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    Asolos or Zamberlan

    Asolos

    Asolo Men's TPS 535 V Full Grain Leather Wide Boot - Bivouac Online Store

    Zamberlan

    Zamberlan Vioz GTX Hiking Boot Mens - Mountain Designs

    Need new boots, got it down to between these two

    Dont suppose anyone has tryed both?

    I have the Asolos but interested in trying something new and Zamberlan's get great reviews
    Both are on special atm

    Looked at lots of simuler but at the price these too are currently at i dont think they can be beat.

    Looking at an all round multi day boot. More towards the tops type hunting.

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    Lowa gtx pro


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    u seen there price lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by 199p View Post
    u seen there price lol
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    I've had both the Zambie's had a narrow toe box so I sold them, I know use Lowa and Asolo wide fits, real cheap from the states and I got a free pair of socks
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    I wouldn't buy either of those for a tops boot. No rand for a start. Scree and rocks scrub will cut them up quick.

    Buy the best you can afford, your feet will thank you for it

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    dad has had his asolos for 7 or 8 years and only just given up, my raichle (which are now zamberlan I believe) boots you show above lasted about 4 years, both with a good amount of use and general care

    doesn't mean to say either are crap boots, although the asolos haven't changed their design in a long long time and are well known and popular

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    Quote Originally Posted by nor-west View Post
    I've had both the Zambie's had a narrow toe box so I sold them, I know use Lowa and Asolo wide fits, real cheap from the states and I got a free pair of socks
    Same for me about the Zamberlans. I have a pair and they are good boots, but too narrow in the toe box. Can’t use them on the hill.

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    199P, what size are ya mate?

    A mate has just brought in a pair of these Lowa's from here

    Currently you can take another 20% off the listed price, i see they also have asolos as well as many others.

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    I have the Asolos and I find the sole really hard (looks like plastic) and I get bloody sore feet in them after 3-4 hours. I've done a few big trips in them with a couple of trips spending a week at over 1800m and lots of small trips. They seem to stand up well to a lot of punishment, just can't wait to get them off at the end of the day.

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    I would not buy asolo tps535 again, 1st pair lasted 2 years then went through the next two pairs in a year for both, had a shit fight with the importer with warranty - he didn't come to the party but bivouac did come to the party.
    Bivouac still get my money, but no asolo's got me,
    Had the best run out of bestard boots to be honest - coming upto two years out of my bestard "katmandu" model
    Have a look at them
    ezdirect.co.nz - this is the nz importer
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    Some good advice above. Also consider the tread pattern. I have some very good European "mountain boots" for another recreation I enjoy and they have a flat area at the toe for smearing on rock - 4th and 5th class death if you fall type climbing.

    However, they are no good in the NZ bush or out on the tops where things get damp and slippery. Some boots I have specifically designated for NZ are the Hanwag Alaska GTX and Lowa Hunter or Lowa Ranger. Yes, kind of pricey but they will make or break a hunting trip.

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    Here is the climbing type sole that I would NOT use in NZ.

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    my raichles were a bit like that I found, a bit too stiff for negotiating creeks and wet/slippery roots but they hooked up great in mud and gravel etc.. just nothing real hard

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    the zamberlan trek magics are worth a look too, wider in the toe box, have a rand and when on special at mountain designs they would be hard to beat.
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    Cheers for the replys guys. Ended up going zamberlan. Wore them throughout the week with a couple pairs of socks to stretch them out a little and went for a 4 hour walk on saturday. They felt great.

    I am def gunna look into getting another pair of boots aswell.

    They are quite stiff when climbing but had great grip. My feet arnt superwide but with 2 pairs of socks downhill after ages was getting a bit sore. On the plus side my knee felt great

    The hanwag alaska boots look really good and cheers for the link gwh ill be cheeking it out, I am size 10.5 I think
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