A winner of past Trail ‘Best Value’ accolades, the Zamberlan Baltoro remains an excellent choice for hillwalking throughout the year. The instant appeal is that slightly lower price tag than some of the opposition, and you are still getting a very good package of features. So there is a good-quality leather upper that offers stiff protection for the foot, as well as a rubber rand around the toe. The ankle cuff is slightly lower than some, which you might prefer. The outsole is a good, aggressive unit that is great for biting into snow, slush and rubble. The lacing is arguably not quite as comfortable as some others, and there is perhaps a notch more flex in the sole, which detracts a little from its performance on snow. Like some other models we looked at there is no waterproof lining here but if the upper is properly cared for the lack of stitching should mean your feet stay pretty dry anyway. The benefit here is the lower price tag, but the drawback is you are getting slightly less of a boot. But for walkers on easier mountain ground the Zamberlan Baltoro would be ideal.
Upper materials full-grain leather
Waterproof lining none
Sole unit Zamberlan Vibram 3D
Women’s sizes 37-43
Men’s sizes 37-47
Weight 2010g (pair, size 46)
The Zamberlan Baltoro offers superb value for money and great performance for easier winter terrain as typically found in the English mountains.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2011