The Torre GTX is designed specifically for Alpine use and it is only available through Zamberlan’s Alpine specialist stores. As you’d expect from a boot dedicated to Alpine use you get slightly lighter upper construction to keep weight to a minimum. There’s good reinforcement though with a solid toe box and a full rubber rand. The ankle cuff is a good height for general mountaineering too with a good soft cuff. To allow a little extra movement the ankle cuff is articulated, so you get the support but you can move more easily. Underfoot you get an excellent Vibram unit with a very deep lug pattern that looks ideal for crunching through snow without crampons. There is a good ‘climbing zone’ under the toe as well. This is the stiffest boot in this test making it the best option here for crampon use and mountaineering. But the Zamberlan Torre GTX is very much an Alpine mountaineering boot, which means those with a more de-tuned Alpine performance have advantages when it comes to walking on British winter mountains. The softer flex and easier walking action of some other boots would suit UK users better than the Torre. The price is pretty steep too compared with other options, so you need to be sure you will benefit from the Alpine performance enhancement.
Upper microfibre and Hydrobloc split leather; Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Vibram Teton Zamberlan
Sizes 41-48 (men’s); 37-43 (women’s)
Crampon compatibility B2
Weight 1836g (pair, size 42)
Made in Italy
Stores in the UK 6
The Zamberlan Torre GTX is a superb Alpine mountaineering boot but for British mountain walking others are a better choice, particularly at this price.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2010