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I need a new pair of hiking boots.
Does anyone have any experience with (Zamberlan) them, my 12 year old Merrells are still good but the left one is no longer water proof, and the new ones I tried on were no comparison to my old ones.
I tried Vasque and they are now made in China, and are small and narrow, so not liking them now either.
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Zamberlans are top notch! I've owned several pairs over the years and they're some of my favorites. They're not the cheapest but they're worth it. The European boot companies still make the finest boots in the world.
The best, longest lasting, best traction, quietest, most comfortable (after a painful break-in) hiking boot I have ever owned was a pair of leather Vasques...but I'm told they have declined in quality since manufacturing was moved to China.
Several years ago, while on a lengthy quest to replace them, I talked to various hiking boot salespeople and Zamberlans were repeatedly praised. But as I never got to see/ try one in person I held off on buying a pair. From talking with the various sales people, like most European footwear, Zamberlans supposedly ran on the narrow side of widths.
If you decide to buy a pair be sure and let us know how you like them!
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Zanberlan and Lowa are all I buy anymore.
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Depending on how serious your hiking needs are and whether you are willing to invest in a set of custom-fitted hiking boots, and of course your budget, that should last you a lifetime (if your feet don't change in size too much), you might consider:
Great to see domestic manufacturing, unfortunately, they only make old-school, heavy weight boots.
To the OP, do you know your foot profile? What's the use of the boot? You need to buy the boot that fits your foot. While there's gonna be many posters recommending their favorite brand/model, that'll all be for naught if your foot doesn't fit.
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Here are my old ones (my google-fu worked for a change).
Just for hiking and short day hunts, and during the winter, so basically an all around boot.
9.5 and a wide width is what I prefer, I ordered a pair of Vasque sundowners, and they were small and narrow and I ordered a size larger than I normally wear, but in the Zamberlan some of them can be ordered in a wide width, and if i order them from Zappos I can send them back no problem.
These are the ones I was looking at.
Those custom ones are definitely worth a look as well.
I don’t shop for boots by brand, I buy them based on fit. You can have the nicest boots out there but if they don’t fit well they are going to suck for you.
I had that issue with kenetrek boots, they were the worst 600 dollar hunting boots I ever had.
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Somebody mentioned custom boots earlier in the thread if you’re interested in that route, take a look at Lathrop and sons. When I’m more recovered from my broken ankle (walked 2 miles today mostly pain free without crutches), that’s the route I’m probably going to go.
As far as other companies you may be interested in, I’ve had good luck with schnees for several years and put them through serious use during sheep and mountain goat hunts.
You might also look at the lowa Tibet or the lowa bighorn hunters.
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I have that same pair of Zamberlan boots. They are awesome. Well worth the money.
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I would take a serious look at Lowa.
When looking for a new pair of tall hunting boots a few years ago I purchased the Zamberlan 980 Outfitter GTX and the Lowa Hunter GTX Evo to compare side by side. I found that the Lowa were more comfortable and felt higher quality and better built. I've been wearing them for ~5 years now and they have not let me down.
I wanted to like the Zamberlan but they had an odd shape to them so they didn't fit as well.
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Only boots I wear are Lowa's and Euro made not Asian Meindls..
As many others have said Z boots are great. I have two pair and they will last me for the rest of my time on this rock. They are comfortable, tough and do not breakdown easily. If you go that route you will not be disappointed. Some others have suggested good boots also in the same league as the Zam's.
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The best hikers that I have ever used are a pair of Adidas Terex GTX mid hikers. I got them on sale several years ago (about 12 years)and was initially skeptical.
However, I've now got some serious miles on them on trails ranging from the AT to Minnesota's SHT. They breathe, were waterproof and were extremely light, while still providing excellent support and grip. The right shoe is no longer waterproof so I went to replace them but they are discontinued. The new Terex shoes look flimsy and cheap so I looked elsewhere.
I've had Vasque hikers before but will no longer buy them.
I bought a pair of Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX that seem to be decent. I like the unique lacing system where I can vary the pressure on different parts of the foot. I've worn them in winter and they seem to work well.
I just hope that they breathe well in the summer. That's the main reason that I wanted a part-fabric upper. Full leather uppers just don't breathe as easy.
I put hundreds and hundreds of hiking and backpacking miles on a pair of Zamberlan Civetta GTX boots 10-15 years ago. They were great boots.
I got older and my foot shape changed and they stopped working for me.
Now I have a pair of Scarpa Barun GTX boots that I am equally happy with. Scarpa is another Italian outdoor shoe company of similar quality and cost to Zamberlan.
I also have a pair of insulated Hanwag boots I really like (they make uninsulated boots, too). Hanwag is a German company.
I have been wearing Asolo TPS 520 GV boots for the past 14 years. My feet love them. I keep 2 pair in service and alternate wearing them. I just bought the latest model: TPS 520 GV EVO which I'm breaking in. Not cheap but money well spent.
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Never tried Zamberlan boots. I have had Lowa trail runners and thought they were great. The hiking boot I have now is worth looking at: LL Bean Cresta Hiker. Gore-Tex lining, genuine Vibram sole, made in Romania. Right now they are offering 20% off, putting them just over $200. Good boot.
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I like Lowa, but Zamberlan has a good reputation.
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