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FEATURES of the Zamberlan Women's 996 Vioz GTX Boot
Exceptional boot for extended backpacking, long trekking, and four season hikes
A Zamberlan Hydrobloc full-grain Leather upper with straight-forward and effective design sits atop an exclusive Zamberlan Vibram 3D sole providing excellent grip, superb downhill braking, wide lugs for easy debris removal, and an energy producing, rock-forward motion
As with all Zamberlan soles, the Zamberlan Vibram 3D soles are re-solable
The Gore-Tex lining provides the utmost protection and breathability while the Microtex wicking nylon collar lining helps control excess moisture
The ankle features the Zamberlan Flex System whereby the ankle is very comfortably allowed to bend forward without compromising support laterally
Constructed with the Zamberlan Ladies Fit (female-specific last)
Rated 5 out of
Comfortable and durableI work as a field biologist and hike several days a week. Much of the hiking I do is off trail and in steep terrain so I'm hard on boots. These boots are the most comfortable leather hiking boot I have ever worn. No breaking in time needed. This is the second pair of these I've owned and have recommended them to colleagues.
Date published: 2015-08-05
Rated 5 out of
My favorite boots for tough outdoor activitiesI love these boots! I've bought Zs before and beat them up all over Idaho's granite talus and scree with no problems. I use them on multi-day backpacks carrying heavy loads (I'm not quite at the ultralight stage...maybe someday..). These stand up to rain and snow (I do wear gaiters in inclement weather), rocks, and backcountry bushwacking. They are relatively light for an all-leather boot. I like the one-piece leather design that eliminates snow or rain seeping into the boot. The ankle height is perfect support and does not leave abrasions that are sometimes common with this height of boot. The vibram soles on this model are tough enough to climb serious sustained class 3 scrambles. I wear an 8.5 US shoe, but prefer the 41 (size 9 women's) for this boot. I also have a pair of Zs (mostly retired) that are more of a day hike boot. I prefer this model for the tougher outdoor activities.
Date published: 2015-09-22
Rated 5 out of
Love but had to returnI bought these because I thought that I needed to replace my older Zamberlan 310 Skills GTX size 9 for backpacking/camping (~30 pound pack) because even though the Skills are the PERFECT backpacking boot, after two years, I was still getting blisters on each heel on steep climbs. I ordered the Viox a half size smaller than the Skills, thinking that the Skills were too big and that's why I was getting blisters. When I tried on the Viox, my feet sang with joy and I felt that I could walk a thousand miles in them, however, I also learned that I have been hiking in the wrong socks. Once I tried my Skills (size 9) and the Viox (size 8.5) on with thicker, wool socks, and thin liners, the Skills won out because the Viox were too small. According to the mfg, the Skills have been discontinued and replaced with the Viox. Even though I wore the Viox for a short time inside my apartment, I loved them and will definitely buy a larger size when my Skills wear out, unless Zamberlan makes a new boot that is lighter weight than the Viox with all the same features. Here's why: rocking sole to propel you forward, Vibram sole which I'm told will last longer than an airpocket sole on other popular backpacking boots, I don't feel the rocks on the trail while walking, sole has a solid shank which is important to me for support, sturdy ankle support, the sole has awesome grip on slippery rocks, mud, streams, wet leaves, long lasting water proof leather (I've walked through streams in my Skills and never got wet feet; everyone else always has wet feet), warm but not hot (note: I do not wear these in 80-90 degree humid weather and wear a non-waterproof boot instead so they dry quickly and are cooler), super comfy you could sleep in them....the Viox are a tad heavier than the Skills, however, I think when I was researching, the Viox were lighter than almost all other waterproof, backpacking, shanked boot. I have tried on an researched half a dozen backpacking boots and NONE have come close to the comfort I feel in the Skills or Viox. I've been told that Zamberlan boots are meant for trekking long distance, not for backpacking but I totally disagree and wear these even while backpacking short distances over 2-4 days. Other people might be sporting some low-top, techy-styled, trendy, unsupportive boots, but I'll happily wear my classic Zamberlan's any day!
Date published: 2015-10-13
Rated 5 out of
Bought these in hopes they would fit and last many years. So far so good! I have a job where I wear them 5 days a week and they have been comfortable from day one. My custom insoles fit right in and I wad ready to go. No blisters as of yet.