbs
These boots are solid, comfortable and I'm looking forward to breaking them in. They are the closest to old-fashioned leather backpacking boots I have found. I am certain they will be sturdy for multi-day backpacking with a full pack. I wear size 40 in Birkenstocks, 9.5-10 in running shoes. The 42 fits well, the 41 was way too small.
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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: 9
- Height: 5'6"
- Weight: 125lbs
I'm a long-distance thru-hiker who has tried many boots over the years. Zamberlans are the best. I have a narrow heel, and these don't slip. The boot has a generous toe box, so no rubbing when your feet get hot (and expand). The boot is waterproof, but be sure to follow the care instructions -- yes, you really should wash them and re-treat them with Zamberlan's boot product. Think twice before resoling them: Even Dave the Cobbler in Seattle, who does the best job, uses a heavy sole replacement, not at all like the original. Plus, it's half the cost of a new pair. If you're careful, these should last several years.