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Okay - I have wanted a pair of Zamberlans since I first learned of them in my 20s. I could tell the quality was top-notch, but the high-price always seemed "unjustifiable" to me on my tight budget.
Now I am in my 50s (and still super cost-conscious!) but the Backcountry.com sale price (and easy return process,), FINALLY justified the leap to try a pair.
OMG - had I only known! Just look (and feel) what I have been missing!
I am a professional designer of print, products, packaging, and furniture - and an artist. Rarely - so VERY rarely - do I not say, "Arg! if they had only (done this . . . ) it would be perfect!"
It's fair to say, I'm ridiculously-picky.
So, with that background, I am pleased to say these boots are "perfect! " The leather quality, the absolutely glove-like fit (yet with toe-wiggle room,) the design . . . I love these boots!
Despite all the new manufacturers, and textiles, designs, . . . this "old school" design still works best for me. I have worn through Vasques, Lowas, Obos, LaSportivas, Scarpas, Salomons, . . . ALL great boots . . . but I have a new favorite!
As for size (they don't make that easy - no US-EU conversion charts agree with one another,) here's my size reference:
44 = 9.5
44H ("half") = 10
The color is a deep, olive-green - almost black until you are in the sun. That mid-sole wedge that appears kinda blue - isn't. It's a darker-grey (maybe a hint of blue) - but closer to black (and the photo is too contrast-y.)
The leather is super thick - but the design of the shoe allows for good flex out-of-the-box.
The gusseted tongue and thick leather means this boot DOES NOT REQUIRE GoreTex!
As for weight - depending on what textile-mix you compare it too, this boot is NOT heavy in my opinion.
I'm digging them!