Zamberlan Expert Plus GT 2009

The Zamberlan Expert Plus GT is a new 4-season boot for 2009, but it follows traditional design lines, being made from thick one-piece leather. The upper is almost stitch-free so this boot won’t leak easily, but there is a waterproof lining too in case you forget to treat the leather properly. There is a double tongue inside so that a really good fit can be made. The ankle cuff is high and supportive, and that thick leather upper is equally stiff and protective. Underfoot there is a very stiff sole unit with a very aggressive lug pattern to ensure crunching through snow is a secure experience. On the foot this has a reasonable rolling action, which makes long walk-ins to find snow more tolerable than in some other winter boots. The toe profile is not as narrow as some, making this ideal for walking, and there is good cushioning underfoot too. So it seems ideal for general winter walking and easier mountaineering, and the price is good by current standards. But the Zamberlan Expert Plus GT is the heaviest boot here by a large margin and yet it does not benefit from some of the features of lighter boots, such as a full rubber rand – although it does have a double tongue, which of course adds weight. While the walking action is good, some winter boots are even easier on the foot.

Upper 2.2-2.4mm water-resistant Perwanger leather and textile; Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Asolo/Vibram Ascent
Sizes 6-13 (men’s); 4-9 (women’s)
Crampon compatibility B2
Weight 2040g (pair, size 11)
Made in Romania
Stores in the UK 50

Verdict
The Zamberlan Expert Plus GT is a welcome addition to the British 4-season boot market, but the weight lets it down.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2009