Made of lightweight materials. They don't have much top-of-the-foot coverage so they're mostly suitable for well-maintained trails and summer hikes. Also useful for crossing rivers and streams. They come in open and closed-toe designs. See the best hiking sandals.
The low-cut equivalent of hiking boots. Comfort is paramount in the creation of these shoes so they often have flexible materials. Generally used for day hikes. See hiking shoes.
Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.
Specialized footwear. Often insulated and used in technical routes, ice climbing or expeditions. See mountaineering boots.
Good to know
For hikes that won't last for more than a day, go with hiking sandals or hiking shoes. Tackling trails with greater challenges will require hiking boots or mountaineering boots.
For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 28.9ozWomen: 26.5oz
WidthMen: Normal, WideWomen: Normal, Wide
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When your hiking boot also works as your lounging shoe you have hit the lottery!
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
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.
- The rubber rand and outsole of this boot can be replaced as necessary, at a cost.