Top Notch hiking boot

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Volvoguy from Kansas on Thursday, January 21, 2016
First let me say, this is my first "real" pair of hiking boots. I wanted something more sturdy than a soft shoe, and this fits the bill very well. I tried hiking last year in a pair of La Sportiva wildcats after reading some reviews on them. Nice comfortable shoe, but more of an athletic style shoe than a real hiking shoe. (I'm not an ultra-lighter) The Sportiva's are really comfortable, but are just not supportive enough when hiking with an overnight load.

These Zamberlan's were very comfortable right out of the box; a little stiff, but that can be expected from a full leather boot. As for sizing, I am typically a size 12.5, and I have a slightly wide foot. I ordered the size 13 to have room for thicker socks and it fits perfectly. The factory insole is actually quite good in these boots, but I will probably replace them with a green Superfeet insole before any real hiking. The lacing system really works well too; it's very easy to lace up, and the laces really stay in place. These are very high quality boots.

I haven't done any hiking in them quite yet. I've been wearing them to work for about a week now just to break them in a bit. No fatigue at all after a 12 hour day on my feet. I'll be trying them out on some day hikes next week at on some of the trails at Cuyamaco Rancho State park. (SoCal) I feel confident these will be great boots for hiking with a 35 pound load. (My typical weekend load for a 2-3 day hike)
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