The Zamberlan Torre GTX is designed for Alpine mountaineering where glacier travel and some ice climbing are part of a normal day. The boot is made with a single piece of leather that is integrated with synthetic materials. A rubber rand protects the upper from abrasion when mountaineering, while a Gore-Tex waterproof lining helps to keep feet dry. The outsole is very aggressive for an Alpine boot, with very deep lugs, and there is a smooth area under the toe to help with precise foot placements on rock. On the foot the Torre has a good, close fit, and the slight taper at the toe allows for a precise feel when climbing. The ankle cuff has some articulation to allow forward flex when walking while still managing to provide good lateral support when climbing or traversing slopes. When walking you don’t quite get the easier natural gait of some other boots, but once you’re on the snow and ice and wearing a pair of crampons it feels great. There is no extra insulation in the Zamberlan Torre GTX, though, and it has no weight benefit over others – which makes its price feel a little chilling!
Upper materials microfiber and Hydrobloc split leather
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram Teton
Women’s sizes 37-43
Men’s sizes 41-48
Weight 2112g (pair, size 46)
The Zamberlan Torre GTX is an ideal boot for the winter mountain walker who also wants good mountaineering performance, but the price is high for what you get.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine January 2013