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The Zamberlan Vioz GTX is one of the best boots made by Zamberlan. It is made in Italy and the qualities and materials used to make this boot is outstanding and comfortable to wear. This boot can be used for backpacking and hiking activities or even construction work.
In my best backpacking boots for men, I mentioned that Zamberlan Vioz GTX is one of the best backpacking boots to have. In this review, I’m going to go in-depth into each of the features of this boot and explain why it is an excellent boots for backpacking, hiking and construction work.
The Zamberlan Vioz GTX features includes 2.4/2.6mm full-grain leather, Vibram sole, Gore-Tex lining and thermoplastic for both toes and heels.
Let’s get it straight, the leather of the boot is beautifully made, which looks posh and sleek. It is made from Italy and you are guarantee that the boot is of high quality.
The leather is made of Hydrobloc full-grain leather which is hand crafted. There is no stitching involved like other hiking boots like Asolo Fugitive or Vasque Monolith. It’s simply amazing!! The whole outside of the boot is made with one leather (i.e. full-grain leather) which makes the boot even durable and it enhances the water resistance of the boot.
The only drawback to the material is how the leather of the boot is 2.4/2.6mm. This really makes the boot a little heavy to walk or hike with. However, once you wear it for a while, your feet gets used to the weight and it becomes second nature to you.
Waterproof And Breathable
The Zamberlan Vioz GTX is made of Gore-Tex lining. Combing this with the full-grain leather, this tells you that the boot is 100% waterproof and breathable. This means you are going to have a dry foot as you are hiking or backpacking in wet condition.
However, it’s very important that you clean and maintain the leather of the boot. This is to keep the waterproof system and leather of the boot longer as possible.
The lacing structure is one of the key features that you want to look at before you purchase a hiking boots. Let look at the Zamberlan Vioz GTX and see if it has got good lacing system or not.
There are three sections to the boot. The first section of the boot has got two D-ring eyelets. These are small in sizes, however, there are enough spaces to allow you to pull the laces through.
The second section has got eight riveted eyelets. Four on either side of the boot. This is injected inside of the leather and all of them are made of metal. These are all hardware and durable at the same time.
One disadvantage of these riveted eyelets are how they are very small in sizes. This can make it annoying pulling the laces through them, however, once you manage to pull them through. It’s going to stay tight and fit your feet perfectly. This will make the hiking journey or backpacking trip comfortable by keeping your feet stable.
And the third section of the lacing system are the six lacing hooks at the top of the boot. This is around the ankle area. Three on either side. This is going to give you the chance to lace the boots how you prefer. Either you loosen it or tighten them up.
Overall, we can see that the Zamberlan Vioz GTX has got a very solid lacing structure that is durable as well.
Toe Box and Heel Protection
The toe box looks small at the front part of the boot but it’s very effective. It is made of thermoplastic and it’s going to give you good protection at your toes when you hit against a rock or something solid on the trails.
Furthermore, the heel protection is also made of thermoplastic. This is going to protect your heels when you hit against something whiles you are descending.
The Outsole, Midsole, and Insole
It’s time to look at the outsole, midsole and insole.
The outsole of the boot is made of Zamberlan 3D Vibram sole. There are different sections to the outsole and all of them have a unique function on the trails. One thing that stands out from the outsole is the red section. It looks like reverse tooth which is fantastic to have underneath the sole because it will give you good stability and grip on the surface. Or even when you are climbing.
There are a lot of lugs underneath the boot which have a lot of spaces between them. This is going to clean all mud and debris from the outsole. Keeping it neat at all times. Looking at the heel section, there are two shape aggressive treads which is going to give you a lot of grip when you are going down hill.
Also, the way the heel section is shaped, it will give you a lot of braking power for you to stop when you need to. Overall, the outsole is grippy and has got a lot of lugs at the bottom to give you stability and grip on any terrains.
One thing you want to bear in mind about the outsole is that, if you end up wearing them, you can always get them to resole it. This is a huge benefit because it’s going to allow you to use the boot for a long time and save you a lot of money.
The midsole of the boot is made of Zamberlan own Z-flex GT Shank. This type of material makes the midsole of the boot very stiff and rigid. However, the way the midsole has being designed, does not add a lot of weight to the boot. But overall the boot is still heavy on your feet due to the full-grain leather.
In addition to the midsole, there are TPU layers which is going to give you comfort, stability and support. Also, the midsole is a little airy inside which is going to give you a lot of cushioning on the trails.
And lastly is the insole. The insole of the boot is made of Z-Comfort Fit. This insole is super comfortable and your feet is going to enjoy wearing it.
The shank section of the boot is a hard grey and stiff material. This shank section pull all the different layers of outsole together.
This is very good because it makes it excellent for backpacking and hiking trip due to the balance and stability it gives to you on the trails. The shank is very rigid and stiff which means it’s going to take some time for the boot to breakdown before wearing it.
Gusseted Tongue and Heel Pulling
This boot has got a gusseted tongue and it’s made of a different material from the main material. This gusseted tongue is more of a rubberized material which is going to prevent water from entering the boot and getting to your ankle.
The gusseted tongue is wide enough which is going to give you enough room to put your feet in and out of the boot with ease. This is going to give you an opportunity to wear different hiking socks.
There is a little heel pulling at the back of the boot. This is shape in a triangular way with a small hole inside. This gives you the opportunity to wear your feet in and out of the boot with ease.
There is not a lot to talk about with the colour selection. This is because there is only one colour available and it’s black. Unlike the ladies’ version that has two colours to choose from. Blue or red. From my perspective, it will be great to see Zamberlan do a brown or grey colour for this boot. It will be fantastic to see. Below is an image of how the ladies boot look like.
Size and Fit
The boot comes in size eight to fourteen. The width that it comes in are between D and EE. My big advice is to try this boot on before you purchase. This way you get a feel of how this boot is on your feet and how it performs whiles you are hiking or walking with it.
Why Is This Boot Perfect For Backpacking And Hiking
The Zamberlan Vioz GTX is engineered and made for backpacking and hiking trip. The weight of the boot is quite heavy which is going to carry the weights of your backpacking and any equipment you will be carrying with you. Also, this makes it perfect for an all day adventure.
If you are someone, who loves to hike almost everyday then I wouldn’t recommend this boot. This is because the weight of the boot is going to put too much pressure on your feet and could even make you get blisters or sores. Boots that I will recommend if you are an everyday hiker are Danner Mountain 600, Vasque Monolith, Salomon X Ultra Mid GTX, and AXIS EVO Mid Hiking Boots.
These kinds of boots are lightweight, comfortable, durable and waterproof. It will surely make your life easier on the trails.
As we come to the conclusion about the Zamberlan Vioz GTX. You can see that this boot is built for backpacking and hiking activities. There is so many features to like about this boot which you want to consider checking it out and adding to your backpacking boots list.
The leather is neatly made and it looks very posh. It’s made simple without any stitching and the colour of the boot suits the leather perfectly. The waterproof and breathability of this boot is very good without a shadow of doubt. It’s going to give you good protection in wet conditions.
The outsole, midsole, and insole are brilliantly made. The outsole is going to give you a nice grip on any terrain surface you hike on. The midsole is lightweight which gives you more cushioning when you are hiking. And the insole of the boot is going to give you a lot of comfort whiles you hike.
My top recommendation is for Zamberlan to make this boot with different colours such as brown. Apart from that, this boot is brilliantly made.
I hope you have really enjoyed reading this post on Zamberlan Vioz GTX review. If you have any questions or thoughts on Zamberlan Vioz GTX, please do not hesitate to leave me a comment below. I will reply as soon as I can!
And as always have a fantastic and wonderful hiking trip.