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Editors’ Choice 2010: Zamberlan 760 Steep GT Hiking Boot

Tackle the biggest terrain–under the heaviest loads–in this uncommonly comfortable boot.
editors choice 2010 zamberlan 760 Steep GT 445x260Zamberlan 760 Steep GT (Steve Howe)

One of our editors bravely put these boots to the ultimate test: With zero break-in, he took the all-leather Steeps on a two-week expedition to Alaska’s Brooks Range. He crossed glaciers, climbed in crampons, and hiked 50 miles across often-soggy tundra with a 70-pound load.

Conclusion: This boot delivers tanklike support and stability with Cadillac comfort. For starters, a leather collar wraps your ankle like a soft glove, so you can crank the laces tight for support without any pinching. A low-density polyurethane midsole absorbs shock so well that one tester noted, “Even after a full day of trail pounding, I didn’t take off my boots until I crawled in the sack.”

A plastic toe and heel counter increase stability and help the boot hold its shape in wet conditions. And the Steep excelled off-trail, thanks to a polypropylene shank with good torsional rigidity and Vibram soles with a toothy lug pattern. It’s not the lightest or cheapest midweight, but you get an Italian-made beauty that’ll handle years of big-trip, big-load abuse with total comfort from mile one.

Fit is best for medium- to large-volume feet with medium width. $258; men’s 8–12, 13; 3 lbs. 1 oz. (9); zamberlanstore.com

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