Zamberlan has always made top-quality boots, and the Baltoro has been designed for the British hill-walker who is heading to the Scottish hills and other 3,000ft peaks in the Lakes and Snowdonia. You get a one-piece leather upper, so there is no stitching to fray on the rock and that also means there is very little chance of leakage. A rubber rand around the toe adds more durability for the rockiest of ascents. There is a leather lining around the ankle for durability with a Cambrelle lining at the forefoot for comfort. The upper is nice and stiff to support and protect the foot on the toughest of mountain terrain. Underfoot there is a good Vibram sole unit with deep lugs for grip on any terrain. This is coupled with excellent stiffness for long, hard days on the rocky hills as well as short sections of snow. Add in a price tag of £160 and this is excellent value compared to what else is on offer. But some boots offer similar performance to the Zamberlan Baltoro at a little less weight. There is no waterproof lining, although if the boot is cared for properly the one-piece leather upper should keep water out easily. There are boots with a more climbing-orientated performance if you want to do more climbing. Equally, a boot with a full rubber rand would be even more durable for harder users.
Upper full-grain waxed nubuck leather
Sole Vibram Zamberlan 3D
Sizes 41-48 (men’s); 37-43 (women’s)
Crampon compatibility B1
Weight 1948g (pair, size 46)
Made in Italy
Stores in the UK 30
The Zamberlan Baltoro is a superb boot that offers excellent performance for year-round British mountain walking on and off the snow at a great price. It won ‘Best Value’ in our review.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2010