- August 18 2011
Fantastic boot with wide toe box
After having a child, shopping for hiking boots became a nightmare. I used to be an 8C which was pretty easy. The Zamberlan Civetta fit me like a glove and I never got a blister, even right out of the box. In fact they were so great, they would walk me, as if they had little motors or built in springs. So based on being spoiled like that I resolved to wear only Zamberlans. So fast forward several years and now my feet are a 9D+ with a higher instep too. The Civetta (even in the right size) is too low in the instep and almost everything is too tight in the toe box. I even called Zamberlan in Italy to ask them to make me a custom boot--alas, I would have to go there in person for them to do that. I have ordered, and returned, 4 or 5 other styles of Zamerlans, including Baffin, Vioz, Trekker and Steep. None were right but the Cristallo shines. They can handle my superwide toes beautifully, even with heavy socks, and oh, yes, they have springs or little motors and do the walking for me. Thanks! BTW it was great to get the best price and surprise overnight shipping from Altrec. :)
- June 28 2011
My 16 year old boots were finally ready to be tossed aside in part as I now hike about with a 1.5 year old on my back most days in the Vermont woods. These boots are magnificent. Super comfy right away and very supportive even with a heavy load on my back. Great grip, seem waterproof so far and just are so good all around (and rather attractive too). And my boy and I love the word Zamberlan! Really great boots. Highly recommend.
- January 27 2011
I am loving the Zamberlen Cristallos. They were super-comfy right out of the box, and provide incredible stability. Have not worn them hiking yet, but have worn them about town. Metal facets to wrap the laces make them easy on/off. I agree with the prior reviewer that said they're more of a gray-blue. A very pretty dove gray-blue, I would say - a versatile color. I'm a size 7 regular shoe/7.5 running shoe, with an average to wide foot, and the 7 is perfect for me; there's some room to wear a thicker sock as well.
- September 10 2010
Comfy, Comfy, Comfy
After losing the sole on my hiking boots during my last backpacking trip I was desperate for a new pair. With my wide feet, I had no luck finding a suitable hiking boot at any local stores, so I had to take my chance and order online. After researching many boots and reading many reviews I settled on the Zamberlan 995 Cristallo GT hiking boot. I received the boots 6 days before my scheduled backpacking trip. I felt comfort as soon as I put them on and had no problems on the trip even with the very limited break-in time. I was worried about blisters because the boots did seem to loosen up easy (maybe because of the round laces??)and I could feel my heels slipping but I never had a problem. The hike was pretty muddy and wet, but my feet stayed dry. Furthermore, I had no aching feet while carrying the heavy backpack. These boots were far better than I had hoped for and I absolutely love them. Now we just have to wait and see how long they hold up for, but so far so great! My only thought is that they may be too wide/loose for people with narrow feet.
- August 15 2010
Did a 9 mile carriage-way hike with these right out of the box. No break-in for that hike. Followed that hike up with a ridge hike in the Hudson Valley. No blisters to speak of! The boots fit well, and provided great traction and support (Nice toe box size and secure fit).