Zamberlan Pelmo Plus GTX (2016)


The Zamberlan Pelmo Plus GTX is a well-priced boot with a reasonably low weight, but the ankle cuff is 3cm lower than in other models. The upper is one-piece leather with minimal stitching, a rubber rand and a Gore-Tex waterproof lining. Underfoot you get a Vibram sole unit with widely spaced lugs but they’re slightly shallow in depth and the sole has a slightly softer flex than other B2 boots. 4/5


The size range is 36-48 for men only – so there’s no women’s fit here, sadly. The boot has a good general fit with space around the forefoot for a little movement. The lower ankle cuff may appeal to some users as it allows this boot to fit the ankle more easily than higher-cuffed options. 4/5


That lower ankle cuff improves comfort as you can move your foot more easily, but it may mean you need to wear gaiters to keep out debris. Generally the comfort is good, although perhaps not quite as soft around the foot as some, but the Zamberlan Pelmo Plus GTX is more supportive and protective because of this to some extent. 4/5

In use

The lower ankle cuff is a benefit as it allows this boot to be lighter and extremely durable, which creates a more natural walking action. It may require more use of gaiters, though, and when traversing slopes you get less support. The outsole lugs aren’t the deepest and the flex in the sole is very slightly softer than you’ll find with alternative models. Overall the Zamberlan Pelmo Plus GTX delivers good winter walking performance. 4/5


The price is very good for a walking boot that has the stiffness and support that most walkers will look for. 5/5


The Zamberlan Pelmo Plus GTX is an excellent hillwalking boot with a low ankle cuff that you may or may not like. It’s a pity there’s no women’s fit available, though. 4.2/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine January 2016