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: 25.2ozWomen: 22.6oz
WidthMen: Normal, WideWomen: Normal
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95 / 100 based on 10 expert reviews
Every single piece of this boot is just phenomenal.
[T]he build is really nice.
The Zamberlan 996 Vioz has a very ‘solid’ feel to it, as if it could stomp through almost anything, staying dry and upright. A great boot for walking across the moors in bad weather, I am not so sure it would be my choice for doing Sharp Edge, because of the lack of flexibility in the outsole
So far the best boots I've owned.
Updates to Zamberlan 996 Vioz GTX
- A gear designed for both function and style is the Zamberlan 996 Vioz GTX. Its full-grain leather shell provides ample terrain protection, while its Gore-tex lining offers adequate waterproofing.
- This boot is engineered with the Zamberlan Flex System. It allows wearers to pull off forward flex maneuvers comfortably while getting a steady dose of lateral support.
- The sole unit features a toe rocker that allows a smooth forward motion. Responsible for delivering traction is the Vibram 3D outsole. Cushioning is brought by a low-density PU wedge midsole.
Zamberlan 996 Vioz GTX size and fit
The Zamberlan 996 Vioz GTX is a mid-cut backpacking boot for both men and women. It has a fairly true-to-size fit. The men’s version is offered in regular and wide widths, while the women’s boot comes only in regular width. Both versions are listed in a number of half and full sizes. The boot is built on the SBPK Performance Fit last which gives the toe box enough wiggle room and the heel zone a nice curve. The wide version comes with the ZWL fit which adds extra space around the forefoot zone. The boot’s lacing system provides a custom lockdown.
Equipped with a Zamberlan-exclusive Vibram 3D outsole, the 996 Vioz GTX grants wearers the ability to gain a secure footing over treacherous terrain and downhill braking. Its heavy-duty lugs are aggressively shaped to give users multi-directional traction. It is resolable which means it can be replaced with a new one when certain preconditions are met.
Stabilizing the wearer’s footing and providing underfoot comfort at the same time is the 996 Vioz GTX’s low-density polyurethane wedge (moderately raised heel) midsole. It comes with a TPU shank to improve the gear’s overall stability. Additional cushioning is provided by the boot’s 4-mm thick Flex insole.
The 996 Vioz GTX has a smooth full-grain leather upper treated with Hydrobloc—a Zamberlan cream-based product that enhances the water resistance of leather boots. The main interior of the upper is imbued with Gore-Tex’s Performance Comfort technology, giving the boot proper protection from intrusive water. The collar, on the other hand, is crafted with Microtex linings for moisture management around the ankle area.
Round laces and combination eyelets complete this boot’s svelte upper. The laces are synthetic, while the eyelets are metallic.