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95 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 100 / 100 | iReviewGear.com

    When your hiking boot also works as your lounging shoe you have hit the lottery!

  • 90 / 100 | Active Traveller

    If your tastes run towards the rougher end of non-winter walks, you want a durable pair of extremely eye-catching boots and your foot shape matches Zamberlan's new last, then you're in for a real treat

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Updates to Zamberlan 960 Guide GTX RR

  • The 960 Guide GTX RR is an Italian backpacking boot made ready for traversing rugged, backcountry trails. Its Hydrobloc-treated leather is reinforced with the brand’s Rubber Rand System (RRS) for ample protection and durability.
  • The boot is equipped with the Vibram Star Trek. This sole unit includes a PU wedge midsole. EVA and TPU inserts are added to stabilize the foot. Its outsole renders adequate surface traction. 

Zamberlan 960 Guide GTX RR size and fit

The Zamberlan 960 Guide GTX RR is a backpacking boot for male and female adventurers. Both versions come in standard width and lasted with the ZBPK performance fit. ZBPK features a lower instep and wrapped foot flex point and toe area. Its heel zone has a tighter fit too. Men’s is also offered in ZWL wide fit. This last has more volume at the forefoot and heel, as well as a more spacious toe box. This boot fairly runs true to size.


The profile of the Vibram Star Trek includes pronounced cleats that are widely spaced to prevent muck build up. The particular tread design at the heel and toe enables the 960 Guide GTX RR to bite on most types of terrain. It has an undercut heel which delivers braking power on descents. Additionally, the sole is a bit extended to the toes, acting as a bumper and providing grip on climbs.


The boot features a dual-density polyurethane midsole which has one part for delivering comfort and another part for granting support. The midsole unit has a wedge with a soft rear component for cushioning. It also includes a TPU insert that’s in charge of stability.

The product comes with 4 mm flex and PE insoles. They aid backpackers by allowing the workload from the foot to be transferred to the boot. 


The upper of the Zamberlan 960 Guide GTX RR uses a 2.8 mm Tuscan nubuck. This durable leather is treated with Hydrobloc during the tanning process to enhance its looks and water-resistance and extend its life. The brand’s RRS, with beveled edges underneath (they cannot be seen from the outside), is added to the boots to protect the foot and leather.

This mid-cut backpacking boot is lined with a Gore-Tex Performance Comfort laminate. It offers modest insulation, waterproofing and breathability. A soft juncture found on the heel adds walking comfort.

Additional Info

  • The rubber rand and outsole of this boot can be replaced as necessary, at a cost.