Verdict from 1 expert and 100+ user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • A lot of owners comment that the Zamberlan 1996 Vioz Lux GTX RR is one of the best pair of trekking boots they ever had.
  • Its little-to-no break-in period has impressed a majority of wearers.
  • Based on numerous consumer reviews, the 1996 Vioz Lux GTX RR is a very comfortable gear.
  • It runs true to size, as rated by umpteen users.
  • Hordes of online buyers state that it’s a boot that delivers excellent warmth during winter hikes.
  • Its superb quality is not left unnoticed by a lot of impressed owners.
  • This Zamberlan offering is indeed supportive, especially when carrying a heavy pack, according to some users.
  • This watertight trail hiker is effective in keeping water out, as testified by more than a handful.
  • Scores of wearers mention that the 1996 Vioz Lux GTX RR from Zamberlan fits like a glove.
  • The boot’s protective toe rand has received a lot of positive remarks.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A considerable number of verified purchasers are frustrated with the boot’s outsole as it tends to wear out quickly.
  • A couple of buyers are not happy with the hefty weight of the 1996 Vioz Lux GTX RR.

Bottom line

The 1996 Vioz Lux GTX RR is one of Zamberlan’s backcountry boots that have earned positive remarks from outdoorsy individuals. Those who are looking for a footgear that grants instant yet lasting comfort, supportive build and precise fit will surely like this offering. It, however, was reported having a flimsy sole. All in all, the Zamberlan 1996 Vioz Lux GTX RR can overcome tough and demanding terrain; its sole might not be able to take such beating though.

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Good to know

- This backpacking boot is the sibling of the Zamberlan 996 Vioz GTX. It is upgraded with features that are ideal for individuals who require long-lasting comfort and protection during backcountry excursions. Its Hydrobloc-treated leather upper is lined with a Gore-Tex laminate to provide all-weather performance.

- This Zamberlan offering employs a PU midsole that gives durable cushioning. On the other hand, a Vibram 3D rubber outsole makes it adherent to various types of terrain. The boot’s rockered profile renders a smooth transition from heel strike to toe off.

Zamberlan’s 1996 Vioz Lux GTX RR is a fairly true-to-size robust hiking boot that caters to men and women. It is available in a range of whole and half sizes. It is offered in standard width only. This outdoor gear has a lace-up closure that allows owners to customize the fit.

This Zamberlan product is shaped using the ZBPK last. It has a low volume profile that offers a wrapped fit in the toe and heel area.

The 1996 Vioz Lux GTX RR from Zamberlan uses a Vibram 3D rubber outsole. It has pronounced lugs that anchor to virtually all types of terrain. The aggressive chevron-like lugs at the forefoot yield 360-degree traction. The steep heel undercut boosts the boot’s braking power in steep descents. The sole extends upwards at the front that gives a decent amount of protection.

This sturdy leather trail boot from Zamberlan employs a polyurethane (PU) midsole. This is a hardwearing material that provides durable cushioning. Its high resilience makes it resistant to constant compression, thus rendering long-lasting comfort. A solid TPU plate yields arch support and torsional rigidity, preventing ankle twisting.

The upper of this Zamberlan backpacking boot use a hardwearing waxed Tuscan full-grain leather. Thanks to the Hydrobloc treatment, the water-repellency and durability of this material are enhanced. Its interior is lined with a Gore-Tex Performance Comfort laminate that grants a waterproof, breathable and moderately insulated feel.

For enhanced comfort, it carries the brand’s very own ZFS or the Zamberlan Flex System. This feature allows the boot to flex easily without sacrificing support. Its collar is lined with calf-leather to optimize comfort.

The 1996 Vioz Lux GTX RR has a PU-coated rubber toe rand that adds protection and boosts sturdiness. Its closure system employs high-resistance treated hardware.


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