At 1832g (pair, size 11) the Zamberlan Fitz Roy GTX is the lightest boot in our test. The weight saving comes in part from the synthetic microfibre upper, which has minimal overlays of additional material. This appears to be a very durable option, and further protection is provided by a full rubber rand. Underfoot sits a Vibram New Mulaz sole unit with a shallower lug pattern than some other boots, such as the Scarpa Manta Pro, but it’s very similar to the La Sportiva Trango Extreme Evo Light sole. There’s a smooth climbing zone under the toe, and this boot generally feels very precise and a close fit when used for climbing. However, it doesn’t have the benefit of the Duratherm insulation that’s provided by the La Sportiva boot, which may be a drawback in extreme cold. When used for walking its weight and precise feel are of benefit on rock, but it doesn’t provide such an easy action, and the lug pattern isn’t so ideal, on soft ground without crampons. These are very minor niggles, though. The Zamberlan Fitz Roy GTX is an excellent boot, with a slight bias towards climbing and mountaineering, that’s more than capable of getting you up and down the hills in comfort.
Upper materials synthetic microfiber, leather overlays
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram New Mulaz
Women’s sizes 37-43
Men’s sizes 37-48
Weight 1832g (pair, size 46)
The Zamberlan Fitz Roy GTX is ideal for more challenging climbing and mountaineering, but other boots have insulation for colder conditions. More walking-orientated designs have benefits if you don’t do a lot of mountaineering.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine January 2014