The Zanskar Tech is a new Boreal boot designed for trekking and relatively light mountain ascents, while retaining the performance needed for more challenging terrain. So it has a leather upper with a waterproof lining that features Sympatex, a well-proven waterproof lining for boots due to its ability to stretch without leaking. The upper is well-protected by a high rubber rand for the rockiest of terrain. The sole is very stiff and ideal for rocky terrain as well as keeping a grip when slicing the edges or toe of the boot into the snow. In easier snow-covered terrain it should perform well and can be used with crampons too. Its real benefit though is when used for scrambling as the stiffness, lower ankle cuff and weight make it ideal. If you are heading out to Europe to walk up a mountain, cross a glacier and then tackle a via ferrata this would be ideal. But the Boreal Zanskar Tech’s Mulaz sole is slightly more orientated towards scrambling and climbing compared to some other soles, which have deeper lug patterns for better grip in snow. It’s got a relatively low ankle cuff compared to some boots, which is great for freedom of movement but a higher ankle cuff helps keep more snow and grime out.
Upper 2.6mm split leather, Dry-Line waterproof lining featuring Sympatex
Sole Vibram Mulaz, EVA and PU cushioning
Crampon compatibility B1
Weight 1724g (pair, size 8)
Made in Spain
Stores in the UK 15
The Boreal Zanskar Tech is ideal for a mix of mountain walking and scrambling when short sections of easier snow are also going to be crossed on route.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2010