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HikerJohn
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PostTue May 18, 2021 5:49 pm 
I was facing the dreaded "boot replacement" this spring, and checked here for reviews and thoughts on boots.  It was painful, but I decided to not go cheap on boots (I do backcountry patrols as my volunteer gig and put a log of miles on my boots) and opted to purchase Zamberlan Vioz GTX backpackers.

I went to REI to try a bunch on and ended up with a bigger size than I expected (11.5 EEE).  Price was okay ($299) and not a bargain, but I don't like the try it on, then buy online trick.
https://www.rei.com/product/774690/zamberlan-vioz-gtx-hiking-boots-mens

First hikes for the past three months on these boots have been pretty good-- solid ankle support, great traction.  Slightly heavier than others, the weight is quite tolerable.
I did experience seepage from the welt of the boots, but put some snoseal on a q-tip and ran a bead around the bottom of the boot and it seemed to solve the issue.

Overall review after 3 months:  really good and glad I bought these!

See you on the trail!

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PostTue May 18, 2021 10:23 pm 
I have the womenís version of these - LOVE THEM. Yes they are a little heavier and not nearly so fashionable as trail runners etc, but Iíve been wearing the same pair coming up on 10 years and well over 3000 miles, with 1 sole replacement a few years back, c/o Dave Page, and an annual footbed replacement. I have a new pair that have been sitting in the box for several years for when these wear out, but quite frankly I might wear out before the boots do!

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PostFri May 21, 2021 11:10 pm 
I bought a pair of the Vioz Lux GTX (men's) boots 2-1/2 years ago and absolutely love them.   Yes, they're heavy, but my ankles can get a bit wobbly and I like how solid these feel.  Wore them around the condo for an afternoon right after I bought them, and then backpacked from Salmon la Sac to Waptus Lake the next weekend.  Pretty much a perfect fit and felt great for the entire hike.

In the course of looking these up just now on the REI site to remember which model they are, I saw that all their Zamberlan boots are 25% off which is not a trivial savings on boots this spendy.

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PostSun May 23, 2021 7:19 pm 
Whenever I go to REI I always check out the "returns and reduced" dept to check out the offerings.  Several years ago, there was a returned pair of this model of Zamberlain's, which looked like they hadn't even been used:
https://www.zamberlanusa.com/product/9789385/1025-tofane-nw-gtx-r-rr-men-s-norwegian-welt-hiking-boots-waxed-brick

I didn't know if they were men's or women's, but they fit perfectly.  Price was $170.  Just for the heck of it, I went to the shoe dept to see what the regular retail price was.  Salesperson said they didn't usually carry that model, it has to be special-ordered.  He pulled it up on his phone, regular price was about $400 - I couldn't believe my good fortune.  Didn't even have to break them in, they fit so well.

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