The Zamberlan 760 Steep GT waterproof, mid-weight backpacking boot earns a 2010 Editors' Choice award at Backpacker magazine, where it's praised for outstanding comfort, traction and support, even with a 70-pound pack. Editors also praise the Italian craftsmanship of these boots. They're built on gender-specific lasts, but come only in medium width. The main trade-off for the relatively light weight and flexible comfort is that the sole may not be rigid enough for some users shopping for a heavy-duty boot, although Backpacker editors rate this boot for off-trail use. For weekend backpacking on trails, consider the lighter Vasque Breeze GTX XCR (*Est. $160), which comes in three widths.
We found excellent comparison tests of the Zamberlan 760 Steep GT hiking boot at Backpacker magazine, where dozens of hiking boots are evaluated in field tests. A separate video review at Backpacker.com provides a lot of helpful information. We found only a few reviews from owners at REI.com, Zappos.com and Amazon.com.
1. Backpacker Magazine
Based on rigorous field testing comparing dozens of hiking boots, the Zamberlan 760 Steep GT wins a 2010 Editors' Choice award as the best choice for backpacking. Testers praise this mid-weight hiking boot for combining excellent support and durability with good cushioning and comfort, even with a 70-pound pack.
Review: Editors' Choice 2010: Zamberlan 760 Steep GT Hiking Boot, Editors of Backpacker magazine, April 2010
2. Backpacker Magazine
This video review shows the Zamberlan 760 Steep GT hiking boots tested in the snowy, steep Swiss Alps, with and without crampons. The boot provides excellent lateral stability, yet weighs relatively little for a backpacking boot suitable for loads up to 70 pounds or so. A cutout makes the top flexible, and reviewers find both waterproofing and traction to be excellent.
Review: Editors' Choice 2010 Videos: Zamberlan 760 Steep GT, Jonathan Dorn, April 2010
More than 40 men give the Zamberlan 760 Steep GT enthusiastic reviews at this retail site, awarding it an average rating of 4.5 stars. They praise the boots' comfort, support, traction and water resistance, and report that it's comfortable out of the box.
Review: Zamberlan 760 Steep GT Hiking Boots -- Men's, Contributors to REI.com
About a dozen men review the Zamberlan 760 Steep GT hiking boot, praising its support and comfort, but one complains that the sole doesn't provide enough protection from rocky terrain and that the lacing system is tedious.
Review: Zamberlan Steep GT, Contributors to Zappos.com
The Zamberlan 760 Steep GT hiking boot earns rave reviews for comfort out of the box from the handful of men reviewing it here. One tested it with a 40-pound load and was pleasantly surprised that though waterproof, the boot isn't too hot. Another has reposted after more than a year of twice-weekly hikes, reporting that the boots remain "as good as new, with very little sole wear."
Review: Zamberlan Men's 760 Steep GT Hiking Boot, Contributors to Amazon.com