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Zamberlan 298 Tundra GT Hiking Boots Review

Zambarian 298These lightweight hiking/backpacking boots are tough, durable and comfortable! I tested my pair of 298 Tundra GT in Colorado and in Nepal’s Himalaya.  After more than 70,000 feet in elevation gains/losses and 200 miles, my feet never felt better.

They are perfect for any long hike carrying medium loads.  Whether you are hiking on sand, dirt, scree, snow pack, in the woods or on a mountain, these boots can handle the terrain.

Let’s take a look at the basic specs on the Zamberlan 298 Tundra GT Hiking boots for women and then get into details of how the boots performs.  

Snap Shot: 

·         Mid-cut

·         Upper: Hydrobloc® nubuck leather; Cordura® nylon panels

·         Waterproof / Breathable: Gore-Tex®

·         Footbed: Zamberlan Z-Comfort Fit Footbed

·         Padding: ZAS (Zamberlan Air System), lightweight and breathable

·         Midsole: lightweight EVA

·         Midsole: Polypropylene stabilizers and nylon shanks enhance rigidity and stability

·         Outsole: Vibram® Zamberlan Revolve rubber

·         Heel: 1.5”

·         Weight per pair: 2 lb 6 oz

·         Color: Brown/Walnut

·         Retail: $225

·         Handcrafted in Italy  

Company Overview:  

Zamberlan is an Italian footwear production company created in 1929 by Giuseppe Zamberlan.  Today, it remains family owned and their products are distributed in over 40 countries.   

Zamberlan 298 Tundra GT Hiking Boots Design Features:

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·         Durable, lightweight Hydrobloc® nubuck leather uppers offer flexibility and support; Cordura® nylon panels enhance breathability and help keep weight low

·         Seam-sealed Gore-Tex® liners protect feet from wet weather and allow excess moisture vapor to escape, keeping feet dry and comfortable

·         Padded and gusseted tongues relieve lace pressure across insteps and keep out trail debris; heel loops aid entry

·         Soft, comfortable foam padding over tongues, cuffs and heels enhances comfort and helps secure feet inside boots

·         Removable, moisture-wicking insoles are anatomically shaped for extra comfort

·         Zamberlan Air System construction reduces weight and dramatically increases breathability for great comfort and performance

·         Lightweight EVA midsoles provide all-day cushioning

·         Polypropylene stabilizers and nylon shanks enhance rigidity and stability on uneven terrain

·         Long-lasting Vibram® Zamberlan Revolve rubber outsoles on the 298 Tundra GT boots offer reliable traction on varying terrain

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Functionality in the Field:  

From the Zamberlan box to my feet, I climbed 7 of Colorado’s 14’ers in two and a half days.  I then experienced the Tundra’s endurance in the Himalaya, doing the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit treks back to back.  The boots endured snow, sub-zero cold, a fall into river and yak dung.  They held up to the abuse.

Zambarian 298Like most boots, I ordered my Zamberlans an extra half size bigger.  Taking into account liners, thick, wool socks and feet swelling from long hikes, this was a good call. My toes never touched the top of the boot even after hiking all day. My feet felt like butter the minute I stepped into the boots.  The removable, moisture wicking, cushiony insoles stayed comfortable hiking up and down Colorado’s 14’ers and the Himalaya. The tongue is padded and pretty thick.  I had to really pull hard on the laces to securely tie up the boots. That being said, no little stones or pebbles were able to get in and my lower shins felt great with the added cushioning. The only challenge I had was every once in awhile one foot would catch a lace’s hook of the other boot. I’d have to do a quick shuffle to keep myself from falling.  This tended to happen later in the day when I was tired.  So to be fair, this was probably my fault.  We all know that when we get fatigued, we get a little sloppy and tend not to be as careful in where we plant our feet. 

I’ve never been a fan of boots that completely cover my ankle.  They always feel restricting and cumbersome.  The Tundra’s mid-cut boot is perfect and lightweight Hydrobloc® nubuck leather uppers works perfect for me.   The cut is flexible allowing for agility.  It also provided much needed ankle stability over scree terrain. I jumped in streams, snow and mud. The seam sealed Gore-Tex liners kept all types of moisture out.  As long as the water was not over the top of the boot, my feet stayed warm and dry.  

Zambarian 298As for traction, the Tundra have it covered!  I scrambled over rocks and down sketchy, steep scree terrain.  I didn’t lose my footing once!  That never happens!  Thanks go to the Vibram® Zamberlan Revolve rubber outsoles, polypropylene stabilizers and nylon shanks. The technology Zamberlan uses keeps the boot just over 2.6 lbs.  That is really good for a sturdy, durable shoe like the Tundra. When I tested them out in Colorado, the temperatures ranged from 50F-85F.  The breathable, moisture wicking material allowed my feet to stay comfortably dry.  At no time did I feel like my feet were too hot or ever cold.  

I didn’t have the opportunity to test them in extreme heat, but I did get to experience very cold weather.  While in the Himalaya climbing up to the summit of Kala Patthar (18,315 ft), the temperature dropped to -5F.  My toes did get cold, even in wool sox.  The Tundra are not specifically made for extreme cold weather like double-plastic mountaineering boots.  Though I wish I could find a pair of double-plastic mountaineering boots that are as comfortable as the Tundra. As for the Tundra’s look, they come in a brown/walnut combination. I think they look good.  They look tough and can handle whatever hiking trip you have in mind. 

Pros:  Really comfortable, sturdy, great traction 

Cons:  Be mindful of the lace’s hooks so they don’t catch

 

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