Facts

  • Subcategory

    Hiking Sandals

    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.

    Hiking Shoes

    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.

    Hiking Boots

    Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.

    Mountaineering 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.

  • Use

    Day Hiking

    Shoes or boots for hikes that only last for half a day. Flexibility and lightness are the highlights of these kinds of footwear. See the best day hiking shoes and the best day hiking boots.

    Backpacking

    For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots

    Speed Hiking

    Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.

    Winter Hiking

    Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.

    Multi-sport

    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.

  • Cut

    Low

    Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.

    Mid

    Boots with an ankle-height cuff. They provide extra ankle support. See mid-cut hiking boots and mid-cut mountaineering boots.

    High

    Boots with a cuff that goes above the ankle. In the case of insulated ones, they may reach the calf. Also grants extra ankle support. See high-cut hiking boots and high-cut mountaineering boots.

    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.

  • Price
    $340
  • Feature
  • Weight
    Men: 28.9oz
    Women: 26.5oz
  • Width
    Men: Normal, Wide
    Women: Normal, Wide
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Summary

We spent 7.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what hikers think:

5 reasons to buy

  • There were no hot spots and blisters, a satisfied expert claimed.
  • According to a significant number of owners, it required little-to-no breaking in.
  • The ultra-expensive boot was worth the money spent, based on many user reviews.
  • A backpacking guide was so stoked with its performance; he looks forward to getting his next pair.
  • The waterproofing of the Zamberlan 960 Guide GTX RR did not disappoint, as testified by numerous wearers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few hikers and experts stated that it has a narrow fit.
  • Some users mentioned that the 960 Guide GTX RR was a bit heavy.

Bottom line

A mid-cut backpacking boot from Zamberlan, the 960 Guide GTX RR proved to be a well-performing boot that received praises and commendation. Those who own a pair did not mind spending money on it as they were pleased with how the boot performed. Overall, the Zamberlan 960 Guide GTX RR can be fully enjoyed by narrow-footed backpackers who are fine with the extra weight on their foot.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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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.

Outsole

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.

Midsole

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. 

Upper

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.