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The Zamberlan 1014 Lynx and 980 Outfitter GTX RR

Finding the right pair of boots is just as important as every other critical piece of hunting gear. Guy Eastman shares his experience with two models of Zamberlan hunting boots. Selecting the best boot for your needs can make the difference between a successful hunt and a painful, blister-driven early return home.

About Guy Eastman, Editor-In-Chief

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Following in the footsteps of his father, Guy has taken up the reins and is now at the helm of the Eastmans’ Hunting Journal and the Eastmans’ Bowhunting Journal. A fine hunter in his own right, Guy has taken several trophy animals and has become an expert in trophy hunting as well.

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  1. Chad Incorvia

    That was a really great review. Honest, to the point, and no B.S.

  2. After reading this review I was really interested in checking out these boots and went to the closest Sportsman’s Warehouse in Lewiston, ID, to try them on. I even brought my best socks to make sure the fit would be perfect before plunking down my credit card. But when I asked the salesperson to show me the Zamberlain boots she just gave me a blank stare. That’s when I learned that very few SW stores actually have these boots in stock (it turns out that the closest one that did was in Missoula, MT). I spoke with the store asst. manager who told me that I needed to buy them from SW’s website and have them shipping to my house (or, if I wanted to get free shipping, buy them online and have the boots sent to the store).

    I don’t know about you guys, but before I drop almost $400 on a pair of boots I at least want to try them on first! Granted, SW said that if the boots didn’t fit they’d refund my money (minus shipping), but that seems like a pretty big hassle; ordering, waiting for them to ship, going to store to try them on, and then processing a refund if they don’t fit … just so I can try them on.

    Maybe I should just buy the Kenetreks (which they DID have in stock!).

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