Outback Hiker Square
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Outback Hiker FWRX3000 Sole b
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Style #: FW-K3000
4.78 out of 5 based on 72 customer ratings
(72 customer reviews)

$269.95 USD

The Outback will keep you pain free, and highly mobile from the Desert to the Rockies.  This highly rated style is reinforced in the toe, breathable, nicely padded and tough.


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Product Description

The Outback is our original Korea made hiker.  Excellent off-road traction, and great breathability make this the perfect year-round hiking or work companion.  A reinforced toe guard protects the toes and premature toe wear. To upgrade your purchase from an “open” coil to an “enclosed” coil for $20, simply click here


  1. Nubuck leather
  2. Replaceable spring – ships with the open coil
  3. Breathable mesh – helps to keep the foot cool
  4. Forefoot EVA cushioning – cushions the ball of the foot and toes
  5. Built-in Z-Orthotic® –  protects plantar ligaments
  6. RO off-road outsole – provides traction off-road
  7. Wide toe box – sets your toes free
  8. Padded collar and tongue – reduces foot friction
  9. Felt lined removable insole – conforms to your foot shape
  10. Made in Korea


Replacement Parts:


Replace with the 1.0 Open Coil Off-Road Outsole (RO).  Click Here.  Item # FP-KOC012

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Replace with 1.0 Enclosed Coil Off-Road Outsole (RO).   Click Here 

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72 reviews for Outback

  1. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I really love my new Liberty’s, make no mistake. My steel-toe work boots were nice, but I was not a fan of the closed coil, because it fell out of the pad ‘tracks’ all the time, and eventually cracked and crumbled. I really love the shoes and company, but would love to be able to buy new pads when necessary (maybe along with glue for attaching them), instead of whole new coils. I haven’t done that yet, because I wear out the shoes themselves after a couple years anyway- but with my hikers, the pads were wearing out. If not for those issues? Five stars! Your shoes make a huge difference just in terms of feet soreness, and I have promoted them to many people, even though I’m not sure if any ever purchased Z-coils (which I affectionately call ‘Zeeks’).

  2. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    My leg and ankle was shattered years ago and I could hardly walk without limping or without pain after they healed. I was using a cane when I found Z Coil shoes at the state fair. I was skeptical that they would work but the salesman had me walk around the building with them on and my foot didn’t hurt! I bought them and walked around the fair all day with no pain and I have been wearing Z Coil shoes ever since. I absolutely love them.

  3. 5 out of 5


    Best shoes I’ve ever worn. I just hope you keep going!

  4. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Helps me a lot with lower back pain while standing on concrete for long periods of time.

  5. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    These shoes help ease the pain of chronic plantar fascitis.

  6. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Very happy with the pain relief of both my knees!

  7. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    They have help so much with my knees and back discomfort.

  8. 3 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    The concept is great but the construction of the shoe is junk. After one month the heel came off. You have one 10-32 machine screw holding on the heel. There should be a welded plate on the spring and two 1/4 28 grade 5 machine screws. Also the hooks holding the laces are coming off and the toes wore through. I would not recommend them until you guys up the quality however the idea is wonderful- stopped my foot pain within days. Get some leather and steel in them.

  9. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    My z-coil keep me walking on and off road without the pain of other conventional shoes.

  10. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    They are very comfortable. Relieved my back pain.

  11. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Love these shoes!! I wear them all the time and everywhere. Multiple foot problems have resolved by wearing Z-coils. Plus no problems with my legs or back.

  12. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I wore my first 2 pair for 5 years before I had to replace them. Now I have to get the old one repaired. I wore the heals out .

  13. 3 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    The shoe is excellent for my husbands back. However, the heal is starting to tear

  14. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    On my feet on concrete for nine hours each day. No more foot pain since wearing the Z Coil. Absolutely love them!

  15. 5 out of 5


    I had tried many shoes before coming across z-coil and Biotrek and now I wear nothing else.

  16. 5 out of 5


    Great footwear!

  17. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    It’s all I wear.

  18. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I have been wearing z-coils for 10 years at work. Back and neck pain nonexistent. Placebo effect? Who cares , it works. I am section hiking AT trail and have purchased hikers to see how well they perform . I will let you know in May.

  19. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Pricey shoe but comfortable

  20. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I work trade show sales. Without these shoes, I wouldn’t be able to do that, period. I also workout most days, and the one time I didn’t wear my Z’s, i had to go to an urgent care facility because my tendonitis flaired up for the first time in years. Gym rules can go hang, I am wearing my Z’s in the gym from now on.

  21. 5 out of 5


    I have owned these boots for at least five years (maybe longer) and they have held up very well. I recently had to replace the heels and treads on the toes, but the boots are in good shape otherwise. They are great for hiking, walking, and standing for long periods of time. Wearing them reduces joint pressure, foot soreness, and overall fatigue.

  22. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    5 Stars!

  23. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I’ve been wearing Z-Coils for nearly eight years. My first pair were Desert Hikers. I finally wore them out recently had to retire them. These shoes really make a difference to me. My knees have taken a beating after 20 years in the Navy and 23 years on the concrete floor of a hardware store. Z-Coils and Zoles inserts relieve the stress on my knees. Not only that, their unique look is a conversation starter. I get asked about my shoes often and sing their praises every time.

  24. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Ever since finding these shoes almost 10 years ago, they are what I mostly wear. My plantar fasciaitis has went away, and I’m sure they help my knees and back as well.

  25. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I have one leg shorter than the other and so I limp but the springs seem to leave out my gait, so I love them.

  26. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I have a very bad ankle and I spend a lot of time standing on concrete. So far these shoes have done wonders with relieving stress and pain. Thank you!

  27. 5 out of 5


    I purchased my Z-Coil hiking boots in 2004 – I’ve replaced the heals once, but they’re still kicking. I’m on concrete 11 hours a day and these shoes are a life-saver. Not only do they perform as advertised, they are also a fantastic conversation starter. My pain relief occurred immediately; I have had many days where I could not have worked without wearing these wonderful shoes.

  28. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I am a 50 something lady with back problems (5 herniated disc’s), knee problems (ACL issues) and horrible plantar fasciitis. I had a high stress desk job for over 20 years and was recently laid off. I decided to take the opportunity to get back in shape both physically and emotionally. I got a stress free and very physical job which entails being on my feet over 8 hrs a day. I honestly don’t sit down. I am either standing or walking on cement or blacktop all day long. Although I loved the job itself, after the first couple of weeks I didn’t think I’d ever walk again! Every part of my body hurt. Based on the wear marks on my tennis shoes, I knew I was walking incorrectly. Only those of us with plantar fasciitis know that “nail being driven through your heel” feeling. Although I was happier than I have ever been, I was seriously thinking I would need to go back to a desk job. I spent hours on the internet researching shoes and decided that Zcoil was my best option. Money is a huge issue for me. My desk job paid 6 figures and my current job pays just above minimum wage (I chose happiness over money) so I was sweating bullets when I paid for my first pair of Outback Hikers. I would have never bought them had it not been for the 30 day guarantee. THEY CHANGED MY LIFE!!! The first 2 days I did take my tennis shoes along in the car “just in case” but the boots were comfortable from the get go. After ONE WEEK of wearing them, I literally have NO PAIN….ANYWHERE!! My back, knee, and foot pain are gone (PF is about 95% gone and I can walk barefoot on our hardwood floors again!). No joke….gone!! When I get home, instead of diving for the couch, I actually still have energy to run after my 1 yr old grandson. I will never wear another shoe to work or anywhere I’ll be on my feet for awhile. They are so important to my well-being that I bought 2 more pairs (Toffler and Sidewinder). Remember, I make about min wage so each shoe is almost a week’s pay for me…

  29. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Shoes are great for long days on a concrete floor.

  30. 5 out of 5


    Z-coil has given me the ability to walk pain free for the last 8 years.

  31. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Has allowed me to go back to work. I was afraid of walking even short distances before due to heel and ankle pain. It took about three weeks, but pain is now rapidly resolving.

  32. 5 out of 5


    Fast Accurate Service!

  33. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I love the shoes, but I have not gotten used to them yet. They may not be broken in very well yet, but the padding hurts each side of my Achilles Tendon. Therefore, I can only wear them maybe once every week or so. Hopefully this will improve with more wearing.

  34. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Until every step is painful, a person does not understand the value of really good quality shoes! Z-Coils have helped reverse 10 years of progressive osteoarthritis discomfort in both ankles, and by placing my Department of Veterans Affairs orthotic on top of the great Z-Coil arch support, my right knee and hip pain went away, too. Since first trying Z-Coils in 2004 my ankle “grinding” and pain is a distant memory. Thank you!

  35. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Love the shoes! Wish there was a store close to us.

  36. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    The exchange process went well. Quick response to me email request.

  37. 3 out of 5


    The largest drawback with your shoes is the soles comes loose and I have to take it to the shoe shop and have them glued back on.

  38. 4 out of 5


    Three pairs and very satisfied with Z-Coil shoes. Two days after my first pair, I spent three days standing on cement for 9 hours per day – I more than survived!

  39. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I have been wearing Z-coil for 10 years now. The Outback hiker is the only way that I am able to keep walking with a 20 year old injury on my ankle. I love the them!

  40. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I have gout and I work on concrete all day i am a salesman at lowes.

  41. 5 out of 5


    A life changer for me! I am an incomplete para and in a lot of pain. The Z-coils make it so I can walk at least short distances.

  42. 5 out of 5


    If not for Z-Coil shoes, I would walk with a cane….maybe two canes. As it is, I walk normally, without any assists.

  43. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    As a pharmacist who is on his feet for 10+ hours a day, I could not work without my Z-Coils. I have been wearing them for over 10 years, and the stress they take off my knees and hips is incredible.

  44. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I have a pair for most occasions. Have tried other ‘brands’ brandishing the ‘spring step’ design. Nothing compares. If anyone ever comments I joking tell them I have the most comfortable shoes in the nursing home. I DON’T LIVE IN A NURSING HOME! I’m going to really test them in 2016 when I wear my hikers on the El Camino De Santiago.

  45. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Very comfortable and eliminates most leg and back stress when working behind the Bar.

  46. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I have thoroughly enjoyed my Z-coils, they have honestly changed my life! I can’t express enough the comfort and mobility that I have regained. Thank you!!!!

  47. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Wow …I have only gotten to wear them on the cement floor of my shop four times, but total magic. 5 hours on the cement and no pain in legs,back etc…..I am all yours….love them and the guys in the steel shop think they look pretty sweet.

  48. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I love the product. It’s the only footwear I can wear that doesn’t cause pain, Also a smaller size appropriate enclosed coil on the Outback would be a welcomed improvement.

  49. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I love my Z- Coil shoes. It is the only kind of shoe I can wear at work. The shoes have helped me so much and I do not know what I would do without them.

  50. 5 out of 5


    As a physical therapist – 50+ year-old female and someone who was beginning to not be comfortable on my feet for extended periods – Z-Coils have transformed my ability to work – walk and play comfortably for hours. I have even hiked mountains in the Hikers. I love both the comfort and the quality and will continue to use and promote them to friends and associates.

  51. 5 out of 5


    I love my shoes very much, they stop pain in my ankle and most of the pain in my knee. They also strengthen my back.

  52. 5 out of 5


    Guys we have always been happy with the shoes.

  53. 5 out of 5


    “I had plantar plantar Fasciitis so bad I could barely walk. After 3 years, 2 different podiatrists, physical therapists, cortisone shots, custom Orthotic inserts, a bulky plastic boot with Velcro straps, all at significant expense and I only had temporary marginal success. It always came back with a vengeance.

    I Talked to some people at work who I saw wearing Z-Coils. The common thread from those discussions was “”the best thing I ever did””. So following that logic I tried them and it is safe to say it was the best thing I ever did. Three weeks later I was pain free. That was about a year and a half ago. Still pain free.

    If you can take the fashion hit, go for it! I walk around a lot on raised die-cast metal floor tiles in a clean room at work. It is worse than walking on concrete all day. I wear the Z-Coils pretty much exclusively at work. I wear my regular shoes everywhere else. This works out well for me. Completely pain free now!

  54. 5 out of 5


    I have a broken back and the Z-Coils have helped me last longer on my feet with less pain.

  55. 5 out of 5


    In February of 2001 I crushed a foot. Spent 3 months on crutches and 13 months using a cane. Got my medical release but still couldn’t walk, with the foot still not 100% and now a back seriously messed up after the length of using a crutches/cane combo. Walking was still a painful process and slow. The second time “Evening Magazine” re-ran the Z-coil article, my fiancé was able to see it. We had seen a place that was on my daily commute that advertised Z-coils. I put my first pair of Cloud Walkers on in the summer of 2012 and was able to walk like a normal person! My family and work mates were stunned! I credit Z-coils with allowing me to be on my feet to work a full time gig. Because of Z-coil’s I can wear a pair of heels on occasion. I truly believe that without them I would not have had another 15 years of work under my belt! At a convention I met up with actor Tim Russ, (Tuvok, Star Trek Voyager) who expressed an interest in my shoes. He was, at that time, wearing a very large knee brace and rocker type of boot. He was looking for a shoe that was going to help give him the same height as the rocker-boot and the Z-coil was that height. Who knows, maybe he did get a pair and now wears them too!!!????

  56. 4 out of 5


    Helped my Plantar Fasciitis greatly.

  57. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I swear by Z-Coil. I had plantar fascia so bad I could barely walk 6 years ago. A guy from Vanderbuilt Hospital said I need to try Z-Coil. In 90 days my plantar fascia pain was gone completely! No doctor visits – just changing shoes. But I also noticed that most of my knee pain was gone. When I wear regular boots to work (on concrete), I can barely walk at the end of the day! I don’t know about the rest of the world but as long as I am breathing, I am wearing my Z’s.

  58. 5 out of 5


    I’m on my feet all day, z-coils help stop the heal pain.

  59. 5 out of 5


    They are comfortable to wear while on concrete because of the spring heel and the soft sole on the front.

  60. 5 out of 5


    My hikers with the enclosed heel make kind of a squishy sound when i walk but I’ll trade that any day for the support and comfort they give me.

  61. 5 out of 5


    Love them! I Even have my husband wearing them now.

  62. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I was walking with a cane from excruciating sciatica/back pain. I was at my wits end. I met a clerk at a retail store with Z-CoiL’s. Since I started wearing Z-CoiL, I have run two 5K races!!! I still have a little pain but it is very manageable. I wear them all the time, and at work where I am on my feet 8-10 hours a day on concrete. I have worn Z-CoiL for 3-4 Years. The Outback is very breathable and almost too cold for winter.. I liked the previous Hiker that had more leather coverage. Z-Coil’s are awesome. Nothing more to say – They are Great!

  63. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I Love the shoes, I wear them everyday, They take care of my back knees and keep me going.

  64. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I love them because I am on my feet all day and I do a lot of lifting of older people. I do therapy at a nursing home.They are like shock absorbers for my body. The Outback hiker I believe is my favorite because of the additional ankle support. Love them…

  65. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I have been wearing Z-CoiL’s for over 10 years. I love them.

  66. 5 out of 5


    I tried the hikers. I really believe they will be the remedy to my osteoarthritic knees that have plagued me for 25 years. I wore them today and had little to no pain after all day walking.
    Thank you sincerely for this ingenious, humane product.

  67. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    These are hands down the best and most comfortable shoes I have ever worn!!! I have had knee surgery and a permanent back injury with other feet problems as well. Have plenty of room for my feet to move and breathe and no back pain. I Don’t take them off until it’s time for bed.

  68. 5 out of 5


    These rock, the best shoes.

  69. 5 out of 5


    Been wearing these shoes for about 15 years and now looking for a new rep in my area. Thanks Z-CoiL….Wish you had a free pair after purchase of 10 pairs..

  70. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    “Oh my Gosh – Where have you been all my life?” My feet feel 10x better — and better than most people on the planet. I have 4 pair of the outback hiker, 1 pair of the Jubilee, and 1other pair that I forget the name. I just bought a Mint-Green colored coil.

  71. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Z-coil are the only shoes I wear. They are the only ones that don’t hurt my feet. I always wear the desert hikers. THey give me the most padding and protection. I started wearing z-coils about 10 years ago. I went to New Mexico about some property and met a lady there who was wearing them. She worked for Home depot and was on her feet all day on cement floors. She said if it wasn’t for z-coil she wouldn’t be able to work. .My feet were killing me, so I immediately went to the z-coil store in Roswell, NM and bought a pair. I’ve been wearing them ever since. On a scale of 1-5 I would give them a 10. Best thing I ever did for my feet.
    Thanks for asking. and thank you Z-coil.


  72. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I have worn z-coils before and they are great for my job which keeps me on my feet all day. Thanks.

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The Outback hiker was built specifically for those requesting ankle support. It runs slightly wider than our Freedom Classics. The shoe is built for a normal E width but because it is a lace-up, it can be adjusted for all widths C through EE. We built the toebox (ball of the foot) to a E width to prevent irritation in this area

This shoe runs true to size so order the size that you normally are. For unknown size, measure your foot length on a ruler and use the size chart below to find your size.

This shoe is ergonomically designed with our standard great fit features:
-a rounded, padded heel,
- a built in orthotic with a standard arch,
-a wider than normal toebox width for better fit in the toe area
-a padded tongue and collar for decreased abrasion
-a rocker bottom for easy mobility
-conical spring in the heel for 50% impact reduction to the body
-high top ankle support

ZCoiL Mens Size Guide

ZCoiL Womens Size Guide