**GOHUNT staff recommends ordering this boot 1/2 Euro size larger than your normal boot size. Please pay close attention to the size guide and staff profiles when ordering.
*Please review our GOHUNT staff boot profiles below and our sizing video before ordering.
GOHUNT Staff Boot Profile
|Name||Foot Length||Foot Width||Nike Size||Zodiac Tech Size|
|Brandon||28.5 cm||11 cm||11.5||46|
|Neville||26.8 cm||10.6 cm||10||43.5|
GOHUNT Stiffness Scale Rating - Flex 4 (see stiffness tab)
The Zodiac Tech is built for the light and fast mountain hunter who likes a stiffer boot
Perfect for steep technical sheep country to high alpine deer and elk terrain
- When Brandon's looking for a lightweight technical boot he chooses the Zodiac Tech
Suede Perwanger leather upper with waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex keeps your feet dry and comfortable
Sock-Fit construction reduces bulk and an asymmetric lace system provides a precise fit
Polyurethane and triple-density EVA in the midsoles optimize weight and performance
Warranty - 1 Year Limited
The Zodiac Tech is a slightly stiffer version of the Zodiac Plus, making this boot the better option for those who plan on spending more time above the treeline. The Gore-Tex membrane ensures waterproof and breathable protection when you are traveling across snowy terrain or water-logged trails and the durable Perwanger leather upper is naturally water-resistant for added protection against the elements. The boot has a relatively stiff feel thanks to its multi-density PU and EVA midsole, and its heel welt will accept hybrid crampons. Whether you're after goats or sheep in the snow or ice, or mule deer in the high country scree fields, the Zodiac's full-wrap rubber rand will protect the boot from wear and tear, and the Sock-Fit Construction will ensure a comfortable fit when you're hauling a week's worth of gear into camp or your coveted trophy back to the trailhead.
Don’t see the size you want? Email boots@GOHUNT.com for any special requests.
|GOHUNT Stiffness Scale||Scarpa Zodiac Tech - Flex 4|
|Flex 1||Built for light and fast trekking. Think of your favorite trail running shoes, but capable of rocky demanding terrain.|
|Flex 2||Flexible enough that they offer out of the box comfort but can handle miles of rocky terrain. Perfectly suited for mild to moderate mule deer, elk, and antelope country.|
|Flex 3||Ideally suited for mountain hunts with moderate to steep technical terrain where more rigidity is required. Some break-in time required but will likely become your favorite do everything hunting boots.|
|Flex 4||Best suited for hunts at or above timberline where the terrain gets steep. Flexible enough that it can handle miles of comfortable climbing but stiff enough to offer support and rigidity with a heavy pack.|
|Flex 5||The stiffest boot options, best for alpine hunting and mountaineering. Sheep hunting, mountain goat, and the toughest of elk and deer terrain.|
HOW TO ACCURATELY MEASURE YOUR FEET TO FIND THE CORRECT BOOT SIZE
Start by collecting a few things from around your house, including a yardstick or ruler, a soft tailor’s tape or paper tape, a piece of cardboard or printer paper, and a pen.
Draw a 90° angle on the cardboard or paper using the yardstick or ruler. The lines should be long enough so that your longest toe touches the horizontal line and the widest point of your foot touches the vertical line.
Ensure that you’re wearing your hunting socks while taking these measurements. Stand on the paper or cardboard with your feet shoulder-width apart and place your full weight on both feet.
Have a second person mark where your heel and the widest part of your foot lands on the cardboard or paper. Ensure that you’re keeping the pen vertical when making your marks. Leaning the pen inward or outward against your foot will skew your measurements.
Place the edge of the tailor’s tape on the straight line and measure the widest and longest point of each foot down to 1/10th of a centimeter.
Add both length measurements together and divide them by two. This is your length measurement.
Add both width measurements together and divide them by two. This is your width measurement.
Record your measurements and refer to the GOHUNT Sizing Guide and Staff Reviews to find the right boot size for your foot profile.
GENERAL TIPS TO ENSURE YOUR NEW BOOTS FIT PROPERLY
Measure your feet with the socks you intend to wear in the field.
Measure your feet later in the day. Your feet tend to swell slightly as the day progresses.
The arch and heel of your foot should feel snug but not tight. Your heel should feel secure in the heel pocket. If your heel lifts up when you step, make sure the lacing is not too loose.
Your toes should not touch the front of the boot. You want just enough room to wiggle your toes. When you kick the toe into the floor, you should know where the front of the boot is without your toes hitting.
If you're unable to cinch the boot tight enough to prevent heel slip or it allows your toes to touch the end of the boot, you will have a hard time with a heavy pack on steep downhill descents and you’ll want to size up.
|Weight||2 lbs 14.2 oz pair (Size 43)|
|Upper||1.8 mm Suede Perwanger|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 Year Limited|
GOHUNT Return Policy
If you should need to return a boot, they may be returned within 30 days of purchase for a full refund. Boots should be returned in brand new condition with no wear marks. All boots should be returned in the original packaging with the original tags. Boots must not be worn outside to be considered for a refund. We do not allow direct boot exchanges. If you return a product in brand new condition with all original packaging and tags, we will process your refund. You can order another product that best fits your needs or wait until your refund is processed. With all the backcountry hunters we have on staff at GOHUNT, we understand the need and know how hard it is to find a boot that fits your foot. GOHUNT has spent countless hours and measured many feet to make sure you get the right size boot the first time. If you watch our sizing video and review our staff foot profiles, we are extremely confident you'll find the right size boot for you the first time. In the rare case you don't, the GOHUNT staff is on call to make sure you find the right boot for your next hunt.
*We're so confident in our extensive sizing research that if you fully review it, and correctly measure your foot, we know you'll find the boots that fit.
HOW DO I CARE FOR MY BOOTS?
Proper boot care can significantly extend the lifespan of your boots. Leather boots, in particular, need to be cared for after heavy use. If your boots are wet and covered in dirt, we recommend cleaning them. If you’re not going to clean your boots, you should still allow your boots to air dry after each use.
Remove your insoles and laces after each use. This will open up your boots and allow them to air out. Even if your boots don’t get wet, they will naturally absorb moisture from your feet, especially on multi-day trips. Insoles and laces can be hand-washed in cold water and set out to air dry.
Using a boot brush and warm water, remove the dirt from your boots. The warm water will open up the pores of the boot and allow you to thoroughly clean them.
For leather boots, you’ll want to recondition the leather after cleaning them with warm water in order for them to remain water-repellant. Applying a waterproofing agent to the damp leather will reclose the pores that were opened up during cleaning. Once you’ve reconditioned your boots, water should bead up when gently poured over the leather.
Allow your boots to air dry. Do not use a heat source to dry your boots. The heat could cause the leather to shrink or become brittle, increasing the chances of irreparable rips or creases.
Store your boots in a cool and dry place to prevent mildew. We recommend packing a newspaper in the toe box of wet boots to help absorb the moisture and maintain the boots’ shape during the drying process.
Take your boots to a knowledgeable cobbler for repairs.
WHAT SHOULD I USE TO TREAT MY NEW BOOTS?
For a general-purpose waterproofing product, the GOHUNT staff has found that Granger or Nikwax Waterproofing performs the best.
Re-apply this product as necessary or after every use in severe conditions.
Please refrain from using beeswax, animal fats, or petroleum-based products on your boots, as these products will void some manufacturer warranties.
*Please note that these products may darken the color of any leather.
WHAT IF MY BOOTS ARE GORE-TEX®?
We recommend treating the leather on your Gore-Tex® boots the same as you would on any other leather boot.
The Gore-Tex® lining creates a waterproof/breathable membrane on the inside of the boot, but leather uppers still need to be cared for.
The durable waterproofness of the Gore-Tex® membrane is not affected by leather conditioners, silicone, oil, or shoe polish.
These boots are tricky to get right. It took me two different insoles to figure out what worked best. The sole is very stiff which at first seems strange for a lighter weight upper. This and I had heel lift with the wrong insoles. Once I figured them out I have loved them. Very stiff and suprisingly supportive and extremely light considering. They are also much cooler then other boots in this class. I am a photographer who is always carrying 50lbs and am off trail most of the time. These are great for climbing loose shale and steep inclines with a heavy pack. The build quality is top notch.
I am a big Scarpa fan, owning several pairs of their shoes. The Zodiac Plus is on my foot at least 200 days a year. I thought I would try the Zodiac Tech GTX because it looks like it has a thicker sole under the ball of the foot, of which it does, and not wear out as quick. Unforturnatly the boot, for me, has several set backs. The gator string around the top of the ankle isn’t adjustable and cuts into your achiles. I ended up cutting the string on the mountain just to continue the hunt. After putting about 100 miles on these there is something working its way through the sole poking on the bottom of my heal? Ufortunatly these ones are going to be in the closet more then not.
Wore the Zodiac Techs for 10 days of sheep hunting a couple of days of caribou hunting in the Brooks Range and absolutely loved them. They're light and allow you to stay nimble while climbing and stiff as hell which will protect your feet while walking endless cobbles of river drainages. Snowed a few days and I can imagine someone with perpetually cold feet not loving that but it's never been a problem for me. Feet stayed dry the entire trip despite countless stream and river crossings.
I bought these boots about a week ago and within that week I was able to put about 22 miles on them and have nothing but good things to say about them! They are very comfortable, durable, breathable, agile, and a sweet looking boot. I always hunted with a flexible sole for so many years. So the flex rating of 4 is so comfortable and the stiffness works completely to your advantage in technical terrain. When hiking over 10 miles a day my feet normally form blisters pretty quick. Not with these boots! It was phenomenal to not have achy feet after a hunt. Worth ever penny spent! Also the goHUNT crew specifically Jared are awesome and really care about there customers. They have my future business!