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Zamberlan Vioz Lux GTX RR Backpacking Boot - Men's

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    Vioz Lux GTX RR Backpacking Boot

    Built for backpacking in tough, varied terrain, the Zamberlan Men's Vioz Lux GTX RR Backpacking Boot assures the performance and traction you need to conquer talus fields, steep outcrops, and chossy descents alike. The Vioz Lux features a durable and breathable full-grain leather upper that's backed by a Gore-Tex membrane for waterproof protection and passive breathability. An additional Hydrobloc treatment really gives moisture and precipitation a run for its money, while the PU toe rand bolsters your defense against trail-side obstacles. The PU midsole is shaped to provide day-long support, shock attenuation, and energy return, and the ZFS outsole is not only lugged with Vibram rubber to assure ample traction, but it also touts unencumbered flex in the event that you require it.

    • A technical, supportive boot for backpacking long distances
    • Waterproof, full-grain upper protects against bramble
    • Gore-Tex insert safeguards from precipitation and moisture
    • Flexible footbed promotes a comfortable feel
    • PU midsole is stiff, yet attenuates shock
    • TPU arch support bolsters comfort
    • Vibram outsole rips and grips terrain
    • Item #ZAM0027

    Upper Material
    Hydrobloc full-grain waxed leather
    Gore-Tex Performance Comfort
    Flex (4mm)
    polyurethane wedge
    Zamberlan Vibram 3D
    Claimed Weight
    [size 42] 1lb 12.2oz
    Recommended Use
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year limited

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    >Rating: 5

    Very Impressed

    I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    True to size
    Size Bought
    5` 6"
    183 lbs

    Ok, here's my story and I'm sticking to it. I do not have more than a couple of dozen moderately strenuous 6 mile hikes under my belt yet, but have decided to change that to a weekly hike - gradually increasing length and difficulty as things/life allows. Before this purchase I had a very good bang for the old buck hiker, but noticed on the last hike I was starting to really feel those rocks underfoot more than I had been, so I decided to search for another boot. Now, a bit more background - I'm 66 years old, with some age related physical issues - sciatica, bad knees and flat arches. Given that picture I was looking for a boot that would provide excellent support - especially laterally, over those very rocky trails, good traction, good construction, comfortable and even though I would not be carrying heavy packs, this took me into the hiking/backpacking boot area rather than the lighter hiker offerings. I could deal with the extra weight and perhaps a longer break-in time over the lighter hiking boots if it would offer me that extra support I need in a boot. In these Covid times, having the opportunity of going into a store and checking out a half dozen or more boots was not an option. So I went about reading online reviews and checking the specs on a bunch of the heavier boots. Bottom line is that out of the box these were simply extremely comfortable and of a very noticeable high quality - but then again at almost twice the price of most boots that;s to be expected. The fact that these are boots are made in Italy was not lost on me either. Opening the box, I immediately knew these were a very high quality and beautiful pair of boots - all stitching and seams were perfect. Being an older guy, I'm partial to the retro stye, leather boots, rather than the more modern, multicolored offerings - but only if they work. These sure do! Putting them on for the first time, they seemed a little tight (I'm a size 10.5) but after lacing them up and walking around the house and up and down the stairs and within minutes these began fitting like the proverbial glove. With that confidence inspiring quick fitting, I took them on 2 hikes this week with my family - both about 6 miles over very rocky, hilly, sometimes muddy trails. These boots offered excellent lateral support, especially over rocks as well isolating/protecting from the feel/pain of hiking over some of those not so flat rocks. The soles provided very good traction and support on ascending and descending the trails. The soles - with that "rocker" motion really does, for lack of a better word, does "propel" you forward. The lacing hardware looks to be extremely well made and durable. The calf leather lined collars provide nice comfort above the ankles. When the boots got muddy, I simply stood in a stream and had the moving water clean 'em up. Although I did not spend minutes in the stream, I was pleased no water got inside the boots. The leather is coated/waterproofed from the factory, but of course will require additional waterproofing as they get worn - same as any boots. I hated to scuff these all leather beauties up but did so within the first mile or so on the trail. The toe rand on any hiking boots IMHO, is an absolute necessity in preventing undo and inevitable damage to the toe area. Actually, if I had one "suggestion/improvement" to make for this boot, it would be to have a full rand around the entire boot - but that's also because I'm rough on my shoes/boots when wearing them, but I also know taking proper care and cleaning of shoes/boots goes is essential for comfort and longevity. I realize that most people don't need the extra protection of a backpacking boot, but for those that do - myself included, I'm extremely happy with my choice and would recommend them in a heartbeat for anyone looking for a classic boot, made with real deal one-piece leather that's built to last. Liked these so much, I just placed an order of the women’s version for my daughter.

    >Rating: 5

    Incredible boot!!

    I recently bought a pair of these boots, and I’m hooked! Hardly any break in, and they fit true to size. Extremely well made....

    >Rating: 4

    Burly boot for a wider foot

    I've used it several times
    True to size

    To start I was surprised at how quickly these boots started to break in for how burly they are. It took 2 hikes totaling 15 miles for them to start to break in. Since then I have nothing but great things to say about their comfort! I have a wider foot and really have struggled to find a full leather boot that fit. These meet my needs! The Vibram sole seems well built, time will tell though. All in all, this is a quality boot that I would recommend to anyone looking for a solid leather upper that is built to last.

    >Rating: 4


    I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
    True to size

    Feedback I received: After going through 2 pairs of lighter style hiking boots in 2 years I decided to go for a burlier boot. They are a bit heavier and I am sure will take longer to break in but those are both sacrifices I am willing to make to have a boot last longer than 150-200 miles. The construction seems super solid. I'm hoping the all leather upper and Vibram sole are a recipe for success. I have a wide foot (long toes) and really struggled to find a boot that would fit. This one seems to do the trick. They have a pretty cool retro ski boot look, especially with the red laces. Always a plus. I haven't gotten a chance to get out and put them to the test yet but I am confident in their construction. I am excited to get out and play in these!