IR - Zamberlan RICA Hiker - Leesa
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155 Rica GT - Woman's Hiking Shoe
Initial Report: August 23, 2008
Name: Leesa Joiner
Location: Western Maine, USA
Height: 5'7" (1.7 m)
Weight: 155 (70 kg)
My outdoor experiences include trips varying in length from one-day
hikes to two-week trips. Most involve my three children. While my style
isn't as 'high adventure' as some, I do enjoy the time we spend outdoors.
My load used to be HEAVY - think pack mule. Now that the kids carry their
own gear, plus the two oldest help carry the food, etc, my load is lighter.
I go for durability over weight when selecting gear.
While outdoors, I spend time hiking, geocaching, snowshoeing,
cross-country skiing and camping. I spend almost as much time outdoors
during the winter as I do during the summer.
Manufacturer's Website: http://www.zamberlanstore.com/
Year Manufactured: 2008
MSRP: $125.00 US
Measured Weight: 18 oz (510 g) size 9.5 (one shoe)
Advertised Weights: 16.76 oz (475 g) size 8 (one shoe)
From the Manufacturer: A low-cut hiking shoe built on a women's specific
last using premium quality Hydrobloc� treated water-resistant split-leather.
The waterproof breathable GORE-TEX(R) membrane and gusseted-tongue
construction keeps water out while still allowing your foot to expel
moisture from within.
Upper: Hydrobloc� Premium Split-leather/ Nylon Cordura(R)
Upper Protection: Rubber reinforced toe-cap
Hardware: High Resistance Treatment
Footbed: Zamberlan 3-Action Anatomic Footbed
Padding: Zamberlan Air System
Midsole/shank: Zamberlan Modular Flex GT
Toe & Heel: Thermoplastic
Sole: Zamberlan� A.M.S. grip rubber sole
The Zamberlan RICA GT is a low cut, women's specific hiking shoe. It
arrived looking as I expected from the company's web page. The hikers are
two- tone brown and black, made with Hydrobloc� treated water-resistant
split-leather. The laces feed through reinforced, alternating offset fabric
loops. The tongue is cushioned on the top inside.
I found the RICA to be very comfortable. The V notch that is cut out of the
top of the tongue, keeps the tongue from rubbing against my lower leg (where
it meets my foot). The back of the hiker also has a notch cut out, that
keeps it from rubbing against my achilles tendon. There is extra padding
around the top of the shoe, that so far has kept it from rubbing
Having worn the RICA's for a few miles, I find them to be comfortable and
they fit well. I am looking forward to wearing them on many hikes, in many
different locations and in different weather. I am curious as to their
ability to handle water, and how well they do on slippery surfaces. The
manufacturer's claim that they 'expel water from within' is interesting. I
am not sure if they mean water that comes in from the outside - such as from
when I may step in a puddle, or if they mean perspiration. Either one
would be welcome.
The front toe box of the RICA is a reinforced rubber.
One of the interesting features of these hikers are the back and tongue
loops. The back loop makes sliding the hiker on much easier. The front
loop also serves the same purpose and allows me to put the hiker on while
standing up, without holding on to anything for support. The lacing is easy
to loosen and tighten, allowing for quick changes. As seen in the
pictures, the small black areas on the sides and back of the hikers are
The hikers appear to be well made, and are extremely comfortable. The
shoe is fairly rigid and provides adequate support but remains flexible
enough to be comfortable. The rubber tread on the bottom of the hikers is
fairly aggressive. The outside lugs are arranged diagonally around the
outside of the sole, with the center lugs being in a more front to back
arrangement (see picture).
Living in Maine, will give me the opportunity to test these hikers in a wide
range of weather conditions. Summer is just winding down as we head into my
favorite outdoor season. Fall is usually beautiful in Maine, with warm
days and cool nights. November tends to be rainy, which will give me the
opportunity to try out the 'Waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex' claims that the
company makes. In the coming 4 months I will be looking at issues related
to comfort, waterproofness, traction and durability. Please check back in
approximately 2 months for my field report.
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- IR - Zamberlan RICA Hiker - Leesa
HTML looks good. Link to mfr website works. One tiny suggestion, see
The hikers are two- tone brown and black, made with Hydrobloc
*** two-tone ***