Verdict from 19 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Several hikers gave the Zamberlan 103 Hike Lite RR a perfect score for its comfort.
  • Its minimalist design was admired by a couple of users.
  • It was slightly expensive but all worth it, as declared by a satisfied customer.
  • A handful of owners adored how the 103 Hike Lite RR fitted them well. One user was grateful with the shoe’s numerous lacing holes as it allowed him to obtain his desired snug fit.
  • There was plenty of toe box room, based on a consumer review.
  • Some wearers were surprised with the sturdy ankle support of the 103 Hike Lite RR from Zamberlan.
  • A handful of verified purchasers declared that they were utterly pleased with its top-notch workmanship.

1 reason not to buy

  • A wearer mentions that it has a narrow fit.

Bottom line

The 103 Hike Lite RR was a success when it comes to providing comfort. Its pleasing characteristics also include a roomy forefoot and astonishing ankle support. Even so, it was not able to satisfy in the width department. To sum up, the Zamberlan 103 Hike Lite RR is a good pair of hiking shoes. Try this on first to determine if it fits just right.

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Good to know

  • The Zamberlan 103 Hike Lite RR is designed for daily use and light hiking. It has a breathable and water repellent upper thanks to the Hydrobloc-treated suede leather.
  • Comfort, cushioning and support are handled by its EVA midsole and 3 mm nylon + PE insole. On the other hand, its outsole, the Vibram Pillow is slip and tear-resistant.

The 103 Hike Lite RR from Zamberlan caters to male and female light hikers. It comes in whole and half sizes and is offered in standard width. Likewise, it fairly runs true to size.

Zamberlan designers used the ZTRL (Generous Fit) last. It has a high instep and spacious toe box. Also, it features a heel pocket which can lock the heel in place, preventing slippage. On the other hand, the women’s version is shaped using the ZLF (Zamberlan Ladies’ Fit) last. It caters to the specific needs of women—high arches, narrow heel pocket and a wrapped ankle. Its straightforward lace-up closure allows customization of fit.

This shoe for light hiking wears a Vibram Pillow outsole. It is made of the TC4+ compound which offers resistance against heat and tear. Its angled lugs render multidirectional traction. The space between the boots allows it to self-clean and maintain its bite on various types of terrain. The asymmetrical design of the toe and heel promotes a natural rolling motion from heel strike to toe off. Additionally, the lugs at the side of the sole provide stability.

The Zamberlan 103 Hike Lite RR features an ethylene-vinyl acetate or EVA midsole. This rubber-like material offers lightweight cushioning and rebound. Its composition allows it to be resistant to stiffening and breaking. Also, the boot has a 3 mm nylon with PE insole which enhances underfoot support. 

The 1.6 mm - 1.8 mm suede leather upper of the 103 Hike Lite RR is treated with Hydrobloc to increase its water repellency. It has a moisture-wicking mesh lining which aids in keeping a breathable in-shoe environment. For added protection, the toe area is reinforced with a rubber rand.

Its collar has a soft mesh which promotes comfort. Its plush Cordura tongue allows smooth flexion and breathability. Lastly, the lacing system of this low-cut day hiking shoe uses a flat lace which passes through six pairs of metal eyelets.


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