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howdy......

Zamberlan boots-----anyone use them?


i'm looking to buy a new pair of boots and have been looking at these and wanted to see others' opinions on them....

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They have a good reputation for quality.  But I have always passed them up as they don't seem to work well with my flat feet.  

If they are a good fit, go for it.
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I'm on my third pair of zamberlan vioz gtx's. I couldn't be more impressed with a boot. They fit me like a glove with little to no break in time. They've been completely waterproof and have great traction. I do find on wet wood that they don't grip very well but I believe that's more a vibram problem. I highly recommend at least this boot. I haven't tried any of their other models but if the vioz's are any indication you should be happy with them.
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I have a pair of non-GTX Zamberlans I've used almost daily on rock for several years (300 days per year x 8 years).  Barely showing wear on the sole now.

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I have been wearing a pair of Zamberlan's for about a year now.  Have used them above tree line in boulder fields.  I went with them because of the rubber strip around the toe of the boot, the soft leather liner, and the "rocking" sole.  Very high quality boot.  I would suggest that you go with a company that will allow you to try them out, but with a good return policy if they do not fit you.
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I would suggest that you go with a company that will allow you to try them out, but with a good return policy if they do not fit you.



i plan on getting them from REI as i have some money on a gift card from them....

hardest part i'm finding is a REI that actually stocks them that is near me (i'm in TN)....
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Why are you planning on buying Zamberlam specifically? Though you're probably aware of this, I'd worry much more about fit and needs first, and brand last. If you can find more than one pair of equally good fitting boots that fit your outdoor needs then consider which brand is most to your liking.

Zamberlan, like many companies, has a variety of models and lasts that fit differently. The Vioz GT 996 for example fits low to medium volume overall - narrow in the toes, medium in the heel and has a medium to slightly higher instep. The 1006 model has a wide last throughout and a higher volume fit. OTher models fit more narrow throughout. In other words, probably only one model will actually fit you, and REI might not even carry it.

I'd suggest when you go down to REI try on a number of boots from a variety of companies recommended by staff for your foot shape/type and needs (flexible/stiff, breathable/full grain leather, waterproof/non, etc), and make your decisions about brand last all other things considered equal.

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Why are you planning on buying Zamberlam specifically? Though you're probably aware of this, I'd worry much more about fit and needs first, and brand last. If you can find more than one pair of equally good fitting boots that fit your outdoor needs then consider which brand is most to your liking.

Zamberlan, like many companies, has a variety of models and lasts that fit differently. The Vioz GT 996 for example fits low to medium volume overall - narrow in the toes, medium in the heel and has a medium to slightly higher instep. The 1006 model has a wide last throughout and a higher volume fit. OTher models fit more narrow throughout. In other words, probably only one model will actually fit you, and REI might not even carry it.

I'd suggest when you go down to REI try on a number of boots from a variety of companies recommended by staff for your foot shape/type and needs (flexible/stiff, breathable/full grain leather, waterproof/non, etc), and make your decisions about brand last all other things considered equal.

Good luck!

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welllll......

because quite frankly, the boots i have tried on (which they had in stock) at REI---i'm not impressed with.......

and wanted to see how these boots compared with others.....
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I'd suggest when you go down to REI try on a number of boots from a variety of companies recommended by staff for your foot shape/type and needs (flexible/stiff, breathable/full grain leather, waterproof/non, etc), and make your decisions about brand last all other things considered equal.




also.......

when i told staff my needs/wants/and how they'd be used----they suggested that i may want to try a zamberlan boot....
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They were wrong. You don't "pick" a boot. A boot picks you. Pronation, Supination, volume, etc. all come into play. Try a different person to help you and/or a different store that has a different selection. The person who told you didn't know how to fit a boot/shoe.

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I've had my Zamberlan GTX boots for 2 years, they've been to Wyoming, Colorado, Alaska and Michigan and have been a fantastic pair of boots.  

Pricey, but worth it.


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I'd suggest when you go down to REI try on a number of boots from a variety of companies recommended by staff for your foot shape/type and needs (flexible/stiff, breathable/full grain leather, waterproof/non, etc), and make your decisions about brand last all other things considered equal.




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when i told staff my needs/wants/and how they'd be used----they suggested that i may want to try a zamberlan boot....

The skills and knowledge of REI employees are not what they used to be.  Perhaps they will order some in for you and you can see for yourself.
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They were wrong. You don't "pick" a boot. A boot picks you. Pronation, Supination, volume, etc. all come into play. Try a different person to help you and/or a different store that has a different selection. The person who told you didn't know how to fit a boot/shoe.




they're wrong for suggesting another boot manufacturer/models  after i didnt like what they had in stock?

that doesnt make sense....

maybe you misunderstood---but regardless of what brand boot i'm getting---i have to get it through REI (too much money on gift cards)........

at this point---all i'm looking to do is try them on and see how they fit me........along with gathering information from users on their performance since, unlike other boot companies, i'm unfamiliar with this manufacturer......





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 Perhaps they will order some in for you and you can see for yourself.



that's kinda what i'm doing..........except in my travels on the east coast next week---i'm stopping in at various rei's and seeing/trying their selection.......not all rei's carry the same stock.....
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they're wrong for suggesting another boot manufacturer/models  after i didnt like what they had in stock?

that doesnt make sense....

maybe you misunderstood---but regardless of what brand boot i'm getting---i have to get it through REI (too much money on gift cards)........

They were wrong to suggest a boot brand simply for the reasons you listed:

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when i told staff my needs/wants/and how they'd be used----they suggested that i may want to try a zamberlan boot....


You don't suggest a brand. You suggest a model from a brand. Zamberlan has boots that range from mountaineering models to glorified slippers. And you didn't mention fit in that list. That is the single most important element, more so than whether it is what you think you want in a boot (e.g. materials, stiffness, etc).

Why didn't the other boots work for you? Were your feet slipping, or crushed in places?

Can you describe your foot shape/type?

Size as measured on a Brannock Device - (e.g. 10.5 D, 9EE)

Shape - pointed triangle or squared flipper?

Relative width at the:
Toes
Forefoot
Midfoot
Heel

Instep - high, medium, low?

Volume - i.e. how thick is your foot?

High, medium, low?

Arch - flexible or stiff

Do you walk neutrally, over-pronate, or supinate?

If they haven't tried to address most of these, then they're not doing their job. Knowing these features, then they can suggest models that accomodate fit based on your environmental needs.
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