I bought these boots in Spring/Summer of 2012. Walked a lot to be sure they were broken in well - some short day hikes, walked dog, etc.... Wore them in Summer 2012 when car-camping. Used on some 2 hr day hikes. Broke in well and easily. Some said not needed, but always a good idea to break in boots prior to hard use. 1st real test Nov 2012 - wore on 3.5 hr, 4 mile hike up Nineteen Mile Brook Trail to Carter Hut in NH. Traction was great on wet and at times mucky trails. Exterior got wet on hike - feet didn't get wet, but they didn't fully dry out overnight in Hut (placed near wood stove)but the inside was still dry and comfortable for walk down the next day. This past summer hit Webster-Jackson Trail to Mt. Jackson, then over to Mizpah Hut. Feet felt great. Very slow hike with beginner friend of mine - on my feet for 7.5 hrs. No hot spots, great traction - including some tough rock scrambling up to and over Mt. Jackson. Great boot - was close to buying a pair of Vasques but these had less of a heel. I am 250, 6'3", and wear orthotics with these due to flat feet. Ankles feel great in these boots! Highly recommend.
Great for URBAN hiking
I deliver newspapers everyday and so I call what I do URBAN hiking. Pavement, puddles, grass lawns, concrete walkways, stone walls, rain, snow, sun, etc... present challenges that I face each morning. I really DO NOT like wet feet so the gortex option is a MUST and it works very well. I used to wear winter boots to guarantee that my feet stay dry, but they were too warm and heavy for the summer time. These boots work great so far. I did not have to break them in or treat them in any way. They are lightweight and protect my feet from morning moisture. I bought them for about half price after coupons/discounts too and that makes them very worthwhile.
Very comfortable, Great grip
Very comfortable boots. Grip on these is the best of any boot I have owned in dry conditions. I bought these for an extended trip out west and they were great for bagging peaks in CO, UT and WY. No blisters or foot pain in a month of heavy use for 10 mile mile, 4-5K foot elevation gain hikes. The only con is that the upper is not the most durable (but still okay). I treat stuff pretty hard and spent a lot of time on rocks and the uppers are showing a little wear. Great boot for scrambling.
These are the most comfortable hiking boots I've owned. Last weekend I took a 20 mile hike on one of backpacker's ten most difficult day hikes. "The Enchantments" Not one blister and only in the last hour did my feet start to heat up at all. GREAT BOOTS!
Good shoes lacking quality control
Overall, I think these are very well designed shoes, using proven material (ie. Vibram soles). However, it took several exchanges until I got a pair that had no manufacturing defects. If and when the quality control is improved these shoes would go to the head of the class.
So far so good
So far so good. Used twice on cooler summer days. Looking forward to using on a 4,000 footer in VT.
I have a moderately wide foot - nothing crazy, but these shoes fit nicely.
Treat Your Feet
I've worn Garmont Flash boots for years and never thought they could be improved upon until I tried the Zenith model. A subtle difference to be sure but an improvement over an already reliable boot.
I have been using these boots for work and they are great. They needed no break in and my feet have no hot spots from wearing them for 12 hours a day.
Great Hiking Shoe
Good hiking shoe, just needs to be broken in before a serious hike trip. Overall can't say a bad thing about this shoe, very good support and traction.
narrow heels great fit.
I'm a distance runner. I hike about 20 miles per day and I have narrow heels. These are the best fitting shoes so far.