In the UK Zamberlan is best known for its tried and trusted range of fellwalking boots. Quality and comfort have been the company’s hallmark, so it was interesting to get hold of its first pair of scrambling boots over here to see how they shaped up. The minute you get the Zamberlan Monster GTXs out of the box it is clear they have a very high build quality, and that they have all the right features. Particularly noticeable is the shape of the toe, which allows a very precise feel on holds. The lacing is top-to-toe, and very neat, allowing for full adjustment while not getting in the way when scrambling. The rand is very protective and all-encompassing, and it works brilliantly for jamming and for protecting the lower part of the uppers. Well-thought-out padding and upper structure, combined with a progressive longitudinal flex and stiff lateral flex, makes for amazingly precise foot placements. In all scrambling situations Zamberlan Monster GTXs perform extremely well, and if you are confident enough they will comfortably enable you to take on a wide range of rock-climbing grades. And, if all this wasn’t enough, they have a B2 rating – allowing you to use crampons. Superb.
Upper materials Hydrobloc split leather
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex Performance Comfort
Sole unit Vibram NorWalk + semi PCS system
Women’s sizes 37-42 (inc half)
Men’s sizes 41-47 (inc half)
Weight 1656g (pair, size 46)
Zamberlan Monster GTXs are outstanding boots that deliver a great performance on all grades of scramble and even easier rock-climbs, while working well with crampons for short walks and glacier travel. They won the ‘Best in Test’ accolade.
Review by Jeremy Ashcroft
First published in Trail magazine April 2012