Verdict from 5.7 hours of research from the internet

4 reasons to buy

  • Several owners lauded the efficient waterproofing of the 1030 Sella NW GT RR.
  • The tall collar of the boot rendered adequate ankle support, according to some backpackers.
  • The majority fell in love with the quality build of the Zamberlan 1030 Sella NW GT RR.
  • Heaps of users mentioned that it was a comfortable boot.

3 reasons not to buy

  • One wearer was disappointed with the extended break-in period of the 1030 Sella NW GT RR from Zamberlan.
  • The leather lining tore apart after three months, a crestfallen hiker complained.
  • A backpacker mentioned that it was not breathable, making his foot feel damp.

Bottom line

The 1030 Sella NW GT RR from Zamberlan proved that it could handle outdoor obstacles while providing comfort. Also, its prime construction won the hearts of outdoorsmen. However, it was not liked for its long break-in time and suffocating feel. All things considered, the pros of the Zamberlan 1030 Sella NW GT RR make it worth giving a try.

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  • The Zamberlan 1030 Sella NW GT RR is ready for the rugged backcountry trails. Its Hydrobloc-treated leather upper, Gore-Tex laminate, Zamberlan-Flex STM (ZFS) and rubber toe rand work together to yield a durable, comfortable and flexible design.
  • It employs a sole unit underfoot. It includes a dual density PU midsole for cushioning and a Vibram rubber for traction on various ground surfaces.

A fairly true-to-size men’s backpacking boot, the Zamberlan 1030 Sella NW GT RR comes in whole and half sizes. It is offered in standard (D) width too. 

This boot is shaped using the ZBPK last. Its profile includes a wrapped foot flex point and toe area. The instep is a bit lower while the heel area has a tighter feel. Users can customize the fit through the gear’s lace-up closure.

The Zamberlan Vibram NorTrack rubber outsole enables this boot to handle various types of terrain. It has multidirectional boots at the center that render traction. For slip prevention, it features adequately spaced side lugs that channel water out and facilitate the removal of stuck debris.  

Responsible for improved ground adhesion is a large, textured contact area at the toe. On the other hand, what creates a grippy ride is a ridged contact area at the heel.

This high-cut backpacking boot sports a double density PU wedge midsole. It gives long-lasting cushioning and rebound for a comfortable ride. Underfoot comfort is improved by the 3.5 mm Nor-Flex Light + PE insole. At the heel is a side groove that grants enhanced flexibility.

The Zamberlan 1030 Sella NW GT RR has a 2.8 mm waxed Tuscan leather upper pre-treated with Hydrobloc. It is lined with Gore-Tex Performance Comfort to make the boot waterproof, breathable and mildly insulated. A perforated calf leather lining covers the laminate for a full leather-lined feel. The boot comes with the Zamberlan-Flex STM (ZFS) that promotes the natural flexion of the foot.

The brand’s engineers also designed it with protective features. The 9-inch tall collar and rubber rand at the toe promote safety on the trails. In terms of fit management, the boot features metal D-rings, closed loops and speed hooks.

  • This hiking boot made of leather has a Norwegian Welt construction which uses two lines of stitching. The first line attaches the upper to the insole, and the second stitch affixes the upper to the midsole. This technique allows the boot to be resoled (replace the sole) as necessary, for a cost.

Size and fit

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Large (23%)
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How 1030 Sella NW GT RR compares

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This shoe: $495
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This shoe: 34.9oz
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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.